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Our Staff

Tia Knowles

Hi, I'm Tia here's a little bit about me. I love sport, especially netball. I have been playing it for a very long time now. As much as I love sports I also love food! And I wont hesitate to do some baking or cooking, even if no one eats it!

Alicia Philpott

Hi i'm Alicia, I love performing arts and singing which I am qualified in. I especially enjoy reading and singing with the children and watching them get enjoyment out of it. I like working with all age early years and preschool children.

Jess Mcvoy
Nursery Practitioner

Clare and Mark Ryalls

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

I have worked at Amberley since 2001 in many roles, from a school student on placement to Manager. I am passionate about working with families to support children to learn and develop at their own pace, in a happy and safe environment. I gained NVQs Level 2 and 3 in Early Years Care and Education whilst working as an apprentice  back in the mid-2000s, later completing a foundation degree, and most recently, a first class honours degree in Early Years Care and Education.

Jess Hammond
Manager and Baby Room Leader

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. I became Deputy in 2018 and now currently job sharing the Manager role

Emily Peussa
Deputy Manager

I have an NVQ level 3 and have been working at Amberley since March 2015. I have worked my way up in the 6 years of being here and love working with all age children. I especially enjoy getting the Preschool children prepared for school.

Jessica Chamberlain

I have worked in Childcare for 15 years and have an NVQ Level 3 in qualification. I love to spend time with my family. I joined Amberley Nursery in 2020  and some of my favourite activities include playdough, outside play, puzzles and messy play, also now being a first time Mummy!


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. Since June 2020 I have been Section Leader of the Preschool room.

Leah Cox
Section Leader of toddler room

I have worked here since I was 16 and have moved my way up to Section Leader in the toddler room whilst a peer is on maternity leave.

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.

Georgia Sterman
Bank Staff

I currently have a Level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education and I'm starting my studies in Early Childhood at university. I have worked with children for almost 8 years in a variety of settings - schools, nurseries and nannying in family homes. I am also a mother of 2 children and love watching and helping the children learn and develop.

Jack Smith

I am a father of 3 and have worked with children and young adults since 2007, both in nurseries and children’s homes. My youngest son currently attends Amberley.

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.

Kerri Rogers

I have many years experience working with children. I have worked in schools as a TA and INA, nurseries and worked by way up to deputy manager in my last nursery setting. I hold 2 NVQ level 3's in childcare. I have 2 children one in which I have just come off maternity with, so any spare time I have I enjoy spending it with my family.

Krystal George

Hey I'm Krystal. I've worked in childcare for coming up to 10 years! Starting my childcare journey with Amberley I worked with all age groups. I left after 4 and half years to try something new and ended up back in childcare! I was very unfortunate to not find 'the one' so I've come back home to Amberley! I've got my own little boy now whose 17 months old and a proper cheeky monkey! Loving my new journey as a mummy!

Holly White

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 four children of my own and 2 of my youngest are currently attending Amberley. In any spare time I have, I like to bake cakes for friends and family.

Jackie Baron

All of my career was spent working in Primary Schools, teaching and heading in an infant school in Milton Keynes. Now I have re located to Bexhill with my husband and am enjoying living at the seaside. I have a grown up son who lives in London. I enjoy reading, playing the piano and going to music concerts and the Theatre.

Mia Ryalls

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.

Shima Paul

I have got Qualification in Level 3 Childcare. I enjoy working with children all ages. I like to do cooking, swimming, reading and walking.

Ethan Green

Hi I’m Ethan, I have a level 3 in childcare and am currently doing my level 4. I came to Amberley as a child and now work with the toddlers. I enjoy reading stories and musical instruments.

Kayleigh Hawkins

My name is Kayleigh and I am completing my apprenticeship whilst working at Amberley Nursery. I enjoy looking after my younger siblings and exploring new things.

Nyree Lindley

I first came to Amberley as a student in 2019 as part of my Level 3 Diploma in Early Years & Education. I enjoy watching the children learn and develop through different types of play. My favourite is messy play.

India Ryalls
Nursery Practitioner

I am currently attending Bexhill College, where I am studying for my A-levels before planning to go to university in September 2022. I work at Amberley one day a week and more in the holidays. I love spending time with the children, chatting, playing outside and having fun.

Daisy Carr

"Hi I'm Daisy, I enjoy baking ( especially chocolate cakes!) and playing team sports like netball and cricket. I started level 3 in childcare at college but was offered an apprenticeship by Amberley. I baby sit my brothers 8 children which is never boring!