Meet the Brenchley team at Little Birches Nursery and Preschool
We are a childcare facility located in Brenchley, just 6 miles east of Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Our dedicated team provides exceptional early education and care services for young children, between the ages of 3 months and 5 years of age. We understand the importance of a nurturing and stimulating environment for your child’s development, and our experienced staff is committed to creating a safe and engaging space where they can thrive.
At Little Birches, we offer a range of age-appropriate activities and programs designed to foster their learning, social skills, and creativity. We invite you to get to know our passionate team and discover how we can support your child’s growth and learning journey. Contact us today to learn more about our services and enrolment process.
Nikki has over 14 years’ experience of working within Early Years, where she has held various managerial positions. Nikki sees new challenges within settings and enjoys adapting them to meet each child’s individual needs. She believes children will develop to the best of their ability when being provided with a stimulating environment and a passionate team.
Nikki has previously worked with children aged 0-11 years in nurseries and preschools in Hertfordshire and Suffolk gaining her BTEC Diploma Level-3 in Management, CACHE Level-3 in Early Years, and her title of Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
She has extensive experience supporting children with challenging behaviour and has an excellent track record of creating structured learning environments to support children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Nikki also has outstanding child interaction skills and has Makaton Level-1 and level-2 qualifications.
Nikki has lived in Kent since August 2019, with her partner, dog and little girl Isabella.
For Ali, working in Early Years is a passion, and spending quality time with the children is a privilege. For over 14 years, she has worked with the littlest of learners, in various different educator and management roles, enjoying everyday as if it was her first. During this time, she also completed a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood education too.
Watching the children grow, learn and develop throughout their young lives fills her with much joy, and knowing she can contribute to their play and learning experiences, and provide them with a whole world of opportunities; it really doesn’t get much better than that! In her spare time, you will find Ali making memories with her husband, family and friends, and most likely doing 3 of her most favourite things; holidays, banger racing, or BBQing!
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Working in childcare has always been a passion of Becky’s. Throughout her 11 years of childcare experience, she still feels that nothing prepares her for the feeling of pure happiness and privilege she gets being able to care for, watch develop, and spend time with children in their earliest years.
During her time as both early years educator and in supportive leadership roles, Becky has had great insight into the world of early years and all the exciting opportunities children can, and should be provided with each and everyday to ensure they have the best start in their journey.
Becky has experience as a SENCO, and always ensures to support each and every child, whilst understanding how unique and individual they are, helping to nurture them to be the best they can be. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, family and socialising with friends.
Jasmine has worked with children for 9 years and throughout that time she gained a degree in Health and Social Care, before continuing training to become a Primary School Teacher (QTS).
Jasmine believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn in their own unique ways as every child is an individual. This encourages them to become independent learners and encourages them to express themselves. Jasmine has lived in Kent for three years with her partner and pet cat Hovis, and she also loves to bake bread, and go on long countryside walks.
Emily is currently studying for her level-3 qualification in childcare, as working with children has always been a passion of hers and she is keen to progress this further in practice too.
Emily is really looking forward to getting the chance to expand her Early Years knowledge to be the best practitioner she can be, so she can put her all into each child’s development and experiences, and watch them flourish and thrive in their earliest years. In her spare time, Emily attends cadets, and enjoys being adventurous and outdoorsy.
Charlotte was very excited to join the Little Birches family and be part of our lovely setting in the Brenchley community. Charlotte has worked in Early Years for several years, and holds the Level-3 Early Years qualification.
Charlotte believes it is important to provide children with a variety of fun, exciting and stimulating activities to help them further grow and develop.
In her free time, Charlotte likes to read, craft and spend time with family and friends.
Nikki has many years experience in childcare, having worked with children in various different roles, ranging from nannying, a teaching assistant and as a nursery practitioner too (she was previously an extremely valued member of our Little Birches cover team).
Nikki is level-3 qualified and has had the pleasure of working with children for 30 years now, and she’s been passionate about it since she was young. In her spare time, Nikki is a mum to three teenagers, alongside being a Brownie leader, where she loves the opportunity of being able to provide for the children.
Kim joined our Brenchley team in early 2024, having previously spent over 13 years working within children’s services and NHS settings. Kim has varied experience of working with babies, children and young people, and finds working with them, and learning from them, extremely rewarding. Kim lives locally and is a mother to 4 grown children, and is grandma to a little grandson. Kim enjoys hillwalking, holidays, photography and walking the family dogs.
Kelly has over 10 years’ experience working with children in Early Years and holds a level-2 qualification in this area. Her previous roles include nannying, nursery and preschool positions as well as being involved with summer play schemes. She loves being out in nature and believes children should be given every opportunity to learn through exploring the world around them.
Kelly enjoys cooking and baking and has won prizes for her cakes. She holds a level-3 Food Safety and Hygiene certificate. Kelly likes to see the children enjoying a variety of healthy and nutritious meal options. Kelly has lived in Kent her whole life, where she enjoys long walks in the countryside and likes to travel as much as she can. Kelly also has a huge passion for animals, with previous positions at both Dogs Trust and the RSPCA and currently has her own pet care business.