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Our Staff

Position

Name

Co-Headteacher Helen McHale
Assistant Headteacher Hannah Diplock
Nursery Teachers

Rose Scofield-Webb
Amy Crowle     

Family Workers

Lesley Cutting
Bev Eaton

Nursery Nurses Tracy Murray
Ulfat Khan
Administration Officer Jan Moody
Finance Officer Kirsty Spooner
School Business Manager Jill O'Donovan

Find out more about our teaching staff... 

Helen McHale – Headteacher 

Qualifications: BA Ed (Hons) Early Years with Science Specialism, NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship)

Helen originally trained as a Registered General Nurse. She developed an interest in Early Years Education when her children were young and this led her to re-train as a teacher. Since qualifying in September 1999 she has worked exclusively in the Foundation Stage. She worked at Wessex Primary School as Nursery Team Leader for  5 ½ years before taking up a Deputy Head post at an LA Nursery School in Slough. After gaining her NPQH she became Headteacher of Maidenhead Nursery School in September 2009. Helen is also the Designated Person for Child Protection and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Helen is deeply committed to Early Years Education and is particularly passionate about maximising the children’s learning potential in the outdoor environment.

Hannah Diplock – Assistant Headteacher 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Primary Education with Early Years Specialism 
AptEd Level 3 Award in Speech and Language Support

Hannah has wanted to be a teacher since she can remember. She completed her degree in primary education at King Alfred's College in Winchester and then moved back home to Maidenhead to start work at a large primary school in Slough. During her time there she worked with children of all ages as key stage one team leader and literacy coordinator for the whole school. Her time as lead teacher in the nursery and reception developed her real passion for Early Years education. In 2012 she started work at The Lawns in Windsor as a nursery teacher and absolutely loved the working environment of a nursery school. When Maidenhead, Cookham and The Lawns Nursery Schools federated she enjoyed working between all the nurseries and sharing good practice. She was excited to develop her career and become Assistant Headteacher at Maidenhead Nursery where she used to attend when she was four! She believes that children thrive and learn through fun and wants to create an environment where children become independent and develop a life long love of learning.

Rose Scofield-Webb – Nursery Teacher 

Qualifications:  BA (Hons) French, PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

Rose graduated in French at Birmingham University and after a period of travelling undertook a PGCE specialising in Early Years. For the past 20 years Rose has been working in Nursery Schools in Surrey, Slough and Maidenhead with periods of supply teaching (Nursery to Year 3) when her children were younger. Rose has been teaching at Maidenhead Nursery School since 1998 and all of her 3 children have attended the setting. Rose is passionate about early years education. With her love for learning languages and a keen interest in the arts and the natural world, Rose takes on the responsibility for language and literacy and creativity in the curriculum.

Amy Crowle – Nursery Teacher 

Qualifications:  BA (Hons) English Literature, Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Studies, Early Years Professional Status

Amy originally worked as a model for ten years after leaving school. In 2005 she had a career break to focus on raising her daughters and studying. She gained a first class degree in English literature at Goldsmiths and a postgraduate certificate in Psychodynamic studies at Oxford. Amy became very interested in Early Years education when her daughters began pre-school. Whilst working in the setting they attended she achieved EYPS through the University of Reading. She achieved qualified Teaching Status in 2014. Amy is particularly interested in schemas in children's spontaneous play, and is highly focused on creating the best possible environment for young children to be themselves and flourish.

Lesley Cutting – Family worker  

Qualifications: Foundation Degree in Supporting Early Years Development and Learning

Lesley has worked with pre-school children since leaving school except for a career break to raise her own children. She returned to work volunteering at a pre-school where she was later employed and in time moved on to be supervisor. She gained her Level 3 NVQ and started work at Maidenhead Nursery School in 1996. It was the Nursery who encouraged her to go on to further education completing a Foundation Degree in Early Years Education and Development. She feels that children need time to explore their environment and the natural world; she supports the children in caring for our pet rabbit, chickens and fish. She also works with them to grow fruit and vegetables on our allotment.

Bev Eaton – Family worker 

Qualifications: Foundation Degree in Supporting Early Years Development and Learning

Bev is an original ‘grow your own’ nursery nurse. She volunteered as a parent helper at Maidenhead Nursery School when her youngest child attended the setting in 1997.  Her potential was realised by the Headteacher at that time and she soon became ‘lunch club lady’ and was then asked to support children with additional needs in the nursery. She gained a Nursery Nurse qualification, DCE Level 3 in 2000. In 2008, she graduated from Reading University with a Foundation Degree in Early Years Education and Development.  Bev believes that children should have the freedom to learn through play in an enabling free flow environment.

Tracy Murray – Nursery Nurse 

Tracy qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1982 and initially worked as a nanny. She switched careers for a while after getting married and then after having her second child became a full time mum. In 2007 when her youngest child attended the setting she became a lunch time assistant at Maidenhead Nursery School. As her confidence grew she became an increasingly valued member of staff. She now works everyday as a part time Nursery Nurse and her flexibility in working hours contributes to the smooth running of the setting and continuity for the children. Tracy is committed to an inclusive learning environment where every child has the opportunity to flourish regardless of their age, ability or background.  

Ulfat Khan – Nursery Nurse 

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice

AptEd Level 4 Award in Speech and Language Support

Ulfat gained a degree in Business Administration in the late nineties and worked at the UK Passport office before getting married and having her family. Her children inspired her to embark on a career in Early Years Education. She initially worked as a volunteer at Alwyn Infant and Nursery School in Maidenhead whilst she completed a Level 2 course to gain a bilingual teaching assistant qualification. She joined Maidenhead Nursery School in 2009 and has since completed a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice. Ulfat is dedicated and committed to Early Years education and believes that a loving and stimulating environment is the key to young children’s development.