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Anne Sheldon

CEO

Originally from South Africa, Anne Sheldon has over thirty five years experience in early years education. She is a qualified Early Years Teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked her way up from being a nursery nurse to holding senior positions in both large and small childcare companies. She has previously been Operations Director of a large UK provider of day care. In addition Anne has held a Senior Post at a Further Education College where she was involved in training nursery staff. She set up and managed an NVQ Assessment Centre that was responsible for training…

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Anne Sheldon

CEO

Originally from South Africa, Anne Sheldon has over thirty five years experience in early years education. She is a qualified Early Years Teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked her way up from being a nursery nurse to holding senior positions in both large and small childcare companies. She has previously been Operations Director of a large UK provider of day care. In addition Anne has held a Senior Post at a Further Education College where she was involved in training nursery staff. She set up and managed an NVQ Assessment Centre that was responsible for training and supporting staff in the work place to gain qualifications in both the Early Years and Care Sectors. This gave her a real understanding of the importance of the role of staff training and motivation to the success of any nursery.

Anne has first – hand experience of all levels of working in a nursery and knows how demanding it is to be responsible to care for, and educate, preschool children. She understands the importance of children learning in environments where they feel secure and through activities that are age appropriate, challenging, stimulating, fun and exciting. Anne is a mother of two grown up daughters who both have been successful in their own fields. She is now a grandmother of a four year old, who attends a full day care nursery and so is living through the experience again by proxy.

She has always been committed to providing the highest possible quality of care and education in her nurseries; the same care and education she wanted for her own daughters, and now her grand- daughter. Anne has always placed children at the centre of all her decisions. She is motivated by seeing children grow, develop, learn and thrive in the nurseries she has run and supported. She understands the importance for parents of being able to leave their children in our care with the peace of mind that they will be well cared for in a warm, intellectually stimulating and loving environment.

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Jackie Luther

Regional Principal

Jackie has over 38 years’ experience of working within the Early Years sector. She first qualified with her NNEB and later with a BA in Early Years and Education. She has always worked in early years education and feels passionate that children’s early experiences need to be of the highest quality, in child focused environments that give them opportunities to play and learn, supported by knowledgeable, skilled professionals who understand their role in supporting families to shape their child’s future. She has experience of working in both large public corporations and small independent companies. Starting as a nursery nurse and progressing to Manager and Area Manager for a small chain, she has a real understanding of the day to day requirements of providing a high-quality nursery. Her experience of working in the public sector was firstly as a development office, supporting start up nurseries through the registration process and supporting existing nurseries pre and post Ofsted inspection, ensuring they were meeting all their statutory requirements as well as delivering a high-quality early year’s provision. She then progressed to manage a large Government…

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Jackie Luther

Regional Principal

Jackie has over 38 years’ experience of working within the Early Years sector. She first qualified with her NNEB and later with a BA in Early Years and Education. She has always worked in early years education and feels passionate that children’s early experiences need to be of the highest quality, in child focused environments that give them opportunities to play and learn, supported by knowledgeable, skilled professionals who understand their role in supporting families to shape their child’s future.
She has experience of working in both large public corporations and small independent companies. Starting as a nursery nurse and progressing to Manager and Area Manager for a small chain, she has a real understanding of the day to day requirements of providing a high-quality nursery.
Her experience of working in the public sector was firstly as a development office, supporting start up nurseries through the registration process and supporting existing nurseries pre and post Ofsted inspection, ensuring they were meeting all their statutory requirements as well as delivering a high-quality early year’s provision. She then progressed to manage a large Government initiative for the Local authority developing a range of early years and family services from pregnancy to five years.
Jackie moved back to working in nurseries so she could work more directly with children and be more hands on in supporting the development of nurseries. Having met some of the team many years ago and been impressed with their approach to early years, she was very excited to join the London Preschool, she feels their curriculum offers children such a unique opportunity, one that she would have loved for her own children.
Jackie is married and has two grown up children. When her children were young, she was working in nurseries so has first-hand experience of being a working parent and the pressures that brings. She has always felt as well as high quality care and education it was important to allow children to explore and discover the whole person. From an early age her children were introduced to as many opportunities as possible, including dance, music, visual arts and sport, to allow them to find their talents and passion. They are now both successfully pursuing their careers that were born from their passions.
Jackie lives with three generations of her family and loves spending time with her very extended family. She loves to travel, musical theatre and country walks with her husband and their dog and days out with her friends.

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Oana Berceanu

Nursery Principal

Oana a mother of two teenage sons had been working in childcare for over 10 years prior to joining The Wandsworth Preschool. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years and a level 3 in Management and Leadership. She had previously managed two early years setting, prior to joining us. She started her journey with The Wandsworth Preschool in December 2016 and ever since has enjoyed being part of the growth of the nursery. One of the things she loves the most about her job is the innovation The Wandsworth Preschool brings to teaching and learning in early…

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Oana Berceanu

Nursery Principal

Oana a mother of two teenage sons had been working in childcare for over 10 years prior to joining The Wandsworth Preschool. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years and a level 3 in Management and Leadership. She had previously managed two early years setting, prior to joining us. She started her journey with The Wandsworth Preschool in December 2016 and ever since has enjoyed being part of the growth of the nursery. One of the things she loves the most about her job is the innovation The Wandsworth Preschool brings to teaching and learning in early years I enjoy being part of such a creative team of practitioners , teachers and an amazing chef . No day is the same as another and although days are often challenging, they are always rewarding. For Oana the highlight of her week is being able to support staff in meeting our family’s individual needs every day Oana is passionate about creating strong close bonds with all our families to support their children’s journey at The Wandsworth Preschool.

I am proud to say that at The Wandsworth Preschool we are creating a community where children, families and staff feel welcomed and look forward to coming to each and every day.

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Lea-Anne Dean

Vice Principal

I was the first employee of the Wandsworth Preschool and joined as the Third in Charge/Room senior when I started prior to its opening in September 2016. I had started my career in childcare in 2010, where I studied for my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare, having then worked in primary schools and nurseries starting as a nursery nurse, room senior and then on joining The Wandsworth Preschool being promoted to Third in Charge . Since starting my journey in child care I have worked extremely hard to further extend my knowledge and progress in my career always aiming to…

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Lea-Anne Dean

Vice Principal

I was the first employee of the Wandsworth Preschool and joined as the Third in Charge/Room senior when I started prior to its opening in September 2016. I had started my career in childcare in 2010, where I studied for my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare, having then worked in primary schools and nurseries starting as a nursery nurse, room senior and then on joining The Wandsworth Preschool being promoted to Third in Charge . Since starting my journey in child care I have worked extremely hard to further extend my knowledge and progress in my career always aiming to continuously grow and provide the best care and education to our young children and families.

My initial task at Wandsworth was an amazing opportunity to support the set-up of the nursery. This allowed me to engage my creative spark and to be able to influence the look and feel of the nursery from the off. I have been privileged to have been able to be part of the nursery from the very beginning, supporting and working closely alongside each and every one of our families, watching the children flourish and creating a warm, safe and enriching environment full of nurture and care.

After ten months of being at the nursery I was promoted to the Vice Principal, a role I am thoroughly enjoying. I have always had a great passion for child development and supporting children learn in their own way and guiding them along the way with the aim of developing a love of learning. I have always seen myself as a creative and able to think out of the box especially when when planning experiences for children, allowing their imaginations to run wild and lead the way. I am now in the position where I can inspire my team to continue providing amazing experiences for the children in our care.

What I most enjoy about my job is having the opportunity to work alongside such amazing families, our children who teach me something new every day and our amazing staff team who all bring a different element to the Wandsworth family.