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about us

‘As part of Forest School, I love children to experience the awe and wonder of the natural environment and be curious about their surroundings’ – Simone, Nursery Manager.

 

At The Butterfly Patch, our ethos is to enrich the lives of children through education experiences, awe and wonder. Their welfare and safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do. We are excited to welcome your little ones to join us on a journey of imagination and learning through play in our child-centred flexible approach. 

 

We have created a safe and comforting environment where children feel encouraged to develop positive relationships, grow in confidence, and feel happy to learn through their new experiences. 

 

Our team are passionate about your little individuals’ holistic development and dedicated to supporting each child's unique needs at every step of their learning journey with us. 

 

Our number one priority is the safety of our little individuals. Of course, we don’t want to stifle their learning development and exploration, but we keep a very close, discreet eye on each of our little ones to ensure everyone is safe and feels comfortable, whilst playing and learning. 

 

The Curiosity Approach

 

Our ethos - across all of our nursery settings - is to encourage what we like to call the curiosity approach. This approach offers little one’s fantastic sensory opportunities to learn through real life, natural, holistic objects and thingamajigs! This enables them to use all of their senses to play and explore to further their development, offering great imaginative play opportunities whilst simultaneously promoting recycling, upcycling and reuse.

 

Each of our nurseries is different – a little unique in the vision of our nursery managers. We believe strongly in giving our teams the freedom to create an environment they feel proud of, as well as aiding in their personal and professional development.

 

Please see our locations for further information about facilities provided at each nursery.

 

Every day is an adventure at the Butterfly Patch! Just imagine the possibilities. 

 

our learning ethos

Our learning ethos is based on four core values: Environment, Learning, Individualism and Safeguarding. 

 

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Individualism

Just like a butterfly, each child is unique. Here at The Butterfly Patch our staff will work hard to work alongside you in best understanding the needs of your little one. Our wide range of activities are included to support each child’s developmental needs. We will use praise and encouragement continuously to ensure each child is growing in confidence and developing a positive attitude to learning through play. 

 

All of our rooms have been specially designed to support each stage of your child's development, offering welcoming, motivating and exploratory spaces. We are proud to offer a high-quality Early Years experience which provides a firm foundation for every child's future success. 

Learning

We aim to provide an environment which encourages learning through play and exploration.  We believe learning is a journey of imagination and development – from physical and emotional to communication skills.

Environment

By this we mean the learning environment we provide for our little ones. Our nurseries are all different, but all have a focus on making our little individuals feel safe and comfortable. We provide a wide range of facilities at each location to encourage exploration and inspire our little ones to be creative and learn by doing. 

Safeguarding

This is our number one priority for your precious little ones, but we don't want to stifle learning, development, fun and exploration. So, you'll find state of the art discreet measures as well as the love and care of our staff to keep everyone safe.

 

our team

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Paige - Director

I started studying within childcare as soon as I left school in 2009. Gained experience through placement which I was at for a solid two years before being employed full-time. I worked through the ranks from student all the way to third in charge. 

 

In 2015 I moved to Egypt where I worked in a British run nursery, helping to implement the EYFS and sharing my knowledge with local teachers. I returned to the UK in 2016 - back to my original company as a nursery manager. 

 

In 2018 I found The Butterfly Patch and joined as nursery manager Opening the Croydon nursery. I have overseen 5 of the nurseries during this time supporting the managers and staff to ensure our little ones were achieving, learning but most of all having fun! Unfortunately, we went into lockdown in March 2020. I welcomed my first baby in April 2020 and in May 2020 I became the nominated individual and director alongside Feyaz.

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Feyaz - Director

I’m Feyaz, one of the directors here at The Butterfly Patch.

 

I am always one of the first to admit that I’m not from an education background, however, we all started learning somewhere and continue to learn every day! I like to learn through new experiences and being inspired by people, environments and … stuff, things and dooberries – which I believe had led me towards thoroughly enjoying and engaging in what I do, allowing me and the team to create enabling learning environments and allowing operations of the business to focus on the needs of our children and families. 

 

Aside from work, I participate in an extreme 4x4 car rally called Rhino Charge in Kenya annually and our team has raised over $500,000 for conservation and remote communities.

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Bea - Area Manager

 I am a biologist by “trade” and teacher/ manager by choice. I have worked within the Childcare Industry for over 10 years in England alone, enjoying various roles, which has provided me with a great understanding, knowledge and experience, and relevant qualifications. I have been fortunate to experience many different positions in different industries throughout my working career. I am happy to say that childcare is where my heart belongs and where I will stay.

Outside of work, I am a mum to two very busy boys, age 9 and 13, and I can truly understand what it means to be a working parent and the struggles of this post. I hardly ever stop and always think about the next thing I can experience. I love outdoors and being physically active- yoga, gym, climbing; recently, I am on a mission to conquer my fear of deep water (diving). I like theatre and a good jazz band. I play the piano, and apparently, I am pretty artistic- I would say I want to experiment.  
At The Butterfly Patch, I have found a “family” and even friends for life. It is a true home from home environment. 

