Our Approach

  • An introduction from the founder

    I’ve wanted to set up a really exceptional preschool since my eldest was born sixteen years ago. I wanted it to be a place where children could really 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 enjoy an excellent 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. My eldest was thirteen when I finally got my idea off the ground, in time for my two younger children to benefit (you can see videos of them showcasing their Spanish on our Videos page) in a large childminding setting. Three years later, with a hefty waiting list and lots of really happy families in two, I’m on to phase two – expanding into a purpose-built nursery which will be kitted out like a miniature role-play city!

    — Lianne Moseley-Mould, Bonitots' founder

    Careers at Bonitots

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    • 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), previous owner of Bonitots Childminding
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Prodigies music, StoryTime Chess, piano, flute, ballet
    • Abraham
      Nursery Manager and DSL

      Abraham

      Nursery Manager and DSL

      Abraham joined us in December 2021. He had previously worked with smaller, family run day nurseries before joining the two largest childcare chains in the UK. He initially trained as a primary school teacher, before transitioning into the early years. He says “my ethos about children’s learning blends the thinking that knowledge can be co-constructed and extended; and that the outdoors natural area well support children’s learning and development. All children must have access to high-quality play experiences to achieving their learning potentials.” In his spare time, Abraham enjoys reading and cooking.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status and Level 7
      • Role:
        Nursery Manager and DSL
      • Languages:
        English and Ewe
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        In the Moment Planning
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager and SENCo

      Helene

      Deputy Manager and SENCo

      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 and SENCo
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Ayo
      Administrative Assistant

      Ayo

      Administrative Assistant

      Ayo joined us as an administrative assistant in November 2020. As well as more than two years’ experience working in nurseries, she also holds a degree in Law and Politics. Although her role is predominantly office-based, she will also spend time with the children as that is also one of her loves: “the development of children has always been an interest of mine and during my time at university I decided to pursue that alongside my course. I worked at a nursery as a nursery assistant from 2017 before leaving in 2020. I love interacting with children, encouraging them to be active and adventurous so they can become the best versions of themselves. Most importantly, I love to give cuddles.” She also has experience working at a legal advice centre as a receptionist and a student advisor and working on legal cases pro bono.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        LLB Law with Politics
      • Role:
        Administrative Assistant
      • Languages:
        English and Yoruba
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Story time and nursery rhymes
    • 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) 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:
        Arts and Crafts
    • Almudena
      Room Leader in Bebés

      Almudena

      Room Leader 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:
        Room Leader in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Deputy Room Leader in Bonitropolis

      Desirée

      Deputy Room Leader in Bonitropolis

      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:
        Deputy Room Leader in Bonitropolis
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Jelena
      Enrichment Co-Ordinator and Deputy Room Leader in Bebés

      Jelena

      Enrichment Co-Ordinator and Deputy Room Leader 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:
        Enrichment Co-Ordinator and Deputy Room Leader in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Lidia
      Room Leader - Bonitropolis

      Lidia

      Room Leader - 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
    • Marta
      Room Leader in Pre-Escolar

      Marta

      Room Leader in Pre-Escolar

      Marta joined us in November 2020 as a teacher in pre-escolar. She quickly impressed us with her musical skills, her creativity and her ideas for extra-curricular activities including songs around the campfire and ukulele lessons! She has a Master in Early Years Education and Primary School Teaching and Qualified Teacher Status. Marta says “Working with children is an everyday challenge. They keep growing every second. They are built in curiosity and enthusiasm for what they play and learn. One of the things I really like about working with children is to give them the tools to explore the world that surrounds them and allowing them to be their own investigators.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Master in Early Years Education and Primary School Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status, experience in nursery and reception and with the Montessori and Froebel approach
      • Role:
        Room Leader in Pre-Escolar
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English and Portuguese
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Songs Around the Campfire and Ukelele Lessons
    • Carmen
      Practitioner in Pre-School

      Carmen

      Practitioner in Pre-School

      Carmen joined us in December 2021 as a Practitioner in Pre-Escolar. She is currently studying for her degree in Education, after which she will be qualified to level 6. As well as a role as a nursery practitioner in the UK, Carmen has worked as a teaching assistant in a number of settings in Spain. She says: “I want to work with children because I am another child too! I think this stage of life is very important – it is where the foundations are created and I really would like to be part of it. I love when the children learn new things or they achieve something…it is a satisfying feeling that you can not express with words, you need to feel it.” In her spare time, Carmen enjoys reading books, bike riding and playing board games with my family and friends.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying for her Teaching Degree (Level 6 / QTS)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Pre-Escolar
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Yoga and Sewing
    • Hina
      Practitioner in Pre-School

      Hina

      Practitioner in Pre-School

      Hina joined us in April 2022. Hina was an experienced teacher in her home country (she was the Principal at the British International College Network in Pakistan) and also conducted work experience during her studies in pre-school at Bloomfield Hall School. She is currently finishing her Masters in Education (with a specialism in the early years). She is excited to explore some of the play theory she has gained from her course in the setting.  In her spare time, Hina enjoys reading and cooking.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        MEd in Education with a specialism in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Pre-School
      • Languages:
        English and Urdu
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Cooking Club
    • Nicoleta
      Deputy Room Leader in Peques

