Friendly Families is made up of a small team of passionate, dedicated and professional early years experts who work alongside parent volunteers. 

“I love seeing children develop into confident, independent happy souls. I love how children think and I love listening to their stories and ideas. They always keep me on my toes and bring a smile to my face.”

Loretta, Nursery Manager

Meet the team

Loretta, our Nursery Manager, is right at the heart of Friendly Families. As well as caring for the children, Loretta is also responsible for the general day to day running of the nursery. She works closely with parent directors to ensure the highest standards of care and education are upheld, manages the staff team and volunteers and is the designated safeguarding lead. Loretta has a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education and 13 years of experience under her belt. Outside work Loretta enjoys travel, adventures, cooking and watching documentaries. She is dedicated to her Burmese cats, Loki and Luna Moon.

Charlie is one of our Deputy Managers. He has over 10 years’ experience and a Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Early Years Education. He is also a qualified forest school leader and as such is always full of engaging ideas for outdoor learning and play. He keeps our beautiful garden looking its best. Charlie works part time (Wednesday to Friday) because he is also currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University. Working and studying keep him very busy but he still manages to find time for lots of sport in his spare time. 

Danisha is also one of our Deputy Managers and our newest member of staff, having joined in March 2022 to complete the team. Danisha is mum to toddler, Theo and has 8 years’ experience in early years settings working with a range of ages. She is also currently studying and is now in year two of an Early Years Foundation Degree with Greenwich University. In Danisha’s spare time she enjoys horse riding, reading and going for long walks with her family and their dog, Cherry.