• Meet the Staff

Here at Monkey Puzzle Astwick we have a highly trained staff team with several of our staff having completed their NVQ Level 4 or above in Childcare alongside the remainder of our team being Level 3 qualified or are working towards achieving this with us. In addition to this many of our staff have achieved individual specialist qualifications to support their role in teaching and caring for your children which you can read all about below.

Natasha Moniz

Nursery Owner / Manager

NVQ Level 4 – Childcare & Education
Safeguarding Officer
First Aid Officer
Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene

I have over 20 years’ experience in childcare, first starting as a nursery nurse, then as a deputy manager and finally a manager working for two of the largest nursery groups in the UK. I have also worked in the NHS with babies and their mothers who were suffering with severe mental health conditions.

I have always loved working with children as no two days are the same, and children have a way to make you smile so much. It is a privilege to teach a child something new and watch them grow and develop until they are ready for school.

I love working at Monkey Puzzle Astwick as its always been a dream of mine to own my own nursery and I still can’t quite believe it’s finally happened! It’s no longer a job – it’s a passion,  and I have absolutely loved putting my heart and soul into making my nursery such a beautiful place (even if I do say so myself 😉). I also love the location on Church farm; it’s such an amazing environment for the children and my staff team.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my own three boys and my husband, going on family days’ out or movie nights at home on the sofa. I also enjoy spending time with friends and travelling.

An interesting fact about me…

I used to work as a PA for Charles Worthington (celebrity hairdresser) and also trained in fashion and make-up at the London College of Fashion before realising that my passion was caring for children.

Leadership Team 

Abi White
Deputy Manager

  • Certificate of higher Education in Early years
  • Professional Practice Cache L3 Diploma in Child care and Education
  • Leading Early Years setting
  • SENCo
  • Autism
  • Send
  • Safeguarding Lead
  • Allergy Awareness
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Child protection
  • Prevent Covid-19
  • Prevent
  • FGM

I have worked in childcare for 6 years after finishing college and have worked my way up to become a Deputy Manager in a large UK nursery group. I am currently studying my BA Honours degree in Early Years part time and have worked in various nursery settings carrying out all sorts of different roles!

I am very passionate about working with children and really enjoy helping to teach and nurture them whilst at nursery! It is an extremely rewarding job when you see how much children can achieve.

Monkey Puzzle Astwick is a unique setting based on the church farm which provides and amazing f experience for both the children and the team.

I love travelling and exploring new parts of the world and spend a lot of my spare time visiting spare times and taking part in new experiences.

An interesting fact about me…

I have been solo travelling around Europe in recent years and have even climbed over the O2 arena!

Becky Coleman
Room Leader / Third in Charge / EYFS Teacher

  • Early Years Teacher Status
  • BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies
  • CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • STEPS Behaviour Training
  • FGM
  • Level 2 in Allergy Awareness
  • CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Autism
  • Safeguarding
  • Manual Handling
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevent
  • Covid-19

I have worked in Childcare for the last 13 years. Within my experience I have enjoyed working in different sectors including a children’s centre, an after-school club and within Nurseries. I have been a Nursery Manager for the past two years and prior to this was a Deputy Manager. I also have a sound knowledge of working with SEN children, and I was the SENCo in my previous setting.

I love being able to teach children new opportunities and watch them grow into little humans. Working with children is such a rewarding job as you get to see the impact you make on their everyday life. Every day is a new day with children – the comments they make just make my day!

I am very excited to start my new position at Monkey Puzzle. I feel I can bring lots of new ideas from my experience and qualifications that the children and staff will love!

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Interesting fact about me…

For four years in a row, I volunteered as a young carer for a charity taking physically disabled adults skiing in Austria for a week.

Harriet Toynton
Forest School Leader 

  • NVQ Level 3 – Diploma in Children’s Learning & Development
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Food hygiene

I have recently moved to the area from Northamptonshire where I worked in a private day nursery set on a farm. I have worked in childcare since I was 18 (4 years now), starting off as an apprentice achieving my level 3 diploma.

I love working in childcare as no two days are the same. It is always fun, exciting and full of adventure. The thing I love the most about working in childcare is how rewarding my job is. I help to teach, nurture, love and make a positive impact on so many children’s childhoods. In my eyes there is no job that would compare.

