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  • Our Nursery Staff

Meet the management

Arlind Marku – Owner

The nursery is owned by local businessman Arlind Marku, who graduated from Middlesex University in 2007 with a BA Hons in Business Studies and Italian. Since graduating he has run a number of family businesses, always with the intention of returning back to his dream of owning a children’s day nursery. Arlind was always aspired “to own a nursery that is full of happiness and joy, creating an environment where children can thrive”.

He grew up with very strong family values where children’s upbringing and education was always paramount. “I believe that a child’s successful journey starts from very early education so it was extremely important for me to choose sites which provide the best settings for children to have enjoyable and fun learning experiences”. I enjoy using my business knowledge and passion for children to support our team and improve the opportunities for our children. I am a firm believer that children are our future and we must give them an understanding of how powerful, important, valuable and perfect they are.” I am now extremely excited to be embracing the challenge of opening our fourth nursery and creating another wonderful setting within the local community of Tunbridge Wells. Keeping children safe and happy alongside meeting and developing their needs will always be at the forefront of what we promote and value as a team.

Joy Wood
Early Years Quality Manager

Joy joined Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries in May 2019 as an Early Years Quality Manager to support franchisees and their managers to raise standards of childcare and education in the network.

Joy previously worked in the Monkey Puzzle Highbury setting, joining at the beginning of their adventure, working with them for 6 years, achieving an Outstanding Ofsted inspection. She has worked in the childcare sector for over 25 years in a variety of settings and roles, giving her a breadth of experience to utilise.

Nick – Operations Manager

Nick has been working within early years for over 12 years and has joined the company as our Operations Manager.

Nick has recently supported the setup of our recently opened new branch in Orpington which has been incredibly successful and now will oversee the full refurbishment, recruitment and operations of our Tunbridge Wells nursery. “Our vision is to create wonderful spaces where children will be safe, cared for, loved and happy. Our children and families will always remain at the centre of what we do. We will provide a space where children and our team can learn, grow and develop with support, encouragement and positivity being the keys to ensuring a high-quality provision.” Nick has previously worked for Asquith Nurseries where he began as a volunteer.

He completed his Early Years qualification and worked towards becoming Manager of the company’s flagship nursery helping to achieve an Outstanding Ofsted grade twice and being held over 9 years. Nick’s passion is focused upon supporting both the children’s and the team’s development and helping to deliver the highest standards of childcare across all areas of the nursery. The best part of the day though is always seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they laugh, learn and play. Nick is a huge sports fan, who especially enjoys football, tennis and cycling. He also loves watching films, reading, visiting the seaside and meeting up with friends over a good cup of coffee to help relax.

Jo – Nursery Manager

Jo has been working within early years for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience.
I have been a nursery Manager for over 18 years, previously achieving an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.
I have lived in Tunbridge Wells for 12 years and I enjoy building strong links with the local community.
My passion is to create inviting and positive environments where the children can thrive and develop through play and new opportunities.
I love to see the children grow in their own abilities and become confident young learners and I am proud to be part of their journey.
My favourite part of the day is when the children can be heard laughing and be seen to be exploring, developing their minds through their own imagination and creativity.

In my spare time, I like to relax with a good book or meet up with friends.

Emma – Early Years Co-ordinator 

I am based at our Bromley branch but I also support our Orpington and Tunbridge Wells nurseries.

I have worked in Early years for over 10 years and I could not imagine doing anything else. I love being a part of watching the children develop and grow, supporting them to reach their personal milestones.

I have previously supported and led Ofsted inspections supporting nurseries to achieve Outstanding outcomes. I felt extremely proud that we had achieved the highest standards for our families and team.

I have had experience in a variety of different roles, I started my childcare journey, newly qualified as a bank member of staff. I was offered a full time position as a nursery nurse and not long after I became a Room Supervisor and began to develop my leadership skills.

A few years later I was given the opportunity to work as a third in charge in the nursery. This is where I gained more managerial skills and began the children and the teams across a range of ages. After a few years, I was a Deputy Manager where my passion for supporting children continued to flourish and I added the role of SENCO, supporting children with additional needs and further developing our inclusive practice.

