Our Staff

Clare and Mark Ryalls
Owners

My husband and I would like to warmly welcome your family to Amberley Nursery and Forest School. We moved to Bexhill in 2001 and have enjoyed growing and developing Amberley with a dedicated team of professionals. Shortly after moving to Amberley we started our own family; becoming a parent for the first time was the most exciting and rewarding experience. It gives us great pleasure to share in your experiences of becoming a family, working with you to ensure your child gets maximum benefit in their time at Amberley. We value education for all and strive to give everyone a passion for lifelong learning. After our third and final child I attended Brighton University and gained my BA (Hons). This has strengthened our beliefs and given us a deeper knowledge and understanding of child development. During my time at university I was introduced to the concept of Forest School. I was so amazed at the outstanding benefits this has for children and determined to bring this to Amberley. In 2012 Mark embarked in gaining the qualification requirements to become a Forest Section Leader. In 2013 we gained our Forest School status. We are a progressive educational establishment where the values and opinions of children, parents and staff are at the forefront of our desire to support our community. We truly hope your family's journey with us is productive and truly happy one.

Lisa Gray
Manager and Safeguarding Lead (on maternity leave)

I have worked at Amberley since October 2001 in many roles, from a school student on placement to deputy manager since September 2015. I enjoy watching children learn and develop in their own ways and at their own pace; I enjoy my role as SENCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator). I have NVQs Level 2 and 3 in Early Years Care and Education which I gained whilst working as an apprentice and I am now completing my foundation degree at University Center Hastings.

Jess Hammond
Deputy Manager and Baby Room Leader (Acting Manager)

I started working with children in 2010 and have worked in a variety of settings, including as a nanny, child minder and in nurseries. I have also worked at PGL as an Activity Instructor and Group Leader, as well as at Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club as a Football Coach. I have an NVQ level 3. I joined the Amberley team in 2016, I enjoy working with babies and toddlers and love messy play.

Gemma Field
Toddler Room Leader

I am a level 3 qualified practitioner and began working in childcare in 2014 after having a family of my own. I enjoy spending time with family at weekends and socialising with friends.

Emily Peussa
Deputy Manager

I have an NVQ level 3 and have been working at Amberley since March 2015. I enjoy helping the children to become ready for school and seeing them develop, as well leading a TALL (turn-taking, attention, listening and learning) group each week.

Sarah Houghton
Practitioner and SENCO

I previously worked at Amberley in 2002 and have an NVQ level 3 qualification. I left to get married and start my family, my son attends Amberley and I currently work in the baby room. I have worked in a variety of settings across the early years age groups.

Holly White
Practitioner

I have worked in childcare for 18 years and joined the Amberley team in 2018. I have previously been a Nanny for a local family and worked in other nurseries in the surrounding area. I have three children of my own and any spare time I have, I like to bake cakes for friends and family.

Millie Davey
Practitioner (cover staff)

I gained my level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education and first came to Amberley as a student, before commencing my employment. I enjoy babysitting and looking after my younger siblings. I have worked at a restaurant and Little Common School Holiday Club, which I really enjoyed. I am now at university studying to be a teacher, in the holidays I come back to help out at Amberley.

Jack Smith
Practitioner

I am a father of 2 and have worked with children and young adults since 2007, both in nurseries and children’s homes.

Jack Deacon
Preschool Group Leader

I am NVQ qualified and have worked in a few nurseries. I started at Amberley in 2016 and during this time have spent two summers abroad working in Spain. I am passionate about working with children and enjoy watching them develop. My favourite activity is messy play.

Maartje Deeprose
Support Worker

I first came to Amberley as a student whilst completing my level 3 qualification at Bexhill College. I have younger siblings and have gained lots of experience with children of a variety of ages. I have now gained my level 5, HND in Early Years qualification and am studying at university for my degree. I have been employed at Amberley since May 2016 as a practitioner and support worker.

Leah Cox
Nursery Practitioner

I recently moved to Bexhill to live with family, my younger sisters have attended Amberley so my family knows the nursery well. I hold my level 3 qualification in childcare.

Ami Wallis
Apprentice

I joined Amberley in September 2018 and did a 6 month traineeship program, where I gained employability, functional maths and English certificates. I am now doing an NVQ level 2 apprenticeship at Heathercroft. In my spare time I like spending time with my family and helping out with my younger sibling.

Harry Holbrook
Apprentice

I joined Amberley in 2019 as an apprentice and am studying my NVQ with Hastings college. I have lots of experience with children as my Mother was a childminder for many years, so I have grown up around lots of young children. I enjoy walking my dog and spending time with my friends.

Mia Ryalls
Trainee

Mia is the daughter of Clare and Mark, she is currently at Bexhill College studying photography and psychology as well as working here one day per week to gain a knowledge of the nursery.

Gary Procter
Maintenance

I started working at Amberley in September 2019. I have previously been the caretaker at Catsfield School. I do garden maintenance and around the building, which I enjoy. I especially like making things for the nursery.