Claire Ward - Nursery Manager

Abigail Jenkins - Deputy Manager & Butterflies Room Leader

Nyssa Williams-Deputy Manager -Butterflies Room Leader (currently on Maternity Leave)

Clare Roberts- Caterpillars Room Lead & SENCO

Butterflies (2.5 years - 5 years)

Caterpillars (3months-2.5 years)

Our team is not just based in the Nursery.

The nursery is part of a small portfolio of independent unique nurseries and work as part of a larger team supporting each other.

Management Team

Head of Operations (South)

Grace Fairbourn, BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Teacher Status
Grace Fairbourn joined A Step Ahead in May 2017 as our Head of Operations, looking after the settings in the South. Grace studied Early Childhood Studies at the University of Chichester and went on to gain her Early Years Teacher qualification in 2011. Since qualifying Grace has worked in nursery settings in many different roles, most recently as Manager. Grace also works as a mentor on the University of Chichester’s Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme, supporting and guiding students to gain their qualifications. Grace has a undeniable passion for Early Years and firmly believes the first 5 years of a child’s life has so much to do with how the rest of their life turns out. She has extensive experience in working with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disability, with particular knowledge surrounding Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Nursery Owner/Business Manager

Antonia Ogden-Meade RGN, MSc, Early Years Professional
Antonia Ogden-Meade has worked in Quality and Performance for over 20 years. She started her career in the NHS as a Nurse and worked in Children's health services for a number of years before going into performance and operational management. Having been an Executive Director of Performance and Operations for 4 years, Antonia left the NHS to set up her own Nursery in 2006 and has since expanded her successful business to 6 settings. Antonia has recently achieved Ofsted Inspection status and carries out Ofsted Inspections as part of her ongoing professional development.

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Monday - Friday
8.00am - 6.00pm
52 weeks a year

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