Meet the Wimbledon Nursery Team
Blenda is our principal at Willows Preschool Wimbledon, and she joined the team in April 2022.
Blenda has a Master’s Degree (L7) in Pedagogical Sciences and Educational
Planning, she has over 5 years of experience in childcare in London and over 10 years of experience in childcare in Italy, where she owned and managed her children’s centre and her two nurseries. Her passion and curiosity for children’s development have pushed her to explore and understand the childcare sector and the children’s need to provide for the best environment and learning for the nursery she had under her supervision.
Blenda Likes travelling and exploring natural and historical places Her favourite books are “We are going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen & Helen Hoxenbury and “If this is a man”, by Oriana Fallaci
Amelia has a first-class honours degree (level 6) in Early Childhood studies from the University of Roehampton and holds a full SENCO qualification. She began working for Willows Pre-school in 2015 as a teacher and has since been deputy and interim principal of the Colliers Wood branch before returning to our Wimbledon branch. She has also worked for Merton council for a year in the family wellbeing team supporting families experiencing domestic violence, financial difficulties or those with children with special educational needs. She loves all animals and gardening, especially growing vegetables.
Her favourite book is Matilda by Roald Dahl.
Edyta has a Master`s Degree in The Feld of Elementary Education, QTS and she has always been surrounded by a teaching environment since she was born. Adyta has been working in primary school in Poland for 15 years and she has got other additional 9 years of experience working in London.
When Edyta joined Willows Preschool in June 2021 as a Key Person for the group age of 3. Her passion for children allows her to connect with them naturally using a wide range of different approaches and materials, catching their attention and curiosity.
Edyta Likes Theatre, Traveling and go to natural places, Reading and her favourite book is“Pippi long stockings” by Astrid Lindgren.”
Aliona has been working for Willows Preschool as Housekeeper for 3 years and a half and after getting her QTS qualification, she has become one of our preschool teachers doing also Music lessons for our settings as she has a Degree in Music.
Her love for children and childcare has pushed Aliona to explore new ways to approach children by providing a high level of education and care.
Aliona is an enthusiastic person who likes cooking, cycling, and spending time in nature, with family and friends.
Her favourite book is “The Enormous Turnip” by Katie Daynes.
Kayla has been working for 7 years in childcare and she joined Willows Preschool in April 2022 and she is one of the two Key Persons for the youngest group of children in our setting, Monkeys.
Kayla has L6 in Early Childhood Studies and her passion for children pushed her to create new and existing activities for the children and to adapt her way to teach to their needs.
Kayla has also built a strong relationship with parents and colleagues, supporting the whole setting.
Kayla enjoys socialising and share her time with family and friends, her favourite book is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.
Position: Support Teacher
Zina joined Willows Preschool in December 2021, she works as Teaching Assistant and the children adore her. Zina loves working with children, she is passionate about teaching and following the children’s natural growth.
Zina has built strong relationships with children, parents and colleagues and is always happy to help to make the day go smoothly.
Zina likes Traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Her favourite book is “Peace at last”, by Jill Murphy”
Beverley has worked in nurseries for 20 years and she joined Willows in 2011 as Head Chef of Willows Nurseries.
Her qualifications, 706/1 706/2 in Catering, plus her experience and expertise in
food, makes her highly qualified for the role she works in.
Her passion for healthy food, healthy lifestyle and children has had a positive
impact on the nursery and the way we provide high quality food for the children and staff. As a result, Willows Nurseries have been recognised as one of the only two nurseries in the UK that has achieved the Specialist level of the Early Years
Nutrition Partnership (EYNP).
Beverley likes travelling and her favourite book is “The magic faraway tree” by Enid Blyton.“
Position: Lunch Assistant
Barbara has been working for Willows Preschool for over 10 years as Housekeeper, Lunch Supervisor and Teaching Assistant.
Barbara has a very vibrant personality and she bring it in the nursery through her joy and love for life.
She loves working with children and during lunch time she engages with them telling stories.
Barbara is our art director, in fact when planning our plays, she is who guides the children and makes them perform at their best.
She likes animals and especially dogs, she also likes theatre and shows.
Sarah joined Willows preschool in April 2022 as Housekeeper and since then she has built strong relationships with children and colleagues.
Her passion for children has allowed her to interact, engage and support them throughout the day.
She has also shared her wish to become one day a teacher, showing to be keen to start her L2.
Sarah likes reading and long walks, and spending time with friends and family.
Her favourite book is “The Gruffalo”, by Julia Donaldson and the “Room on the Broom”, by Julia Donaldson.”