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 assistant manager / administrator 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 Mamta and the team as and when required.
Mamta is the Manager who holds a PhD in Influence of plant growth promoting fungi (PGPF ) on growth and yield of lentil; MSc in Botany with a dissertation in Non Conventional Food Products of Amaranth Grain and Green, and a Diploma in International Montessori Education (2 1/2 - 6 years). She is fluent in English, Nepali and Hindi. Mamta has been teaching for the past 20 years, the last 15 of which she has taught children under the age of six at Monique's. She has previously directed and managed a nursery in Nepal. Mamta has been working at Monique's for nearly 14 years.
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, with the youngest currently attending the nursery and due to start Infant School in September 2020.
Marlene is the nursery Senco and head of Education. She has worked with Monique since 1992 and helped to establish Monique's as a Montessori Day Nursery. Marlene previously worked in Sales, Publishing, and for a short spell running the Lancet subscription department. Marlene gained a Montessori Teaching Diploma with distinction which she has recently upgraded to a Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies. Marlene has always been a lover of the arts and took courses with The British Kodaly Institute and The Academy of Kodaly for teaching singing and music to pre schoolers. Her hobbies are varied, she continues to practice Russian Ballet, and Yoga.....past interests have included Piano, Art, Jazz Dance, Latin Dance, writing and Ceroc!
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 had 2 young children aged 5 and 6 years old. 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.
Mandy is a Montessori Directress who first came to us as a student. After completing her required teaching hours for her course, she stayed on with us for a brief time before finding greener pastures at another setting. Mandy returned to our home early in 2019 and has been welcomed by all, particularly by Marlene with whom she has been friends with for over 40 years.
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.
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.
Tina has been at the nursery from the very beginning. Before she first started, nearly 30 years ago, Tina was a catering manager, with a particular love of hearty, home cooked meals. She first started helping Monique with the babies and toddlers, before returning to her catering roots. Back then, there were only 4 or 5 children to cook for, not the 27 children per day we now have. Tina loves caring for her chickens and during her holidays, she enjoys spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.