Mrs Heather Johns

Heather is passionate about leaving a positive mark on the world. She started her career as a nurse and, when her own child began to show developmental delay, she decided to create a nursery where every child could make great progress, regardless of their starting point, developmental or environmental challenges.
Heather believes in the importance of a good early years’ experience to create foundations from which to build the rest of a child’s life. The poem “Children learn by what they live” by Dorothy Law Note is the inspiration behind Robins Nursery. “If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself” . She believes this is key to how to build happy, confident, interested, caring children who can grow into fulfilled, peaceful, knowledgeable, thoughtful, engaged members of society.
Her ongoing professional qualifications are part of the continuous endeavour to provide the best possible service to the children and parents who join us. Heather is readily available to discuss your child or any concerns as she understands how wonderful and yet tough it can be as a parent. She loves interacting with the children and is often found on the playroom floor engaging in play.

Owner Manager, BA (Hons) Early Years, Early Years Professional Status


Mrs Maureen Henrick

Mo has worked extensively in both nursery and primary school settings. This means that she understands the importance of a smooth transition into school life and the skills your child requires to enjoy the next steps in their life. She loves to really get to know the children under her wing and encourages them to become involved in her own enthusiastic attitude towards healthy eating and varied exercise.
She has completed her Foundation Degree in Early Years and is soon to be embarking on her Honours degree, believing that ongoing commitment to personal and professional development is key to ensuring she is being a reflective practitioner and good role model for the children.

Nursery Manager, Foundation Degree Early Years, NNEB





Mrs Lorraine Hyatt

Lorraine qualified as a teacher (QTS) in 1991 and was awarded a Bachelor of Education Honours degree. She has over 28 years experience as a teacher in Nursery and Reception classes in local primary schools. Due to an outstanding Ofsted Lorraine had an opportunity to support other settings develop their practice when she held the role of an Early Years Consultant for Brighton and Hove Council. Lorraine has a passion and commitment to providing the highest quality nursery experience for young children and families, in which children flourish and grow developing skills and attitudes that will make them confident and resilient lifelong learners.  Lorraine is excited to join such an experienced team. She is a keen gardener and is looking forward to gardening with the children at Wagtails.

Deputy Manager, BA (Hons) Education




Miss Gemma Westbrook

Gemma has 3 years experience working within a nursery setting. She has her Level 2 qualification in Early Years Childcare and is currently studying for her Level 3.

As a Mum of a preschool daughter, she brings understanding and empathy for the challenges that you as parents might also be currently experiencing. Having grown up on a farm in Devon, she is passionate about the children exploring the natural world and appreciates the benefits of learning outdoors. As our forest garden develops, she has some great ideas as to how best use this special wild natural space within our urban landscape.

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner





Miss Janine Lilly

Janine began her career in nurseries and attained her NNEB qualification and then qualified as a teacher. After spending 25 years in a primary school working with varied ages, we are delighted that she has chosen to move back to working with pre-school children.

Qualified Teacher Status and NNEB Early Years







Miss Maria Camacho

Maria has a three year old girl as well as a son at University so understands well the steps a child goes through on their journey of learning. Her degree in Art and Design alongside her many years working with young children enhances her work at Wagtails and she is currently embarking on Early Years qualifications too.

Trainee NVQ Early Years Practitioner








Mrs Nagla Ballal

Nagla started working with preschool children in London and then took some time out to raise her own before returning to Early Years child care last year.  Her knowledge of Arabic is a great asset in our multi-cultural Brighton society and she has a gentle way of working and playing with the nursery children.

Level 3 Early Years Practitioner