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A Message From Our Principal – Joanne Stewart-Nash

At Burgh Wood Montessori Nursery School, we understand that children learn more in their early years than they will at any other time in their lives. It is our aim, therefore, to provide the children with access to a variety of experiences, opportunities and stimulating environments to help them succeed in their learning. We encourage the children to be independent and to respect others and the environment around them.

Choosing a Nursery School for your child is not an easy task. My Team are first and foremost parents themselves and are an experienced and dedicated team who understand the value and importance of early years education. We work in partnership with families to help provide their child with the foundations to become confident, self-assured and eager to learn.

We hope you will enjoy looking at our website and look forward to welcoming you to The Burgh Wood Montessori Family.

Our Team

Joanne Stewart-Nash

Joanne Stewart-Nash

Principal | Manager

  • BA First Class Honours Education and  Early Childhood Studies
  • Montessori Diploma
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
  • First Aider

Jo holds the Montessori Diploma Qualification to compliment her BA (Hons) Degree and has worked with children and families in various establishments for many years.

Before taking over Burgh Wood Montessori Nursery School in November 2016, Jo worked for a charity focusing on vulnerable children and adults and was involved in delivering literacy, drama and parenting workshops. Jo’s career history prior to taking time out to raise her two children involved working in the City, being actively involved with various charities and running a Beaver group for girls and boys in London.

It has always been a dream of Jo’s to run her own Montessori school and to provide a stimulating and happy environment for children to learn and play.

Caroline O'Neill

Caroline O'Neill

Deputy Manager | Early Years Practitioner

  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Cache Level 3 Certificate
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Caroline holds a Cache Level 3 qualification, a Certificate in Child Care, Learning and Development and has worked in early years for over ten years most of which has been in the Montessori learning environment.

Caroline has a passion for children’s development by helping children to learn through trying new experiences to develop their confidence and personalities.
Caroline enjoys being mum to three wonderful teenagers and “Monty” the giant schnoodle!

Subagini Patrick Lucian

Subagini Patrick Lucian

Montessori Directress | Early Years Practitioner

  • Montessori Diploma
  • Key Worker
  • German Language Teacher
  • First Aider

Subagini Patrick Lucian has over 25 years of experience working with young children. She graduated as a Montessori Directress in 1990, and she worked as a lecturer in the Institute of Nursery Studies, Montessori Centre in Sri Lanka.

Subagini has worked at Burgh Wood since 2007 and her particular focus is preparing the school leavers to transition to primary schools. She also teaches German and she has a diploma in cake decorations and flower arrangements.

Subagini has a calm nature and is able to channel her energy to helping children to learn essential skills needed, as well as having fun and building caring relationships. Subagini has also taken a particular interest in our woodland sessions which are held once a week.

Subagini is happily married and has two children. She enjoys decorating wedding cakes and making flower arrangements.

Katharine Harris

Katharine Harris

Montessori Directress | Early Years Practitioner | Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ESLA)

  • Montessori Diploma Level 4
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma 
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
  • Makaton levels 1 & 2
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Katharine holds a Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. Katharine has over 7 years’ experience working with pre-school children. She joined Burgh Wood Montessori in September 2017 as a student and joined the team in March 2018.

Katharine is enthusiastic and keen to inspire the children in her care with enjoyable resources making learning fun.

Katharine has a calm, caring nature and enjoys working with the younger groups to nurture them and prepare them for independent learning. In her spare time Katharine enjoys tap dancing, walking and photography.

Samantha Billing

Samantha Billing

Forest School Lead |Early Years Practitioner

  • Level 3 Forest School Diploma
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma
  • Homebased Childcare Level 3
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Sam has worked in childcare for several years, and has  obtained her level 3 diploma in the Children and Young People’s Workforce , Senco training and First Aid Training.

Sam is happily married with two young children and enjoys family activities in her free time, such as walking the family dog Bailey and teaching the girls to swim, as Sam is also a qualified swimming teacher. Sam also loves cooking and baking. She loves to entertain family and friends.

