A note from the founder

  • An introduction from Lianne

    I’ve wanted to set up a really exceptional preschool since my daughter was born thirteen years ago. I wanted it to be a place where children could truly be children – pond dipping, splashing in puddles, rolling in piles of autumn leaves, building imaginary worlds out of household objects, making mud pies in hand made dens – in short, enjoying the traditional, idyllic childhood. I also knew I wanted it to be a bilingual environment. At three, my daughter picked up Spanish effortlessly within months of our move to Spain – and the cognitive and emotional benefits of childhood bilingualism are widely documented – so it seemed a no-brainer to me. Finally, I wanted the children to eat hearty, home cooked organic food, enjoy an outstanding curriculum and benefit from the best available educational approaches (based on research) so that every single child would have the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential. I’ve spent the last thirteen years formulating my ideas, and the last year working flat out to make it happen. I’m so excited that my dream is finally becoming a reality and I really hope like-minded parents will be as excited and inspired by the Bonitots approach as I am. If so, do come and visit us to find out more!

    — Lianne Moseley-Mould, Bonitots' founder
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4),Managemet Level 4, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Sheyla
      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla

      Room Leader - Peques

      Sheyla joined Bonitots when it expanded in the summer of 2020 and was soon after given the role of Room Leader in Peques (our toddler room) and SENCO in recognition of her excellent organisational skills and uncanny effectiveness. She also has wizardry level skills when it comes to getting babies to sleep!  She studied a Teaching Degree in Early Years (with a specialism in special education) in Madrid. Sheyla says “In my spare time I like ice skating, dance, listening to music, DIY and painting.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Degree in Teaching Early Years (level 6)
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Italian, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Play
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leadere - Bonitropolis

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Room Leader – Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        World Art

       

    • Monique
      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique

      Kitchen Assistant

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Years Education qualification from her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Kitchen assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • María
      Practitioner in Peques

      María

      Practitioner in Peques

      María joined us in September 2020 as a Practitioner in Peques. She has worked as a teacher with children of pre-school age and as a teaching assistant with 10 and 11 year olds, so is well used to working with a wide range of ages. She has also worked as a private nanny for pre-schoolers and as a tutor in Spain. She says “I would like to teach children about different plants and insects that we can find in our orchard through an insect hotel. I think it is very important to bring children closer to the natural environment because otherwise they may suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder” which is caused when children have a lack of contact with nature. I did my Final Degree Project on this disorder. All children are powerful and full of skills, and both teachers and families have an important place in their education. I also appreciate that it is essential that they connect with nature and be the protagonists of this project. I like walking around different places and discover new countries and cities.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Horticulture (0-2 year olds)
    • Cristina
      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina

      Practitioner in Peques

      Cristina joined us in September 2020 as a practitioner in Peques. After getting her teaching degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina started her early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. She says “I started my early years adventure as a volunteer in a Spanish Nursery located in North London in 2014. There, I witnessed the magic of Bilingual Education and how the children learn a new language effortlessly through play and interactions. Over the course of my career, I have worked in different settings including a Scandinavian inspired Early Years School. This experience gave me the opportunity to explore outdoor learning and combine it with classroom learning, through frequent excursions to the forest, visits to local shops and community services, including charity shops, local library and post office, among others. I usually connect very well with the children because I try to use Waldorf elements to introduce activities and get them interested, such as magic boxes, puppets coming from holidays in the jungle, letters sent by Santa Claus and Butterflies that change colour according to their emotions. The children respond very well to those inputs and that allows me to create a special relationship with them. I particularly enjoy science experiments such as papier-mache volcano eruption, plants dying, fossils, dough making etc. I also like to play classical or bagpipes music in the background whilst doing activities, due to its many benefits, for instance, improves brain function and listening skills. I have chosen this path because the children are the citizens of the future and the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, as they have a direct impact on development as well as social and emotional skills. I try to follow children’s interests and design activities around them, as they learn through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Therefore, if most of the children are interested in bugs, butterflies and snails, for example, I would pick a book related to this area of interest: “Mad about minibeasts” and plan different activities to explore the topic, including activities with live animals such as snails, that can be observed using magnifying glasses, fed… I also promote positive discipline, using different techniques that generally evolve with the children. I like to to explore emotions through books such as “The Colour Monster”, ” Have You Filled a Bucket Today” and imaginary characters such as the Magic Butterfly.”

      Cristina loves exploring the countryside and getting lost in the mountains. She enjoys finding historic sites on the way and learning about them. She also enjoys bumping into street art spots.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree, specialising in Early Childhood Education (Qualified Teacher Status – Level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Galician and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Rincón Solidario (Caring Corner)
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English