Janet Audley-Charles – Pre-school Leader

    I have 3 children, Kyra, Jacob and Tobias who are all in their 20’s. I have worked in childcare since 1981; 18 years in London in 3 different nurseries for Westminster Children’s Society. I then relaunched Old London Road Preschool at the Scout Hut in St Albans, which I have been running since 1999.

    My childcare qualifications are:

    NNEB 1981, Foundation degree and BA in Early years 2010, Early years Professional Status 2011.

    My favourite book is The Elves and the Shoemaker and my favourite song is Magic Penny.

    Every day is different at OLR! I enjoy watching the children grow & learn and gain confidence.

    Other careers I have had and any hobbies: Chair of residents association, running theatre trips, playing the ukulele, I am a soroptimist, and I am on the committee to build a new community centre.

    Nicki Langford – Administrator

    I have three daughters, aged 13, 15 and 16. They all attended Old London Road Preschool from 2 years old.

    I have worked at Old London Road Preschool since 2011 and before that I was treasurer of the OLR committee for 4 years.

    As administrator at Old London Road no two days are the same and my job is very varied. It has been lovely to see so many children grow and develop and move onto school.

    My favourite children’s book is Dogger. I have a degree and I am a qualified CIMA accountant. I enjoy Zumba and cycling.


      Anya da Silva – Deputy & Puppy Leader

      I have three children, Sofia 24 years, Roberto 18 and Lilia 14.

      I qualified as an NNEB in 1990 and will have been at OLR 12 years in May this year

      My favourite book is ‘Peace at Last’ and my favourite song is ‘Magic Penny’

      I love my job because every day is different and it is so rewarding to watch each child grow and achieve his or her full potential whilst they are with us.

      I only ever wanted to work with children and started my career as a Nanny. I have also worked as a childminder and as a Nursery practitioner. During this time I have had three children. I think I love doing this job now as much as the day I qualified!

      In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, read and swim.

      Vicky Saponaro

      I have worked at Old London Road Preschool for 6 years and in childcare for 8 years all together. I have gained my level 2 and level 3 diploma in childcare during this time.

      I thoroughly enjoy working with children as I get to watch them grow, learn and gain new life skills that will see them through the rest of their lives.

      My favourite books are ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and ‘The very hungry caterpillar’.
      My favourite song has to be ‘The little green frog’.

      In my downtime I enjoy socialising with my family and friends and spending time with my 12 year old son.

      Debbie Kehoe

      I have two children, aged 22 & 24 and have spent the last 16 years working in childcare at Old London Road Preschool. I am qualified at NVQ level 2 in childcare.

      Working in childcare is fulfilling and preparing children for their future is a privilege.

      My favourite book is the Faraway Tree stories, which my children loved too.

      I used to work as an Accounts Manager.

      I enjoy swimming, walking and gardening.

      Roujee Faruk

      I have three children aged 27, 22 and 20, two of which attended OLR as infants.

      I have worked in childcare since 1994, beginning as a classroom assistant at Camp School and completing my certificate in Childcare and Education Level 2 in 1995. I then joined OLR in 2005.

      I find my job very rewarding and particularly enjoy helping children develop key skills in their early years.

      My favourite book to read with children is ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ and favourite song to sing is ‘Magic Penny’.

      As well as cooking, my hobbies include sewing and spending time with family and friends.


        Wendy Cook – Deputy & Kitten Leader

        As a qualified NNEB I have been working in childcare for 34 years. I have been at Old London Road preschool since 2004.

        I love watching the children develop and the interesting conservations we have. My favourite book is the Blue Balloon.

        I have 5 daughters: Lindsay, Joma, Perry, Hanna & Mollie.

        In my spare time I like to read and walk my dogs. I am also a coach for the St Albans special Olympics.

        Sarah Bateson

        I have 2 children, Becky born in 2005 and Lucy born in 2010.

        I have worked in childcare at Old London Road Preschool for 13 years and have an NVQ level 3 in children’s care, learning and development. I have also undertaken SenCo training.

        I gain lots of satisfaction when I witness children grow, develop and gain confidence over time. Each day is different, which makes my job very interesting.

        My favourite book is The Gruffalo and my favourite song is Magic Penny.

        My past careers are Pub Landlady and Florist.

        My hobbies are rugby (although I no longer play), geocaching with my family, crocheting, travelling to new places, cake decorating and reading.

        Sharon Faherty

        I have 3 children and have been working for 11 years in childcare at Old London Road Preschool.

        My qualifications are NVQ level 2 and level 3 in childcare.

        My favourite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear and my favourite song is Magic Penny.

        My hobbies are Yoga and walking my dog.

        Liz Turner

        I have been working at Old London Road preschool for 3 years and I am currently studying for a level 3 diploma in childcare.

        I enjoy many things about working with young children, but my favourite is seeing their wonderment every day.  It makes me appreciate the small things in life.

        My favourite book is Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and my favourite song is I am the music man.

        I have one child aged 7 and have previously worked as a secondary art and design teacher, and in commercial interior design in London. 

        In my spare time I like to paint, visit galleries and grow vegetables in my garden.

        Laraine Broughall

        I have worked in childcare for nine years, the last six years at OLR.

        Before I worked in childcare, I worked for HSBC bank for sixteen years. I was a Special Constable and a voluntary leader of a Brownie pack for twenty years.

        I find working with children fascinating and rewarding and enjoy watching each child’s unique character development as their interests grow.

        I qualified with a CYPW (0-18 years) in 2013 and I have not looked back since. My colleagues, and the children at OLR inspire me everyday. This is one of the reasons why I love my job.

        I enjoy spending my spare time with my family, going to the gym, playing board games and walking my dog Molly. I am also passionate about watching all sports especially football and rugby, and I love the outdoors.

        My favourite book is “Guess how much I love you“ by Sam McBratney and my favourite song is “ We’ve been making memories for a long time.”


        Chair: Katie-Anne Florez (Evie’s mum)

        Secretary: Lucy Good (Mabel’s mum)

        Treasurer: Lisa Shaughnessy (Anna-May’s mum)


        • Amelia Hodge (Alex’s mum)
        • Amy Douthwaite (Elliot’s mum)
        • Anita Cseri-Pallagi (Sven’s mum)
        • Carley Cox (Lennon’s mum)
        • Natalia von Esebeck (Penny’s mum)


        Staff-to-child ratios are as follows:

        • Under threes one adult : four children
        • Three and over one adult : eight children

        We always aim to have above the minimum required ratio. All staff attend a safeguarding children course every three
        years. The majority of our staff are qualified to NVQ level 3 or above and are first aid trained. We actively encourage staff to
        update their skills by attending training workshops and conferences on a range of subjects.

        We may occasionally employ additional staff to work with children who have specific special needs and we work with appropriate external agencies where required.


        When your child starts, you will be introduced to your child’s keyperson who will help you with the initial paperwork, settling your child in and answering any queries you may have. If you have any concerns, your keyperson is your first port of call, although you are welcome to speak to any member of staff.