Julie Jordan

Julie Jordan

Nursery Assistant | Early Years Practitioner

  • Assistant SENCo
  • Makaton Levels 1 & 2

Julie has been working in early years for over 30 years. Julie is very involved with Beaver and Scouts for the last 25 years.

Julie particularly likes supporting children’s needs and watching their little faces light up when they have achieved something.

Julie is married and has two grown up children. In her spare time Julie enjoys going for long walks with the dogs and catching up with family and friends.

...very happy here
...very happy here

"Jo has been fantastic and both my girls have been very happy here. Thanks to all the team!"..

Lovely staff...
Lovely staff...

"Highly recommended burgh wood Montessori. lovely staff. very friendly. great atmosphere and the children..

Brilliant nursery...
Brilliant nursery...

“Brilliant nursery, my daughter loved this nursery and learnt a lot from all the teachers. Would..

...over the moon
...over the moon

“I am over the moon that I chose Burgh Wood Montessori for my son’s first learning journey. All staff..

...highly recommend
...highly recommend

"I viewed several local nuserys and chose Burghwood as the staff are exemplary, love the montessori ethos..

Extremely happy...
Extremely happy...

“Some questions difficult to answer as due to Covid I have never been inside the nursery. Saying..

Caring team...
Caring team...

“Excellent, caring team.  My son had speech and anxiety problems and I couldn’t have asked for more..

Well organised...
Well organised...

“The school is so well organised and I feel fits with the values I have set for my son. I feel he has..

Developing confidence...
Developing confidence...

“Thank you Team for all support to offered to my daughter and son – developing their confidence in relationships..

Fantastic...
Fantastic...

“The teachers are absolutely fantastic they support me so much. They always make me feel so happy and..

Loved every second...
Loved every second...

“Jo and the team are amazing, both my boys attended Burghwood and the orchard and they loved ever second...

Wonderful time...
Wonderful time...

“My daughter has had a wonderful time at Burgh Wood. She has learnt and grown so much and leaves so well..

Perfect start...
Perfect start...

“Choosing a nursery school is something quite difficult , but you will get definately a perfect start..

Warm and welcoming...
Warm and welcoming...

“Our eldest son first attended Burgh Wood and there was no doubt as to where to send our second son!..

Recommend to anyone!
Recommend to anyone!

“My daughter attended Burgh Wood for a short period of 8 months and during that time the growth in her..

...lovely caring nursery
...lovely caring nursery

“Burgh Wood is a lovely caring nursery school. My daughter enjoys herself very much and looks forward..

...keep parents up to date
...keep parents up to date

“Parent partnerships are strong. Staff use a variety of ways to keep parents up to date with their child’s..

...very comfortable
...very comfortable

“My son loves going to pre school – and we are very comfortable sending him to spend his time with you.”..

Good knowledge...
Good knowledge...

“The staff team demonstrates a good knowledge of how children learn. Staff plan a wide variety of activities..

...so welcoming
...so welcoming

“It’s safe to say that my daughters had the most AMAZING experience at Burgh Wood and were very sad to..

...purely amazing
...purely amazing

“My daughter attended both Burgh Wood and the Orchard from approx. 2 years old until 4.  The staff..

Friendly and helpful...
Friendly and helpful...

“My Child loves Burgh Wood Montessori Pre school!  The staff are really friendly and helpful and..

...caring and safe
...caring and safe

“My child is very happy at Burgh Wood and is progressing really well despite all the disruption caused..

..high standard
..high standard

“My daughter really enjoys her time at nursery. Jo and the team have welcomed her with open arms from..

Nurturing environment...
Nurturing environment...

“A lovely nurturing environment, Our second daughter was shy upon starting but has really grown in confidence..

...relaxed yet structured.
...relaxed yet structured.

“The teachers are so lovely supportive and professional and all the children are so well behaved, it’s..

Friendly, kind and warm...
Friendly, kind and warm...

“We’ve been really impressed with everything we’ve seen so far. The girls have both settled in really..

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