Monkey puzzle Astwick is a home away from home for me. The picturesque setting is an amazing place to say I work. The staff team are like a family and always there to support one another. The nursery itself is amazing with such fun, bright and colourful rooms. Therefore, with those foundations I couldn’t think of a better place to work and I can’t wait to help shape and grow Monkey Puzzle Astwick.

I am fortunate to live on a farm so I take full advantage of the amazing countryside around me, by taking my dog Betty on lovely long walks. I also love to travel, exploring amazing new places and cultures with my family. Oh, and I of course love to go shopping!

An interesting fact about me…

I am the proud owner of a fordson super major (vintage tractor), which has been in my family for three generations.

Katie Ralph
Room Leader

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years workforce
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Child protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Supporting 0-2-year-olds in the EYFS
  • Prevent Covid-19
  • Hand Hygiene Training
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • Safeguarding

I began working in a private day nursery 6 years ago, completing my level 2 and 3 qualifications. Most of my experience has been with 1-2’s & 2-3’s however I enjoy working with all age groups.

Working in childcare is such a rewarding experience. I love creating opportunities to support children’s ever changing interests and curiosities! Every child has their own unique style of learning. It’s so fulfilling helping them to develop new skills & watching them put these into practice each day.

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick because the setting is absolutely beautiful. We are so lucky to have access to amazing outdoor spaces which the children really thrive from. The staff team are so dedicated and caring which has created such an enjoyable place to be.

In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, going to the gym, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

An interesting fact about me…
I’m currently learning British sign language!

 

Taylor Dollman
Room Leader

  • Level 5 leadership and management
  • Level 2 and 3 childcare
  • Safeguarding
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Behaviour management
  • Baby matters
  • Designated safeguarding

I have been working in childcare for 8 years, studying as an apprentice and qualifying up to a level five, with great experiences including management and leadership.

I have always wanted to work with children and enjoy every moment and learning curve we get to share with each child. Every day is an exciting adventure and the children make the most out of each day with our support which is lovely to see.

I enjoy being part of the team at Monkey Puzzle and my son has settled into the nursery so well and is clearly thriving.

I love travelling and exploring new parts of the world and spend a lot of my spare time visiting spare times and taking part in new experiences.

An interesting fact about me…

I have two energetic boys of my own who have me stomping through mud and often going on bear hunts through our nature reserve.

Michela Ippoliti

Room Leader

  • NVQ level 2 in childcare
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology
  • Key Stage 2 Teaching
  • Yoga
  • COVID – Prevent
  • COVID – Infection Control
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevent
  • FGM

I have been working in childcare for the past eight years, and I have experience with a mixed age range of children, from babies to older children. Initially, I started working as a nanny when I first moved to London, and then progressed my career by working as a nursery practitioner once I moved to Hertfordshire. I was then promoted to a Room Leader and worked within a pre-school in St Albans before I decided to join Monkey Puzzle Astwick.

Fortunately, when I was growing up in Italy, I was always surrounded by children in my neighbourhood and the parents acknowledged my childcare talents. In addition, I looked after my younger brothers and supported our local summer camps. Consequently, I have had an opportunity from an early age to discover my interest in child development. Furthermore, I have been blessed to have received the chance to study psychology and this increased my depth of knowledge regarding the world of children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading about child development and I try to ensure that my practices are up to date with the latest child development guidance.

I am very appreciative that I have been given an opportunity to work with the team at Monkey Puzzle Astwick. I chose to apply for this nursery, as the grounds have beautiful open spaces, the overall goal and vision for the nursery, and what this nursery can offer the children. I believe, it is very important for the children to have opportunities to learn both indoors and outdoors.

In my spare time, I like to do a wide variety of different things, from yoga to reading, being outdoors, travelling, sewing, and taking photographs. Being Italian, I love good food and cooking in my kitchen at home.

Interesting fact about me…

Growing up in Italy, I was lucky enough to spend time sailing with my grandad and hiking with my parents. I have a real love for the ocean, and water sport activities such as sailing and surfing. When I am unable to get to the coast, I like to spend my time in the mountains regardless of weather. I have three brothers, two younger brothers and one older brother.  I have always been interested in travelling, discovering new cultures and new food.  I am lucky enough that I found my boyfriend, who shares the same passions.

