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Our team

Hannah is supported by a dedicated team of experienced, caring staff who are all skilled at intuitively tuning in to each child’s needs. We maintain a high ratio of staff to children (a maximum of 3:1 for children under two and 1:1 for babies) so that staff can focus their full attention on the children. All staff are fully insured, DBS checked and paediatric first aid trained. 

Hannah Rosalie

Owner

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I grew up in a cedar shingled bungalow, down a lane in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Summer holidays were spent playing in the woods and fields with my brother and helping out at our neighbours farm. Nature is a part of who I am, wild food, crafts and preserving are big hobbies, but most of all I love children, love teaching and my vision is to create a warm and enriching Early Years environment where children feel safe, heard and valued.

 

Further education took me to Wales, a degree in Marine Biology, a growing enthusiasm for conservation and teaching, a move to Cumbria, an advanced Forest Schools qualification and Diploma in Informal Education, and full circle back to Sussex to start a family.

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Caitlin Halliday

Nursery Manager

Barn Cottage

Caitlin joined Seasons in 2024 having worked in Early Years for nearly 10 years. "I’ve worked for West Sussex in social services which has given me a hands on insight in how to deal with child protection and safeguarding. My favourite part about working in childcare is being a part of watching children grow, reach their milestones, working closely with parents and being part of one big family. I don’t have children yet but would love to have my own family one day. In my free time I enjoy walks with my partner and dog Medusa, the gym and practise yoga."

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Lucy Abbott

Nursery Manager

Seasons Nursery

Lucy grew up in Germany and moved to London in 2011 to study Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University. She has experience in many aspects and roles within the Early Years ranging from nannying, multi agency children's centre to bilingual nursery and holding positions both as practitioner and manager. Lucy recently moved to the Bognor sea side where she enjoys spending time with her partner and toddler Albie. She enjoys yoga, cycling, nature and food! She is passionate about nature-based learning and brings with her a warm, patient and gentle approach.

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Izzy Hadaway

Deputy Manager

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Izzy shares a love of the outdoors and nature-based childcare. Izzy has previous experience at a Reggio setting and brings this along with her calm and peaceful presence to our days here at Barn Cottage. Izzy is happy to help out during the holidays and is available for evening babysitting work. 07975881241.

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Early Years Educator/Forest School Trainee

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Maria has a degree in Social Psychology where focusing on child development and the psychology behind play-based learning. During her career as a primary school teacher, she spent 14 years working mostly in Key Stage One and Early Years. Maria's approach is warm, calm and patient extending children's learning through play. Along with her teaching qualification, she holds a Level 3 certificate in Childcare and is currently studying to become a Forest School Practitioner. Maria lives in Walberton with her husband, two young children and cat called Aslan. Maria loves walking in the woods or along the beach with her family. 

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Marnie Hilton-O'Neill

Deputy Manager

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As Deputy Manager at Seasons, Marnie supports Lucy in the day-to-day running of the nursery but also plans and implements our ambitious curriculum at Seasons at Aldingbourne. Marnie started in September 2022 and ever since has been a quietly capable, loyal and inspiring member of our team. 

Marnie’s Great-Grandmother was trained by Maria Montessori and this knowledge has been passed through her maternal side for four generations. From the age of 18, Marnie worked at the family owned Montessori school and qualified as a Level 4 Montessori practitioner in 2017. When the pandemic hit, sadly the decision was made to close and shortly after, Marnie looked to relocate to West Sussex.

 

Her practice is not only inspired by Montessori principles but also by her connection to the outdoors, enjoying cycling, kayaking and walking during her time off. Marnie is one of the kindest and most patient people I have ever met. She always puts the children first, followed closely by her team and is an inspiring and dedicated leader.

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Early Years Assistant

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Danni

Danni is passionate about children and animals and loves being outdoors in nature so Seasons was a natural fit when Danni was looking for a new role within Early Years. Danni is a keen ambassador for farm school with previous experience in animal care, never misses a trip to groom the goats or walk the ponies! Danni's hobbies include her two cats, seeing her friends and family and spending time at home. "I really enjoy forest school, arts and crafts, messy play, reading stories and singing songs." Danni is currently studying to achieve level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. 

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Kenna Pearcey

Cabin lead educator

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Kenna looks after our cabin and leads our art program. Kenna loves nature, animals (she has 5 dogs), gardening, drawing, painting and photography. “Growing up, my brother and I would spend most of our time in our Grandad's back garden, he had lots of dogs and land that backed off to my Grandad's garden centre. I loved growing our own food and helping with the garden centre. Most weekends for me were spent at my parents caravan in Wittering- we fell in love with the sea and my family moved down to Felpham in 2011. My favourite part about working with children is watching them grow and accomplish their milestones. I feel so proud with them every step of the way throughout their journey with us. Everyday is different and always so rewarding."

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Daisy Weston

Forest School Lead

Seasons Nursery

Daisy is responsible for our Forest School programme, planning a rich and varied blocks of sessions which follow and build of children's interests and ideas. As a nature enthusiast, Daisy has a vast knowledge of local fauna and flora and manages the woodland sustainably in line with Forest School principals. 'I believe it is important to encourage children to have deep and meaningful relationships with the natural world."

She holds a Level 3 in Children's Play, Learning and Development and an RHS Level 2 in Horticulture and a Level 3 Forest School Leader Award.

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Hannah Yeates

Forest School Specialist and Trainer

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Hannah brings to Seasons a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous roles in primary, secondary and early years education as well as running mother and toddler groups.She holds a Level 3 in Childcare and is a qualified Forest School Leader.

 

“I love working at Seasons because it combines my favourite things: working with children, being immersed in nature, following the forest school principles and learning together through play.”

 

Hannah is also mum to twin boys and a little girl and enjoys walking, photography, craft of any sort and evenings with family and friends around a campfire.

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Josh Bluemore

Forest School Apprentice

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Josh joins us from an education and horticulture background working previously as work as an outdoor teaching assistant and public demonstrator of heritage crafts such as flint knapping. Josh brings with him an incredible array of interests and skills and has a wonderful connection to the outdoors.

 

In his free time he enjoys bushcraft, hiking and camping. Josh was selected from stiff competition to join our Forest School Educator training apprenticeship, an 18 month course which will equip him for the skills needed to plan and lead forest school sessions. Josh is wonderful with the children, quiet, calm and very knowledgeable.

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Sophie Simpson

Early Years Educator

Barn Cottage

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