Nursery Staff

Our Staff

Miss Pippa Ashenden

Miss Pippa Ashenden is our Nursery Manager. She has a Degree in Early Childhood and Business Studies (Level 6) has 14 years’ experience working with children. She has worked at St Edmund’s for 2 years.

Pippa ensures new children are welcomed with open arms and made to feel comfortable as soon as they arrive. She works hard to secure good partnerships with parents, who are a fundamental part of their child’s learning and development, and to support each child’s transition from home to nursery. Pippa focuses on the importance of utilising the outdoor space and integrates the early years curriculum into activities both inside and out, providing a range of opportunities for children to use their imagination and creativity. She also supports each child to become independent and build their confidence through a range of group and 1:1 activities.

Pippa has recently come back from maternity leave and working every morning until 12.30pm.


Miss Lauren Reynolds

Hi I’m Miss Reynolds.  

I have been working in childcare since I was 17 so almost 12 years’ experience with dealing with all different capabilities of children. I worked my way from a Nursery Practitioner to Room Leader doing many different training courses along the way.  

I have been responsible for working with outside agencies for example Speech and Language and S.E.N, promoting each child’s learning in a positive way, keeping up to date with policies and procedures, understanding how important care plans are and for children to receive high quality care to watch them grow. 

At this age it is important to follow children’s interest through their play as they are learning in many ways. 

I am extremely excited to be setting up the Butterfly Class as it’s a new challenge for me, I bring all my experience and knowledge but also love sharing different ideas with colleagues in making this work and seeing each child grow individually.  

"You can see the children thrive in an environment which is full of so many opportunities and experiences and that are accessible within the school grounds".

Miss Pippa Ashenden, Nursery Manager

Miss Alice Coleshill

Miss Alice Coleshill is our Nursery Assistant. She has a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) and has worked at St Edmund’s for 3 years and will now be working all day in the Nursery.

Alice has a passion for the creative arts and the subjects’ importance in early development; she studied for 7 years within various creative subjects and in 2019 graduated with an MA.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 over the past 3 years and being able to watch and support children with their learning and development".

Sarah Bartholomew

My name is Sarah Bartholomew and I am the Head of Nursery and Pre-Prep at St Edmund’s School.

I am an experienced practitioner, educator, and leader having taught both in the UK and overseas in Auckland, New Zealand for nearly 25 years. I have successfully led a Junior School in East Auckland (Juniors in NZ are the same age as our Pre-Prep). Prior to that, I worked in an Independent Boys’ School in Auckland for 15 years, working in both the Early Years and Primary sector.

I have relocated to Kent, with my husband Steven and 11-year-old Maltese dog ‘Frodo’!  I am looking forward to being closer to family in the UK and exploring Europe.  

“Learning at St Edmund’s is interactive, varied and fun, we provide an inspirational learning environment that takes place in the classroom as well as the grounds of St Edmunds".

Mrs Nicola Crocombe

Mrs Nicola Crocombe is our Nursery Assistant. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. Nicola has 14 years’ experience and has worked at St Edmund’s for 11 years.