Meet the Willows Hammersmith Team
“My name is Deepti and I am the Principal at Willows Hammersmith. I have a BA Hons degree in Psychology with a Qualified teacher status and a Early Years Professional Status. I have over 20 years of experience in Early Years both in local as well as international environment. I enjoy travelling and soaking into different cultures. I enjoy going for long walks with the music in my ears.“
“My name is Emma, and I am the Deputy Principal of Willows Hammersmith as well as a key person in the preschool room. I have a BA Hons in Learning and Teaching and I have been working in Early Years for 10 years. I enjoy reading and being creative and doing crafts, such as pottery and drawing. I also enjoy being outdoors; going for long walks and hiking outside of London when I can.“
“My name is Veronika, and I am a key person in the toddler room. I have a QTS. I enjoy travelling and learning new languages. I am originally from Hungary and speak English fluently as well as Hungarian and I am learning to speak Italian.”
“I am George, and I am a key person in the preschool room. I originally studied Physical Education, but after obtaining my QTS I’ve started working in Early Years education which I now have a passion for! In my free time, I enjoy bike rides, travelling and singing. I speak English, Greek & German and recently I have started learning Spanish.”
“I am Betty, and I am an assistant. I have a level 2 in childcare, and I enjoy creative writing, spoken word, poetry, singing and going to the theatre. I love to bake and cook and spend time with my family and friends when I can, I speak English.”
Ildiko“My name is Ildiko, and I am a key person in the baby room. I have a Level 3 in Childcare. My interests and hobbies include lots of reading and I enjoy water sports too. I speak Hungarian and English.“
“My name is Fernanda, and I am an assistant in the preschool room. Soon I will be starting level 2 in childcare. My native language is Portuguese, but I also speak English. I enjoy learning new language skills as well as painting, baking, and cooking.”
“My name is Laura, and I am a key person in the toddler room. My hobbies include going to the movies, trying new foods, and socialising with my friends and family, and I speak English.”
“My name is Debbie, and I am an assistant in the baby room. I speak English and soon I will be studying for my level 3 in childcare. My hobbies include going to the theatre, Concerts, Cinema, walking, and swimming. I also enjoy reading, history, and being with my grandchildren and family.”
Tasnim“My name is Taz, and I am a housekeeper. I speak English, Hindi, Guajarati, Kachhi, Urdu. My hobbies include reading, travelling, and socialising with friends and family”
“My name is Danlyn, and I am a key person in the baby room. I have a diploma in Early Years. I enjoy being outdoors, going for walks and spending time with my grandchildren. I also enjoy reading and socialising with my friends and I speak English.”
Meet the Willows Colliers Wood Team
Early Years Professional Status and BSc Psychology
“Is the glass half empty or half full? I like to think of it as half full. Positivity radiates in a holistic environment which I strive to create, with our little learners! I have been dedicated to the field of Early Years for over a decade and have worked with children from babies to young teens.
As a result, I believe strongly in the power of diversity and the innate potential of every child. I value inclusion and actively seek to discover the unique voice of each child as they develop. I enjoy cooking different cuisines (the chillier the food, the better!) I love travelling and meeting new people and embracing different cultures. With my mezzo range voice, I enjoy singing and writing songs. My interests involve wellbeing, fashion & conversations with friends and family on current affairs!
Best book read: The Secret, read it, then you’ll know why!“
BA (Hons) Early Years: Education & Leadership in Practice
“Interests: Reading, gardening, watching actual story and action films, cooking and travelling.
I enjoy teaching new skills and observing children develop in their interests. I relish listening to their talking and seeing how I can increase their learning. I find great satisfaction in seeing them mastering milestones such as toilet training. They are impressed by my different tone of voice to light up a celebration or follow the rules. I like to deliver to the best of my ability and being a Mum has enabled me to relate to new parents with their fears and the simple joy of seeing their children growing.
Best book read is: The Bible“
Post Graduate Cert in Education (PGCE), &
BA Hons in Animation
“A former primary school teacher and graphic designer.
Supported, by my gang of phonics puppets, to cement their early understanding of the Department for Education’s, “Letters and sounds scheme”, I persist in giving your child the support they need for this special transition.
Introducing a detailed expansion of the ”Understanding of the world” area, implementing Science experiments galore, I strive to both fascinate and enrich my students minds, playing on their natural curiosity!
Be warned… I really get into character, through all areas and have a dressing up bag, full of character costumes to address all topics!
Best book read: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl”
Foundation Degree in Early Years Childhood Studies
“Hello I’m Georgina, I have had the privilege of working with children for over 10 years and the journey has been rewarding. I have learnt so much on the way, from the children, parents and work colleagues past and present. I am a bubbly person who loves to make people smile, I love looking after children, teaching them and them teaching me on how to be a better teacher. I have always said from when I got into childcare I would treat the children with so much care and protection just how I would for my own. My aim is to give the children the best learning experience whilst in my care to help them grow and develop. It takes a BIG heart to shape little minds!
