Meet the Team

Sarah Porter - Manager and Owner

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. 

Nikita Guiheen - Co Manager

I joined The Stables Nursery in July 2017. I predominantly work with the over two's and so small group work with the Pre-School leavers. I have recently finished a Diploma in Early Years Leadership.

Kathy Cobby - Deputy Manager

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!!

Abi Collins - Deputy Manager

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

I have worked at The Stables Nursery since March 2017 and I am Level 3 qualified. I enjoyed working in the baby room for a year and I have now transititoned into the office full time.  In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse and spending time with my friends and family.

Ellie Mitchell - Pre-School Room Leader

I’ve been working at The Stables Nursery since September 2016 when Sarah took over the school and I have a level 3 qualification in childcare. I am mainly based with the toddlers and pre-school however sometimes work with the babies. I enjoy doing lots of messy play with the children.

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.

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.



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 Practitioner

I started working at The Stables Nursery in September 2018 and have recently gained my level 3 qualification. I enjoy going to the gym and reading.


Autumn Bowden - Nursery Assistant

I started working at The Stables Nursery in December 2018 and I am really enjoying getting to know all of the children. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and personal training.

Lynsey Marden - Nursery Practitioner

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. In September 2018 I 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.

Shannon Day - Nursery Practitioner

Chloe Worth - Nursery Assistant

Carla Wells - Nursery Assistant

Nicole Barry - Nursery Assistant

Yasemin Allsop - Nursery Assistant