Meet The Staff

Nicola Simcock, Little Chestnuts Pre-school Manager

I am a dedicated and committed Early Years trained teacher.  After completing my EYFS degree and teacher training certificate I have gained lots of experience serving many children, their families and communities.  I have been very fortunate to have worked alongside some inspiring Early Years organisations and professionals which has helped me to develop a strong philosophy which I look forward to sharing with Little Chestnuts.

My most memorable moments in teaching are seeing the children in my care learn new skills.  That may be sharing with a friend, climbing to the top of the climbing frame or realising that they can actually put on their coat for the first time!

I have had a love of horses from a young age and am a keen rider.  I volunteer at a riding stables where part of my role is to support children with disabilities during their riding lessons. In addition, I have a huge love of literature.  My most cherished poems (amongst many) are ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling and ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth. 

Hazel Szczepanski

I have been working with children for over 14 years. During this time I studied for a degree in Early Childhood and achieved my Early Years Teacher Status. I have worked both in a community setting and in a large nursery within a primary school. Both these settings have given me valuable experiences and opportunities to enhance my professional practice.

One of the most enjoyable things about working with young children is not knowing what the day is going to bring. The excitement of finding out things fuelled by children’s natural curiosity, that I never knew or had long forgotten, reinforces my belief that we are all lifelong learners.

Outside my working life I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, reading and visiting historical houses. Having lived in Cheltenham all my life I enjoy spending time finding out about the history of the town.

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