Meet the team
On the 22nd September 1997, I fulfilled my dream and opened the doors to the Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School, on City Road in Islington. After a lot of hard work, we went on to establish ourselves as an outstanding Nursery School winning many accolades and major awards along the way. None of this, of course, could have been achieved without the support of the amazing staff and management team I had alongside me, many of whom have been with me from the very early years. Our ethos was to create an environment that would make a difference to every child who joined us, by focusing on the little things that matter the most. Hopes and Dreams have ensured that we are always at the forefront of an ever-changing childcare profession.
I joined as the Nursery School Manager in February 2020 and immediately felt like I had ‘come home’.
I hold the NNEB certificate, NVQ4 in Childcare and NVQ5 in Leadership & Management I am also a qualified Forest School Leader. I am the Designated Safeguarding Officer and a named First Aider here at Hopes and Dreams. I have worked with children since 1991 and the majority of this has been within Early Years. Early Years is a special time and we are lucky to be there to share it with them. I am passionate about supporting children to develop their self-esteem and manage their feelings, preparing them for the world ahead of them. In my role as Manager, it is also key for me to guide and develop the staff team to be the best that they can be.
I joined after 25 years of working in various other childcare settings. I began my employment as an Early Years Practitioner in Starlight then moved to Shooting Stars to be the Room Leader. After that, I spent 4 years in Sunshine room as Room Leader and also Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator before moving to the office as Early Years Co-ordinator. In 2020, I became Deputy Nursery School Manager whilst maintaining my SENCO role-quite a journey. I love working at Hopes and Dreams as much now as I did on my 1st day and watching our children grow and develop makes every day thoroughly enjoyable.
I am the Early Years Lead. I am a qualified Montessori teacher with qualifications to teach Montessori Method to children up to the age of 12 years. I hold a Foundation Degree in Early Years and an Early Years Professional Status. I previously worked with nursery Schools and Key stage 1 children in Kenya before moving to UK to start work at Hopes and Dreams. I enjoy supporting the staff with implementing the curriculum to develop the most outstanding practice in education and care. I am very passionate to teach and be part of the children’s learning journey. It is a pleasure to be part of the Hopes and Dreams family.’
I am one of the Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher. I hold a Master’s Degree in Standard Teaching, specialising in Pedagogy from Poland. I have over 15 years’ experience working with children in Early Years in England and Poland. Being a teacher is not just a job to me, but it is also a big part of my life. It is very important to me that the children in our care not only have lots of fun but learn through good quality play.
I joined Hopes and Dreams as a Junior Office Assistant and developed my career all the way up to my current position as Admissions & HR Manager. I am also the Health & Safety Officer and a named First Aider at Hopes and Dreams. Before I moved to the UK, I worked in a childcare setting for ten years in my home country, Portugal. There, I started as Early Years Assistant, while studying for my degree in Human Relations and Communication at Work and moved on to the Administration Department, in the same organisation, after completing my studies. I have also had the great opportunity to be a volunteer animator in a summer camp for ten years for an international charity organisation in Portugal. Working with children and around children has been part of my whole work-life and I find it extremely rewarding. I felt very welcomed at Hopes and Dreams since the very beginning and enjoy being part of the team ever since.
I have been the Finance Manager since June 2020, having joined as the Accounts Assistant. I have over 20 years’ experience in all areas of finance and within different business sectors. I believe attention to detail, good listening skills and empathy are strong foundations for delivering an effective service. I will always go the extra mile. I love it here. It is a very different working environment, and the staff are always very friendly and helpful. Always start the day with a smile and a positive attitude.
I have completed NVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, NVQ 5 in Leadership and Management and Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. I have over 16 years of experience working as a Nursery Teacher, a Deputy Manager and a Nursery Manager. My role at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School is to co-ordinate office activities and operations as a Nursery School Office Administrator. I love children and it feels amazing to see their smiling faces every day.
I am an Office Administrator supporting the Management and staff at Hopes and Dreams Nursery School. I have experience of working across all settings ranging from Nurseries and Children Centres to International Colleges. I thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere and spirit created at Hopes and Dreams.
I am the Accounts and Administrative Assistant at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School. I have Administrative NVQ qualifications and AAT Accountancy Qualifications. Working in the Education Sector is rewarding as I love children and it is an amazing feeling to contribute their development, learning and future.
I am a Room Leader in the Sunshine Room. I have many years of experience of working with children and that is where my passion and drive comes from. I have Level 3 in Childcare and Education. I like to put my knowledge and experience in practice to help make a difference. I find it most rewarding to watch the children grow and develop.
I am a qualified Nursery Practitioner with Level 3 in Childcare and I am currently studying for my Level 5. I have worked with all ages of children including babies. I enjoy working with children, monitoring and supporting their learning and development. I speak quite a few languages besides English like Bulgarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian and understand Serbian and Macedonian
I am a qualified Nursery Practitioner with a Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Development and currently working towards my Level 3. I have a Degree in Education Sciences from Italy. I enjoy working with children supporting them to achieve their milestones and being part of their learning and development as they learn new skills. I love doing painting, outdoor activities and reading to children. I like to make children feel happy and valued.
