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The Team

All of our staff members are carefully selected, with great emphasis placed on the right mix of qualifications, personality and life experience.

  • Lara Riselli

    Lara Riselli Dove House

    Lara has been at Cavendish Lodge for many years, working with both Toddlers and Preschoolers. She is NVQ Level 3 qualified, has recently been promoted to Room Leader and is doing a wonderful job!

  • Shanice & Kirsty

    Shanice & Kirsty Dove House

    Shanice & Kirsty are both Level 3 qualified and are working together as acting Room Leaders for Robins. Together they bring a wealth of experience to the Dove House baby room.

  • Jo Clark

    Jo Clark Dove House

    Jo Clark is the Manager of Dove House. She previously has been the Head of EYFS at a local Preparatory school. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Early Years, especially with our Preschool aged children. Jo is very passionate about children and believes in delivering an education which enables the children to reach their full potential. Jo is degree qualified and has an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education, as well as many vocational training qualifications in education. Jo is also a mother of grown up children.

  • Amelia Abdullah

    Amelia Abdullah

    Amelia is the Curriculum Manager and Toddler Lead who has worked with us for several years. Amelia is degree qualified, holds Early Years Professional Status and enjoys supporting her teams to provide exciting learning opportunities for the children. She is currently on maternity leave.

  • Alex Coleman

    Alex Coleman Dove House

    Alex started with us in 2015 as an unqualified Assistant Practitioner and quickly became a Senior Practitioner. She is now stepping up to support the Toddlers as their maternity cover Room Leader. Alex is Level 3 qualified, she is dedicated to working with the toddlers and supporting her team to deliver exciting learning opportunities for the children.

  • Tamzin Blagrove

    Tamzin Blagrove Cavendish Lodge

    Tamzin is an experienced member of the Cavendish Team, starting with us as an unqualified nursery assistant and working her way up to the Toddler Room Leader position. Tamzin is Level 3 qualified, she is a creative practitioner who enjoys nurturing the children and her staff team.

  • Ilse Opperman

    Ilse Opperman Cavendish Lodge

    The lovely Ilse (NVQ 3 qualified and our other South African!) has been with us for almost 7 years and was made Cheeky Monkeys Room Leader in May 2016. She’s loving the new challenges and the creative opportunities her new role brings. She’s a keen traveller and enjoys introducing her son to new and exciting cultures.

  • Andrine Clarke

    Andrine Clarke Cavendish Lodge

    We’re delighted that Andrine can put her experience to good use as the room leader in Buttercups. She’s one of our longest serving members, starting in a part-time role and working her way up.

  • James Skorczewski

    James Skorczewski

    Mr James is the ever-patient, super-organised and popular Preschool Room Lead and Deputy Manager of Dove House, whose been a loyal team member for several years.  He’s NVQ level 3 qualified and has a passion for working with Preschoolers as well as working tirelessly to look after our wonderful staff.

  • Lahna Serbouh

    Lahna Serbouh Dove House

    Lahna is a dedicated member of our Dove House team, starting with us as a Nursery Practitioner and working her way up to the Toddler Room Leader position. Lahna is Level 3 qualified and is passionate about making every day fun and full of laughs for our children and staff. Lahna is currently on maternity leave.

  • Amber Edwards

    Amber Edwards

    Amber is the General Manager of Cavendish Lodge Nursery School and is based at Cavendish Lodge, bringing to the job a wealth of experience in running nurseries - plus the wisdom that comes from bringing up her own child.  She has a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies (EYFS) and is passionate about developing the daily activities and the learning experience of our children.

  • Margo Viljoen

    Margo Viljoen

    Margo is our Cavendish Lodge Deputy Manager and Baby Room Lead.  She’s a familiar and popular face, very keen on nurturing staff talent. Margo, who’s originally from South Africa, has worked in nurseries for nearly 20 years, both in her home country and in the UK. She’s well qualified with NVQ Level 5 and BTEC Level 3 in Child Care, Learning and Development.