Meet The Team

Meet the team behind Ark Start and learn more about their roles.

Molly

Headteacher

Sarah

Head of Teaching and Learning

zoie ark start nursery staff

Zoie

Family Support & Engagement Manager

sophie ark start nursery staff

Sophie

Nursery Manager at Ark Start Oval

About Molly

Hi! My name is Molly and I am the Headteacher at Ark Start Nurseries. I am passionate about providing quality education for young children and have worked in the early years for 10 years, as a Nursery teacher, Reception teacher and leading in early reading including synthetic phonics. I love singing and storytelling and know how fun and motivating it is for young children to learn more about the world through stories, songs and experiences they want to talk about and share with others. I am originally from New Zealand and grew up by the sea and mountains, so enjoy spending as much time outside as possible! In my spare time, I enjoy cuddling with my cat, Neko and singing as much as I can

About Sarah

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am the Head of Teaching and Learning at Ark Start Nurseries. I am also the Nursery Manager at Ark Start John Archer. I am a qualified Early Years Teacher with a Masters degree in Early Years Education.

I have taught within early years for 10 years and before joining Ark Start I worked as an Early Years Lead in an Ark School.

I believe that every child deserves the best start in life. Inspirational learning in Early Years is provided through a safe, stimulating and enabling environment that enables children to develop character and independence through play and by engaging in high quality interactions with the adults in Nursery.

About Zoie

My name is Zoie, the Family support and engagement manager for Ark Start. I have worked in the early years sector for just over 15years. I am passionate about ensuring children and their parents/carers receive the best start in life, and in their journey as a family. Having worked in various roles on my path through early years, I feel very fortunate in what I have learnt along the way, and hope to use these skills to help others.

In my spare time, I love to paint and do little craft projects, spend time with my family and friends, read and explore the museums, markets and fun pop ups around London. I am also taking a counselling skills course and hope to progress onto my Level 4 soon.

I am always here to help with anything you need, so just pop by and say hello.

About Sophie

Hello, My name is Sophie and I am the Nursery Manager at Ark Start Oval.

I am passionate about providing quality education and care for young children and have worked in the early years for 9 years. I love sharing in children’s joy and wonder and celebrating their achievements.

I enjoy being outside and I am enthusiastic about children experiencing learning in the outdoor environment.

In my spare time, I like going for long walks in the country or exploring everything that London has to offer. I am also studying for my MA in Early Years Education at the Institute of Education.

Syreta

Nursery Manager at Ark Start John Archer

Rachel

Nursery Manager (maternity leave cover) at Ark Start Oval

Trifina

Deputy Manager at Ark Start John Archer

Emma

Younger Years Lead at Ark Start Oval

About Syreta

My name is Syreta and I have worked with children of different ages in a school setting for 4 years. I love working with children because no two days are the same and I enjoy the way they perceive the world.

I am passionate about learning and being the bridge that supports a child to access new information or experiences. I’m so happy to be here at Ark Start and be part of helping children and their families in our community with the first stages of learning.

I absolutely love animals and learning about new cool animal facts. When I am not in the nursery, I play an active part in my church, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and visiting new places in England or abroad.

About Rachel

I am an early years educator obtaining the NNEB qualification many years ago. I have over 17 years professional experience working within various early years and educational sectors.

I am a mother to five fantastic people four of whom are adults, with my youngest being 11 it is not that long ago that as a parent I watched as he embarked on his educational journey. I am also a grandmother to a beautiful 2-year-old, a reminder to stay in touch with my inner child!

About Trifina

My name is Trifina and I am the Deputy Manager at Ark start John Archer. I have been working with in the Childcare industry for 18 years, I started as an apprentice and have worked in numerous roles from Baby room team leader, Head of toddler provision for 7 years and Deputy Manager.

I have obtained qualifications in childcare and education, Management and leadership. In addition to gaining numerous professional experience along my childcare journey.

I am enthusiastic and dedication to providing children with the best start in life. By supporting those to reach their full potential through quality learning experiences and play catered towards the children’s interests, as well as nurturing their needs whilst enabling them to explore new experiences.

In my spare time I enjoy the travelling and exploring new cultures. In addition to this I cherishing the quality time spent with my family and friends.

About Emma

My name is Emma and I have 9+ years experience working in Early Years Education. After starting my journey as an apprentice, I realised I have a passion for teaching children and encouraging their creative flare through my own background of Art and Musical Theatre. During this time in my career, I have progressed to a Room Leader at several different settings and also as Third in Charge in my previous role, and have enjoyed experiencing a variety of approaches toward learning, which I feel have and continue to help shape my own vision of outstanding Childcare. It’s really important to me as a Practitioner to ensure all children are able to have a loving and happy childhood, with plenty of opportunities to experience Cultural Capital, which in turn will expand their knowledge and ability to thrive.

I’m enjoying my role as part of Ark Start team and hope to continue learning with each day.

Gursharon

Younger Years Lead at Ark Start John Archer

Katie

Early Educator at Ark Start Oval

Antonia

Early Educator at Ark Start John Archer

Sona

Early Educator at Ark Start Oval

About Gursharon

My name is Gursharon, and I have just started at Ark Start Nursery.
I have been working in childcare for over 15 years and spent a lot of that time working in the Early Years, as I find this is the best time to encourage the children to grow, be independent and get the best out of the way they learn and understand themselves.
My favourite play is messy plan and I love getting stuck in with different type of sensory mediums.

