Our Team

Caring & Professional Nursery Staff

Meet our Team

Our team are made up of highly qualified, professional and caring people with many years of experience.

We are committed to providing quality child care in Rochester at an accessible and affordable price. We use a wide variety of learning styles to ensure your child is treated as an individual.

A Family Founded Business - Established in 1996

Lisa Kane - Owner

I have worked in the Early Years sector for 19 years and hold a BA Hons in Early Years Studies with Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). I am also the setting Designated Safeguarding Lead. Initially I took on the role as a part time position so I could spend more time with my daughter but went on to achieve my Early Years qualifications.

The pre-school was originally opened by my Mum in 1996 and has now become an integral part of the community. I took over the pre-school when my Mum retired in 2014 and even though at times it can be one of the most challenging roles, I have ever done it is also the most rewarding. Having the daily opportunities to see our children’s personalities develop and be able to support and work with all our children, seeing the impact of what we do and enabling them with the skills to move on in their educational journey.

Melanie

I hold an NVQ 3 in Early Years Care & Education and initially did my student work placement at Top of the Hill Pre-school back in 1997. After leaving school I was employed at the pre-school and went on to achieve my Level 2 & Level 3 Early Years qualifications. I took a break from Early Years in 2008 to pursue a career in another field. Since having my daughter, I realised that I wanted to go back working with children as I find it very rewarding supporting the children in their ongoing learning and development and seeing the difference we make.

Carolyn

Top of the Hill Pre-school is literally my second home! I am an original member of staff who was there when the Pre-school first opened its doors way back in 1996. I left briefly to have my own children who also attended the Pre-school but always seemed to find my way back. I find working with children so rewarding knowing that I have played a part in each child’s learning journey, I also enjoy my roles as the Pre-school’s Early Help lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, supporting our families to the best of my ability, I could never see myself doing anything else!

Claire

I hold a NVQ 3 in Early Years Care & Education as well as being in the position of the settings SENCo. I have worked in the Early Years for 20 years and started at Top of the Hill Pre-school in 2013 before leaving to have my youngest son and then returned in 2019. All three of my children have attended Top of the Hill and have thoroughly enjoyed their time here. I really enjoy working in Early Years seeing the children learn new skills, forming friendships and becoming independent. It is a pleasure to be a part of the children’s pre-school journeys.

Mollie-Mae

I hold an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce (level 2) and will be moving onto complete my level 3. I have been working at Top of the Hill pre-school for the past 3 years as an apprentice and I also attended the pre-school when I was small. Throughout my life I have been brought up with children and became an Auntie at 13 years of age so have always spent a lot of time with young children and the enjoy the time with them. I enjoy watching the children and see their imaginations grow. I get a lot of satisfaction seeing and helping the children develop their school readiness.

Katie

I have worked at Top of the Hill for over 5 years and hold a Level 3 CYPW Early Years Educator qualification. All three of my children attended Top of the Hill so it has a special place in my heart. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be part of the children’s journeys from when they join us to seeing them going off to start their school journey confident and independent.

Annette

I hold a level 3 qualified Early Years Educator qualification and have been working in the Early Years for 6 years. I joined Top of the Hill in 2021 and enjoy being a member of such a caring and enthusiastic team. On a daily basis I get to help our children grow and thrive as well as providing support to our parents through their preschool journey. 

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Why Choose Us

As a leading provider of child care in Rochester we use a child-led approach to teaching. We work to ensure your children receive learning that is appropriate for their own needs. 

We are committed to providing affordable child care, funding may be available for free child care or tax free child care depending on your circumstances.

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