Anne Sheldon

Anne Sheldon

CEO

Originally from South Africa, Anne Sheldon has over thirty five years experience in early years education. She is a qualified Early Years Teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked her way up from being a nursery nurse to holding senior positions in both large and small childcare companies. She has previously been Operations Director of a large UK provider of day care. In addition Anne has held a Senior Post at a Further Education College where she was involved in training nursery staff. She set up and managed an NVQ Assessment Centre that was responsible for training…

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Anne Sheldon

CEO

Originally from South Africa, Anne Sheldon has over thirty five years experience in early years education. She is a qualified Early Years Teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked her way up from being a nursery nurse to holding senior positions in both large and small childcare companies. She has previously been Operations Director of a large UK provider of day care. In addition Anne has held a Senior Post at a Further Education College where she was involved in training nursery staff. She set up and managed an NVQ Assessment Centre that was responsible for training and supporting staff in the work place to gain qualifications in both the Early Years and Care Sectors. This gave her a real understanding of the importance of the role of staff training and motivation to the success of any nursery.

Anne has first – hand experience of all levels of working in a nursery and knows how demanding it is to be responsible to care for, and educate, preschool children. She understands the importance of children learning in environments where they feel secure and through activities that are age appropriate, challenging, stimulating, fun and exciting. Anne is a mother of two grown up daughters who both have been successful in their own fields. She is now a grandmother of a four year old, who attends a full day care nursery and so is living through the experience again by proxy.

She has always been committed to providing the highest possible quality of care and education in her nurseries; the same care and education she wanted for her own daughters, and now her grand- daughter. Anne has always placed children at the centre of all her decisions. She is motivated by seeing children grow, develop, learn and thrive in the nurseries she has run and supported. She understands the importance for parents of being able to leave their children in our care with the peace of mind that they will be well cared for in a warm, intellectually stimulating and loving environment.

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Jackie Luther

Regional Principal

Jackie has over 38 years’ experience of working within the Early Years sector. She first qualified with her NNEB and later with a BA in Early Years and Education. She has always worked in early years education and feels passionate that children’s early experiences need to be of the highest quality, in child focused environments that give them opportunities to play and learn, supported by knowledgeable, skilled professionals who understand their role in supporting families to shape their child’s future. She has experience of working in both large public corporations and small independent companies. Starting as a nursery nurse and progressing to Manager and Area Manager for a small chain, she has a real understanding of the day to day requirements of providing a high-quality nursery. Her experience of working in the public sector was firstly as a development office, supporting start up nurseries through the registration process and supporting existing nurseries pre and post Ofsted inspection, ensuring they were meeting all their statutory requirements as well as delivering a high-quality early year’s provision. She then progressed to manage a large Government…

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Jackie Luther

Regional Principal

Jackie has over 38 years’ experience of working within the Early Years sector. She first qualified with her NNEB and later with a BA in Early Years and Education. She has always worked in early years education and feels passionate that children’s early experiences need to be of the highest quality, in child focused environments that give them opportunities to play and learn, supported by knowledgeable, skilled professionals who understand their role in supporting families to shape their child’s future.
She has experience of working in both large public corporations and small independent companies. Starting as a nursery nurse and progressing to Manager and Area Manager for a small chain, she has a real understanding of the day to day requirements of providing a high-quality nursery.
Her experience of working in the public sector was firstly as a development office, supporting start up nurseries through the registration process and supporting existing nurseries pre and post Ofsted inspection, ensuring they were meeting all their statutory requirements as well as delivering a high-quality early year’s provision. She then progressed to manage a large Government initiative for the Local authority developing a range of early years and family services from pregnancy to five years.
Jackie moved back to working in nurseries so she could work more directly with children and be more hands on in supporting the development of nurseries. Having met some of the team many years ago and been impressed with their approach to early years, she was very excited to join the London Preschool, she feels their curriculum offers children such a unique opportunity, one that she would have loved for her own children.
Jackie is married and has two grown up children. When her children were young, she was working in nurseries so has first-hand experience of being a working parent and the pressures that brings. She has always felt as well as high quality care and education it was important to allow children to explore and discover the whole person. From an early age her children were introduced to as many opportunities as possible, including dance, music, visual arts and sport, to allow them to find their talents and passion. They are now both successfully pursuing their careers that were born from their passions.
Jackie lives with three generations of her family and loves spending time with her very extended family. She loves to travel, musical theatre and country walks with her husband and their dog and days out with her friends.

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Helen Regan

Principal

Our Principal Helen Regan joined The Winchmore Hill team with over 15 years’ experience in the Early Years sector. She grew up in Ireland where she began her career in child care, qualifying with a Level 3 in Early Childhood Studies before moving to London. When she first came to London she started working as a nursery nurse but very quickly started climbing career ladder driven by her passion and ambition and determination to give each child in her care the best start in life. She worked as a nursery Manager for another provider prior to being promoted Area Manager…

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Helen Regan

Principal

Our Principal Helen Regan joined The Winchmore Hill team with over 15 years’ experience in the Early Years sector. She grew up in Ireland where she began her career in child care, qualifying with a Level 3 in Early Childhood Studies before moving to London.

When she first came to London she started working as a nursery nurse but very quickly started climbing career ladder driven by her passion and ambition and determination to give each child in her care the best start in life. She worked as a nursery Manager for another provider prior to being promoted Area Manager for small chains of nurseries.

She found she missed working directly with children and families and made the decision to return to her roots where she could again make a direct difference to children’s lives.

Helen is very ambitious and passionate and her roles in quality and operations which means she has an unquenchable thirst to achieve outstanding standards. Since stepping into The Winchmore Hill Preschool, Helen has loved being a part of a growing team that share the same vision and love for early years as she does.

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Ashley Locker

Vice Principal

Ashley joined The Winchmore Hill team in August 2020 as Vice Principal. Ashley has over 15 years’ experience and holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development. Prior to joining us, Ashley managed a nursery for three year. Having worked her way up from a nursery Nurse role. Ashley has been lucky to have spent the last year traveling across Europe and enjoyed some amazing cultural experiences before returning to the UK early in 2020. Since stepping into The Winchmore Hill Preschool, Ashley’s passion for children’s development and high standards are plain to see and her love of working closely…

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Ashley Locker

Vice Principal

Ashley joined The Winchmore Hill team in August 2020 as Vice Principal. Ashley has over 15 years’ experience and holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development. Prior to joining us, Ashley managed a nursery for three year. Having worked her way up from a nursery Nurse role.
Ashley has been lucky to have spent the last year traveling across Europe and enjoyed some amazing cultural experiences before returning to the UK early in 2020.
Since stepping into The Winchmore Hill Preschool, Ashley’s passion for children’s development and high standards are plain to see and her love of working closely with families shines through.