Employment Handbook

Young England Kindergarten Team

Kay King (Principal)

Miss Kay holds a Montessori Diploma and joined Young England Kindergarten in 1973. After working as a teacher at the school for six years, Miss Kay then became a joint Principal for twelve years and took over the running of the school in 1989.

Lucinda Byron Evans (Head Teacher - Manager)

Miss Lucinda began her teaching career doing work experience at Young England Kindergarten in 2000. She then continued her training and gained a degree in Early Childhood studies, followed by a PGCE in Primary Education specialising in Early Years. Miss Lucinda obtained her QTS in June 2008 whilst teaching a reception class at Eaton House, The Manor School. Miss Lucinda re-joined Young England in 2009 and became Head Teacher in September 2011.

Avneet Sandhu (Deputy Head Teacher)

Miss Avneet is a nursery teacher for the older groups in the morning sessions. She attained a Montessori diploma in 2007, completed a foundation degree in Early Years Education and Childcare in 2012 and has recently completed a BA (Hons.) in this subject alongside the Early Years Professional Status.

Jamie King (Asst. Deputy Head Teacher)

Miss Jamie graduated from Leeds University with a joint honours BSc degree in Psychology and Philosophy. She started her teaching career as a Year One teaching assistant at St. Nicholas Preparatory School in 2009. Miss Jamie continued her training at South Bank University where she gained a PGCE qualification. She worked as a Year Three teacher at St. Nicholas for two years before joining Young England Kindergarten in September 2013 as a nursery teacher for the older children in the morning sessions.

Henry King

Mr Henry has a BA Hons in Geography from Newcastle University and has previously worked within the PR and Marketing sector. He worked for four years as a project manager for a firm that specialised in developing renewable energy projects, until joining Young England Kindergarten in January 2013 as Business and Administration Manager.

C-J Strudwick

Miss C-J is a Montessori trained nursery teacher with extensive experience in nursery school teaching and childcare. She has worked as a nursery teacher with Young England Kindergarten since September 1991 and teaches both the lower and upper groups. Miss C-J obtained a First Aid at Work qualification in March 2002 and is our designated First Aid official. 

Marianne Bokmans

Miss Marianne is a nursery teacher for the younger groups in the morning sessions. She has an NNEB Diploma in nursery nursing. Miss Marianne has taught at Young England Kindergarten since September 1996.

Isabella af Petersens

Miss Issy graduated from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in History. She is a Montessori trained nursery teacher and has worked at two other nurseries prior to starting at Young England Kindergarten in September 2013. She teaches both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Kate Lymer


Miss Kate joined Young England in September 2014 as a nursery teacher. She has an accredited Early Childhood Diploma, as well as extensive experience of teaching the Early Years age group, both in the UK and abroad.  Miss Kate is the designated SENDCO at Young England.

Flora Francklin

Miss Flora graduated from Leeds University with a BA Hons in Sociology. She obtained her PGCE qualification in 2014 and has previously worked as a Year 3 class teacher at two primary schools. Miss Flora started at Young England Kindergarten as a volunteer and joined the team as a Group Teacher in February 2016.

Helene Joergensen


Miss Helene has worked as an assistant at a number of early years settings in her home country, Denmark. Miss Helene joined Young England Kindergarten as an assistant in January 2017.

Maggie Wong

Miss Maggie joins us from Little Mandarin Classes. She teaches Mandarin lessons to our children in the morning session. 


Mr JJ is part of 'Little Kickers' and comes into the kindergarten once every week for the hugely popular sports and fitness session. The sessions use football as a fun forum to instil our growing squad with a little extra confidence, co-ordination, control and sense of camaraderie.

Pippa Cleary

Miss Pippa, who is part of 'Pippa's Poppets', is an old girl of Young England Kindergarten. She takes the music classes in both the morning and afternoon groups. Miss Pippa also composes her own music, as well as writes and produces the fantastic school plays.

Kate Hume

Miss Kate is from Pippa's Poppets and she also takes the music classes.

Madison Capel-Bird

Miss Madison is from YogaBugs and teaches Yoga every Tuesday morning.