Nursery Practitioners

Nicola Jane Goldhawk
Part-time Nursery Nurse

  • NVQ Level 3 – Childcare & Education
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Food hygiene

I have over 10 years’ experience working for some of the UK’s largest nursery groups. For the past 4 years I have been working as a private nanny for two adorable twin girls.

The reason I work in childcare is that I have always had a natural bond with children and I am passionate about helping them grow and learn. I feel that working with children is extremely fulfilling and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!

The thing I love about working at Monkey Puzzle Astwick is that I can see my big sister’s dream come true; having worked with Natasha for many years in childcare I knew she would make her own nursery a success where the children always come first.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and family. I have a six year old boy and together we enjoy going on walks and exploring! We enjoy family holidays and spending quality time together.

An interesting fact about me…

I backpacked around Thailand when I was younger, visiting many islands including Phuket. I also camped on Phi Phi Islands – an experience that I’ll never forget!

Victoria Jowitt
Nursery Nurse (On Maternity Leave)

  • Cache Award (NVQ Level 3)
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Safeguarding

I have 10 years’ experience working in childcare. I’ve worked in nurseries and also as a nanny for three different families.

I love working in childcare, to me it is the most rewarding job. I love having the opportunity to teach children, watch them grow, nurture them and have lots of fun in the process!

Working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick is an absolute privilege. The nursery and the outside setting is absolutely beautiful and the staff are a family away from home, all supporting each other in our ideas.

In my spare time I enjoy doing different crafts, spending time with my husband, family and friends, watching movies and going on holiday.

An interesting fact about me….

I was once in the official Chelsea Football Club magazine!

Louisa Connolly
Senior Nursery Nurse

  • CACHE Level 3 – Diploma in Children’s Learning & Development
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • Supporting Children with Autism
  • Social Communication Needs
  • COVID – Prevent
  • COVID – Hand Hygiene
  • Food Hygiene
  • SEND Training

I have worked in another nursery for just nearly 4 years, during this time I gained my Level 3 childcare qualification. I have experience working in the 1-2’s room which I worked in for about 4 months and the Preschool room for just over 2 years. I also have experience in being an assistant room leader as well as acting room leader.

Working in childcare is such an exciting job, helping the children grow into such amazing individuals, giving them the love and support they need. No two days are the same and that’s why I love how rewarding it is to make such a difference in their lives.

Monkey Puzzle Astwicks’ outdoor ethos has a huge positive impact on the children’s ongoing learning and development. With the nursery being located on a farm, the children can explore the surroundings and wildlife, as well as visiting the animals on the farm or even splashing in muddy puddles as they love to do. The staff are friendly and lovely, creating the perfect atmosphere to work in.

In my spare time I enjoy baking, trying out new fun recipes. As well as spending time with loved ones and meeting up with my friends.

Interesting fact about me…

I am allergic to alcohol so I’m teetotal!

Charlotte Moncrieff 
Nursery Teacher 

  • BA Childhood Studies and PGCE Primary
  • Safeguarding
  • FGM
  • Prevent Covid-19
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Understanding emotions
  • In the moment planning

I have worked in nurseries and schools and my first year of teaching was abroad in Kuwait. I have worked with children aged 3-11 and I love planning fun and interesting activities.

I enjoy finding out about children’s interests and planning around that and the early years curriculum provides opportunities for flexibility. I love being a part of children’s early learning experiences.

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick because the staff team here are all very approachable and I like that it is near a farm. There is also a very friendly atmosphere.

In my spare time, I like doing arts and crafts such as decoupage, painting and knitting. Dancing is also a favourite pastime of mine too.

Interesting fact about me…
I’ve climbed Mount Snowdon twice.

Lucy Almond
Nursery Practitioner 

  • NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • COVID-19
  • Paediatric First Aid

I left school when I was 16 years of age and went straight into childcare; I started as an apprentice and worked in each room gaining experience before receiving my qualification.

I believe that working in childcare is the most rewarding job anyone could ever have. I love seeing the impact I have on the children I work with as they learn new things every day. Every year for Christmas I go to the children’s ward in Bedford hospital to spend time playing games with the children and also to give them presents.

