Our Team

Who works at The Culham Village Nursery & Preschool?

Our children spend their time with caring and gentle adults who are fun to be around and who genuinely love being with them. Our nursery staff know all the children really well.  All our staff are well qualified for their role. Everyone is trained in first aid and safeguarding. All our staff are encouraged and supported in further training in general childcare and in more specialised areas such as Special Educational Needs and also in practical skills like food hygiene. 

Nikki

Nikki

Nursery Manager

I've been manager at Culham Science Centre Nursery & Preschool since 2006. Over time I've created a fantastic, very capable, highly motivated  and supportive senior management team who are all passionate about giving your child the very best standards in childcare. I've overseen the expansion of the nursery to create a whole new purpose built preschool designed to optimise our beautiful setting; and we are constantly innovating and improving what we do - every day I have members of my team coming to me with suggestions for how we can improve things in large and small ways. I'm very proud of the nursery. I'm lucky enough to have an Outstanding team supporting me and Ofsted agreed in their inspections in 2012 , 2015 and 2020!

I am extremely excited by this new venture where we will be taking all of our outstanding childcare skills to an additional location just a mile away from Culham Science Centre. Culham Village Nursery and Preschool is a delightful setting and I will be spending my time at both locations.

I love children and have two grown up boys of my own who I adore spending time with. My husband and I love camping with the boys and enjoy keeping fit. I've been known to like the odd glass of wine as my other passion is cooking. I'm a qualified Primary School Teacher as well as an Early Years Professional and have an Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  

Abbie

Abbie

Deputy Manager

Having joined the team at Culham Science Centre Nursery & Preschool in 2013 I have enjoyed the journey from Trainee Nursery Assistant to the role I have now. I am very passionate about childcare and education. Preschool has been my area of expertise but I have developed extensive knowledge and experience of working with children with different needs over my years and have a passion for ensuring I am providing an inclusive environment that supports all children to make progress.

I am so excited to be a key part of the gorgeous and exciting new Culham Village nursery where we will be providing the same outstanding levels of childcare as at Culham Science Centre . I am a fun-loving person with much energy and you will always see me laughing and joking with the team, who I love working with.

Denise

Denise

Baby & Toddler Room Leader

Having been in childcare now for 18 years, I finally found the place where I feel most at home, which is caring for the babies and toddlers at the lovely Culham Village Nursery. I started at Culham Science Centre Nursery in 2017 and found I couldn't leave! I love watching the smallest babies develop and grow into wonderful little people. My absolute favourite thing at nursery is to read the babies stories and I do all the different silly voices and sounds! Their excited little faces staring back at me makes my day. Outside of nursery I enjoy walking my dog in the fresh air with my husband, embroidery and knitting, and spending time with my children and extended family.

George

George

Nursery Cook
 I love cooking! I have been working as a chef since I was 17 years old and am qualified in hospitality and catering. I come from a family of cooks and when we all get together, food is always something we love to make the heart of any gathering. I love to travel and have been to many places around Europe as well as visiting family in Cyprus on many occasions; trying different food and learning about food culture are a big part of each trip. 
 
In my spare time I love to read anything I can get my hands on and of course love to cook! I enjoy baking and make lots of home-made goodies which I can't wait to try out on the staff and children at the nursery. I am always looking for ways to create healthy yet appetising cakes and treats such as my home-made, sugar free fruit cake, sweetened with grated apple, it's already a hit with the children!