Meet our team

Nursery Directors – Emma & Gary Ward

Emma and Gary originally set up Chiltern Nursery in Sutton in 2002 as they were unable to find a nursery that they liked for their own son. Fast forward a few years and they are now the directors of three nurseries.

Emma and Gary are very hands on, and spend time at all the settings during the week.

Setting Manager – Sherrill Tobin

Sherrill has been working for the company since December 2009 when she started as Room Leader of one of our two baby rooms, Buttercups. Sherrill soon showed her determination and progressed through management to now be the Setting Manager of Glaisdale, our largest setting.

Sherrill holds a level 5 management qualification as well as her assessors award through our in-house training academy. Sherrill is also Mummy to a daughter.

Deputy & SENCO Manager – Samantha Hendry

Sam joined the company in July 2013 and has led a number of our rooms across all age groups. Sam progressed and gained her first management role in June 2021, taking on the leadership of our sister nursery, Chiltern in Sutton. Sam is now our Deputy Manager here at Glaisdale, the largest of our 3 settings.

Sam completed her Early Years Foundation degree in 2022 and is SENCO Level 3 trained. Sam is also Mummy to two daughters.

Operations Manager – Dawn Thomas

Dawn began working for the company in 2014 supporting Emma, Gary and Sherrill with the running of the office and front reception desk. Dawn came to the nursery with a background in school office work and is now responsible for managing the running of the nursery from the front line.

Forest School Leader – Emma Randall 

Emma joined the company in 2012 as an Early Years Practioner and progressed to the role of Forest School Leader in 2018. Emma has a Forestry School qualification and is Outdoor Paediatric First Aid trained.

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