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Our Team

Darrell King - Nursery Owner


Darrell is the Nursery Owner and has been working in the childcare sector since 1988. Darrell originally opened the Nursery in September 1990 and has since attended a wide range of courses. She has also worked as an Ofsted Nursery Inspector and NVQ Assessor.


Darrell’s hobbies are cycling and dancing.

See Darrell's Qualifications

Kerry Averre - Nursery Manager


Kerry joined the Nursery in 2005 to cover Maternity Leave and stayed! She is now the nursery Manager and has a Degree in Early Years and has Early Years Teacher Status. Kerry enjoys cycling and travelling and has worked in Germany and the USA.

See Kerry's Qualifications

Sorrel Insua Summerhays - Early Years Practitioner


Sorrel joined TOSH in 1997 after her daughter left the Nursery to start School.  Sorrel works part time. Her hobbies are reading, art, singing in a choir and is kept active by walking her energetic border collie.

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Karen Pope - Early Years Practitioner


Karen began working at the Nursery in 1994 after her own two children had attended the Nursery. Karen oversees the cultural diversity of the nursery.  Karen works part time.  She loves gardening and was instrumental in setting up the nursery’s vegetable plot.

Teresa Loft - Early Years Practitioner


Teresa has worked at The Old School House in both the Nursery and Toddler Unit since 2003.  She brings a wealth of experience to TOSH from her many years as a registered foster carer.

Julie Ponsford - Early Years Practitioner


Julie joined TOSH in 2007 and completed her NVQ Level III with us.  Julie works in the main Nursery and oversees all the catering requirements for TOSH.  

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Ebony Drewitt - Toddler Unit Supervisor


Ebony joined TOSH part time in the Toddler Unit in 2003 and is now the Toddler Unit Supervisor

Stacey Smith - Toddler Unit Manager


Stacey joined TOSH in 2003 as a full time member of staff in our Toddler Unit.  Having since had her two daughters, Stacey is now the Toddler Unit Manager.  Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and going for long walks with her dogs Oscar and Stitch.

Nicky Jeffery - Deputy Supervisor and SENCo


Nicky followed her twin sister Stacey to TOSH in 2003, as a full time member of staff in our Toddler Unit.  In April 2017, Nicky beacme the SENCo for the nursery.

Lorraine Hanlon - Early Years Practitioner


Lorraine Joined TOSH in 2014 and works in both the Toddler Unit and Main Nursery, helping children with the transition between the two units.


Danielle Stevens - Supervisor


Danielle joined us in April 2014 and is now Supervisor in the Main Nursery. In her spare time Danielle enjoys baking and walking her dogs Cleo and Hugo.

Sammy Luckhurst - Early Years Practitioner


Sammy joined the nursery in March 2015.


When not at nursery, she enjoys spending time with her friends and helping her Dad at their family run Butcher’s shop in Smarden.

See Ebony's Qualifications See Stacey's Qualifications See Nicky's Qualifications See Lorraine's Qualifications See Danielle's Qualifications Danielle Darrell Kerry Karen Sorrell Teresa Julie Ebony Stacey Nicky Lorraine Sammy Amber Gilbert

Amber Gilbert - Early Years Practitioner


Amber joined our team in February 2016 and works in the Toddler Unit. In her spare time Amber enjoys walking her 2 dogs and spending time with her family.

Amy Bright - Early Years Practitioner


Amy joined our team in April 2017. In her spare time Amy likes to have fun days out with her family.

Georgia Langley - Nursery Assistant


Georgia joined the nursery as a student over a year ago and is currently working on her NVQ level 3 qualification. In her spare time she enjoys fitness and walking her dog Betty.

Leanne Gilbert - Nursery Assistant


Leanne recently joined our team and is currently working on her NVQ level 3 qualification. In her spare time, Leanne enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as walking her dog Cody.

Holly Saunders - Admin Assistant


Holly joined the nursery in April 2017 and is based in the office. In her spare time Holly likes to be with her family, play with her daughter and bake cakes.

Georgia (3) Leanne (2) Holly Amy (4) Becky Wingrove Old School House Nursery Headcorn

Becky Wingrove - Apprentice


Becky joined our team in August 2017 and is currently working on her NVQ level 3 qualification. In her spare time Becky loves to walk her dog and be at home.

See Sammy's Qualifications See Amber's Qualifications See Amy's Qualifications See Holly's Qualifications See Leanne's Qualifications See Georgia's Qualifications