Introducing the Chiltern Team

Management Team & Support Staff

Nursery Directors – Emma Ward & Gary Ward

Emma and Gary originally set up Chiltern Nursery in Sutton in 2002 as they were unable to find a nursery that they liked for their own son. Fast forward a few years later they are now the directors of three nurseries.

Emma and Gary are very hands on, and spend time at all the settings during the week.

Nursery Manager – Alisha Blanchard

Alisha started at Chiltern in 2010 as a room leader in the preschool room. Two years later she was promoted to deputy manager before becoming the nursery manager in 2015. Alisha is qualified to childcare level 3 and is currently undertaking a Level 3 Diploma in Management. She is the nursery special education needs coordinator as well at the designated safeguarding officer. Alisha holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene.

Early Years Assistant – Susan

Sue started at Chiltern in 2009 and supports each day with the teams breaks and lunches ensuring ratios are being met. Sue spends time in all 3 rooms and has built great relationships with the children and their parents. She holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene certificate.

Gems Room

Room Leader – Samantha

Sam has two children of her own and started with the company in in 2013 before moving over to work at Chiltern in 2016. In 2017 Sam was promoted to room leader. She is currently completing  a team leading level 3 qualification through our in-house training academy. Sam holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene.

Nursery Apprentice – Megan

Megan started at the nursery in 2016 is currently working towards her level 3 qualification through the in-house training academy. Megan spends time in all three rooms supporting the staff and learning about the different age groups we care for. She holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene certificate.

Topaz Room

Room Leader – Rebecca

Becci started with the company in 2010 and moved to Chiltern in 2013 to become room leader. Becci thoroughly enjoys looking after children between the ages of 2-3yrs old finding out about their emerging personalities and of course their likes and dislikes. Becci is level 3 qualified holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene.

Early Years Assistant – Vicki

Vicki started at Chiltern in 2016 and is currently working towards her level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. She holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene.

Ruby Room

Room Leader & Deputy Manager – Kristina

Kristina started working at Chiltern in 2012, she was quickly been promoted to room leader of our baby room and spent many years helping the youngest children in the nursery thrive within their environment.

In 2015 Kristina had been promoted to deputy manager supporting Alisha with the running of the nursery. In 2017 Kristina made her biggest move from our baby room to our preschool room. She also holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene certificate.

Early Years Educator РMaria 

Maria works part time in Ruby Room job sharing across the week with Jen. She started at Chiltern in 2010 and has always worked in with our oldest children in the preschool. Maria has three sons as well as 10 grandchildren. She holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene certificate.

Early Years Assistant – Jen

Jen currently works two days a week job sharing with Maria in our preschool room. When Jen isn’t at work, she is a mummy herself to a little boy. Jen started at Chiltern in 2016 and is working towards her L3 qualification through the companies in-house training programme. She holds a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene