Our staff are there for you and your child...


We believe in employing staff of a high calibre and training within the Montessori philosophy. We ensure they maintain the ethos of the nursery. All staff are fully vetted for suitability with enhanced DBS checks and all hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate.


We maintain high staff to child ratios in all areas of the nursery ensuring that each child receives individual attention and an easy transition through the classrooms. Each child is given the support of a key person who provides continuity of care and a familiar face on each day at school.



Liz Freemantle

Director/ Manager


I opened Wickham Montessori School in 2006 and have been a Montessori Teacher for 18 years. When my son was a baby, I discovered the Montessori teaching methods and haven't looked back since! I hold a Montessori International Teaching Diploma for children under 6 years and have undergone training with Senco and Portage. I also hold a degree in Business management from Winchester University.


I have worked with children for over 30 years and I am dedicated to furthering my education training for the benefit of the school. 


Claire Slater

School SENCO Representative 


I joined Wickham Montessori school in 2009 as a special needs teacher. I have since engaged to complete many different training courses including 'Thomas Training' and SENCO, I act as the main SENCO for the nursery. I hold a level 3 diploma in child care, and a Montessori Certificate. I have worked with a number of children with different needs and each one challenging in their own way. I run a language group every day to help children that may have speech difficulties. I also work with the younger children within the setting, helping to give them an enjoyable start to their schooling. Since working at Wickham Montessori I have have been privileged to work with such a remarkable team of staff. I find my work enjoyable and rewarding.


Aneta Lesniewska

Deputy manager/Room Leader 


I have been working with children since 2004. I moved from Poland in 2007 and lived in London until I had my first child, who now attends Wickham Montessori. I hold an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Education and Development and a Bacherlors Degree in Linguistics. I have also attended The Montessori International Centre in London for Montessori training. I am the Deputy manager as well as being the room Leader of the Mini Montessori Classroom and enjoy planning the activities for the children in my room.




Evie Jefferies

Classroom Assistant


I joined Wickham Montessori as a work placement student in 2012 and have remained at the school ever since, I love the way the children can learn at their own pace.  I have recently gained a Montessori International Diploma, enabling me to utilise all the training I have worked so hard for. I am working with the older children further developing their learning through the Montessori teaching methods preparing them for their future. 



Elly Phillips

Nursery room leader/Montessori Teacher


I joined in January 2013, while studying for my degree in Early Childhood Studies. I completed my degree in June 2014, at the same time I obtained my Early Years Teachers Status. I'm really enjoying my time here in such a friendly and peaceful setting. Since I acquired my degree I have been room leader for the Nursery as my passion is for the younger children.

Kelly Price

Montessori Teacher


I joined Wickham Montessori as a volunteer in 2013, to gain experience before starting my Montessori International Diploma.

Since completing my Diploma I have become a permenant member of the team.

 I enjoy working with the children immensely and feel privileged to be able to watch them develop their independence and thrive within such a lovely setting, and work with such an amazing team.


Lisa Doyle

Room Leader/Montessori Teacher


I joined Wickham Montessori School in October 2014 having recently moved here from Ireland. I hold a Degree in English and Music and a Higher Diploma in Eary Childhood Montessori Education. I am the room leader in the Montessori classrooms working with the older children which enables me to share my knowledge of the Montessori teaching method to the children.

Kelly Newman

Classroom Teacher


I have been working at Wickham Montessori since January 2015 Working mostly in the Mini Montessori Classroom. I hold a Level 3 in Childcare and have worked previously as a nursery nurse and nanny. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my own two children,both of which have experienced the Montessori way of learning.

Malwina Malecka

Montessori Teacher

I have been working at Wickham Montessori for a year, where I work in the nursery with the babies. I previously worked as a primary school teacher in Poland, where I gained lots of experience working with children. I hold a Masters Degree in Social Care, Child care and Early School Education. I have a passion for working with children with additional needs of which I have much experience. I have also previously worked as a nanny, as well as teachig Polish to younger children.

Ashley Pitt

I sent my eldest son to Wickham Montessori as it had a calm atmosphere which I knew he would benefit from. When I decided to train in childcare I approched the Montessori for a position and I am now a member of a fantastic team. I am still working towards my qualification which I hope to gain by April 2017.


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