I continue to support many children with additional needs, their families and our staff teams with children’s learning outcomes working closely with the Bromley Borough and relevant agencies.

As part of my role, I support with providing enabling environments and with the quality of teaching and learning.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going on holiday to visit new places.

Jess Goldsmith – Room Leader
Hi! My name is Jess and I have been enjoying life in childcare for 7 years! I have gained my Level 2 and 3 childcare qualification and I am extremely passionate about extending my knowledge and skills through additional training.

I have achieved my NVQ level 2 in Understanding Autism and also Awareness of Mental Health. I have experienced two Ofsted inspections in which I supported the nursery to gain an Outstanding inspection. One of my main priorities is to build and maintain strong, close bonds with parents and families. I fully believe that when practitioners and carers work together it results in the best outcomes for children.

The focus for my room is to create a safe, stimulating and fun environment for all children to thrive in! I am very hands on and love getting creative with the children while also encouraging children to engage in mindfulness through taking part in yoga and meditation. In my free time I like going to the gym, listening to music and socialising with friends.

Katie – Nursery Nurse

Hi, I’m Katie, I am a Level 3 Qualified Nursery Nurse and have worked in childcare for around 7 years. In my spare time I thoroughly enjoy playing sports and I take this passion into the setting, encouraging the children to be active and explore their environment. I love seeing how the children grow and develop and I treasure supporting them to achieve the best start in life. I love forming amazing bonds with the children and their families, it is such a rewarding experience being able to connect with the families and see the children grow.

Steph

Hi I’m Steph, I have worked in a nursery setting for over 5 years and I have achieved my NVQ level 3 qualification in childcare. I have also helped gain and hold an outstanding Ofsted rating for my last nursery. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and activities to explore together with the children and other members of staff, I believe good working relationships with parents, children and staff help children to thrive to their full potential and I enjoy being a part of their learning journey through play.

I enjoy my job and listening to the children laughing and seeing them smile. In my spare time I enjoy family time and socialising with friends. I also like watching the soaps !!

Georgie

Hi I am Georgie, I have had over 5years experience working as an Early Years Practitioner. I am a qualified level 2&3  Early Years Practitioner. I have also had international experience working at a summer camp for children ages between 4-7years old in America!

I relish the opportunity to carry out physical activities such as Action stations etc. In my own time I enjoy running and going to the gym.

Erika

Hi my name is Erika and I am Italian. In Italy I attended a Human Sciences High school which gave me the opportunity of an internship in a Nursery before I worked in another childcare setting. During these roles I valued that all children are individuals with their own personalities and needs. I love interacting with the children and I strongly believe that empathy helps to build strong relationships with the children. I love to understand child development and how the children learn.

I came to the UK and was an Au-Pair to two girls, helping them with their daily routines such as getting ready for school, homework , bedtimes etc. I lived with the family for eight months and during this time, I learnt the importance of communication to ensure a calm environment.

In my role as a Nursery Practitioner, I will build on having good communication with the children and the parents so the children are confident coming to nursery.

In my spare time I like to cook, enjoy my friends company and I also enjoy historical documentaries.

Selena

Hiya, I’m Selena and I’m an Abba and film-quoter enthusiast. I love to make others smile and laugh! I’m a nursery apprentice, undergoing first hand training whilst also learning in a field that I love- I’m incredibly excited to become qualified in childcare. I’m always on my feet, even when I’m not chasing after little ones. When I’m not working, I’m out walking my dogs and writing stories, or socialising with friends. I bring my passion for creativity into the world of young children, always finding the little magic in the young ones that can help them grow into amazing young individuals. Expression is key, and my life motto will always be- Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle!

Career opportunities

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries are committed to providing great career opportunities for its entire nursery staff. We are very keen to ensure the majority of nursery staff participate in training at all levels.

Our policy is always to recruit and/or promote internally if at all possible.

This is a rapidly expanding business and we are always looking for quality staff for our existing Nurseries. Please contact us for details of our current vacancies.

See our Current Vacancies below:

Monkey Puzzle is looking for enthusiastic practitioners; Level 2 Nursery Nurses in training and Level 3 Nursery Nurses. If you think you have what it takes, please send your CV to manager@monkeypuzzletunbridgewells.co.uk