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick because the staff here are so lovely and everyone is there for each other and will help out whenever they can. I love the setting and being able to explore the farm with the children.

In my spare time, I like spending time with my family and also seeing my friends, I like going to the gym with my boyfriend and going to concerts and festivals together.

An interesting fact about me:
I went to Thailand and spent 3 days working with elephants, I rode them, fed them and washed them. It was the best experience ever.

Sydni Reed 
Nursery Practitioner

  • NVQ L3 Diploma for Children & Young People’s Workforce
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • Safeguarding
  • Food Hygiene
  • Behaviour Management
  • Data Protection
  • SEND
  • Internet Safety

I have worked in childcare since December 2016. I have worked with a range of age groups from three months to five years.

I love my job because seeing the children grow and develop is amazing. No two days are the same and when a child learns something new it is amazing and knowing that you’re supporting them to develop and have the best start to their lives.

Monkey Puzzle Astwick has given me a huge boost of confidence that I needed, the team here are so supportive and lovely and are really helping me reach my full potential. It is so refreshing to see every member of the team giving 110% everyday so we can provide the best care for the children at the nursery.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family – we go on days out and love having adventures visiting new places. I also enjoy having some days at home watching my programmes and creating different things as I’m quite artistic!

Interesting fact about me….
Between the ages of 10 to 16 I did trampolining and then from the age of 16 I taught children aged 3 to 6 how to trampoline!

Natalie Ward
Part-time Nursery Nurse

  • A. (Hons) in Education
  • Cache L3 Diploma in Childcare & Education
  • Early Years Professional Status
  • NVQ Level 2 Equality and Diversity
  • NVQ Level 2 Diet and Nutrition

I have worked in childcare throughout my whole professional career, from starting as a casual member of staff covering breaks, to becoming a team leader and then as a manager of a preschool and extended childcare provision.

I love working in an environment where you can shape minds, build relationships, and help children learn and develop and reach their full potential. I really enjoy the daily challenges and rewards in working with young children and being able to see them develop and grow. I find the job so rewarding  and honestly could not see myself doing anything else.

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick as the nursery is on a farm and children can explore such a range  of outdoor environments. I also love that all the staff having a caring attitude towards the children and are always thinking of ways to help develop the children they look after.

In my spare time I enjoy days out with my children and partner,  going out for meals and spending time with friends and family making memories.

 Interesting fact about me…

I once traveled around Canada for four weeks in a camper van, visiting family and seeing the most amazing sights. I can’t wait for the opportunity to go back!

Jenny Noades 
Nursery Practitioner

  • NVQ Level 3 Cache in Childcare & Education
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • Safeguarding
  • Food Hygiene
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Understanding attachment, relationships in everyday settings * Motorways in the brain – the processes of neural development

I have over 12 years of childcare experience, working with all ages from 3 months old to 12 years old, with half that time spent working in a nursery environment and the other half as a nanny. I have recently returned to childcare after being a care assistant for the past year.

I love working in childcare because every day is different and immensely enjoyable whilst also giving me the opportunity to express my bubbly, fun loving, energetic and caring personality! There is no greater feeling than when a child has learnt and developed as a result of your encouragement and support, so to be a part of that is a blessing and very rewarding.

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick because it has giving me an opportunity to get back to doing something that I love and I am very passionate about.

In my spare time, I love being with my husband and dog having cuddles, playing and going for walks. I also enjoy socialising with friends and family. When I’m relaxing I like to watch films and do some reading.

Interesting fact about me…..
My nan was Welsh, so I’m quarter Welsh, “lechyd da” means “cheers” in Welsh!

Stacey Campbell
Nursery Practitioner

  • NNEB in Nursery Nursing (Level 3)
  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • Paediatric First Aid

I have had lots of experience working in nurseries and pre-schools since I became qualified in 2001. I have worked with all ages ranging from 3 months old up to 10 years of age. Plus, I have experience as a Nanny and doing school runs.

I’m very lucky to do a job that I love. I feel such joy to be helping to give children that valuable start in life; to help children to learn, play and to develop their social skills. I just love watching the children grow and progress – it is such a rewarding job.