Best book read: Manifest Now”
Level 3 in Early Learning & Childcare
“I have been working in childcare for 10 years, spending most of it at Willows.
One of my passions is art, particularly drawing, painting, watching movies, playing video games and collecting Japanese Pokémon cards. I spend a lot of my spare time creating personal projects and I also like to help children to stretch these skills too.
I like to travel and experience different cultures, customs and foods, and I also enjoy reading books and comics (Marvel all the way) in my spare time.
I enjoy the new challenge that is presented every day and helping to develop children’s interests and skills.
Best book read: ‘Atlas Shrugged’”
BA in Philology & English Language & Literature
“Learning languages has always been my passion and hobby, I speak 3 languages. I chose the profession of a teacher because teaching gives me the opportunity to realize my creative potential to the fullest. Classes with children bring me pleasure, I like to come up with new activities for children that helps open curiosity and interest in the exploring the world around us.
Best book read: ‘Oliver Twist’“
Level 2 in Early Learning & Childcare (nearly completed Level 3 in Early Learning & Childcare)
“I am coming from a small and beautiful place called Kerala. Kerala is a small state in India. I have been in London for around 20 years. I am a mother of 3 children. I like cooking. Biryani is one of my favourite dishes to make even though I make pasta, lasagne, and some Chinese dishes too. I like baking cakes and cupcakes especially for my loved one’s birthdays and some other occasions
Best Book read: Naalukettu Novel by M. T. Vasudevan”
Advanced Technician In
Early Years Education
Higher National Certificate
“I was born and raised in Madrid (Spain). I consider myself very lucky since working with children is my passion.
I have had the opportunity to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers around the world, in countries such as Germany, Chile, the United States and Spain. I arrived in the UK alongside my husband and my little one Olivia in August 2020, where we are starting to live a new adventure.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and to travel. In my opinion, there is no better way to live life.”
Studying for Level 2 in Early Learning & Childcare and Engineering Science
“I love being with children, playing and doing activities with them.
I can play the piano, enjoy listening to music, and walking.
Best book Read ‘Early Years Educator 3’ and ‘Be like the Fox”
Meet the Willows Wimbledon Team
“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 traveling and her favourite book is “The magic faraway tree” by Enid Blyton.“
“Nassi has worked in Willows since 2017.
She has QTS certificate and qualified Montessori diploma, and she is one of the Key persons of our pre-schoolers.
She is passioned about teaching children and loves engaging with the children thinking at new ideas to challenge their learning. She, also, enjoys listening to music and swimming.
Nassi`s favourite book is ‘Desert Rose’ by Waris Dirie.“
“Molly has 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.
Molly likes reading and long walks, spending time with friends and family.
Her favourite book is “The Graffalo”, by Julia Donaldson and the “Room on the Broom”, by Julia Donaldson.
“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 providing a high level of education and care.
Aliona is an enthusiastic person who like cooking, cycling, spending time in nature, with family and friends.
Her favourite book is “The Enormous Turnip” by Katie Daynes. ”
“Alina has been working for Willows since 2015, taking some time for her studies for 3 years to obtain an upper second-class degree in BA Joint Hons: English and Philosophy. She is currently working towards achieving her QTS qualification from London Metropolitan University. Alina is currently working as a key person for the youngest group at Willows Wimbledon – ‘Monkey’ Group and enjoys creating various and interesting activities for the children both inside and outside the setting including science/art experiments, communication and language activities such as role play, messy play and yoga. She enjoys books which are for various age groups – liking fairytale books such as Peter Pan as well as books on Philosophy such as, “At the Existentialist Café, ‘Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails’ by Sarah Bakewell. ”
Cleisson“Cleisson joined Willows in April 2021, he has a L3 Award in Childcare and Education. Cleisson is currently helping the teachers as Teaching Assistant and his passion for childcare makes him to be a great support for teachers and children. His passions are traveling and spend time in the nature. His favourite book is Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi.“
“Jolanta has been working for education for 13 years and in childcare for 6 years. Jolanta joined Willows Preschool in June 2021 as one of the Preschool Teachers.
Jolanta had two Bachelor’s Degrees, one is in Teaching and Education and the second one is Pedagogical Therapy and Polish Sign Language.
Jolanta has, also, post grad Froebelian Certificate in Early years, her approach towards the teaching is based on a Froebelian approach which emphasises warm close relationships with children, learning through nature and strong partnership with parents. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“Sasha has joined Willows Preschool Wimbledon in May 2021, she started working as Housekeeper, but she is currently working as a Kitchen Assistant.
Sasha is a bubbly person who likes bringing in the setting joy and smiles and laughter to all the colleagues.
Sasha has a food and hygiene L3 and Cosh course and this make her highly qualified for the position that she currently works in.
Working in partnership with the Head of the Kitchen and the rest of the team, the nursery has been awarded with the Specialist Level for the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP)”
“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 Key Person for the group age of 3. Her passion for children allows her to connect with them naturally using 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.”
“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. ”