Employment Handbook

Young England Kindergarten Team

Kay King


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-Bajwa

(Deputy Head Teacher)

Miss Avneet is a Group Teacher for the older groups in the morning session and Deputy Head Teacher. She attained a Montessori diploma in 2007, completed a foundation degree in Early Years Education and Childcare in 2012 and has a BA Hons degree 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 in September 2013 as a Group Teacher for the older children in the morning sessions.

Henry King

(School Business Manager)

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

C-J Strudwick

(Group Teacher)

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

(Group Teacher)

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

Isabella af Petersens

(Group Teacher)

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

Alice Heinrich

(Group Teacher)


Miss Alice joined Young England in September 2017 as a Group Teacher. Miss Alice has a BSc degree in Fashion and Textiles, a Level 3 CACHE teaching qualification, and experience of teaching the Early Years age group.

Flora Francklin

(Group Teacher)

Miss Flora graduated from Leeds University with a BA Hons degree 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 as a volunteer and joined the team as a Group Teacher in February 2016. Miss Flora is the designated SENDCO at Young England.

Fatima Molina Prados

(Teaching Assistant)


Miss Fatima joined Young England in September 2017 as a Teaching Assistant. Miss Fatima is a qualified teacher in her home country, Spain, and has experience of working with the Early Years age group. Miss Fatima also teaches Spanish at Young England.


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.

Federica Gamberini


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

Lydia Jenkins


Miss Lydia joins us from Pippa's Poppets and takes our music classes in both the morning and afternoon groups.

Kate Hume


Miss Kate is from Pippa's Poppets and leads our music classes.

Lysanne van Overbeek


Miss Lysanne is from Pippa's Poppets and also leads our music classes.

Nadia Bocheva


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