Linden Green (Owner/Proprietor)
Linden, a qualified cookery teacher, opened Elswick House in 1986 and is a mother to four children and, now, grandmother to Anna, Beth, Lucy, Emily and Layla. Linden maintains a very hands-on approach in the Nursery and aims to know all the children and their families personally. In fact some of the mums and dads once attended Elswick House as babies and toddlers themselves.
Linden is very proud of her young staff and is delighted to introduce them to you ....
Michelle - Assistant Nursery Manager
We are delighted to welcome Michelle to Elswick House. She is very well qualified and has considerable childcare experience. Michelle grew up on a farm and has an affinity with the outdoors, which fits perfectly in with the Elswick House ethos. Having recently moved into the village, Michelle reckons she has the best commute in the world.
Keira - Toddler Room Leader
Keira joined us in 2018 and has recently been appointed Room Leader. She is fully qualified and experienced, having previously worked for three years in another local nursery. Keira is is hard-working, highly organised and very professional and she gets on well with everyone. One of her responsibilities is looking after our pets, always assisted by a squad of small children!
Stephanie - Pre-school Leader / Teacher
Stephanie has always wanted to work with children and so she followed her heart by choosing to take a degree in Childhood Studies at Aberystwyth University, where she gained a very good 2.1. She has done voluntary work in East Africa and lists baking as one of her hobbies. Steph is a real asset to the Nursery and we are delighted at her recent appointment as Pre-school Leader/Teacher.
Val - Baby Room Leader
A big welcome to Val, our new Baby Room Leader. Val is a fully qualified Nursery Nurse with considerable childcare experience. She loves her dog and is a keen gardener too, and with six grandchildren and a seventh on the way, managing her time is a challenge in itself! We believe Val is going to be a great asset to Elswick House and we hope she will be very happy with us.
Sophie - Senior Nursery Nurse
Sophie is a fully qualified Nursery Nurse. Sophie admits to being very creative and has lots of wonderful ideas, which the children love; small wonder, then that, in no time at all, she has become a firm favourite with them! One of her ideas this year was to introduce Science sessions for the older children, which has been a big success.
Sam - Nursery Nurse
Sam has been with us since 2010 and is our longest serving member of staff. It is lovely to have Sam back full time, following a debilitating illness. She gets married this year and so life is very exciting for her at the moment. After a spell upstairs with the toddlers, Sam has returned to the Baby Room, rejoining the team there, where she started all those years ago.
Dawn - Nursery Nurse
Dawn is a fully qualified and experienced Nursery Nurse, who lives locally. After a short time working upstairs with the toddlers, where she seemed to have a wonderful knack of getting the older children to do exactly what she wanted, she has now settled in as an important member of the team in the Baby Room. She loves the babies and they love her!
Shannon - Nursery Nurse
Shannon joined us less than a year ago and settled in to the routines of the Nursery very quickly. She has been interacting beautifully with the children from the start, and her willingness to roll her sleeves up and help has endeared her to the staff. Shannon has lots of interests and we hope she will be very happy at Elswick House.
Harriet - Nursery Nurse
Harriet is a fully qualified Nursery Nurse and is one of our younger members of staff. Despite her tender years and lack of experience, Harriet is a bright, bubbly and very confident young lady, who is always ready to roll up her sleeves and help. She is going to make a first rate Nursery Nurse and be a real asset to Elswick House.
Dawn - Nursery Nurse
Quiet and reserved Dawn is not! She is lively, bubbly and full of fun. She is also extremely professional, very hard-working and an excellent role model for younger staff. Dawn is a well qualified and experienced Nursery Nurse and we welcome her to Elswick House. She is particularly interested in the outdoors and the natural world ... and chocolate too, so rumour has it!
Karin - Nursery Nurse
Karin is French and moved to the UK to complete her studies. She informs us that she likes the UK and we are delighted to welcome her to Elswick House. Karin is part-time, and though she is not qualified, she has had considerable experience of working with children abroad, and has rapidly established a lovely rapport with ours. She is very creative and has lots of exciting ideas.
Amy- Nursery Nurse
The torch has passed on ..... Amy is no longer our newest member of staff! Amy joined the staff at Elswick House in the summer of 2019. Sheis a fully qualified Nursery Nurse, who loves children and has a long list of voluntary work to her name. She claims to be a good listener, which is a big assetwith us, as we have 31 little talkers all demanding attention.
Jade- Nursery Nurse
We welcome Jade to Elswick House and hope she will be very happy with us. She has always wanted to work with children and originally considered teaching, but has now decided on a career in nursery nursing. Teaching,s loss is our gain! Jade has been working recenetly for Amity Hub, an organisation providing support and mentoring to unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Naima- Nursery Nurse
Naima acquired a 1st Class BA (Hons)degree in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Wales in 2017 and then worked for two years in a Children's Centre in Cardigan. She is newly married and has recently moved into the Lichfield area. Naima tells us she has always wanted to work with children and we are delighted to welcome her to Elswick House.
We are delighted to welcome Natalie to Elswick House. Natalie comes straight from school and is our very first apprentice. She is obviously not qualified, but she wants to be a fully fledged Nursery Nurse and it is our resposibility to give her a first class training. We are confident she will do well at Elswick House, but she is no stranger to the place ..... she came to us as a toddler herself!
Charley- Nursery Nurse
Having achieved a 1st Class Honours degree in Primary Education, Charley gained a wealth of experience as a primary school teacher, but has now decided on a career change. Teaching's loss is our gain and we are delighted to welcome Charley to Elswick House. She is a member of a musical theatre group and we are certainly going to make use of her passion for the theatre.