Our Team

Candice Lewis

Nursery Manager

What are your qualifications ?

Level 3 Childcare, Level 2 H&S, Level 3 food hygiene, Pediatric first aid, Safeguarding, Safer recruitment, Fire Marshall

What is your experience working in childcare?

I currently have over 6 years of experience working with children. I love to see how children grow and progress overtime with the right support in place to engage their development further. I have previously been a creche manager for 2 years which I really enjoyed and was able to gain many skills from. I am also currently working towards my BA hons in Business management.

What can you bring to our nursery ?

Everyday I bring my willingness and positive approach to succeed for all the children of all abilities.

Why should parents choose Acolakids ?

We believe that play supports a range of areas for children’s learning and development, this includes social, emotional and physical development. Here at Acola Kids we help children learn in a friendly environment will encourage them to overcome challenges. The team will support children on a daily basis and focus on the individual interests throughout learning and development.

Liam Thompson

Deputy Nursery Manager

What are your qualifications ?

Level 3 Childcare and education- Level 2 food and hygiene

What is your experience working in childcare?

I have over 5 years of experience working in a wide range of childcare settings, ranging from nurseries, schools and even orphanages in Cambodia. I have developed all the skills necessary to be a good leader and role model for the staff within the nursery, I have been a room leader for 2 years in a Toddler room and also been a practitioner, even a teaching assistant. I have had behaviour management training and leadership training. I am fresh mind with lots of new ideas to bring to the nursery!

What can you bring to our nursery ?

I have a wide range of knowledge of the EYFS framework, I have experience and the necessary life skills that I have developed over the years. I bring my own ideas but also bring my willingness to adapt to newer ideas and work alongside the management team and the staff to create the best possible start to children’s early education.

Why should parents choose Acolakids ?

Parents should chose Acolakids because we are a fresh innovative nursery, we are ever-growing and we aim to be outstanding with all of our practice, we have high expectations of what the children and the staff can achieve and will always provide a loving and caring environment for your child to grow.

Jo Watson

Level 2 Practitioner

I have my level one and two in childcare and I am currently studying my level 3. I also hold safeguarding level one and food safety certificate.

I have been working with children since I was 17 volunteering with different children and also working with children who have special needs.
I enjoy going to see family and friends and going to the cinema and travelling when I can.
I have picked up lots of different skills such a makaton sign language and behaviour management.
Acola kids is a family friendly setting with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a vibrant environment to engage the children .

Marta Atanes

Level 6 Practitioner

My name is Marta, I´m a vocational and passionate teacher from Spain and I love working with children. I´m an active, dynamic, responsible person and I´m continually working to improve my practise.

I have obtained a Diploma of Higher Education in Pre-School Education and a University Degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition, I have several years of experience working as a nanny with children from different ages and different families and I have worked in some schools too. Moreover, I have the QTS.

I enjoy teaching preschool children and helping them to grow and develop. I’m not looking for an easy job, I like facing new challenges everyday. Also, I really think that playing is vital to children’s development, helping them to understand the world around them and nurturing their physical, social and emotional skills.

When I was in London a few years ago, I fell in love with the city. I knew that I wanted to work here and learn a lot about English Education and discover London and the British culture. Now, to work in Acola Kids is a big opportunity for me to develop my career and my knowledge.

In my spare time, I like to go to cool places for dinner, go to the cinema and spend time with my family and friends. In addition, I love to travel all over the world, and especially I love Asia.

Chelsea Doherty

Level 2 Practitioner

My qualifications are level one and two childcare, pass in PE Btec and C in ICT.
This is my first year as a professional but I’ve looked after many children as a student and before.
I love to swim and dance and being with friends and family. I also love helping out at my local church youth group and my girl guiding unit.
I am really good with the children and I love helping them to develop and grow through learning and having fun.
You should choose Acola kids because the staff are kind to each other and to the children. Also the children go home with smiles on their faces.

Asma Begum

Level 3 Practitioner

My name is Asma, I am the preschool room leader. I care for children from 0 to 5 and have been professionally working with children for three years. however, as I am a mother of four kids. I have been taking care of children twenty-three years! I enjoy working with children because I take pride in the kids and knowing that. I am helping raise the future. I am to become a deputy manager of a nursery myself. I speak a few languages, this includes Bengali, English, Urdu and Hindi.

Maliha Zubair

Level 3 Practitioner

Hi, my name is Maliha I am level 3 qualified nursery practitioner at Acola Kids I have 6 years experience working with children. I work at Acola Kids in the baby room 0 to 2 years. At Acola Kids we aim to provide an environment that children are excited to be in which allows them to move freely building on the skills and learning new ones in all areas of learning and development. I enjoy planning and sensory experiences for babies to explore and learn through. I also enjoy spending time out with my family.

Juliana Adu-Asare

Level 3 Practitioner

Hi, my name is Juliana. I currently have 30 years experience working with children.
I enjoy watching the children grow and develop overtime.

Samena Atker

Level 3 Practitioner

My name is Samena Akter. I am a British- Bangladeshi citizen that has been brought up in the heart of East London. I can speak fluently in English and my mother tongue is Bengali (Sylheti). When I turned 16 years old, I really liked the idea of teaching young children and taking care of children as I have always liked helping a child to grow into being a bright and happy individual. I began to pursue my career and begun to do a course in level 2 and level 3 childcare; By 2015 to 2017 I completed my level 2 and 3 childcares qualifications. I have 5 years’ experience in working in different nurseries, schools and playgroup sessions. I have a lot experience in working with children aged 3months to 4 years old. I have been doing a lot of training to develop my knowledge in childcare and to implement them into practice. Over the years I have become confident with the EYFS and will continue to do more thorough practices and become better with my knowledge of the EYFS and Safeguarding.

My favourite thing to do, is to meet with my friends and explore different places. I also like to draw and watch Netflix. Recently, my new hobby is to bake and cook yummy meals and desserts and get my family to taste the food that I have created.

The reason why I think you should allow your child to come to a bright and diverse nursery is because you have the most qualified practitioners that have the most up to date training intact to make sure that your child receives the most best quality nursery experience that they deserve. We ensure that your child always gets the upmost care and attention they need as of when they are in the nursery. As well as enabling them to develop their learning as interact with activities and other children.

Lipe Begum

Level 2 Practitioner

Hello my name is Lipe Begum and I am 25 years old. I have been working with children for over 7 years now as a nursery practitioner. Throughout these years working in nurseries I have gained my Cache Level 2 in childcare. I currently studying for my level three and will gain my level qualification by July. My experience working with children is great. I enjoy discovering new ways to teach, different ways for children to learn and stimulate their brains. Seeing children develop from babies to young people is amazing. It is also very important to ensure that all children are safe and healthy and engage each child initially with their learning and development.
In my spare time I enjoy drawing, creative arts and doing physical things like riding my bike. I have a passion traveling, sightseeing, exploring new things. I love spending time with family and having fun doing family activities.
I have a lot of qualities and can bring a lot to a business. I am a warm, friendly person and a hard worker. I have patience and have a professional positive attitude. I like keeping on top of things and making sure work is up to date and organised.

Parents should choose Acola Kids for their children because we offer a very high standard of childcare for ages up to five years old with excellent ways of learning though education/play. We have excellent staff who provide a stimulating environment where children grow and learn creative play. The nursery strongly believes that each child is unique and have their own ways to learn and develop. Acola Kids provide a safe environment indoor/outdoor and a friendly setting where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential. We also follow policies and procedures to ensure that all children are safe and happy.