Staff List

Tracy Landy

Principal/Proprietor

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I am the Manager and Proprietor of Clowns Nursery and Manor House Pre-School. Clowns Nursery is entering into its 23rd year where I still work alongside the first member of staff that Clowns employed in May 1994. It has been an amazing journey to start from my home and then to transition into part of…

Mary-lee Haslam

Deputy

I am the Deputy Manager with over 30 years experience in early years. The majority of these have been in a managerial position. Whilst I am responsible for assisting Tracy Landy in all care and educational aspects I am also completely hands on and work within all classes throughout the year, role modelling good practice…

Ann Davis

Third in Charge

I have worked at Clowns Nursery for 18 years. I have grown with clowns and have watched many children flourish whilst being with us. It is a remarkable nursery to work in due to the wonderful family atmosphere.

Dudzai Pswarayi

Operations Manager / PA to Head / Early Years Co-ordinator

I joined Clowns in August 2012 as the Limetree Class teacher.  Since my arrival we have grown to 2 classes and I have become the Early Years Co-ordinator – ensuring that there is consistency and challenge in what the curriculum offers for children in classes throughout the nursery.   Although no longer in the classroom full time, I…

Sharon Loftman

Class Teacher / Fourth In Charge

I have worked at Clowns since we first opened in 1994. I am a Level 5 qualified Senior Nursery Practitioner with 24 years experience in Early Years. I have held a senior position at the nursery since 1997. Within this position I have worked with all ages from babies to our 4 year old classes…

Aleksandar Andonov

Class Teacher / Fifth In Charge

I’m a qualified teacher with diverse experience in planning and implementing activities for the promotion of children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. I believe that providing a safe and stimulating environment for children at a young age is one of the most important things to prepare them for their later years in life.  

Michelle Dixon

Class Teacher

I started at Clowns Nursery in 2008 and have a passion teaching in the Early Years. Having experience of working in both Elm and Limetree classes I have a strong knowledge of child development and the specific needs of children in the Manor House Pre-School. As joint class teacher in Elm I am passionate about…

Siobhan McDade

Class Teacher

I joined Clowns in early 2009 to become a part of the Limetree team. After four successful years I became the teacher of the second Limetree class, Limetree Yellow. Over the past three years I have ensured my children are prepared and equipped for their 4+ assessments at some of the most prestigious schools in London. I…

Christopher Read

Class Teacher

Prior to starting at Clowns in September 2016, I spent five years teaching at an inner city school in East London. With three years’ experience in Reception and two years in Nursery I’ve always had a passion for the Early Years and helping to develop young children’s learning. As joint class teacher in Elm, I hope to instil…

Michelle Donaldson

Team Leader

I am a qualified nursery practitioner, and I am a team leader in Peach class. My role is to ensure that our room runs smoothly and to provide direction, instructions and guidance to my team. I am a role model and work as a team to ensure that the children are safe and happy. I…

Sharon Coope

Class Teacher / Senior Staff Wellbeing Officer

I am a qualified teacher with 20 years’ experience, both in the private and public sector. I have held Senior Leader positions and have led departments and schools in different countries such as Spain, Taiwan, USA and Russia. I have experience in teaching children from 2 to 12 years of age and have taught in…

Catriona O’Neill

Class Teacher

I am a highly experienced Early Years Teacher, having worked across the state and private sector and also having taught in an International school in Spain.  I believe that happy children learn and I strive to plan interesting and exciting lessons to ensure that the children in my class want to come to school.  I…

Shagufta Mushtaq

Team Leader

I joined Clowns Nursery/Manor House Pre-School in May 2016. I had the opportunity to work in Manor House in the mornings as a senior practitioner and in the afternoons in Cherry class. It was a wonderful learning opportunity working with two age bands: the start of a child’s first experience within Clowns in Cherry class…

Jade Doherty

Team Leader

I began working at Clowns in 2012. I started working in Peach Class as a nursery nurse, before becoming Second in Charge for 3 years. I have recently taken on the role of a Team Leader in Strawberry Class as of September 2017. I aim to continue to encourage all of the children to meet…

Maria Hillier

Senior Practitioner

Clowns Nursery was my first job and I have worked in the Cherry Room for 16 years now. I have gained so much knowledge and experience whilst working here and I enjoy helping the children grow and develop through the learning opportunities we provide.

Lucy Landau

Class Teacher

I have 15 years of experience teaching children in both the state and private sectors and have worked at some of the top independent schools in North London, preparing children for the 7+ assessments. In addition to being a class teacher, I was also the Assessment Coordinator, overseeing all classes from Nursery to Year 2,…

Giles Casswell

Music Teacher

I am the music teacher here at Clowns. I studied Jazz drumkit at university and play in various groups outside of teaching. For music lessons at Clowns I use a Guitar mostly, but also bring in other instruments such as Mandolin and Banjo. I run extra-curricular music clubs at Clowns teaching Piano, Ukulele and a…

Abi Lander

Drama Teacher

I have been teaching drama for 17 years covering all age groups from nursery to secondary. I believe that drama is fundamental in a children’s education as it helps to build their confidence, communication and concentration skills. My lessons include fast moving dynamic games and exciting literacy workshops where we explore text using improvisation.  The…

Daniel Edwards

Manor House P.E. Teacher

After playing for a professional football club from a young age and attaining my degree from Loughborough University, I have gained valuable knowledge and passion for sport. This has put me in a position where I have been able to pass this onto the younger generation in cities all over the USA and in the…

Mickey Parcell

Pre-School P.E. Teacher

Having already worked at Clowns for the last 16 months as a part of Challenge Sport & Education, I am looking forward to picking up the P.E. classes from where I left off.   I have always been heavily involved in football, right from an age similar to the children in Clowns and it gave…

Zeby Cole

Head Chef / Kitchen Manager

I am a passionate Chef and love using different flavours from all over the world as my cooking is heavily influenced by my mixed heritage. Having working in school kitchens for over 7 years and being a father to two children, I understand the challenge we face to encourage children to eat more healthy. My…

Sonia Sliney (Currently on maternity leave)

Team Leader

I have been here at Clowns for thirteen years. I knew from the moment I had my interview that Clowns was different. I have had previous experiences of working in a variety of both private and state nurseries. However, as I began to learn more about Clowns throughout the interview, I knew this is where…

Heidi Mühlbauer

Accounts Administrator

I am the Accounts Administrator at Clowns. I have previously worked for Tracy Landy and am also an ex-Clowns parent.

Elizabeth Adelagun

Administrative Assistant

I have worked at Clowns since September 2015, providing primary support to the Operations Manager.  I work closely with the classrooms and kitchen to maintain our dietary requirements lists, I oversee uniform ordering and the administration of our termly extra curricular classes. I also assist Tracy Landy with our annual policy review.

Maria Kyriacou

Administration Team Secretary

I have been working at Clowns for over eight years and thoroughly enjoy working in such a wonderful and dynamic setting. I have a varied role and my responsibilities include responding to enquiries from prospective and current parents, maintaining the Clowns website and also supporting the Operations Manager and Senior Management Team.

Linda Smallman

Receptionist

I have been working at Clowns for just over 8 years now and really enjoy welcoming all our families, helping them to settle and the lovely chats I get to have with the children.