Knowle Nursery School

We are committed to continuous professional development. Our team regularly attends training courses to keep up to date and all our practitioners are first aid qualified.

Bryony Creed

Bryony Creed

Forest School Leader
Nominated Person Ofsted

My mother has owned the nursery for over 25 years. I attended the setting and have fond memories of doing the Hokey Cokey! I took over in April 2013 and have come from a creative background with BA Hons degree in Business and Management. Having completed the NVQ level 3 qualification in 2014, I have gone on to complete the Elklan Early Language Programme along with becoming a Level 3 Forest School leader and now lead the weekly Forest School sessions. Along with the rest of the staff I am committed to my continuous professional development and regularly attended Surrey management networking events along with keeping up to date with Safeguarding.

I became a Mummy in 2015 and am well supported by the wonderful team to balance work and family life!

My favourite things to do are messy outdoor play, building dens and fires in the woods and helping children reach their full potential.

Julia Everitt

Julia Everitt

Nursery Owner

I started as a special needs assistant when the nursery was in Knowle Lane some 30 years ago and then took over the business. We were fortunate to be offered two surplus classrooms in 2009 at Park Mead Primary School and received a Sure Start grant to refurbish the site. This enabled us to plan and create an exciting indoor and outdoor learning environment. I am delighted that Bryony is taking more of a front seat but I am still involved in a supporting advisory role.

I enjoy being a listening ear to parents, some of whom were children at nursery school when we started!

Ann Leong

Ann Leong

Manager
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

After completing my ‘A’ levels I undertook a private secretary certificate qualification (PSC). This lead me into the business world where I worked in a couple of engineering companies and a pharmaceutical company as well. However, I thoroughly loved being at home with my children and after a few years registered as a childminder.

When my fourth child started school in 2005 I was delighted and very fortunate to gain a position as a childcare assistant at Knowle Nursery. My experience and knowledge has grown over the past ten years. As well as completing a NVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Development, I also share the role of SENCO and this has enriched my knowledge further and continues to do so.

I love working with such a wonderful, friendly and dedicated team who share a common goal. My favourite activities are sharing stories (using props), music and movement, playing games and chatting with the children. It is a privilege getting to know them all, helping them settle and develop into confident and happy individuals, ready for the next step in their lives.

Sally Duck

Sally Duck

Deputy Manager Hedgehogs and Rabbits
Designated Safeguarding Lead

I originally started my working life as a Secretary where I enjoyed a variety of jobs for many years. I registered as a Childminder after having my first daughter and I was asked to join the Knowle Team as a childcare assistant whilst my third daughter was at the nursery. I have an NVQ 3 qualification in Childcare. Nine years later I feel very privileged to still be working in such a caring and positive environment with an amazing team of staff, parents and children.

My favourite things to do are reading and acting out stories with the children, settling the children into the nursery routine, watching their personalities blossom and seeing them grow in confidence.

Angie Halstead

Angie Halstead

Deputy Manager Badgers
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

I completed my NNEB training twenty five years ago and have been working with children ever since. I have worked as a maternity nurse, nanny and in the Nursery at the British School in Tokyo. The last job I had before having my own children was as a nursery manager at an international school in Prague.

I sent my children to Knowle nursery and when my third left to go to school I was lucky enough to stay on!

I really enjoy singing with the children, telling them stories and cooking with them.

Anne Taylor

Anne Taylor

Nursery Practitioner
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

My daughters both attended Knowle Nursery and I was delighted to be invited to join the Knowle team when my younger daughter went into Reception. She’s now in Secondary School! After completing my BA in French and History I spent three years in France studying and teaching English and subsequently completed a PGCE in Primary Education. I have enjoyed teaching at KS1 and KS2 as well as working in Adult Basic Skills Education and I love working in Early Years here at Knowle. I have a real interest in inclusive learning and in supporting children with additional needs.

What I enjoy most at Knowle is having conversations with the children, watching them develop and grow in confidence and doing science investigations with them!

Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray

Nursery Practitioner
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

I have a BA HONS in French with English and a PGCE (French 11-18 years old). I was a Secondary School French Teacher for 5 years and then went on to have a career in bilingual administration, marketing and recruitment. Since having my own children I found my teaching and child psychology experience really helped and I like nothing better than sitting on the floor playing with 2-4 year olds! So, I was delighted to join Knowle Nursery in 2010 and I love working with such a kind and experienced team of staff.

My favourite thing is to read and sing with the children, (and teach them a little French too) and it is wonderful to find exciting ways to help the children develop and gain confidence during their time at nursery school.

Michelle Matthews

Michelle Matthews

Nursery Practitioner

I studied Childcare at college and since then have gained a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. I worked for 4 years at a Day Care Nursery before I became a full time mum of two!

My eldest child attended Knowle Nursery and when my daughter started in 2016 I was very fortunate to be offered a position as a Childcare Practitioner and join such a lovely team.

My favourite things to do are messy and sensory play. I also enjoy playing outdoors and exploring the environment with the children. I especially enjoy role play activities.

Jo Mitchell

Jo Mitchell

Forest School Leader
Nursery Practitioner

I completed my Early Years training in 1997, completing my nursery placement with Knowle! I went on to spend 22 years working with children in Special Education; focusing on behaviour, literacy and SpLD such as ASD and ADHD.

Now, as a mum of two young children, my love of Early Years has been reignited and I am delighted to take on the role of Nursery Practitioner at Knowle.

I particularly enjoy spending time outdoors with the children; encouraging them to explore their environment. I also have a passion for literacy development and enjoy sharing stories and getting messy!

Kerry Rowe

Kerry Rowe

Nursery Practitioner

I qualified from college with a Level 3 Diploma in childcare in 1999 and have been working with children ever since! My first job was working in a day nursery where I found my love for the Montessori teaching and materials and whilst there I studied and qualified with my Montessori teaching diploma as well as continuing on to do my International diploma.

I have worked with many different ages through my work in day nursery, nannying, preschool and after school clubs, and have also developed a strong interest in SEN along the way. I’ve always found working with the 2-4 year olds most rewarding and my favourite things to do with them is storytelling, music and movement, and exploratory play, as I love to see how inquisitive they are and how they love to learn.

Sian Broad

Sian Broad

Nursery Practitioner

After completing a BA Hons degree in Sports Studies and Dance and Choreography in 2006 I began working at the University of Surrey. Since then I have completed a PGCE and worked at Godalming College, Cranleigh School and over 50 different primary and secondary schools delivering sport (and some Drama) sessions on behalf of the schools or the Youth Sports Trust.

After becoming a mum of three I realised just how much I enjoyed spending time with children of a younger age than those I’ve previously taught. When my youngest child became a Badger in 2020 I was very fortunate to have been offered a position at Knowle Nursery. I’m looking forward to helping the children meet their 3 hours of recommended physical activity with some fun