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Our Lady’s Preparatory School & Nursery

Co-educational from 3 months to 11 years

Our Nursery and Pre-School Staff

Find out more about the experience and interest of our Nursery and Pre-School staff

Sam Mackelden

Nursery Manager - Leadership Team

Sam qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1987 and has extensive experience of caring for children of all ages. Having worked as a nanny and childminder for some years, she moved on to a position as Nursery Nurse at Farnborough College Nursery. A year in Dubai as a teacher of 2 year olds at an independent school followed, before returning to the UK and to a new role at Our Lady’s in 2007. Instrumental in setting up a new area for our 2 year olds, Sam was promoted first to Deputy Manager and then Nursery Manager in 2010. Sam is qualified in paediatric first aid, is an avid reader and enjoys puzzles in her spare time.

Swati Jain

Early Years Teacher - Pre-School Staff

Swati joined Our Lady’s as Pre-School Teacher in May 2016. With 15 years experience in early years education, Swati has worked in both international and national schools, and nurseries in the UK, Finland and India. She achieved Early Years Teacher professional status in 2014 from Kingston University. Swati also has a Bachelor of Home Science in Child Psychology – Human Development.

Helen Grainger

Nursery Deputy Manager - Pre-School Staff

Helen joined Our Lady's in September 2017 as Pre School Leader, having had a great deal of experience as a Teaching Assistant and HLTA working particularly with early years. Helen became Deputy Nursery Manager in late 2018 and now supports the Nursery Manager with the smooth day to day events, based within the Pre School area.

Lauren Daly

Senior Nursery Nurse - Nursery Staff

Lauren came to work at Our Lady’s in 2011 and was originally employed as a Teaching Assistant. Qualifying in 2013 Lauren has gained experience in all areas of the School and Nursery. Currently, Lauren is a Senior Nursery Nurse in the 0 to 2’s. To relax Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and watching films with friends.

Claire Cooper

Senior Nursery Nurse - Nursery Staff

Claire qualified in childcare in 2009 and has been employed at Our Lady’s since 2011. She now works three days a week as a Senior Nursery Nurse. Claire particularly appreciates the warm and friendly approach the School and Nursery adopts towards staff, children and parents.