For under 3’s we have 1 member of staff to 4 children. For rising 3-5’s we have 1 member of staff to 8 children and a nursery assistant when appropriate. Qualifications: We have 5 full-time staff. Qualifications include MA Bsc, NVQ 3 and 4, Montessori Diploma, QTS and Early Years Proffessional Status.
We are an enthusiastic team and work hard at fostering a community where both children and families are welcome and a part of school life.
(MBE, NNEB,RSH,NVQ4) Principal and owner
Started Zebedee in 1982, lives in Fulham with Myrtle the dog, who comes to the nursery school!
(Mont dip) Deputy head and Dolphin's teacher
She has been at Zebedee since 2000 and is Dolphin's teacher. She has family in Italy, where she spends her Summers.
(NVQ3) Seahorse's teacher
Mavis has worked at Zebedee since 2009 she has 2 children. She is studying for the EY Degree and comes in to help in her spare time!
Miss Naa Odey
(NNEB) Starfish and afternoon teacher
Miss Naa has been at Zebedee for 10 years, she has 2 children and teaches the Starfish group and is one of the afternoon teachers.
(EYPS) Deputy Head at Tetbury. Flamingo's teacher
She started working at the Parsons Green Zebedee in 2014 . When we started Tetbury, she moved her family to Gloucestershire. She has 2 children and teaches the Flamingos.
(MA Bsc) Puffins' teacher
Miss Becca started working at Zebedee in 2019. She was covering a maternity, but joined us as a teacher when the maternity cover ended. She lives locally and has a very large dog! She teaches the Puffins.
BA and MA (RCA) Seahorse and afternoon teacher
Sophie joined the team in 2020, her background is art so we are excited about what she can contribute to the creative side of the Nursery School. Sophie is recently married. She is working toward an NVQ3.
(PAT dog) has been at Zebedee since 2012
She is gentle and playful, she is good with unsettled children, helps children who are frightened of dogs to conquer their fear and she keeps us all smiling!
Our Christian Foundation
As Christian teachers we are sure of God’s love and acceptance for every child and we try to show each child this as we relate to them.
One of our primary aims is that the children should always be encouraged in everything they do, and should thrive in an atmosphere of love and belief in their abilities.
Building confidence through love and firmness
We aim to build confidence in each child believing them to be extremely precious to God. When disciplining the children within the nursery school, we combine love and firmness. We want them to be secure in the boundaries set for them, and we encourage them to respect, care for and be kind to each other.
What children learn
They learn to share and take turns. We teach the children about God and Jesus Christ, using stories relating to a variety of themes from the Bible throughout the term.
The sessions are creative and the topics are made applicable to the children’s lives. There is a notice board in the school that gives details of the theme each week. We pray with the children and sing songs together.
Parental Involvement in the School
We work closely with families
Our intention is to work with families as closely as possible; we love to include and involve parents in the school and its activities, believing that education in the pre-school is an extension of learning at home.
Mothers are invited termly to a coffee morning to meet other mothers from their child’s group.
Support children’s learning from home
We encourage support from home with the children’s learning; each child has a folder where we put work appropriate to their age and ability, and a comment book for parents to write in.
We plan exciting topics where parents and children are encouraged to find relevant topic related items at home to bring in For the children to show their friends.
We have a learning journey Tapestry, which is actively used by teachers posting observations and activities the children have been involved it. We love it when parents engage with it too and the children love showing their friends pictures and posts from home. The learning journey also records children’s progress.
Key activities to share experiences of parenting and education
We arrange a school trip for adults and children and we usually have a talk for parents once a term about some aspect of parenting, education or a related subject.
In the Summer we have a Sports Day for all the family, and a Parents’ Evening. In the Easter Term we have a Puppet Show and an Easter bonnet competition. We aim to have a Parents’ Committee which offers support for the school and helps with fund-raising.
At the end of term the children put on a small show for the parents, for example, a Nativity Play, a poetry recital or a dancing display.