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Our Staff

The Kinsbourne Common Nursery and Pre-School is owned by Mrs Deborah Campbell. We have brought together a team of staff with a range of skills in order to be able to meet the individual needs of your child where they can learn and develop through play within a caring and nurturing environment. 
Deborah Campbell

(Owner/Leader) has a BA in early years and has extensive experience in both her former role as Deputy of Kinsbourne Green Nursery/Pre-School and a previous career in office administration.   She is also a qualified Level 3 Early Years Pracititioner as well as a Level 3 Forest School Leader.  Deborah  regularly attends training courses, network meetings and conferences in order to keep up-to-date with current developments in practice linked to the Revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfES, 2021).  She has carried out SENCO training and is a Designated Safeguarding Representative for the setting.  In addition, she is also Makaton trained and has a full Paediatric First Aid qualification.  Deborah has completed Health and Safety Training and Level 2 Food Hygiene training.  She has  attended WRAP training (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent).  Deborah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Nursery and Pre-School and supported in this role by  Soni Zala.  

Sonal (Soni) Zala
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(Deputy and Setting SENCO) has an NVQ Level 3 early years qualification.  Sonal (Soni) previously worked for a local primary school.  She has completed Key Worker Training with us in order to develop her role as the Setting SENCO.  Soni has attended SENCO Cluster meetings and more formal training in the area of special needs is to be carried out shortly.  Soni is Safeguarding trained and has a full Paediatric First Aid qualification.   She has  attended WRAP training (online training to Raise Awareness of Prevent) and has completed Level 2 Food Hygiene Training.  Soni is also a Designated Safeguarding Representative for the setting.

Rebecca (Becky) Shipley
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(Senior Early Years Practitioner) has three grown up children.  She has been in childcare for 30 years qualifying as a Nursery Nurse and Montessori teacher. Nicole set up her own day nursery where she taught Montessori which was sold when her youngest was born. Nicole continued in childcare with childminding while her children were growing up which progressed to working and then Managing at Noah’s Ark Pre School, Harpenden. During that time, Nicole completed her Foundation degree in Early Years Education. She is currently nanny and tutor for a local family.

Beth Holland


(Senior Early Years Practitioner) has an NVQ Level 3 early years qualification. She has completed First Aid training.  Becky is also a trained Designated Safeguarding  Representative for the setting.  She has also completed  SENCO training.  Becky has carried out WRAP training (online training to Raise Awareness of Prevent).  She has completed  Level 2 Food Hygiene Training and Health and Safety training.  Becky has a number of years working in marketing but wishes to pursue a career working with young children.  Becky is currently completing her CERTSY Level 3 SENCO training.

Leoan Smith

(Assistant Early Years Practitioner) has carried out safeguarding training and has also completed EYFS training.  Leoan is keen to pursue a career in childcare and has a range of experience in the hospitality industry as well as bringing up her own child.  Leoan is currently carrying out her Level 2 training.

(Assistant Early Years Practitioner) has a BA Honours Degree in Design Crafts, Ceramics and Glass.  She already has a range of experience working with children. Beth has worked in children's clubs as well as working in a special educational needs school using a range of art therapy techniques in order to promote development and reduce sensory issues.

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Emily Shipley

(Assistant Early Years Practitioner) has worked as part of the team since the Summer 2021.  Emily has previously worked in marketing but has demonstrated that she is an extremely able early years practioner.  Emily has completed Safeguarding training as well as Paediatric First Aid Training.   

Additional Information

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All staff members have undertaken Hertfordshire TABS (Therapeutic Approach to Behaviour) Training’.  This is a behaviour management approach that adopts the  following principles:

  • Shared focus on inclusion of all children within their educational settings

  • Shared values and beliefs across communities

  • Shared communication, diversion and de-escalation

  • Shared risk management

  • Shared reparation, reflection and restoration

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