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
Daniela Rosa, School Principal
Daniela holds a degree in primary school teaching and the early years, is Paediatric First Aid trained and holds advanced safeguarding. She is the principal of the school and oversees all teaching in learning, drawing on her training in bilingual and plurilingualism to develop language rich educational programmes for the staff to implement. She is responsible for all EYFS delivery, including all safeguarding, teaching & Learning and overall compliance
Georgia Spithouri, Educational Lead
Georgia is joining us from a year in Thailand, where she was head of early years at a British international school. She holds a PGCE in Special Educational Needs in the Early Years; holds Qualified Teacher Status, has studied and practiced Forest School and managed the forest provision at N Family Club prior to her year abroad. She has completed a Masters in Developmental Psychology and will be working to oversee educational delivery on the floor as a supernumerary teacher
Sadia Begum , Third in Charge/Preschool Room Lead
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.
Xiaoxi Ling, Chinese Teacher
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.
Camila Loy Early YEars Educator
An early years and primary teacher with verified QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) here in the UK, Camila has multiple degrees across all levels of educational theory and child development and specialises in developing our targeted Spanish language programmes with our preschool group. She supports Sadia in all aspects of EYFS delivery, academic programming and monitoring and assessment within the key groupCamila holds a BA in Education.Camila has an Enhanced Overseas Police Check.
Hodon Abdullahi, Apprentice
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.
Asnu Choudhury, Lunch cover support
Asnu has joined us from Millies House and has years of experience of working with babies and preschoolers. Whilst unqualified in childcare, the length and breadth of her experience offers a steady and reassured hand to the team, working in support of the qualified teachers to ensure that the room is well maintained. Asnu holds a Level 2 in Safeguarding and an Enhanced DBS check.
Baby Room Team
Alia Shelley- Smith,Room Lead
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.
Catherine Mushanyuki, Early Years Educator
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.
June Low, 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 throughotu 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.
Ruiming Qi,Chinese Early Years Educator
Ruiming recently graduated with a BA in Education in the UK and is transitioning over to a specialism in early years now that she is with us. With a focus on music and the arts, Ruiming fosters interactions with children through the art of song, developing their communication skills in a fun and engaging way. Ruiming has an enhanced DBS Check
Subash Gurung, 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.
Dua Rashid, Early Years Assistant
Dua is our nursery assistant in the baby room, working to support the qualified teaching team in all aspects of delivery. Whilst unqualified in the early yeasr she holds da Level 3 in Health & Social Care and has worked extensively in the nursery sector in a support capacity since qualifying. She has a Level 2 in Safeguarding and an enhanced DBS Check.
Daniela Henges, Early Years Assistant
Daniela supports the baby room qualified teaching team and has 5 years experience in baby room support. She has a PFA, food hygiene and ongoing training and CPD in childcare
Weekend School Team
Ranran Li, 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 Gao, 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 Zhu, 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 Conroy,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 Chowdhury ,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 Fergus ,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 Hu,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 Zhang.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 Sun.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.