I have a Foundation Degree in Early Years and level 2 qualification in Working with Children with Autism. I have been working as a supply cover for six years and I have worked with children who have special educational needs.
I am an Early Years Practitioner in Sunshine Room. I have a Level 3 qualified in Children’s Learning, Play and Development. I have experience of working with children up to the age of twelve year olds and have spent most of my time looking after babies and toddlers. I enjoy supporting children’s early learning and developmental stages in life.
I am an Early Years Assistant with passion for childcare. I have over 5 years of experience working with children in three different countries. I am originally from Spain. I love my job because I find it very rewarding to be able to help children with their development at such a young age. It brings so much joy to see them gain confidence and learn how to open themselves to the world.
I have been working I education sector since 2015. Recently I am currently studying NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education to develop my knowledge about EYFS framework. I love to encourage children to be more creative and confident to express their feelings.
Shooting Stars Classroom
I am Room Leader in Shooting Stars. I am an Italian native teacher and have completed an MA in Teaching Italian to Foreigners. I have also completed my Level 3 in Childcare and Development. Not only am I passionate about teaching but also learning. I enjoy being around children, watching, teaching and learning about their development. I look forward to being part of children’s learning journey in Shooting Star.
I am an Early Years Practitioner and have completed my NVQ 3. I have been in the Nursery working across all ages. I now work in the Shooting Stars and enjoy seeing children’s progress from a very little age.
I am Early Years Practitioner. I really enjoy working with children and watching them learn and develop. I was bought up in South London and I had some amazing teachers in Schools who inspired me to work with children. I look forward to being an inspiration to the children I teach by providing a happy stimulating environment for them to explore and learn.
I am Early Years Practitioner in Shooting Stars. I am an experienced practitioner who is passionate about providing rich, stimulating and varied experiences to actively engage children. I enjoy being part of the children’s learning and development in all areas of the curriculum.
I am from New York but have lived in Spain for seven years before moving to London. I studied an associate’s degree in photography in Spain and worked as a private tutor and English teacher for a bilingual private School. I have been working with children for over five years.
I am the Room Leader in the Starlight room. I am NVQ 3 qualified and have many years’ experience in working with the children from 3 months to 5 years old. I enjoy being part and seeing young children grow and progress in all areas of their learning and development.
I hold a BA(Hons) Degree and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I have worked with children for many years. My studies and experience have showed me the importance of enhancing children’s development and interest from the time a child is born. I enjoy working with children as I am passionate about teaching young children as well as working together with parents to achieve children’s full potential.
I have many years of working experience as a Early Years Practitioner. I have NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare development and I put all learning into practice. I enjoy working with children and explore the environment. I am very passionate about my work and I respect working in partnership with the parents to meet every child’s need. I believe that children need to feel loved, guided and given choices to be able to reach their full potential and stand up for themselves with confidence.
I am the Early Years Practitioner with NVQ Level 2 in Children’s Care Learning and Development, and currently working towards my Level 3. In also hold a Level 3 in Supporting and Teaching Learning in Schools, Children’s Health and Nutrition, I have worked with children in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Creche worker Nanny and Nursery Assistant. My hobbies are reading, writing and my passion for books and stories shows as I enjoy reading storybooks aloud. I enjoy role play and often encourage children to engage in role-play activities to build confidence, communication and language skills and to be able to express and develop their understanding of the world. I am looking forward to being part of the Starlight team and hoping to gain further qualifications to enhance my career.
I am an Early Years Practitioner. I will be qualifying in Early Years Foundation Degree in June 2021. I studied at The Royal Academy of Dancing teaching programme and I have worked for years as a ballet teacher. I like classical music, books, and green areas. I love being a practitioner in Starlight Room where I can be part of the children’s learning journey.
I am an Early Years Assistant, I have been working with children since 2016. I have done degree in Cognitive Education in Brazil. I enjoy working with children and helping them to develop their learning and explore their environment. It is a very rewarding to see them reaching their full potential.
I am an Early Years Assistant in Starlight. I am a qualified QTS Primary School Teacher with a specialisation in P.E. I am a motivated, hardworking professional with several years of training in Special Needs and have worked with adults with special needs. I have worked with children and I am looking forward to being part of the learning and development of children in this Nursery School.
I am an Early Years Assistant at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School. I have always been surrounded by children as I come from a family of teachers. I have been babysitting children since I was young and then became a teacher myself. I completed my University in Czech Republic with a BA Degree in Teaching for primary Schools. Here in UK I have been working in nursery Schools and babysitting for over a few years. I am a caring person who loves to watch children grow and help them in their development.
I have a Level 1 Access to Child Care and Level 2 NCFE in Education. It is an ideal job for me as it is rewarding to see development of the child from an early age till the time they are ready for School. I love to continue to protect and support children in their growth and development.
