Nursery South Croydon - Childcare Staff

Reassurance to Parents and Relatives

reassurance to parentsAt Abbey Wood Grange we employ experienced highly qualified members of staff, many of whom are long serving members who have all been DBS checked and the necessary documentation is on file.  All passports and driving licenses are checked and detailed references from previous employers or colleges are obtained.

Enhanced DBS checks on Vince & Sue, the proprietors, were carried out prior to them taking over the nursery and Ofsted carries out the necessary checks regularly.

Our staff attend regular first aid training, and safeguarding children courses and refreshers and therefore are aware to report anything they feel suspicious of, as well as attending college to obtain the various levels of NVQ in childcare.

We installed CCTV in every room and outside in the garden areas and the perimeter of the nursery for the safety and security of children, staff, and visitors.

Many of our staff have been employed in the nursery over a number of years and are known to parents of children who used to attend the nursery.  Lots of the children who join our nursery hear about us by recommendation from their friends who have attended or currently attend.

All staff photo's, together with their positions and any extra languages are spoken are posted on the notice board in the reception area.

We believe by employing full and part-time personnel good working relationships are developed and exceptional teamwork established. A motivated working team results in happy children.


We are currently recruiting for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to join our dedicated staff team. The applicant must work well within a team but also use initiative well. The applicant should have excellent communication skills and be willing to learn and share new skills.

Abbey Wood Grange has been established for over 26 years and has a very dedicated and long-standing staff team who are passionate about delivering the highest quality of care, if you are looking to join a friendly hard working team then we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Contact Us — 0208 660 9040

Our South Croydon Nursery Staff

Our South Croydon Nursery StaffOur staff have been very carefully selected and are highly trained and qualified in caring for children.  In order to maintain this level of quality, childcare standards and performance are continually monitored and all staff has the opportunity to participate in continual professional development and training throughout the year.  Regular team meetings and in-house training further promote a feeling of team spirit and encourage staff to feel proud of the important role they play in your child’s development.
Staff forms an excellent team and we pride ourselves on our high standards enthusiasm and many happy children. We promote teamwork, enthusiasm, confidence and a chance to enhance self-development. We are proud to announce that over ninety percent of our staff are qualified (e.g. NNEB, BTEC, NVQ level 2/3 or equivalent).  Each of our rooms has at least one qualified nursery nurse.  Almost all of the assistants are working towards a nursery nurse qualification or have experience of working with children.

All visitors to the nursery are given a friendly welcome by happy, smiling and caring staff and our visitors often comment on how nice it is to see people who are so happy in their work and who have such caring passionate nature with the children.

Open Doors

We have an excellent management team at Abbey Wood Grange who is happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Just ask for Olivia, Lisa or Cheryl.  Olivia is at Nursery five days a week,  Lisa works Monday to Thursday and Cheryl works Monday to Friday.  Also, Sue and Vince (proprietors) are often around and available to talk to most of the time. 

Our Staff Team

The Management Team is supported by a highly qualified and dedicated staff team bringing together experience, knowledge, and passion to continually provide a safe and stimulating environment.

Meet the baby Unit Team

Meet the team baby unitWendy Adams

Senior Nursery Nurse NVQ L3 & 4 

Employed Since July 2012 

Georgia Painter

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since June 2014

Maxine De Vilder

Nursery Assistant

Employed since May 2005

Margaret Salvage

Nursery Assistant

Employed since February 2001

Meet the Toddler Unit Team

Meet the team toddler unit

Siobhan Penedo

Nursery Assistant

Employed since July 2012

Sarah King

Nursery Assistant Training NVQ L2

Employed since May 2016

Sophie Williams

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since April 2016

Lorna McCready

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since May 2011

Madeleine Ashton

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since January 2018

Meet the Tweenie Unit Team

Meet the team Tweenie unitNikki Walsh

Senior Nursery Nurse NVQ L3 Childcare & Management

Employed since May 2014

Becky Ullah

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since October 2015

Amy Hallett

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since April 2016

Trish Long

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since November 2002

Olivia De Lacy

Senior Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Safe Guarding Officer

Employed since September 2007

Sophia Haistead

Nursery Assistant Training NVQ L3

Employed since October 2017

Melissa Palmer

Nursery Nurse

Employed since November 2017

Becky Pizzey

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since September 2017

Lorraine Wrenn

Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since May 2018


Meet the Pre – School Team

Meet the pre school teamChina Hill

Third in Charge & Deputy SENCO NVQ L3

Employed since May 2014

Michelle Escuin

Assistant Manager NVQ L3

Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Employed since June 2005

Claire Buswell

Senior Nursery Nurse NVQ L3

Employed since January 2016