I absolutely love working at Monkey Puzzle Astwick and I just knew my daughter would love it here too 😊. It is a beautiful setting and such a friendly team to work with.

In my spare time I love to create lots of memories with my daughter and husband. We love to go for walks, explore woods, all sorts of baking plus visiting farms and zoos. I also love to spend time with my family and socialise with my friends – going out for meals and of course, shopping!!

An interesting fact about me…

I once spent Christmas in New York with my family and on Christmas day we went ice skating in Central Park. It was magical!

 

Lisa Warren 
Nursery Practitioner

  • NVQ Level 4 in Early Years Practice
  • NVQ Level 3 in Preparing to Work in a Homebased Childcare Setting * NVQ Level 3 in Playwork
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • Safeguarding
  • Food safety
  • Team working

I have 12 years’ of experience in Childcare. I have worked within settings providing care for young babies through to 9 years old ranging from many stages and capabilities.

I love to provide a stimulating environment for children to learn, play, build experiences and memories. I enjoy watching children grow and develop through stages along with building relationships with their families.

I am excited for my new challenge within Monkey Puzzle, helping to build new experiences for children and giving everything I can to the setting.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family consisting of my partner and 3 boys. We enjoy walks, socialising with family and friends and generally building positive experiences and memories.

Interesting fact about me…..
I have always wanted to work in childcare from the age of 5 years!

Sandra Roberts
Senior Nursery Practitioner

  • Early Years Level 4
  • Child Protection
  • Safeguarding
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Prevent
  • FGM
  • Food Hygiene

I gained my qualifications in Germany and have been working with children of all ages for 22 years. I gained most of my experience working in nursery settings and I have also worked in residential childcare. I have had little breaks to raise my own 2 children and thoroughly loved my time with them.

I love being part of a child’s learning and the impact I have on their journey. Just watching their curiosity throughout the day puts a smile on my face. Every day is a different day and doesn’t just give learning opportunities for the children but for me too.

When I went for my interview at Monkey Puzzle Astwick, I just knew that this was the nursery I wanted to work for. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming and the atmosphere is just lovely. I love the outside space, going for walks visiting the animals.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We enjoy travelling throughout Europe and further afield. I enjoy keeping fit and go out running as often as I can.

An interesting fact about me…
I was lucky enough to go to the Falkland Islands for a holiday, spending a lot of time with the beautiful penguins on the beach and seeing some very smelly elephant seals!

 

Chelsea Fourie
Nursery Practitioner

  • Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in children’s care and development Safeguarding
  • FGM
  • Prevent
  • Paediatric First Aid

I have worked with children since leaving school in 2012, starting off doing voluntary work alongside completing my Level 3. I moved to Hertfordshire five years ago where I have enjoyed working in a nursey on a farm setting, I love exploring the outdoors and finding ways to incorporate it into activities for the children!

No day is the same working with children, it’s fun, challenging and rewarding all rolled into one. I have had the opportunity to work with so many great children and families, its’s a lovely thing to be a part of. There also aren’t many jobs where it is acceptable to burst into Disney songs!

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick: I cannot wait to start my journey at Monkey Puzzle. It’s a beautiful setting and I’m sure I am going to love it!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Disney films and going out with friends.

An interesting fact about me…
I am a HUGE animal lover! I have three cats and two ferrets!

 

Farrah Harmer Smith
Nursery Practitioner

  • Level 3 Childcare Diploma
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Level 1 BSL

I have been a Childcare Practitioner since 2016 & became qualified in 2018. I’ve worked with all ages of children and managed a busy preschool in my previous setting. Working in childcare is fun, rewarding and no two days are ever the same. Helping to raise the next generation is a wonderful privilege!

I really love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick because it’s a lovely new setting with miles of outdoor space to explore.

My husband and I are huge Disney fans. We enjoy introducing our two young boys to the movies and theme parks. We also spend time growing our own vegetables on our allotment.

An interesting fact about me…
I can squat lift the equivalent of my own body weight at the gym!

