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Meet the Team

Dedicated & Caring

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Leigh Mitchell


SEND Co-Ordinator ~ Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

  •   EDI Level 3 Diploma Early Learning and Childcare

  •   Paediatric First Aid

I am a mother of three children who all attended Chiddingfold Village Nursery. I am also a grandmother and my granddaughter attended here too. When my youngest child started nursery in 2006 I joined the committee where I then became a member of the Bank Staff. I was then offered a full-time position where I achieved an NVQ Level 2 for Child Care and then later achieving and NVQ Level 3 for Child Care becoming an Early Years Practitioner. Fast forward 15 years I am now the Manager. I am also the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. My job is rewarding on so many levels working with the children and their parents/carers to support them with their emotional and social development and providing a safe, secure and happy environment.

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Nicki Masella

Deputy Manager  

Designated Safeguarding Lead

  •   EDI Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development

  •   Paediatric First Aid

After moving to the village in 2012 I chose the nursery for my youngest son Albie. Whilst he was attending the nursery I had the opportunity to become a member of the Bank Staff. I thoroughly enjoyed this role and was delighted to be offered a full-time position. In December 2017 I completed by Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development. I value the importance of my role ensuring the children have a happy, safe and fun experience during their Early Years. It is wonderful to then see them thriving at school in the future.”

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Tilly Sullivan

Early Years Educator

  • EDI Level 4 Diploma in Early Years

  • Paediatric First Aid

When I was younger I used to come to this nursery so it was really special when I was able to do my work experience here whilst completing my Level 3 in Early Years. I have now completed my Level 4 and am very happy to be back as a member of the team!


Mary Marshall

Early Years Assistant

  • Level 2 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare

I first joined Chiddingfold Village Nursery School back in 2003.  Since then I have been working at the nursery over the years on temporary contracts when needed. I run music sessions with the children - 'Music With Mary' - which I love. We are very lucky to have this outstanding nursery in this village and I am very privileged to work with a caring team who make it their priority to care for all the children in every way they can. 

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Claire Horner

Early Years Assistant

  • BA Healthcare

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing

  • Paediatric First Aid

I have lived in Chiddingfold since 2002. I have two children, one of which attended this nursery. I was a nurse for 19 years before leaving to live overseas. I really enjoy working and chatting to the children and love to tell stories, explore for bugs, bake play-dough cakes, build with Lego and play outside!


Andrea Tothne Kazinczi

Early Years Assistant

I have lived in the village for 12 years and both of my sons attended the Nursery. I became part of the team as Bank Staff and I was delighted when I was offered a full time position this year. I thoroughly enjoy working with the children, they are such unique characters. My Level 3 in Early Years studies are underway, and hopefully I will complete it very quickly. 


Emma Lee

Early Years Educator

  • Ba (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Education

  • Paediatric First Aid

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead

I have two children one who attends St Mary’s and the other which is about to start their nursery journey with us here at Chiddingfold. 


Since leaving school I have pursued my passion for working within the Early Years sector. I graduated with my Early Years degree in 2015 and over the years have gained a variety of experiences in different settings. I really enjoy the creative side of Early Years and love baking! I really enjoy attending lots of different training to expand my knowledge! 

Imogen Quirk

Bank Staff

What Parents Think

“Chiddingfold Village Nursery is a very special place. The staff are wonderful and care deeply about the children ensuring their individual needs are accounted for.  They have an incredible ability to combine learning with pure enjoyment and create an environment in which the children develop and learn, becoming confident and well rounded.  Our little boy has been going since he was two years old and has thrived in its nurturing environment to become a happy and confident learner."


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