I founded Oak Lee Montessori in 2009 and we opened our doors in early 2010. My dream was always to open up a setting which provided excellent childcare which was firmly rooted in the belief that as child care professionals we can make a difference to the lives of the children we care for and their families. After qualifying as a Nursery Nurse and Montessori Teacher, I worked at the Cheyne Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. I have incredibly fond memories of my time there and the bonds I made with the children I cared for. I spent some years in the family hardware business and was at that stage a working Mum. I have two girls who are now 24 and 26 years old and family is hugely important to me. This drives me each day to ensuring that we build Oak Lee into a community where we all support each other and teach the children the value of community, integrity, kindness and charity. I believe education and learning should continue throughout our life and as such I ensure I provide my team opportunities to learn and grow. I am passionate about health and well being and have embedded these within the very fabric of Oak Lee by investing time, energy and resources on the food we provide and incorporating yoga into our daily routine.