Our Westminster Nursery Teachers
Our recruitment strategy is purposefully inclusive, ensuring we have a balance of talents from around the world to really deliver on our intercultural programme
Our Westminster Team
Kristina Preidyte, Area Manager
Kristina has worked in the Early Years Sector for the last 8 years and now brings her wealth of experience and passion to Hatching Dragons. Trilingual herself, she understands fully the benefits of bilingual education. Her biggest hope is to help children foster an appreciation of our world and her secret talent is her incredible baking skills.Kristina graduated from Arts Academy with an Award and has experience supporting and working with families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Kristina holds an Enhanced DBS Check, Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Certificate and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Health and Safety Officer.
Sadia Begum, Deputy Manager
Sadia has been with Hatching Dragons for almost 6 years. Having started as an apprentice at our first school in the Barbican, she has graduated and matured to become one of the leading educators in our preschool division, delivering astounding arts classes and phonics programmes to foster school preparedness in our children. She is Level 3 Childcare Qualified. Sadia holds a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and a Level 2 in Safeguarding. Sadia has an Enhanced DBS check.
Tenzin, Room Leader
Fluent in four languages himself, Tenzin heads the preschool room with over 10 years of experience teaching at various key stages internationally. Tenzin has an Enhanced DBS check.
Xiaoxi, Chinese Teacher/Deputy Room Leader
A seasoned early years educator with a teaching degree from the USA, Xiaoxi brings with her a wealth of kindergarten experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, developing engaging strategies to embed language acquisition through music, dance, song and the arts. She supports Sadia as the secondary key person in our preschool room in evaluating our children's Chinese language progression. Xiaoxi holds a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and a Level 2 in Safeguarding. Xiaoxi has an Enhanced DBS check.
Hodan started off in our baby room and recently graduated up to the preschool room to support the qualified teaching team in the delivery of our intercultural programme of education. She is currently studying towards her Level 3 Early Years Educator Course. Hodan holds a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and a Level 2 in Safeguarding. Hodan has an Enhanced DBS check.
Baby Room Team
Catherine, Room Leader
Catherine holds a BA in Early Childhood Development and has over 15 years of working in British international schools overseas in primary and early years / nursery education. She specialises in baby led practice, working with children under the age of 2 in fostering their development specifically around communication and language, and PSED. Catherine holds a Enhanced Overseas DBS Check.
Alia, Early Years Educator
Alia joins us from Tomberries nursery, where she worked for Daniela as a senior baby room practitioner and is responsible for all teaching and learning and safeguarding compliance for our under 2s room Baby Dragons, on the ground floor. She holds a Level 3 Early Years Educator Certificate and a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and a Level 2 in Safeguarding. Alia has an enhanced DBS Check.
June, Chinese Early Years Educator
June is finalising her degree in Early Years here in the UK to broaden her knowledge of UK practice. She already holds a Diploma in Montessori in the early years, and has worked extensively throughout bilingual schools in Malaysia and Singapore, where she became qualified. A fluent mandarin speaker, she works with Ruiming in our baby room to reinforce our Talk & Sing approach to bilingual delivery. June has an enhanced DBS Check.
Subash, Early Years Educator
Subash has worked in lunch cover capacities in Westminster for years, working across the middle of the day with the babies to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience in baby practice to bear for the team in the room. She holds a Level 2 Early Years Educator Certificate. Subash holds a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and has Level 2 in Safeguarding. Subash has an enhanced DBS Check.
With aspirations of becoming a primary school teacher, our apprentice, Mady, enjoys working with children as she gets to use her creative abilities during educational activities. Mady’s hobbies include painting and she particularly enjoys painting flowers, leaves and animals. Mady has an enhanced DBS check.
Weekend School Team
Ranran, Weekend School Lead
Ranran holds a BA in Education Studies; a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and a Level 2 in Safeguarding as well as an Enhanced DBS check.
Hui, Weekend School Teacher
Hui has been working in the Education sector for the last 1.5 Years.Hui works alongside Ranran to deliver the Mandarin Curriculum at Weekend Schools. Hui enjoys spending her time playing chess and Table Tennis.Hui has an Enhanced DBS check.
Hatching Dragons Support Staff
Joy, Qualified Early Years Educator
Joy has spent the last 6 years working in the Education Sector, she has a range of experience working overseas and within the Early Years and Primary school sector.Joy hold a Master in Education and is a Chinese Qualified Teacher. Joy chose to working with children as she has enjoys seeing the children progress. She enjoys creating Chinese culture related activities and engaging with the children.Joy enjoys playing the piano, guitar and singing.Joy holds an Enhanced DBS Check and Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Certificate.
Tara, Early Years Assistant
Tara joined the schools as an Early Years Assistant in 2021, she works part time to support the teams with the children daily routines whilst studying for her Nursing Degree at Kings College. Tara hold a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and a Level 2 in Safeguarding. She also has an Enhanced DBS check.
Sadaf, Early Years Assistant
Sadaf joined the schools as an Early Years Assistant in 2022, she works part time to support the teams with the children daily routines whilst studying for her Nursing Degree at Kings College. Sadaf holds a Level 2 in Safeguarding. She also has an Enhanced DBS check.
Josie, Qualified Early Years Educator
Josie joined our schools as a Qualified Early Years Educator in 2022. Josie wanted to work in Early Years as she wanted to help bring up the next generation of children to be resilient, loving and confident. Josie loves to swim, dance and paint landscapes. Josie also enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and people from all around the world. Josie hold a Level 3 in Childcare and has an Enhanced DBS Check.
Taoxingyu, Early Years Educator
Taoxingyu joined our schools in 2022 when completing her BA in Education phycology works on a part time basis whilst studying for her Masters in Education.Taoxingyu holds an Enhanced DBS Check.
Jessie, Early Years Assistant
Jessie joined our schools in 2023 as a Chinese Drama and Performance Art Teacher. Jessie works on a part time basis at the schools. Jessie holds an Enhanced DBS Checks and Level 3 in First Aid.
Huiyan, Early Years Assistant
Huiyan joined the team in 2022 once completing her MA in Theatre and Performance Studies. Huiyan holds an enhanced DBS Check.
Mozghan, Early Years Assistant
Mozghan has recently joined the team on a part time basis. Mozghan started her career working with children as a childminder, she then starting working with agencies before joining our team.Mozghan wanted to work with children as she is a mother herself and wanted to continue to support young children's development and growth. Mozghan holds an Enhanced DBS Check.