      Nicoleta

      Deputy Room Leader in Peques

      Nicoleta studied Bilingual Education specialising in Physical Education at the University of Malaga and was awarded Qualified Teacher Status by the Department for Education. Before joining Bonitots, Nicoleta had experience working in schools including CEIP Blas Infantes in Malaga. She also taught basketball as an extracurricular activity at the CEIP Lope de Vega school and worked for a year as a school support teacher for children with special educational needs in 4th and 5th grade at the CEIP Jorge Guillén School. Nicoleta says “I like working with children because of the way they help us to see life simply and with joy. Children often make us smile and they are what gives us light in our day to day. For this reason, we must dedicate all possible care to them so that they feel in a safe and warm environment. They should not forget that we are a support for them to guide them in learning and understand, reflecting what the world is like.” In her spare time, Nicoleta enjoys sport, reading, dance, watching movies, going out with friends and going to the park with her nephew.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status (Level 6)
      • Role:
        Deputy Room Leader in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Romanian and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Sensory Club
    • Lizzie
      Practitioner in Peques

      Lizzie

      Practitioner in Peques

      Lizzie has 13 years experience in childcare, a BA Honors in early years Level 4/5, British sign Language level 1 and more! Lizzie says “I am excited to encourage the children to learn Makaton as I believe this is an amazing skill for all ages to learn, as it encourage children to express themselves and increases bonding with parents/carers.” She adds “as a childcare provider, I am a compassionate, loving, and patient person who is sensitive to a child’s needs. I enjoy the opportunity to get messy and energetic with them. I believe it is critical to provide children with a stimulating, fulfilling and enriching environment. Growing up we made rockets out of water bottles decorating the outside with poms poms and my brothers built me a home kitchen out of cardboard boxes. I had the time of my life and will never forget that moment. I feel that all children should have that experience of creating something that they have designed and not only will it expand their imaginitive skills but their problem solving skills. You don’t need all the latest equipment and well marketed toys to have fun!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA Honours in Early Years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        English, British Sign Language
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Makaton
    • 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
    • Annette
      Bank Staff in Pre-Escolar

      Annette

      Bank Staff in Pre-Escolar

      Annette joined us in January 2022 as part of our bank staff team. She is a qualified science teacher with over 20 years’ experience in teaching across all age groups from nursery up to Further Education level. She is also a writer, writing both poetry for adults and children’s books mainly focused around the African folk character Anansi. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in nature, listening to reggae music, yoga and dance.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
      • Role:
        Bank Staff (predominantly in Pre-Escolar)
      • Languages:
        English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club
    • Claudia
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Claudia

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Claudia joined us in autumn of 2021 and quickly impressed us! We enrolled her on a Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship and she is now based in Bonitropolis. Before working at Bonitots, she had completed her Health and Social Care course as well as working as an assistant at a childminder’s. Claudia says “I like to work with children because it’s rewarding, and gives me the opportunity to support individuals to grow and develop and become independent, creative and so much more.” In her spare time, Claudia enjoys drawing, hiking, karate, boxing, origami, learning languages and much more!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Health and Social Care; Apprentice Level 3 EYE
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        English (is learning Brazilian Portugues, Spanish and French!)
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Karate
    • Arantxa
      Apprentice in Bebés

      Arantxa

      Apprentice in Bebés

      Arantxa joined us in summer 2021 initially as bank staff but she impressed us so much that we invited her to complete an apprenticeship with us. She has always most enjoyed working with the youngest children so now works in Bebés. Arantxa previously worked as a nanny and studied humanities at university. Arantxa says “over the years I have come to realize that taking care of children is my calling. It is something that I do not see as a job, it is something that helps me to be a better person. Children teach us to recover values that are lost with maturity, such as honest gratitude for things.” She also enjoys reading, going out to do sports outdoors, laughing, listening to music as well as “simple things such as a sunset or watching a storm with a cup of hot chocolate in my hand.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Apprentice Level 3 EYE
      • Role:
        Apprentice in Bebés
      • Languages:
        Spanish and English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Dance
    • Courtney
      One-to-One (Pre-Escolar)

      Courtney

      One-to-One (Pre-Escolar)

      Courtney works in Pre-Escolar supporting them with their one-to-one needs. Her work experience at South Rise Primary School gave her the opportunity to work with children with Special Educational Needs and, as a result, she hope to pursue a career in a school for children with special educational needs. She is here with us on a temporary contract for six months and we are supporting her to train in this area and develop her skills. Courtney says “I believe children are a bright light to the future, with a positive early start to life they may be able to achieve a lot for the future for themselves and others.” In her spare time she enjoys exploring new restaurants and drawing.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Training in Special Educational Needs
      • Role:
        One-to-One (Pre-Escolar)
      • Languages:
        English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Arts and Crafts