Meet the Team

We have a wonderful, fun and experienced team who are committed to their ongoing professional development.
We are proud of the range of skills and interests each member of the team brings to the setting which continues to enrich children’s experiences.

 

Veronique Blanc (Manager, Child Protection Officer & Key Person)
Joined the team in 2012. Both her daughters attended Harcourt.
Qualified Teacher

Veronique is French and a qualified Secondary School teacher who has been teaching modern languages for more than twenty years in and around Bristol.

She finds each day is different when working with small children. They say insightful and amusing comments about everyday life that never cease to amaze.

Veronique is particularly interested in the love of the outdoors and cooking. She has developed cooking for festivals and religious celebrations, making it a fun, hands-on experience. The children make delicious spring rolls and onion bhajis to take home.

 

Lucy McLeish (Lead Teacher & Key Person)
Joined the team in April 2015
Qualified Primary Teacher

Lucy started at Harcourt when her youngest child attended. She took on the role of Lead Teacher in September 2016. Prior to having her three children, who all attended Harcourt, Lucy enjoyed teaching in Reception.

Lucy enjoys developing children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing and supporting their strategies to manage their emotions and behaviour. She loves to be part of a child’s individual developmental journey, helping to prepare them for their transition to primary school.

She is particularly interested in anything creative, loves engaging in imaginative play led by the children, capturing a child’s sense of humour and using her ‘Calm Down Box’ to support any wobbles!

 

Judy Burton (Key Person & SENCO)

Joined the team in November 2007
Qualified Primary Teacher

Her additional training at Harcourt includes; Effective Characteristics of Early Maths Teaching, Leadership and Management, Supporting children with additional needs and Learning Language and Loving It.

Judy enjoys observing the speed at which children learn, their enthusiasm and interest in everything and their capacity for fun and laughter.

Her particular interests are in early maths/ emergent numeracy and supporting children to develop positive conflict resolution strategies. She also has a passion for messy play and the exploration and investigation opportunities that if offers.

 

Lucy Ekaney (Key Person)

Joined the team in September 2006
Qualified Early Years Practitioner

Lucy supported the setting in developing its values and aims and has completed a leadership and management course.

Lucy provides calm and attentive support to children within her key group. Originally from Cameroon, Lucy enjoys music and dance.

 

Astrid Haynes (Pre-school Support/ Supply)

Joined the team in November 2006
Qualified Early Years Practitioner

Astrid supports the team in ensuring there is a rich and varied environment for the children to be inspired.

Astrid especially enjoys the great outdoors, loving the regular trips into the ‘forest’. She helps the children identify the species of trees and wildflowers and also at home in our lovely pre-school garden.

 

Cathy Wheadon (Pre-School Support)

Joined the team in 1989 and jointly ran Harcourt for 7 years.
Cathy has completed the first level of Forest School training.

Cathy has many years of experience working with young children, her children attended Harcourt and now her grandson!

Cathy enjoys watching children grow, their excitement at discovering new things and experiences, and their sense of humour. She has an ear for listening to children and picking up on their views and ideas.

Her particular interests are storytelling and imaginary play. She makes children laugh with her funny songs and puppets including Gerald the Goldfish.

 

Natacha Dale (Key Person)

Joined the team in September 2017
Qualified Teacher

Natacha is French and comes from a small island called Reunion. She has lived in the Uk for 17 years. She qualified 15 years ago as a Languages Teacher. She taught mainly in Bristol prior to having her three children.

Natacha enjoys working with children and watching them blossom and develop at their own pace. As adults she thinks we have so much to learn from them too! She likes to pay attention to children’s individual needs and interests.

She particularly enjoys doing creative activities and story telling. She loves cooking, dancing and zumba exercise.

 

Elena Tostado (Key Person)

Joined the team in September 2016
Currently studying for her Level 3 Early Years Practitioner certificate

Elena is Spanish and has lived in the UK for 3 years. She has a degree in Psychology and is delighted to be expanding her professional knowledge studying for her Level 3 certificate whilst enjoying working at Harcourt.

Elena is wonderful at developing good relationships with the children and enjoys role playing and playing games with them. She loves to be a daily part of the children’s lives and is interested in all aspects of their learning.

 

Suzanne Croucher (Administrator)

Joined the team in April 2017

Suzanne is our Administrator and her responsibilities include managing the waiting list/ allocating places for our September intake, scheduling pre-school and home visits, bills/ payroll and IT support.

Before having her three boys, who all attended Harcourt, Suzanne was an IT Project Manager.

Suzanne studied Sociology and Psychology at Bristol University with a focus on Child Development, Psychology of Classrooms and Educational Psychology which is a great asset to Harcourt.

Suzanne enjoys reading stories to the children and hearing their news at Snack time/ Lunch Club, when she can escape the office!

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