Monique is the proprietor of the nursery and began her career teaching PE in London and then Horsham, Sussex. She started the nursery in 1989 from her own house in Sevenoaks and in 2001 expanded to its current site in Chipstead. Monique is now mainly involved in a consultancy basis.
Stef is the business manager of Monique's Montessori, and is the daughter of Monique. She has had a hand in helping at the nursery since the age of 8 and has an International Level 4 Montessori Diploma. Stef played Netball to a high standard for over 10 years before making a bold move in to rugby in September 2016. She has spent time over the last years travelling around the world to places such as Fiji, Australia, Indonesia and Japan to name but a few. Stef's role at the nursery is to provide guidance and support to Sarah-Rose and the team as and when required.
Sarah-Rose is the Manager at Monique's Montessori and has an International Level 4 Montessori Diploma. She completed her teaching practice at Monique's Montessori back in 2015 and moved to Kent shortly after. Sarah-Rose left Monique's in 2018, but soon returned to take on the Managers position. She is an avid baker and fills her spare time baking sweet treats for her nephews. Sarah-Rose's pride and joy are her two pugs, Winston and Frank (who are a handful!).
Sarah is the Deputy Manager and began helping at the nursery whilst she was herself still in school in 1996. Her time at the nursery guided her towards a career in childcare, and in 1999 she completed her NNEB. Shortly after completing this course, a job opened up at Monique's and the rest is history. Sarah's expertise lie within the baby and toddler Montessori room and Sarah finished her Baby and Toddler Montessori Diploma in 2005. Sarah has 2 young boys of her own, both attending Infant School.
Gemma is Deputy Manager along with Sarah, and has been with us at the nursery for over 12 years during which time she has gained an International Diploma in Montessori Education (2 1/2 - 6 years) and has two young children. She and her family enjoy camping, kayaking and other outdoor pursuits in their spare time.
Sharon has been working at the nursery for over 12 years, and has managed to convince all of the children she is a friendly witch (just to clarify, she is most definitely NOT a witch!). Sharon's daughter attended Monique's, who is now 14 years old. Sharon has an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare and has a penchant for themed arts and crafts.
Joanna / Jojo
Jojo has been a part of our team for 15 years, having started with us as a cleaner in her teenage years, and has gained an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare to allow her to progress to where she is now. She enjoys going for long walks and hikes around Kent, always finding new trails with beautiful scenery, as well as the occasional line dancing classes.
Natalie has been at Monique's for nearly 10 years and has achieved a Level 3 in Early Years, and will be working towards gaining her Montessori Diploma in the future. She was the lead practitioner in the baby and toddler room whilst Sarah was on maternity leave in 2015, and enjoyed the challenges that came with that role. Natalie enjoys going to Zumba classes, and has recently started taking part in line dancing with a few other members of staff.
Ellen has been working at Monique's on and off since 2001, as well as working at the After School Club. Ellen has a 15 year old daughter who attended Monique's when she was 9 Months old. Ellen is a fantastic baker! and will often bring in treats for us all to enjoy. Ellen has been baking with the children for many years, and has developed picture recipe books to help the children learn how to follow a recipe.
Natasha is currently studying for her Postgraduate Certificate in Montessori Education having decided on a career change after having her son Lucas, now 3 years old. Natasha has a degree in English Literature, a Masters in Shakespeare and Theatre and studied for her PhD in Shakespeare and Performance. She has previously worked in schools as a special needs teaching assistant and English tutor, lecturing in English at the University of Reading and has also worked in the hospitality industry as a wedding planner. In any free time her son allows her, Natasha enjoys reading, cooking, singing in choirs and has even been known to run the odd half marathon raising money for GOSH.
Helena has a degree in Physiotherapy and is our 'lunch time helper' at the nursery. She is also our first call for cover staff as she has a fantastic relationship with the children. Helena has 2 children of her own who attended local schools. She is originally from Sweden, however has lived in England for most of her adult life. Helena is a self confessed fitness freak and is especially into Bootcamp and Yoga. She loves walking, travelling to learn about different cultures and has recently taken up knitting and puzzles during lockdown.
Maple is our resident singing nursery assistant. She has had almost 40 years of experience working with children as a nanny and in 2 other London based nurseries before finding Monique's in 2007. Maple has a qualification in mechanics, and also dabbled in carpentry, brick laying and metal work at the same time as gaining her mechanics qualification. Maple's first love however is singing and she has a beautiful voice. She spent time touring Australia with the London Gospel Choir, performing at the Sydney Opera House. Maple is a creative person, enjoying artwork and woodcraft projects at home. Her bubbly personality and enthusiasm is infectious, and the babies and toddlers love her.
Becky is our new Catering Manager and started at Monique's in August 2020. She has been a friend to the nursery for many years. Becky was keen to begin a new career having seen first hand the positive influences the Montessori method had on her two children who attended Monique's over 10 years ago. After spending 30 years in head office Retail roles, Becky is looking forward to a more relaxed work/life balance - treating your children to her family's favourite recipes.