Mrs Heather Johns
Heather is passionate about leaving a positive mark on the world. She started her career as a nurse and, when her own child began to show developmental delay, she decided to create a nursery where every child could make great progress, regardless of their starting point, developmental or environmental challenges. Heather believes in the importance of a good early years’ experience to create foundations from which to build the rest of a child’s life. The poem “Children learn by what they live” by Dorothy Law Note is the inspiration behind Robins Nursery. “If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself” . She believes this is key to how to build happy, confident, interested, caring children who can grow into fulfilled, peaceful, knowledgeable, thoughtful, engaged members of society. Her ongoing professional qualifications are part of the continuous endeavour to provide the best possible service to the children and parents who join us. Heather is readily available to discuss your child or any concerns as she understands how wonderful and yet tough it can be as a parent. She loves interacting with the children and is often found on the playroom floor engaging in play.
Miss Fiona Paris
Fiona started working in Early Years education at our sister nursery, Robins, in 2006 as the Nursery Supervisor. Her fascination in child development began soon after her daughter was born in 2000. This led her to pursue and achieve a First Class Honours degree in Psychology with particular interests in child development and language acquisition. In the years since, Fiona went on to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status and has been working as a teacher in a local Primary School. However, the draw of the Early Years stage was just too much and we are delighted that she has returned to working with us recognising this crucial stage in their learning and development. Fiona is also currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Early Years Education making sure that she stays up to date with the latest research and we look forward to her putting this into her practice. Most importantly, Fiona is a mother to four children of her own and is always happy to share her parental anecdotes and pass on any useful tips!
Mrs Sahla Derouiche
Sahla’s journey in Early Years began in 1995 as a Reception teacher in her home country of Tunisia. Managing a class of 35 children, she quickly gained skills in engaging a large group of children whilst maintaining good behaviour management. She also became very aware of how unique children are in terms of both their personalities and their stages of development. Sahla is fluent in three languages; Arabic, French and English, which makes her a real asset to the Wagtails team. Arriving in the UK, Sahla began teaching French at an After School Club in Brighton in 1998. She is very keen to emphasise that the teaching of French was through play and she observed just how much young children will learn and soak up new languages when they are engaged and having fun. After Sahla took a few years ‘break’ to bring up three children of her own, she returned to Early Years and achieved her NVQ Level 2 whilst volunteering at a local nursery. She quickly became a Nursery Practitioner, progressing to Deputy Manager and completed her NVQ Level 3. Sahla is very creative and will often be seen getting quite literally ‘stuck’ into the arts and crafts with the Wagtails children. On her days off, she loves nothing more than a walk, swim or a bit of cooking with her family.
Mrs Lorraine Hyatt
Lorraine qualified as a teacher (QTS) in 1991 and was awarded a Bachelor of Education Honours degree. She has over 28 years experience as a teacher in Nursery and Reception classes in local primary schools. Due to an outstanding Ofsted Lorraine had an opportunity to support other settings develop their practice when she held the role of an Early Years Consultant for Brighton and Hove Council. Lorraine has a passion and commitment to providing the highest quality nursery experience for young children and families, in which children flourish and grow developing skills and attitudes that will make them confident and resilient lifelong learners. Lorraine is excited to join such an experienced team. She is a keen gardener and is looking forward to gardening with the children at Wagtails.