Nursery Staff

Head of Nursery and Pre-Prep

Mrs Ellie King

I have a BA Hons in Primary Teaching (First Class) and my main role is to oversee the development of the Nursery. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start to their education by encouraging them to develop a deep love of learning from the offset. I am working with the Nursery staff to develop a curriculum that prioritises learning opportunities that support the development of key learning habits such as curiosity, collaboration and resilience using books as a stimulus. Exciting topics are supported by a rigorous framework to ensure that both prime and specific learning opportunities are mastered.

Head of Nursery

Mrs Lucy Riley CertEd

Trained at Froebel institute, University of London with a BEd.  I have worked for Hatherop since it became a prep school in 1989.

Main duties are to lead and oversee the daily operation of the Nursery department along with teaching a group of Kindergarten children. I liaise with the Headmaster and Head of Early Years on a regular basis to maintain communication regarding pupils, staff and events in the Nursery. I run a weekly Parent and Toddler session on a Friday for pre-nursery children and their parents. This is a social session which helps the children and families to feel welcome to the school and facilitates the transition from home to school for the children. 

Nursery Assistants

Miss Vicky O’Connor

Ms Catherine Reed

Transition Class Teachers

Mrs Riana Easterbrook

I have been working at Hatherop Castle Nursery since January 2015.

I am a creative person and love doing arts and craft activities at home, so working with small children and helping them to create their very own masterpieces is great. I enjoy going for walks in the countryside and visiting my in-laws and family in France during the school holidays. I am now looking forward to starting my own family, after recently getting married, and hope to put my knowledge of little people to the test! 

Mrs Judith Prakash

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa where I lived and worked until 2004, when I left my home country to explore the great big world.

What a wonderful adventure it has been so far! My favourite place to be is by the sea, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.  When I have time, I like to read a good novel or practise playing my guitar.

Miss Nina Easterbrook

Having completed a degree in Primary Education at Plymouth I returned back to the Cotswolds to join the Hatherop Castle Nursery team.

I have been working in the Nursery for the past five years and I absolutely love working at Hatherop.  Every day is different and the children are just wonderful. When I’m not at work I love to spend time with my large family and going on long country walks with our toy poodle, Eddie. During the holidays I’m lucky enough to escape to the French countryside to our beautiful home in South Normandy.