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. We will make sure that your child has access to outdoor provision on a daily basis unless it is deemed unsafe to do so (ie adverse weather conditions).
Deborah Campbell

Deborah 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 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).  Deborah has carried out SENCO training and is the Designated Safeguarding representative for the setting.  In addition, she is also Makaton trained and has a full 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  Sonal Zala.  Deborah is currently completing her Level 3 qualification as Forest School Leader.

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Helen Newton

 (Early Years Practitioner) is a qualified Primary School Teacher and previously worked in the local area.   Helen has extensive experience of leading group activities in primary school whilst delivering both the EYFS and National Curriculum.  After a career break, Helen has decided to return to work with children.  Over the next few months, she will be undertaking a range of training which will include Safeguarding training and Paediatric First Aid training.  

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 pracitioner.  Emily has completed Safeguarding training as well as Paediatric First Aid Training.   She will be carrying out other training as soon as possible.

Sonal Zala

(Deputy and Setting SENCO) has an NVQ Level 3 early years qualification.  Sonal (Soni) previously worked for a local primary school.  She has recently undergone Key Worker Training with us in order to develop her role as the Setting SENCO.  She 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.

Becky Shipley

(Assistant Practitioner) is currently undertaking an NFCE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner. She has completed First Aid training,  Safeguarding  training and has also carried out SENCO training.  Becky has completed WRAP training (online training to Raise Awareness of Prevent).  She will be completing  Level 2 Food Hygiene Training as soon as possible.  Becky has a number of years working in marketing but wishes to pursue a career working with young children.  She has already demonstrated that she is an extremely able early years practitioner offering a range of ideas to help improve the Nursery's practice.

Sarah Eledge

(Assistant Early Years Pracitioner) has recently joined Nursery.  Sarah has a range of experience of working in administration as well as working in a local primary school.  She will be carrying out Safeguarding training as well as Paediatric First Aid training as soon as possible.

Additional Information

All staff have undertaken Hertfordshire Steps’  Training which 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