Our Team

Our dedicated team of nursery practitioners are all well-qualified, trained and DBS checked. They have had many years of experience in nurturing young minds and delivering creative and stimulating learning experiences.

Abi Hartnett

Abi is the manager having spent many years as the preschool leader and deputy-manager. She joined us in September 2005 and is a level 3 childcare practitioner with 15 years’ experience in childcare. Abi is also our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.

Abi says:

"I enjoy working closely with my team to provide the highest quality of care to our children and families. I have a passion for early years and have thoroughly enjoyed developing the preschool environment to make it a fun, exciting and stimulating for the children to explore. I am very excited to be leading the nursery as manager in the months ahead."


Currently on maternity leave

Victoria is our Dragonflies room leader and is a Level 3 childcare practitioner. She joined us in August 2021 and she has 3+ years’ experience in childcare.
Victoria says:
"I really enjoy my job as I give children that valuable start in life, helping children to develop their social skills in a safe and caring environment that promotes learning through play. I thoroughly enjoy watching the children achieve each milestone, knowing that I have made a difference by supporting them."


Nursery Practitioner/ Griffins Room

Emily joined our Griffins team as a level 3 nursery practitioner in summer 2023.
Emily says:
" I have a massive passion for Childcare. I enjoy seeing the children strive and develop on a daily basis. Seeing that ever developing confidence and independence grow as they prepare for the next adventure of school is the best reward."


Nursery Assistant/ Dragons Room

Josh joined is in 2022 as an nursery assistant in our Dragons Room.
Josh says:
"I am really looking forward to starting my childcare career here at Duchess Nursery Steventon. I'm excited to spend my time with the children watching them grow and develop as they get older"


Our lovely Nursery Cook!

Sam is our nursery cook and she joined our team in November 2020. Sam also holds a Level 2 qualification as is very experienced in a child centred environment.
Sam says:
"I have enjoyed creating delicious menus that appeal to the little ones at Duchess Nursery and it is such a happy place to work!"


Nursery Practitioner - Level 3

Kat has worked in our nursery since November 2018 and is a Level 3 childcare practitioner. Kat supports across all areas of the nursery and has 18 years’ experience in childcare.
Kat says:
"It brings me great happiness to watch the children grow and develop in every way possible."


Nursery Assistant/ Dragonflies Room

Oana joined us in 2021 in our Griffins Room. Since then has joined our Dragonflies Room and is currently in the process of completing her Level 2 qualification in childcare.
Oana says:
"I love working in childcare and watching the children grow and seeing those giggling smiles every day. I am very passionate about seeing the children grow and develop while they learn and learn, knowing that we helped to give them the very best start in life"


Nursery Assistant/ Dragonflies Room

Courtney joined us in October 2023 in our Dragonflies room as a nursery assistant and is very excited to start her childcare journey with us.
Courtney says:
" I recently joined the team in October 2023. I have loved forming bonds with the children and staff. I love seeing the children, learning new things everyday."


Nursery Assistant/ Dragonflies Room

Amy came to the nursery as a mummy seeking childcare and joined us a short time later as a nursery assistant in Spring 2023.
Amy says:
"Since becoming a Mother myself, I have witnessed first hand the impact that nursery workers have on my daughter. This influenced me to change career in Childcare. I love helping the children to learn new things and watching their own little (or big) personalities develop."


Nursery Assistant/ Griffins Room

Gemma joined our Dragonflies team as a nursery assistant. She has now moved to our Griffins room and is completing her Level 2 qualification in childcare.
Gemma says:
"I am currently working with the Dragonflies. I really enjoy seeing what happens in their day to day activities, knowing that I have had a hand in developing their skills and achieving their milestones"