Meet the Nido's Team
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I started working at Nido in February 2020. I moved to Brighton from London to study Medicine at the University of Sussex.
I grew up in and around childcare as both my parents work for a charity which provided my local community with after school clubs, homework clubs, summer play schemes and much more. I went from attending these clubs, workshops and activities to working at them as a young adult. Working at Nido has inspired me to switch from Medicine to a Primary and Early Years course at the University of Sussex.
I started working at Nido in September 2017.
I have lots of experience with children as I have been working in childcare since 2009. I am fun, friendly and enjoy learning new things.
I have great knowledge of the Early Years Framework (EYFS) and love getting to know the children and their families.
My role at Nido is to help each child reach their full potential by monitoring their Learning and Development goals, liaising with their families and assist with the overall management of Nido.
In 2004, I obtained a First Class Distinction in Montessori teaching while living in Dublin, Ireland. Since then, it has always been my dream to open and successfully grow an affordable Montessori community in the area that I live. I am passionate about learning, I have also obtained a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years and in 2021, I will be embarking on a Child Psychology course.
Witnessing the positive influence that a Montessori education has had on my own child, and others that I have taught throughout my career, has made me even more determined to help other children and their families to benefit from it, without them having to pay out more than they can afford.
This is why I started Nido Montessori and have made it affordable and accessible to all families.
I am Benj, the older, greyer of the two Bens. Most of my time is spent being Dionne’s husband and our son Jacob’s Dad, but I can also be regularly spotted helping out at Nido. I am very good at making delicious lunches and snacks, cleaning up, doing After School Club pick-ups and washing slippers!
I am here to look after quite a bit of the boring admin and IT stuff. I am also called upon to cover if a member of the Nido Team is poorly or on annual leave.
I am a FA qualified football coach, and with (other young and not grey) Ben, organise regular, sporty P.E fun for our After School Club.
I have been a member of the Nido team since September 2017. I first visited Nido to explore the Montessori environment; my youngest daughter attended for a year which I feel gave her a great opportunity to build her self-confidence and independence before primary school.Whilst working at Nido I have graduated from Brighton University with Early Years Teaching Status, where I also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. I am also working on SENCO course, which will help me to support families and children with special educational needs and disabilities.
I have really enjoyed being part of the Nido team and learning something new every day from the children and staff.