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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)

  • Preena Yau
    Managing Director

    I taught children of all different ages when living in Hong Kong for 5 years. This international experience has given me a wealth of knowledge in both the educational and emotional side of growing children. One of my roles included curriculum development which was based on exploring a child’s individual interests. I maintained a close relationship with parents to ensure children felt fully supported in both their home and school life.

    Moving back to the UK in 2016, and having my own child who attends Ambourne House, I am extremely understanding to the needs of a parent and how important it is to leave your child in an environment where they feel happy and secure.

    My interests include staying active, eating healthily and taking my dog Rio for long hikes. I believe that being outdoors is not only crucial for a child’s development but equally important for adults too.

  • Lorraine Doyle
    Nursery Manager and Designated Safe Guard Lead

    I have worked in the childcare sector for over 15 years and find it such a rewarding experience. As a child from a very large Irish Family, I have always been passionately interested in working with children and the high levels of care, attention and education given to the children that I am responsible for.

    My career in the childcare profession first started with training in Montessori teaching, once qualification, I joined a large Montessori School in Ireland.

    In 2008 I moved to Bristol, which has become my home. I am a mother to three children, two girls and a boy. For the past nine years my role has been a Nursery Manager of an Early Years setting in North Bristol. I started this role as the Pre-School lead and Curriculum developer, working with all ages and progressing through to management.

    Returning to university four years ago, I gained a BA HONS Degree in Education. I thoroughly enjoy training and professional development not just within a managerial role but also that as a leading practitioner and working directly with the children, creating outstanding learning experiences and enabling environments. I’ve also completed the Forest School Leader course which enlightened a new passion for me, outdoor schooling where children can risk take and flourish developmentally in a natural environment. I enjoy mentoring people, carrying out team building exercises and encouraging the personal development of my team, for I believe that my team are the core to outstanding practice within an Early Years setting and directly impact on the learning experience we offer children.

    I look forward to working closely with you all.

  • Roberta Ferri
    Duty Manager and Deputy Safe Guard 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/Safe Guard Lead and Toddler/Floor Leader

    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).

  • Lucy Greenslade
    Preschool and Floor Leader

    My name is Lucy and I joined Ambourne House in August 2020.

    I have a daughter, Elsie, who attends the setting too.

    I started my journey in the Baby Room as Level 3 practitioner and progressed into Kindergarten Room Lead.

    I absolutely love getting messy and creative with all the children and encouraging and pushing their imagination.

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

    I would love to work with children with SEN or to do play therapy in the future.

  • 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).

  • Emily Hines
    Toddler Room Practitioner

    Hello, i’m Emily and very excited to have joined the team at Ambourne House!

    In 2020 I graduated from Bath Spa University with a Primary and Early Years Degree. My main interest concerns giving children from all backgrounds the same opportunities. University  taught me a lot but, more than anything I love having fun and getting messy with the children!

    Outside of work I love to explore new places and would love to travel the world. Who wouldn’t want to live in Hawaii!

    I look forward to being a part of your child’s journey.

    BSc (Hons) Primary and Early Years Education

  • Rosie Stadden
    Toddler Room Apprentice

    Hi I am Rosie. I am a Level 2 practitioner in the Toddler Room.

    I am currently working towards my Level 3.

    I have been working in childcare for the past 4 years.

    Out of work, I train regularly with my dance academy. Our aim is to represent Great Britain in Florida and competing against the best dancers in the world.

    NVQ Lev 3 ongoing

  • Jess Harding
    SENCO and Toddler Room Practitioner

    Hi, I’m Jess! I am the Nursery SENCO at Ambourne House. I have have worked in childcare for seven years and I really enjoy how rewarding it is. I am Level 3 qualified in Childcare and am currently working towards my Level 3 SENCO award. My favourite part about working with children is being able to experience the world through a child’s eyes and plan exciting activities that really capture and engage their imaginations.

  • 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!

  • Aron Thomas
    Baby Room Apprentice

    Hi I’m Aron, and I am an apprentice in the Baby Room.

    I have been working with children for the past 6 years (since I was 12 years old). This has ranged from volunteering at summer clubs, reception classes, toddler and baby rooms. I have worked with children aged 1 all the way to 11.

    I have always had a passion for working with children to help them learn, develop, progress and to make a positive impact on their life.

    I love to explore new places and meet new people.

    I would love to learn more about special education needs and get more experience with it as I grow as a practitioner.

    I have qualifications such as safeguarding, but I am excited to complete my apprenticeship.

  • Megan Royall
    Kindergarten Room Practitioner

    Hi, my name is Megan and I joined Ambourne House in April 2022.

    I began my childcare journey 15 years ago and love every part of my job. It is so rewarding.

    In my spare time I love to be creative and enjoy baking.


    NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

  • Kayleigh Jones
    Preschool Room Apprentice

    My name is Kayleigh and I joined Ambourne House in October 2019. I love playing with children, reading stories and singing with them. See them growing and develop is the part of my job that I love the most. In my spare time I love to read, relax and meet up with friends. I love also taking my dog out for long walks.

    My aim is to gain my Level  3 qualification in childcare.

    NVQ Lev 3 ongoing

  • Gemma Worner
    Preschool Room Apprentice

    My name is Gemma and I am 25 years old and grew up in Little Stoke. I went to college for 2 years and studied level 2 dance and also qualified as a level 2 beauty therapist. After qualifying, I decided to take a couple of years out to follow my dream of working at a Haven site in Devon. I worked in the restaurants and bars and had so much fun.

    I also had the  opportunity of working with the children who were on holiday and realised this is where my heart truly belonged. I love children and feel privileged to be studying level 3 childcare with Ambourne House and your children.

  • 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.

  • Melba
    Kindergarten 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.

  • Chloe Barmstone
    Bank Staff

    Hello, I am Chloe and I gained my level 2 childcare qualification in 2017. In between working in the UK, I have lived in Spain and worked as a nanny. It was so fun and an unforgettable experience!

    I really enjoy working at Ambourne as we are all so close, it’s like working with Family.

    The best part for me working in a nursery is watching the children grow.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family and going on lots of holidays!


    My aspirations are to go travelling around the world and work in another country looking after children and also using my beauty qualification to practice beauty.

  • Olivia Walsh
    Bank Staff

What parents and carers are saying

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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 ~