Tunbridge Wells Team

Chloe Corn

Chloe Corn

Lead Mentor

 

Chloe has over 13 years’ experience working in Early Years, during this time she has held several managerial roles and worked in an array of settings across Sussex.

Chloe believes that children will only achieve their best in a nurturing and safe environment, and ensures that every child is happy, respected and valued.

Chloe gained her Level-3 BTEC Diploma in 2018 and has since continued her professional development attending other courses to ensure her knowledge of safeguarding, legislation and pedagogy is at the forefront of all she does.

Chloe has extensive experience working with children who have learning differences, particularly ASD. She has been the designated safeguarding lead in settings for many years, and is passionate about children’s welfare.

Melanie Henderson

Melanie Henderson

Deputy Lead Mentor

 

Melanie has over 12 years’ experience within childcare, working at nurseries rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Melanie is educated to degree level and gained a CACHE level-3 in children’s care, learning and development in 2008.

Melanie has been working at Little Birches since February 2018 and holds the Deputy Lead Mentor position. She is deeply passionate about helping children to develop holistically, encouraging them to become happy, confident and well-rounded.

 

Josefina Bugh

Josefina Bugh

Mentor

 

Jo has 4 years’ experience of working within Early Years and at Langton Green, having completed the CACHE level-2 certificate. She has also added to her knowledge by attending and completing wellbeing, child protection and observation courses. Jo is also a first aid qualified practitioner.

Jo thoroughly enjoys being part of such a developmentally vital part of a child’s life and loves watching a child go from strength to strength. Jo is a language specialist, with Swedish being her mother tongue. Jo’s lived in England for 15 years and most people can’t believe that she’s Swedish when they hear her speak!

Julia Church

Julia Church

Childcare Practitioner

 

Julia has a vast array of experience within childcare and general care roles, including working as a nurse, midwife, chairing the Parents Teaching Association and managing a toddler group.

Within childcare, Julia has worked within a forest school environment and loves to see children learning in the natural world. Along with a Montessori background, Julia has experience working internationally and has brought numerous different ideas to our setting, which has allowed the children to thrive. Julia holds a level-3 qualification in childcare.

Julia lives locally with her husband and has 3 children. She enjoys decorating the house, walking her dog, watching her boys play rugby and reading.

Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell

Childcare Practitioner

 

Karen joined Little Birches in January 2020, following a successful career in aviation. When the opportunity arose, Karen was thrilled to be able to pursue a new career within Early Years, for which she has always had a passion for.

Karen is Level 3 qualified in childcare and is very excited to be part of the team, helping and supporting each child to grow in all areas and aspects of learning and development. Karen believes every child should be put at the centre of every activity and they learn the best through play.

Karen has already achieved her Paediatric First Aid, Prevent Duty training, Food Hygiene Level 2 and deputy designated safeguarding lead. Karen lives in the local community with her husband and two young children.

Rebekah Ritchie

Rebekah Ritchie

Childcare Practitioner

 

Rebekah has seven years’ experience working as a teaching assistant in a local Special Needs School. Rebekah is currently working towards her Level 3 Diploma and is excited to learn and develop her skills within Early Years.

She has already achieved her Advanced Level 2 Safeguarding Training, Prevent Duty and Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene Training.

Rebekah lives with her husband and young daughter and loves everything that sparkles!