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Dean Park Nursery

Leadership and Support Team

Rachel Zito - Nursery Manager

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education 

Working towards NPQEYL (Early years) in 2024

ELKAN Speech and Language

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)


"Working in Early Years has always been a passion of mine. I qualified at level 2 in 2000 and then went on to complete my level 3 Diploma and now have 23 years experience of working in Early Years. I have a wide range of skills and so much care and enthusiasm when looking after families and their amazing children. I really love to explore nature but my favourite activity to do is creative arts, music and exploring the world though their senses."

Claire Apps - Deputy Manager

ELKAN Speech and Language

Level 3 Childcare and Development

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)


"I have worked at Dean Park Day Nursery for six years now and have seen the nursery grow in so many ways. My own child attended the nursery as I loved the work ethic and dedication of all the practitioners. I trust our team to deliver the best childcare and education."

Jessica Gonzalez - Senior Room Leader

 Level 3 Early Years Education

"Working with children is something I have always enjoyed doing, I believe we learn so much from them even at such young ages. They also give the best smiles and hugs!"





Dan Pouncett - Site Manager

IOSH Health and Safety

"I enjoy working at the nursery with such a warm and friendly team.  The children love watching my tractor cutting the grass!  With the support team, I work to ensure that the building, Forest School and grounds are kept safe, secure and looking their best."


Support Staff

Leanne - Nursery Administrator & Admissions Officer 





Emma Stafford - Kitchen Assistant

Chanelle - Catering and Housekeeping Assistant

Rupali Chopra - Nursery Support Practitioner (Lunchtime)

Ashleigh Doyle - Bank Staff and Baby Ballet Teacher