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Sarah Porter - Manager and Owner

Sarah Porter - Manager and Owner 1

Sarah Porter
Manager
Senior Nursery Practitioner

Designated Safeguard Lead

After finishing my teacher training, I worked in three primary schools during my fourteen year teaching career. After the birth of my final baby, I decided to focus on pre-school and early years education and childcare and embarked on my new career as owner and manager of The Stables in September 2016. I am heavily influenced by the Scandinavian approach to Early Years Education. 

Kathy Cobby - Deputy Manager

Kathy Cobby - Deputy Manager 1

Kathy Cobby
Deputy Manager
Senior Practitioner

I have worked at The Stables Nursery since 1990 under the ‘old’ system and I stayed on when Sarah took over in 2016. I have an NVQ level 3 in childcare and education and when at work I divide my time between being with the children and doing my administration work in the office. In my spare time I enjoy being with my grandchildren who keep me young!!

Naomi Fiest - Deputy Manager

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Naomi Fiest

Deputy Manager

I have worked at The Stables Nursery since November 2018. I have over 15 years experience working with children and before I joined The Stables, I was a Nursery Teacher/Deputy Nursery Manager at Lingfield Notre dame. I really enjoy working with Pre-school children – teaching them to read and write. In my spare time, I enjoy running with my dog and spending time with my friends and family.

 

Abi Collins - Senior Practitioner

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Abi Collins
Senior Nursery Practitioner
Designated Safeguarding Lead

I am level 3 qualified and have 5+ years of experience working in Early Years settings. I am first aid trained and I’ve attended various training courses including; safeguarding children, and prevent training. I joined The Stables in January 2017 and became a designated safeguarding lead in August 2017. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, socialising with my friends and family and listening to music.

Beth Allard - Senior Practitioner

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Beth Allard
Nursery Practitioner
Designated Safeguard Lead

I have worked at The Stables Nursery since March 2017 and I am Level 3 qualified.  I have always wanted to work with children so when I finished my A-levels I found my first job in a nursery. I then worked as a nanny for a family before joining The Stables. In my spare time I enjoy competing my horse and riding with my friends.

Ellie Mitchell - Nursery Practitioner

Ellie Mitchell - Nursery Practitioner 1

Ellie Mitchell
Nursery Practitioner

I’ve been working at The Stables Nursery since September 2016 when Sarah took over the school. I am mainly based with the toddlers however sometimes work with the babies and pre-school. I enjoy doing craft activities with the children. I have recently completed my NVQ level 3 in childcare. I have danced since I was 4 years old and my favourite styles of dance are ballet and pointe.
 

Kathy Mackie-Clark - Nursery Assistant

Kathy Mackie-Clark - Nursery Assistant 1

Kathy Mackie-Clark
Nursery Assistant
I started working at The Stables Nursery as a volunteer in 2012. I love being with the children as well as doing a little office work. When not at the nursery, I am a busy mum and I am principal of my own dance school.

Kerry-Anne Nicholson - Nursery Practitioner

Kerry-Anne Nicholson - Nursery Practitioner 1

Kerry- Anne Nicholson
Nursery Practitioner

I’ve been working at The Stables Nursery since May 2017 and am really enjoying it. I am mainly based in the baby room however sometimes work with the toddlers and pre-school.  I have recently completed my NVQ level 3 in childcare. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family.

Lynsey Marden - Nursery Practitioner

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Lynsey Marden
Nursery Practitioner
Designated Safeguard Lead

For the last 19 years I have been lucky enough to raise my four daughters.  Now that my last has settled into school life, I decided it was time to set myself a new challenge and I was lucky enough to be welcomed into The Stables team, where I have been working since October 2016. I have recently completed my level 3 NVQ in childcare and I’ve also completed a course to become a designated lead in the safeguarding of children. With a busy family life I don’t get much spare time but when I do, I love a good shopping trip and also socialising with my friends.

Nikita Guiheen - Nursery Practitioner

Nikita Guiheen - Nursery Practitioner 1

Nikita Guiheen
Nursery Practitioner

I joined the stables Nursery in July 2017. I am a qualified level 3 practitioner and I have worked in childcare for seven years. I also have a daughter who attends a local primary school.

Ria Flanders - Nursery Assistant

Ria Flanders - Nursery Assistant 1

Ria Flanders

Nursery Assistant
After a degree in fashion journalism I opened a little boutique in East Grinstead which traded for 5 years and now runs online. I am also currently a freelance graphic designer and a private part-time nanny for a family for the last 5 years. I enjoy my busy and varied working life!

Robyn Starks - Nursery Practitioner

Robyn Starks - Nursery Practitioner 1

Robyn Starks

Nursery Practitioner
I started working at The Stables Nursery in September 2017. I am a Level 2 qualified nursery practitioner and enjoy helping children learn and grow. I spent 3 years training to become a qualified makeup artist and now have a level 2 hair and media makeup qualification, as well as a Level 3 theatrical makeup qualification. My hobbies include spending time with my friends and family shopping. I hope to complete my Level 3 in Childcare and education in the near future.

Helen Theobald - Nursery Practitioner

Helen Theobald - Nursery Practitioner 1

Helen Theobald

Nursery Practitioner

I am N.N.E.B qualified and have worked at The Stables Nursery since April 2018. I have vast experience of working with children in day nurseries, nursery schools and reception class within infant schools. For the last 14 years, before joining The Stables, I worked with the health visiting team in the London Borough of Sutton as a community nursery nurse. In my spare time I enjoy my 3 young grandchildren and play an active role in their lives.

 

 

Emily Ford

Nursery Assistant

I volunteered at The Stables Nursery in May 2016 and also last summer in 2018, confirming that i want to work with children in the future. I now work at The Stables part time whilst I continue to study at school. As I am still in school, working at The Stables gives me a good insight into some topics for 2 of my A-levels - Health and Social care and Psychology.

Jess White

Nursery Assistant

I'm Jess and I have been working at The Stables since July 2018. I’m currently working on my Level 3 Qualification which I’m really excited to complete. I decided I wanted to work with children when I started to look after my nieces. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and spending time with my family.

Georgia Martin

Nursery Assistant

I started working at The Stables Nursery in September 2018 and I’m currently working on achieving my level 3 qualification and I’m looking forward to completing it. I enjoy going to the gym and reading.

 

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