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Meet the staff!

Meet the Nursery School Staff  (left to right)

Hannah Goldsmith
I qualified at Bexhill College in 1998 gaining my NNEB. Since then I have worked in a variety of Nurseries and schools. In 2007 I joined the Battle Abbey Family after looking for a nurturing and friendly Nursery for my eldest daughter. I now have two children at Battle Abbey School. During my spare time I love to travel with my family, go on country walks with my Labrador and bake cakes with my children at home.

Kate Wooten
After School and College I attended Buckinghamshire University and gained a degree in Business Administration subsequently becoming a training officer for an insurance company. I soon realised I wanted a career working with children so I changed career direction working in the baby room at a local Nursery. I gained my NVQ3 in childcare. I worked there for five years and then joined Children’s Services to work with looked after children. In 2010 I took time out from working to raise my two children. In 2013 my children started at Battle Abbey Nursery. That’s when I got to know the team and thought they were fantastic! I joined the Nursery team in April 2016 as a practitioner and my children started at the Prep School soon after. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, going to the Gym and seeing live bands.

Kirstie O’Callaghan
I have had various careers from managing a hair salon to running my own betting shop. In 2008, after having my daughter, I decided to change career path and gained a Teaching Assistant Qualification Level 3 at Hastings College while working in a local School and Nursery. I joined the Battle Abbey Family in 2017, along with my daughter who attends the Prep School.

Johnna Mullarkey
….pronounced John with a na on the end! I have had various careers, starting in banking and HR and ending up as a Nursery Practitioner. I gained my degree as a mature student in 2005 in Business Administration and I’m currently studying my NVQ3 in childcare. I have four daughters, three of whom attended Battle Abbey. One recently started University and the younger two are at the Senior School. I have been on the FOBAS Committee for six years and am currently joint Chair. I love working at the Nursery, the team are amazing and I get my ‘fix’ of children without having to increase my own brood! I have worked at Battle Abbey Nursery for two years.

Amy Lee
I am the deputy manager and the room leader for the pre-school Oaks room. I joined the Battle Abbey Family in 2008 where I have worked in both the younger ‘Acorns’ room and I’m currently with the 3-4 year olds. What I love most about my job is being fortunate enough to watch the children develop, grow and flourish from Nursery age all the way through to 6th Form at the Senior School. In my spare time I enjoy walking, catching up with friends and family as well as volunteering for local charities.

Helen Melville
I was born and raised in Indonesia. I am married and have an 18 year old and a 21 year old, both who went through Battle Abbey Prep and Senior School. I am a qualified Nurse and Midwife and have a Level 3 NVQ in Early Years with 14 years’ experience in Nursery settings from babies through to four year olds.

Chloe Field
I was born and raised in Bexhill and I am married with two sons, who both attend Battle Abbey School. Originally I trained as a beautician and was a manager at Virgin for over ten years. After becoming a parent and realising the importance of the Early Years Foundation Stage I gained my Level 2 qualification and I’m currently working towards my Level 3. I have worked at Battle Abbey Nursery since 2016.