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Chelsea - Area Manager

My early years' career started in 2013 in Egypt, where I was a nursery practitioner in Sharm el-Sheikh British school.

In 2014 I became a preschool apprentice, I had 15 key children, 6 of which has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), so I had to work closely with outside agencies and local authorities. This experience helped me gain experience and knowledge around SEND and ASD - I found a passion in this.

Determined and due to career progression within the company, I completed my course in a year. I soon became room leader for the baby room overseeing 15 babies and 5 members of staff. In April 2018, I started my job with The Butterfly Patch again as Deputy and baby room lead. In June 2020, after returning from lockdown 1.0, I was promoted to Area Manager for our London nurseries.

 

Fun facts:

  • I know a little Arabic

  • I help support homeless people in Croydon.

  • Marie Kondo "ain't got nothing on me" regarding organising, tidying and cleanliness. However, you'll often find me covered in mud or flour, exploring textures and environments with children. So I'm not afraid of getting my hands dirty!

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Katie W – Nursery Manager Hampton Court

My career in childcare began shortly after my first child was born in 2014. As I was introduced to the nursery environment, alongside caring for my own young family, my passion soon grew. I realised that creating a nurturing and educational setting was what I wanted to achieve. I applied this passion and knowledge, which enabled me to progress in my career and take a leadership role in building a solid team around me. I take pride in teaching others and being steady support within the nursery.However, providing experiences and opportunities which allow my team to shine through and succeed is my main goal. 
 
I am incredibly passionate about consistency and creating a smooth transition between home and nursery, so working with parents and making the environment feel like a home from home is a priority. It makes me smile at the end of each day to see our little ones leave with muddy wellies, full tummies, happy faces, and often singing their favourite nursery rhyme. In fact, my team go this way too!

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Michelle - Nursery Manager Cobham

I am a passionate Early Years Manager with a Motherly nature. I have 14 years of experience in childcare with two older boys of my own, starting as a mature student at college, to a Montessori background and now working my way up to manager at Cobham with help from a supportive team. I am bubbly, always smile on my face and love spending time in the room with ALL the children no matter their ages. 

 

I take pride in my nursery and always want to offer our little ones awe-inspiring experiences, activities and environments. I love to recycle, upcycle, and bring curious items into the nursery to have shared experiences from different cultures, different times, and different values.

 

Some facts about me:

I win at every Disney quiz in our house.

I was once on a Child’s TV show singing in the shower.

I adore doggies and have 2 puppies of my own.

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Seema- Nursery Manager 

Croydon

I have been working with children for over 20 years, starting out as an apprentice and working my way through to nursery manager. During this time, I have qualified as a Nursery Nurse (0 to 5 years), and I have completed a BA (Hons) in my Early Years. I have worked both UK and abroad and have a passion for seeing the children strive. 

I believe that all children deserve to have a safe, enabling environment to learn and grow in. This is what we strive every day to provide here at the Butterfly Patch. 

Outside of work, I love to bake, I am the Youth Department Leader of The Healing Church of God in Christ in Paddington and I've recently started to cycle (when the weather is good).

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Simone – Nursery Manager Lower Morden

I am Simone, the Nursery Manager at Lower Morden, and I had recently joined in August 2020. I have worked within the Early Years and Education Sector for over 20 years and recently left Bromley Council as an Early Years Improvement Quality Officer. I have undertaken many early year roles within the UK and abroad, such as America and Greece, to name a few. 

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and travelling. I enjoy working with children and have a great desire to see them achieve the best possible start in life. Children are born ready and eager to learn, and I enjoy being part of their journey. As part of Forest School, I love children to experience the awe and wonder of the natural environment and be curious about their surroundings. 

 

our mission

The Butterfly Patch aims to deliver outstanding care and education for children that will enrich their lives through awe and wonder and instil habits for life that start them on a life-long learning journey. 

 

We believe that being in & around nature and exploring natural materials enriches children and adults’ lives improving mental and physical well-being. 

 

A curriculum should more than academic goals. We believe focus on the following are just as, if not more important:

  • Mindfulness

  • Good health 

  • Problem-solving skills

  • The ability to manage risks

  • Imagination and creativity

  • Positive attitudes towards learning

 

These we believe are the foundation blocks on which successful individuals grow. 

 

As part of our mission, we always aim to behave as a community. Meaning: we do the right thing, take responsibility for our actions, look after each other and work together by respecting, supporting, listening and understanding.

 

Through leading by example for our little ones, we partner with local communities, businesses and parents to create positive impact where possible. Supporting families in need, raising money for local causes and by reducing our carbon footprint.

 

Nurturing the Butterfly Patch family is also extremely important to us. Our family is well supported, their welfare is one of our highest priorities. We offer regular aid in career progression through additional training, empowering our teams to better support our little ones to the best of their ability.