Owner and Pre-School Manager
Prior to Noahs Ark I spent 10 years in retail management. My first experience of Noah’s Ark was when my daughter attended over 12 years ago, and I loved it so much I decided I wanted to get more involved! During the first 5 years I worked as an assistant where I gained my NVQ Early Years qualification, then deputy for 2 years and manager for 4 years under a consistently Outstanding (Ofsted graded) setting and now joint owner! I love the rewards my work brings, working with the children, seeing them develop, learn and grow. I also enjoy managing our wonderful, dedicated team of staff who have collectively been working with us for over 45 years!
Deputy Pre-School Manager
Hi, I am Tracey and I live in Harpenden, am married and have a son now at senior school. I qualified as an NNEB nursery nurse in 1995 and have worked in a variety of settings such as day nurseries and children's centres. I have been working for Noah's ark for the last 8 years. Working with children is very rewarding and every day is different! I enjoy seeing the children develop and become more confident.
I have always loved working in childcare , first as a nanny and now at Noah’s Ark. It’s such a rewarding job watching the children develop , learn and grow. It's an honour and a privilege to have a small part in that process.
Hi – my name is Debbie and I having been working at Noah’s Ark since September 2015. I have recently qualified at Level 3 Diploma Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator). I enjoy working with a fantastic team of people who have a passion for childcare. I enjoy family life, cooking and going for long walks with the family dog.
Caroline (Bank Staff)
Hi I'm Caroline and I live in Harpenden. I joined Noah's Ark 9 years ago and gained my CACHE Level 3 qualification in 2014. Prior to joining Noah's Ark, I worked in a special needs school. I am a keen gardener and love the outdoors. I really enjoy working with children especially now that my own 3 are all grown up.
Nicole (Bank Staff)
Hi, I am a mother to three grown up children who attended Noah’s Ark. I have been in childcare for 30 years qualifying as an Nursery Nurse and Montessori teacher. I set up my own day nursery where I taught Montessori which I sold when my youngest was born. I continued in childcare with childminding while my children were growing up which progressed to working and then Managing at Noah’s Ark. During that time I Completed my Foundation degree in Early Years Education. I currently nanny and tutor for a local family. I’ve rejoined Noah’s as Bank Staff to continue my enjoyment in learning about children’s development.
Sarah Budd (Bank Staff)
I am a mother of two teenage daughters. Prior to having my children, I worked many years within the marketing function of a multi-national company. As my girls grew up, I missed the early years interaction I enjoyed with them. Subsequently, I studied and qualified in childcare, gaining my Cache Level 3 Diploma. I find working with young children and playing a part in their early learning, both rewarding and satisfying, from caring and consoling to watching them develop, flourish and shine with confidence.
Owner and Pre-School Manager
I qualified as a Radiographer, specialising in cancer treatment, in 1997 at The Cookridge Hospital in Leeds, then I worked at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London until I had our 2 children. When the youngest of our daughters left Noah's Ark, I realised how much I would miss the warm, friendly atmosphere and fantastic staff, so I started working here in 2012! I gained my CACHE Level 3 qualification in 2014 and became Deputy Manager in 2015. I am now extremely proud and excited to be co-owner and manager. I find working with children to be hugely rewarding, diverse and challenging. I enjoy helping them to grow in confidence and independence and to learn and develop in a fun and friendly environment. The bonds we form with children and their families are vital at this early stage and last a lifetime. The team, children, families and staff I work with on a daily basis make my job the best in the world.
Deputy Pre-School Manager
I am Mum to three grown up children. I’ve worked in Early Years for 19 years, love being in the company of children and find it really rewarding to see the children progress.
I started working at Noah's Ark ten years ago and worked for my NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development. This built upon my experience in bringing up four sons and also being a Sunday School teacher at Crabtree Church. I enjoy working with young children and seeing them grow and develop.
My son attended Noah’s Ark and I sometimes went in as a parent helper. I loved the warm, friendly atmosphere so when he moved on I volunteered a couple of times a week. When a vacancy appeared I was happy to be considered for the post. Coming from a large family, I have always enjoyed being around children. I enjoy seeing their joy when they accomplish something by themselves for the first time and their delight when they discover something new. People say being with youngsters keeps you young - I’m not sure about that, but their sense of fun and laughter is infectious and when the children have a good day, so do I.
Christine (Bank Staff)
I’m a mum of two grown up children & one of them attended Noah’s ark where I volunteered. The joy & warmth of having my own children & volunteering opened a new venture of career of working in various settings as a volunteer and a paid worker that fitted with a growing young family. I joined Noah’s Ark in 2007 as an Assistant for 8 years and trained in Childcare Development CACHE NVQ3. I moved on to Harpenden Academy school in 2015 as a Teaching Assistant for 2 years. During this time, I trained to become a Reflexology Therapist & became Self employed in September 2017. During the pandemic I continued to work as a support worker to adults with learning disabilities Mencap. I’ve trained in different alternative therapies that supports wholistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Sarah Austin (Bank Staff)
I enjoy cooking, reading, singing, walking, gentle exercises, gardening, dancing.....