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Ambourne House Day Nursery 233 Gloucester Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 6ND

T: 01454 615352

Meet the team

The very best staff

Here at Ambourne House, we are extremely proud of the reputation we have built, not only as a trusted place for parents and their children, but for our reputation as an employer.

The service we deliver to our clients is entirely dependent on us attracting and retaining the very best staff. It’s our team of committed, caring professionals that help us make a real difference to the lives of the children we look after, and the peace of mind and valuable reassurance felt by our clients.

Meet The Team

Our Team

Experience and a drive to help children thrive. (Click on each person below to read more)

  • Roberta Ferri
    Nursery Manager and Safeguarding Lead

    My name is Roberta and I joined the Ambourne House team in September 2019. I have been working in childcare for over 10 years. I decided to move to UK in 2011 to learn English, after I gained a BSc HONS Degree in Education. Initially I worked in London as a nanny for a bilingual family and then I moved to Bristol 6 years ago where I started to work in a nursery’s pre-school.
    I really love spend time in every room of the nursery, playing and creating a bond with children of all ages. Knowing that we can make a difference in a child development is the part of my job that I love the most.

    I would love to go back to university and progress my studies and knowledge especially concerning children with special needs.

    BSc HONS Degree in Education

  • Sarah Bennett
    Deputy Manager and Deputy Safeguarding Lead

    My name is Sarah and I joined Ambourne House at the beginning of January 2020. I have been working in childcare for over 15 years and I love my job. During all these years I have been room leader and also Deputy Manager. I have a 17 year old daughter who I love spend time with.

    I would love to have my own nursery one day.

    Lev 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator).

  • Jackie Worgan
    Nursery Chef

    I have been working at Ambourne since June 2018.

    I enjoy researching new recipes and trying to produce very healthy meals for the children and staff to enjoy.

    I have found out so much about dietary needs, and we pride ourselves at Ambourne House to meet all needs that children require. I am always looking to test and try out new dishes, if you have any favourite dishes that you think children would enjoy. I extend an invitation into my kitchen to show me!

    In my spare time I enjoy gardening, looking after my grandchildren one of whom attended Ambourne 12 years ago. I also enjoy travelling the world especially the Mediterranean and reading.

  • Chantelle Wickham
    Baby Room Leader

    Hello my name Chantelle.

    I have joined Ambourne House in November 2020 and I am the Baby Room Leader.

    I have worked in childcare for the past 6 years. Working with babies is something I have always been passionate about. I love helping them to learn and explore in these early stages of their lives.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

    I love exploring and visiting new places.

    I would love to gain a Degree in Education.

    Lev 3 Diploma in Children’s learning and development(Early Years Educator).

  • Leila Gardner
    Kindergarten Room Leader

    Hello, my name is Leila!

    I joined Ambourne House in November 2020 and I am a qualified Level 3 practitioner who loves to paint and play! I believe that messy play with children really helps their development and learning.

    I really enjoy taking walks on the beach and listening to music.

    Lev 3 Diploma in Children’s learning and Young Person development(Early Years Educator).

  • Eloise Blackwell
    Toddler Room Apprentice

    Hello my name is Eloise.

    I have recently joined Ambourne House and I am a toddler room apprentice. In my previous role I was a healthcare assistant and received my level 2 health and social care.

    In my free time I like to spend time with my niece and nephews, I love to take them on fun and exciting days out!


    I would like to finish my level 3 childcare apprenticeship and hopefully go overseas to be an Au Pair or work as a camp councillor for a summer!

  • Aparna
    Toddler Room Apprentice

  • Melba
    Baby Room Support Staff

    Hi, I’m Melba! I joined the Ambourne team in April 2022 and so far I am really enjoying it.

    Previously I was a midwife and practised midwifery for 8 years. This was an unforgettable experience and the most rewarding job!

    I am so excited to expand my childcare journey here at Ambourne, and look forward to being a part of your child’s nursery life.


    Qualified Midwife.

