Wooden Surface

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


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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 am a passionate homemaker.


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.


Poppy Allen

Early Years Educator

With over ten years of childcare experience, Poppy brings wonderful energy, ideas and fun to our days here. Poppy works here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Poppy has recently completed her Level 3 Childcare qualification is paediatric first aid trained and works as a freelance nanny too.

Please call Poppy direct for nanny and babysitting help 07825 758288


Jess Coates

Early Years Educator

Jess brings extensive nursery and nanny experience with her along with a patient, loving, kind and nurturing approach to her days here. Jess works here on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. With two small children of her own, Jess is Level 3 qualified and paediatric first aid trained and works as a freelance nanny too.

Please call Jess direct for nanny and babysitting help 07881 235394


Kim Barton

Bank staff

Kim joined us in 2017 and is Level 3 qualified. Kim brings her practical experience as a mum of one as well as empathy and kindness towards all the children who join us here daily. Kim loves her horses and also works as a part-time carer. Kim is bank staff and covers staff sickness and holiday.

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Lily Angioni


Lily joined the team in September 2020 as an Early Years Educator apprentice. Lily brings with her a great warmth and kindness in engaging and interested in every individual child. Lily hopes to go on the train in Play Therapy.


Tess Milligan

Freelance nanny/ babysitting

Tess has 4+ years experience of working with children. She has been a nanny for 2+ years, school tutor, swimming coach, netball coach, and performing arts teacher. Car and clean license, Ofsted-standard first aid qualification and a confident cook.

Tess is currently doing a degree at the University of Chichester with availability 2-3 days a week in university term time (Feb-May) or full time outside of uni term time.

07800 860340

Izzy Hadaway

Early Years Educator

Izzy joined us in January 2022 and 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.