About Katie

I have been working with in the Childcare industry for 18 years, I started as an apprentice and have worked in numerous roles from Baby room team leader, Head of toddler provision for 7 years and Deputy Manager.

I have obtained qualifications in childcare and education, Management and leadership. In addition to gaining numerous professional experience along my childcare journey.

I am enthusiastic and dedication to providing children with the best start in life. By supporting those to reach their full potential through quality learning experiences and play catered towards the children’s interests, as well as nurturing their needs whilst enabling them to explore new experiences.

In my spare time I enjoy the travelling and exploring new cultures. In addition to this I cherishing the quality time spent with my family and friends.

About Antonia

Hi there! My name is Antonia, and I have over eight years of experience in caring for children of all ages. My passion for childcare was ignited during my time in West Africa Ghana, where I spent a year and a half working alongside my mother.

What I love most about working with children is witnessing their growth and development. As a caregiver, it’s truly fulfilling to be a part of a child’s journey from the very beginning, all the way to their transition into school. Being able to guide and nurture them during these crucial stages is a privilege that I cherish.

When I’m not working, I indulge in my love for writing and singing as part of my church choir. I’m also passionate about giving back to the community and have organized fundraisers and distributed food and toy hampers to children in Ghana.

About Sona

Levi

Early Educator at Ark Start Oval

Hannah

Early Educator at Ark Start John Archer

Christina

Early Educator at Ark Start Oval

Toba

Apprentice at Ark Start John Archer

About Levi
About Hannah

Hello, my name is Hannah and I am a recent graduate of the University of Roehampton. I achieved an “Outstanding” first class grade with the dissertation I wrote, based on my own research project on transitional objects and the importance of children’s voice on what matters to them. The Froebelian philosophies regarding children’s autonomy, as well as learning out of doors and their connection to nature, are very important to me. Outside of education, I am passionate about literature and history. I’m delighted to be here at Ark Start and I am looking forward to my future here!”

About Christina

I’m Christina. I’m a early years educator here at Ark Start with 8+ years experience.

After completing my level 3 diploma in childcare and education at collage, I have had the pleasure of learning and gaining experience from different nurseries before finally starting here at Ark Start.

I consider myself lucky to be working with children as I get the chance to see and guide each child in their growth on a daily basis.

I’m a mother to 2 wonderful children, my daughter is an Ark pupil and my son currently attends Ark Start, here with me.

I’m looking forward to my Ark Start journey 

About Toba

Hello, my name is Toba Hassan and I’m a mother of two beautiful children. I think everyone should take a part in building a better society by giving the best support to our future generation, that’s why I decided to avail this opportunity as an apprentice at Ark Start Oval Nursery to provide the best care to children with trust and love as that is what they deserve. I adore their loving and innocent nature and I am happy to be a part of their learning journey.

I love to paint in my spare time and visit museums and galleries with my children. We like to spend our time exploring nature and love to read in the meadows.

 

Vicky

Apprentice at Ark Start Oval

Sasha

Apprentice at Ark Start John Archer

Victoria

Apprentice at Ark Start Oval

Dominique

Lunchtime Supervisor at Ark Start John Archer

About Vicky

Hi my name is Vicky, and I am an apprentice here at Ark Start.

I have always enjoyed working with children watching them grow and find their passions.

I have 3 children and in my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts, music and spending time with my family.

About Saha

Hello, my name is Sasha and I am an apprentice here at Ark Start. I am excited for this opportunity, and to be able to support and care for the children at our nursery.

I love helping the children learn to draw, sing nursery rhymes, and making them smile. I am passionate about making every child feel heard while encouraging their growth through play.

In my spare time I enjoy playing piano, live music, painting, and creative writing.

About Victoria

Hi my name is Victoria, working in early years has always been a passion of mine. Having grown up with young children in my life, I loved seeing them learn new life skills and enjoyed helping to take of them.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and taking walks in the park.

About Dominique

My name is Dominique, I am the lunchtime supervisor at ArkStart.

I have previous experience working with all children of nursery age, going back over 10years.

I’ve always had a passion for helping children through the early stages of their life, I guess that’s what happens when your from a big family. I believe this began almost 21 years ago, helping to raise my nephew.

I have two young children and enjoy helping them through every stage of their lives, which is a daily reminder of how much I love working with children.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Reading and finding new adventures for my own children and my nieces and nephews.

I’m enjoying my role as part of Ark Start team and hope to continue learning with each day.

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Joanie

Lunchtime Supervisor at Ark Start Oval

About Joanie

My name is Joanie. I am the lunchtime supervisor here at Ark Start.

I qualified with a BTEC national diploma in 2002 and have been working as a nursery nurse ever since.

I have two grown-up children and two beautiful grandchildren that I adore and love spending time with.

I have always had a great passion for child development and supporting the child learning in their own way with the aim to develop the child’s love for learning.

I have always seen myself as creative and able to think out of the box, especially when setting up a nursery environment and activities.

What I most enjoy about my job is having the opportunity to work alongside such amazing families, their children teach me something new everyday.

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Our nurseries are about much more than childcare. Our team works together to ensure that every child has a joyful, engaging and secure nursery experience and leaves us ready to start school happily and confidently. We are driven by our values in everything we do: Aim High, Be Brave, Be Kind and Keep Learning.

So Much More Than Childcare