  • Luba
    Qualified Teacher and Baby Room Practitioner

  • Shannon
    Preschool Practitioner

  • Kim Morgan
    Qualified Teacher and Preschool Practitioner

    Hi, I am Kim Morgan. I joined the wonderful team at Ambourne House in May 2021 within the Preschool room.

    I have a variety of experience working with children through teaching in Primary schools, as a Teaching Assistant running support programmes, and helping  at a Rainbows group. I graduated from University of Wales, Newport with a degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Art.

    I have a daughter who is just completing her early years journey, and raising her has definitely inspired a further love for the way children learn and develop during this crucial time.


    In the future I aspire to learn British Sign Language, as I feel everyone should have the opportunity to be able to communicate and be understood. I would also love to further my qualifications with Play and Art Therapy.


    BA (hons) Primary Education QTS with Art Specialism.

  • Jolsy
    Nursery Apprentice & 1:1 support

  • Tiby
    Nursery Apprentice

  • Tegan Meredith
    Kindergarten Practitioner

  • Faustina Smalinskaite
    Kindergarten Practitioner

  • Mary
    Nursery Apprentice

  • Oshadi
    Nursery Assistant

  • Anusha
    Montessori Teacher

What parents and carers are saying

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My little girl has been going to Ambourne house for 4months. I love that it's a beautiful family setting which helps the children to the own needs. A big thank you to Sarah Jess Emily Eloise and Rosie for making her feel warm welcome an safe we couldn't of picked a better nursery..... - August 2022.
~ Parent S August 2022 ~


For everyone at Ambourne House. Thankyou so much for all the support and kindness you have shown towards my son since his 1st day with you all. He has grown so much in confidence and in all his developments stages. Having him at Ambourne House was the best decision we both made. After visiting a few local settings, he was very certain he wanted to go to ‘the blue house’. It felt like a family environment and all the staff were so welcoming. I always felt at ease that he was very well looked after and safe. So, Thankyou so much. my son will miss Pre-school very much and his dad said he was teary when he was on his way home. Although this is sad to see, it gives us reassurance that by these emotions he was very fond of everyone at preschool. - M. Welch 01/09/21
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Thank you for looking after our daughter for all this time. Throughout her time at nursery she has been so lucky to have had the love and care from all staff members. You will always be part of her learning journey. Thank you!
~ L.D ~


“Ambourne House Team has been fantastic since my son joined last October, we always felt part of the family. The setting is really good, especially the outdoor space, which stands out in relation to other settings that he attended. But I have to say that the Montessori approach was really key when we decided to enroll him. He developed so much autonomy and self-esteem since he joined but also continued to be very social and in a very short period of time built great relationship both with staff and other children.”
~ Raquel Leitao ~


Thank you so much for all the love and hard work you have put into the nursery. The boys have learnt so much and had a wonderful time. It has made returning to work so much easier knowing they were somewhere they enjoyed and where hugs weren’t limited.
~ S and M Bull ~


We cannot thank you enough for taking such good care of our baby girl and helping her become the confident and clever little girl that she is. You are such a good team.
~ Scott & Jodie ~


My son absolutely adores his days here! He comes home singing songs he's learnt, showing me the actions and always comes out the door with a beaming smile! I love how much he loves preschool. Although it was initially difficult dropping off after the first lockdown, he loves going now and the updates at the door and regular tapestry updates really put me at ease as a parent to see what activities him and the other children are doing, especially as we can't see the full setting at present. Thank you to all at ambourne for creating such a fun environment during these difficult times.
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Ambourne House is such a lovely place. I feel so happy sending my children there. Every single member of staff seems genuinely passionate about the care they provide and our daughters, particularly our eldest, have flourished there. Everything they do from settling in, to the way they speak to children, to the activities they organise is excellently thought out. If I had to write down the perfect childcare environment for my children, this would be it. We are really appreciative of how the team have kept a real sense of normality at Ambourne House after lockdown.
~ Matt and Suzie ~


Lovely nursery, my son has settled in quickly even though he only goes one day a week. Great garden which the children spend lots of time in and very caring staff. Also have events for all the family like a summer bbq which creates a nice community feel. - August 2022
~ Parent C ~