I am a qualified Montessori Teacher and I lead the Snowdrops team. I am Sri Lankan of origin. In Sri Lanka I worked with my grandmother in her Montessori School for three years and this ignited me to obtain my Montessori qualification. I have many years of experience working in Montessori settings in England. I enjoy working in partnership with parents to achieve the best outcomes for the children.
I am a Deputy Lead Montessori Teacher in Snowdrops. I have worked with children in Early Years and for the past few years as a qualified Montessori teacher at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School. I enjoy working closely with parents and aim to build a friendly atmosphere in the classroom where the children are happy and achieving.
I am a qualified and dedicated Montessori Teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with concentration in Maths and Physics. I have a passion for children’s learning and care with many years of experience in working in a preSchool environment with children aged two-five years old. I enjoy working with children and love having an impact on children’s education at an early stage of their life. I love music, theatre, photography and travelling.
I am a qualified Montessori Teacher having completed a fantastic degree in Montessori Pedagogy. I hold a BA in Foundation Degree in Arts after working at the ‘All Inclusive’ Drama Company. I have been working with children for many years and enjoy the laughter and fun that children have in the classroom. I aim to bring happiness in the classroom and help children grow and develop confidence in learning in all areas of the curriculum through the in the Montessori Method.
I am an Early Years Apprentice in Snowdrops Room. I am from Macedonia. I am enthusiastic, self-motivated and highly organised person. I am very happy to work with the children and be part of their learning and development journey. I have graduated in Insurance in Faculty of Tourism and Organisational Science. I enjoy cooking and travelling in my free time.
I am the Lead Montessori Teacher in the Rainbow Room. I am Montessori qualified and also hold NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. I have over 8 years’ experience working with children in Early Years and I am also a mother of 3 boys. I am passionate about implementing the Montessori philosophy while working with the children and seeing the children reach their full potential.
I am the Deputy Lead Montessori in the Rainbow Room. I am a qualified Montessori Teacher. I have an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development. I have a Level 3 in Leadership and Management. I am SENCO trained and have Speech and Language Therapy training. I love being around children and it gives me joy to watch them develop.
I am an Early Practitioner at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School, with a NVQ 2 in Childcare, Learning and Development. I have previous experience working with children as a Childminder’s assistant. I have a passion for working with children due to the rewarding feeling that the children give me every day when I come to work, watching the children develop and flourish.
I have over 16 years of Early Years’ experience. 12 of those years working as a Nursery Manager. I have completed NVQ 3 and 4 in Childcare and BA degree in Early Childhood Studies. I am as well a qualified fitness instructor and fitness is a lifelong hobby of mine. I love working at Hopes and Dreams as the pre-School children are very energetic and keep me fit and busy through-out the week.
My name is Monique, I find it interesting being around children. I am now the Head Housekeeper guiding the rest of the team. I enjoy looking after all areas of the Nursery School, ensuring the children’s wellbeing is prioritised keeping the place looking immaculate, as well as spotless is enjoyed.
My name is Daniela and I have been working in Hopes and Dreams as a Housekeeper. Spilled milk, messy activities and messy tables after lunch-I’m happy to help, practicing good hygiene, keeping the nursery School tidy and clean. I am really enjoying working with the children and being part of such a nice, positive and supportive Nursery Team.
My name is Cveti, I work as a housekeeper. Children are our priority so we try to make them feel protected and able to learn and play in a clean environment. I also take part in the weekend’s deep cleaning on this day we thoroughly clean all surfaces and toys for the children.
My name is Nora and I am a qualified Chef with NVQ level 3 in Catering. I have a passion for cooking and creating nutritional menus for all the children attending the nursery including those with specific dietary requirements.
My name is Ina and I am the Kitchen Assistant, supporting Nora, and taking the lead in her absence. I love cooking and working with children.
I have obtained a Level 3 Diploma in PreSchool Education as well as qualification in health sector back in my country. I have good amount of years working with children. Hopes and Dreams Montessori School has been has been a great place to apply my knowledge and experience as early year’s practitioner. Also gave me the opportunity to have an open mind in different methods of education in PreSchool, such as Montessori approach that is based on self -directed activity, hands on learning and collaborative play. In addition working in very supporting environment I make sure I update myself with all required courses and training related to child care and education as part of my personal development in order to support children’s learning and development in my best ability as well as great team worker. I always take the positive side especially in difficult times and give my full contribution when and where is needed.
I am an NVQ Level 3 teacher and currently working as a support staff at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School. I have been teaching for many years now, having nine years of experience with children from 0 to 3 years old as well as having an additional eight years with teaching primary School children.
I currently hold a level 3 certificate. I’m a member of support team at hopes and Dreams Nursery School and started working there as part of the support staff. I have seen the nursery develop tremendously well and decided to become a permanent staff. What I enjoy most about this job is the positive energy and development you spot in children as you watch their skill set improve, it really makes me glad that I’m part of their reason for learning whilst having fun.
I first started in Sunshine Room and then started supporting Snowdrops and other rooms. I speak English and Bulgarian. I am very happy to work with children. I really enjoy helping them grow and develop.