Bilingual Nursery Staff – The Most Qualified Team

Our Bilingual Nursery Team

It’s a little known secret that the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework – the regulation that governs the early years sector – only requires your nursery to have what we consider to be the bare minimum by way of qualifications in order to provide childcare: the Manager “must hold at least a full and relevant level 3 qualification and at least half of all other staff must hold at least a full and relevant level 2 qualification.” That means the majority of nurseries you may have seen would, most likely, have staff that meet this basic criterion. Our bilingual nursery staff team, on the other hand, are more than qualified. We believe they’re the most qualified team you’ll meet….

Central Team

Cennydd John

Founder & CEO of Hatching Dragons Nurseries

Cennydd John
Founder & CEO
MA Hons (Chinese & Japanese); Level 7 Management & Leadership (CMI – on-going) CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator (on-going)
Safeguarding Designated Lead (L5 – DSO); Prevent Duty; SEND Code of Practice,
Cenn set up Hatching Dragons 2015 in response to the lack of bilingual early years provision in his area and specifically to make Mandarin Chinese more accessible to those in the early years, at an age where language acquisition and fluency are most east to achieve. Prior to Hatching Dragons, Cenn set up an educational business in China, worked in commodities and in China related political and media affairs post graduation.


Philippa Dodds, Pedagogy Director

Philippa Dodds, Pedagogy Director

Philippa Dodds
Pedagogy Director
PGCE, MAEd (Harvard), CTA, BA Hons
Profile: A retired qualified teacher of over 30 years experience in UK education, Philippa brings a huge wealth of knowledge of pedagogy and educational practice to Hatching Dragons’ educational team. She managed an educational fund for Canary Wharf for over 20 years sponsoring research on early years literacy and language acquisition. She is a life governor of the pre-eminent children’s charity Coram, a Trustee of the Edgar Bainton Society and of the Levantine Foundation….



Li Jing

LJ, Head of Mandarin

Li Jing
Position: Head of Mandarin
Qualifications: MA (Hons) Community Music; BA (Hons) Musical Performance; Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language; NVQ Childcare L3 (on-going); Early Years Teacher Programme, Institute of Education (on-going)
NQF Grading: 3 in childcare (soon to be level 7), Level 7 in Music
Training: Safeguarding (L2); Food Hygiene (L2); Epipen; Baby Training (L2); Paediatric First Aid; SEND Code of Practice; Prevent Duty
Profile: Li Jing has worked with Cenn in the formation of Hatching Dragons since before we had a nursery. Together they used to put on Shadow Puppetry and Mandarin Music Performances in cafes and event spaces throughout North London in a bid to build interest in the bilingual and bicultural concept. She has worked underneath Cenn in developing the central pedagogical pillars for the bilingual method at play in Hatching Dragons, utilising her extensive musical and creative expertise and her knowledge of China’s history, culture and arts to develop something that is truly consistently unique….

Amanda Nzara, Operations Manager

Amanda Nzara
Position: Operations Manager, Safeguarding Designated Lead, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Data Protection / Health & Safety / Behaviour Management Officer,  E-Safety Coordinator, Primary Paediatric First Aider
Qualifications: Level 5 Management & Leadership, Level 3 Childcare (CACHE)
Training: Safeguarding (L3); Food Hygiene (L2); Epipen; Baby Training (L2); SEND Code of Practice; Prevent Duty; FGM, Paediatric First Aid
Profile: Amanda rejoined the business after a stint as Operations Manager of one of London’s pre-eminent bilingual French schools in West London, where she was responsible for ensuring the French curriculum was compliant with Ofsted’s guidelines in the EYFS statutory framework. In that, she brought “no small amount of excellence” to the operational management of the setting and returns to build up operational capacity in Hatching Dragons as we move to set up our new sites.


priscilla-chen Deputy Manager

Bilingual Mandarin Speaking Deputy Manager

Priscilla Chen-Chandler
Position: Barbican Nursery Manager, Safeguarding Designated Lead, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Health & Safety and Behaviour Management Officer, Primary Paediatric First Aider
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Fine Art: Chinese Opera, Childcare L3 NVQ
NQF Grading: 3 in childcare, Level 6 in Fine Art & Music – areas we think are directly applicable to the early years! Priscilla can look after 8 children aged 3-5 years; 4 children 2-3 years old or 3 children aged 0-3 but is supernumerary
Training: Safeguarding (L2); Food Hygiene (L2); Epipen; Baby Training (L2); SEND Code of Practice; Prevent Duty; Paediatric First Aid
Profile: Priscilla joined the nursery in early Spring 2016, having worked as a business administrative controller at a small business and as a bilingual childminder (Ofsted rated Outstanding) for years. She has that unique blend of business administrative and childcare experience that makes her a hugely valuable asset to the nursery. Hailing from Taiwan, she’s a native Mandarin speaker and, as a former graduate of Chinese Opera from Taiwan, a keen singer with the children.