|Assistant Headteacher||Hannah Diplock|
|Learning Support Assistant||Zoe Wright|
|Lunchtime Support Assistant||
|School Business Manager||Brenda Pope|
Find out more about our teaching staff...
Helen McHale – Headteacher
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
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
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, PCGE and QTS.
Amy originally worked as a fashion model for ten years after leaving school. In 2005 she had a career break to focus on raising her children and studying. She gained a first class degree in English literature at Goldsmiths and a postgraduate certificate in Psychodynamic studies at Oxford. She achieved Qualified Teaching Status in 2014.
Amy is the research lead for the consortium, supporting curriculum teams in framing research questions and co-ordinating projects. She also delivers school to school support through mentoring staff at various early years settings and delivering training sessions on many aspects of early education such as active maths, enabling environments, tapping into schematic play and developing research interests.
Amy is passionate about nurturing children’s wellbeing by valuing and developing their individual interests and abilities.
Lesley Cutting – Family worker
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
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
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.