Bethan Lainsbury
Apprentice Nursery Nurse

  • Paediatric first aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Safeguarding
  • Child Protection
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Prevent

I have 9 months’ experience working in another Monkey Puzzle nursery in Battersea as a Level 2 Apprentice working with children aged between 3 months and 5 years. I chose a career in childcare as I simply love being with children, helping them develop into amazing young children.

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick because of all the amazing children that make me constantly laugh and smile, and the wonderful staff team that have made me feel so welcome.

In my spare time I like to read and write, bake cakes and spend time with my friends.

An interesting fact about me..

I’ve always been interested in forensic science (so I love helping our mini scientists in pre-school carry out science experiments!).

Lauren Paeckmeyer
Apprentice Nursery Nurse

  • Currently studying for NVQ L2 in Childcare & Education
  • Child Protection
  • Safeguarding
  • FGM
  • Prevent Covid-19
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Paediatric First Aid

I am currently studying for my NVQ 2 in Childcare and Education and I absolutely love it! I could not ask for a better team or nursery! Everyone is friendly and welcoming.

What I love about Monkey Puzzle Astwick is that everyone is really lovely, and I think the scenery is amazing. I feel very lucky to be starting my career and learning in such a beautiful environment.

What I love about the job is the bond I create with the children. Each child has their own character and they never fail to put a smile on my face. I also love the fact that every day is different. I think the job is very rewarding and I love the feeling I get when leaving the nursery, knowing I have helped the children grow and develop.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and doing some photography.

Interesting fact about me…
My last name comes from Belgium and we are the only Paeckmeyer’s in the UK!

Mya Hillier
Nursery Practitioner Apprentice

  • Currently studying for NVQ L3 in Childcare
  • FGM
  • Prevent

As I am just starting my apprenticeship with Monkey Puzzle I don’t have a huge amount of experience working in nurseries however I am loving my time here so far and can’t wait till I become qualified. I have previously worked for an afterschool/summer club for children aged 5-11 which I also really enjoyed.

I’ve chosen to work in childcare as it is one of the most rewarding jobs; I get to watch the children grow knowing that I’m a part of their development. After spending two years at sixth form college, thinking I wanted to go into office related work, I realised that I actually wanted the complete opposite, and to work with children! I have always loved children and now I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!

I love working at Monkey Puzzle Astwick as everyone is so friendly and made me feel welcome from the day I started. It is a great environment to be in and I am lucky to get the opportunity to work in such a lovely nursery.

I am a massive football supporter so on the weekends, whenever I can, I go and watch my team Bristol Rovers play. I travel up and down the country watching them and I love it!

An interesting fact about me…
When I went to Turkey my Dad and I went parasailing. It was amazing but I don’t think my Dad enjoyed it as much!

 

Jenny Piper
Nursery Assistant

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevent
  • FGM

I have recently returned to childcare, after several years away. I realised how much I missed being with the children, watching and helping them learn, grow, and develop. I have worked in a day nursery before for 4 years. Mostly my experience is with babies and 1-2’s.

The Monkey Puzzle setting really attracted me to work here and all the Management and Staff are very friendly and dedicated.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and socialising with friends and family. I enjoy watching films and visiting different places, especially RHS Gardens and Flower Shows.

Interesting fact about me…

I am also a florist and love being creative!

Nursery Support Staff

Kerry Bucinikas
Nursery Chef

  • City and Guilds basic
  • Basic first aid training.
  • Food hygiene certificate 2022
  • Health and safety certificate 2022

I have worked in school kitchens for the last 3 years, starting as a general kitchen assistant and then working my way up to Kitchen Manager  for the last 2 years. Prior to that I worked in a law firm as an archiver.

I have a great passion for cooking and really enjoy cooking for others, especially children. I love the way children are so brutally honest when it comes to trying new foods!

I love working for Monkey Puzzle Astwick as the team are very friendly and made my daughter and I feel very welcome from the first day we started. The team really helped my daughter settle into nursery life with ease. Natasha, the nursery manager, is so kind and supportive.

In my spare time I like to meet up with friends and go to Bingo or meals out. I also have a passion for karaoke and can often be heard singing in the kitchen! I also enjoy spending time with my children and as a family we enjoy going on nature walks.

Interesting fact about me…

I am a kind and caring person and go out of my way to help others. I love being a mother and always look on the brighter side of life!

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