Our Staff

We have 9 staff who work in the preschool, some who have worked here a long time and some who have joined the preschool during the last 5 years.  
Arzu 
Manager
and
Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENCo

Hello, my name is Arzu.  I have been working with children since 2005.  I hold a BA (Honours) Degree in Education, an Early Years Foundation Degree, a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management) and a Level 3 Qualification in Children & Young People's Workforce (0-18).  I enjoy working in partnership with parents and going the extra mile to meet the needs of each individual child.  I am also a mother to two children.

Dee
Deputy Manager
Safeguarding Officer and 
Health & Safety Officer

Hello, I’m Dee (short for Diana !)

I’ve been working with pre-school children since 2001; I have an NVQ3 qualification in Early Years Childcare & Education and hold a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate.  I joined The Ark in September 2017 having previously worked for 15 years at a Bromley nursery followed by a year at a Montessori pre-school.  I am mum to young adult twins. I love working with young children and especially enjoy helping them to explore their imagination and develop curious minds and promoting their emotional wellbeing.

Deirdre

Hello, my name is Deirdre.  

After working in medical science laboratories, I trained to teach and hold a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).  I taught in a primary school for 16 years and have been working at The Ark since 2009.  I have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren.  

Priscilla

SENCo Support

My name is Priscilla or Pri for short.  I am part of the BCC Church and was  their Children & Families Co-Ordinator.  Some of you may know me from Pebbles (the Church's twice weekly parent/carer toddler group.  I am studying for a Level 4 SENCo course qualification and after that will be enrolling in an art therapy course.  I love all things creative.  

Elena

Hello I started working at The Ark in September 2019.  I am Level 3 trained and have worked with children aged  from 6 months. Before coming to England I worked in childcare in Romania. I am also mother to 2 girls. 

Lee

SENCo 

My name is Leanne but I'm known as Lee, I'm a Level 3 practitioner with 5 years' experience within a childcare setting working with children from 6 months - 4 years old.  I am also a mummy of two, a 5 year old girl and an 11 year old boy.  My favourite thing about working with young children is to watch them grow and to flourish.

Leanne

My name is Leanne.  I am a qualified practitioner, holding a NCFE qualification and am trained in paediatric first aid. I am also Mum to a son at secondary school and have worked at the Ark since 2013. I love working with children, every day brings a smile.

Aymalia 
I've worked in the preschool for several years and completed my level 3 in childhood studies. 

Chelsey

Hello I'm Chelsey, I'm Level 3 trained and am experienced in childcare, I love working with children.