Meet The Team

Diane Meade – Director

Hi, my name is Diane (often known as Di-Di) and I’m the owner of VIP Nursery and Pre-School. I was formerly a childminder for 15 years and still an active member of the Church Langley Registered Childminders. I am happily married with two beautiful grown up children and a household of pets. I have my level 5 in childcare and thoroughly enjoy seeing and working with our amazing children everyday.

Shaleen Hughes – Manager

Hi, I’m Shaleen, I have a Masters in Early Education and have worked in the sector for 10 years, working with children aged from birth to 19 years. I am originally from Wales but I have been living in Harlow since 2016.

I have always been inspired by teachers and how they make such a difference in children and young people’s lives. It’s this that fed into my determination to work with children and help them in their most vital years. I love helping children recognise their potential, develop and achieve things they didn’t believe they could do. It really is the most rewarding job and I love every second.

Darci Berry – Deputy Manager

Hi my name is Darci, and I am the Deputy Manager at VIP Pre-School, I have been working with children for over 5 years and have had experience in a school and nursery. In April 2020 I completed my Level 5 in Leadership and Management in the Early Years course and it has allowed me to extend my knowledge on areas which are important to know and understand when working in Early Years. I have now completed my Foundation Degree and hold a Level 5 in Early Childhood Studies and will be starting my Bachelor’s Degree in September 2022. I love working with children of all ages and my main goal.

Morgan Russell – Early Years Practitioner

Hello, my name is Morgan,

I currently have a level 5 in Early Childhood and Education. I am also currently studying the level 6 course. I am fully trained within first aid and have my level 2 in Safeguarding. I love working with children of all ages. The most important factor I enjoy is watching the children grow and develop into their own person.

Jessica Dongworth – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Jess.

I am level 3 qualified in Childcare after a change of career path of being a hairdresser. I am fully trained within first aid and have my level 2 in safeguarding and female genital mutilation. I have worked with children for 2 years and I love working with the children and watching them grow.

I hope to continue my studies in education to become a teacher in the future or enter into the social work field later in my career.

Kirsti Butler – Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Kirsti.

I am married with two beautiful children and have a little dog called Buddy. I have been an OFSTED registered childminder for the past 15 years, before that I was a nursery nurse and previously a nanny. I have always worked with children and babies and I love it as much now as I did at the start. I am qualified at Level 3 having spent 3 years at college studying childcare. I have many other qualifications including Paediatric First Aid and safeguarding training. I am proud to have been previously graded outstanding and good by OFSTED at my inspections as a childminder. Children bring me so much joy and make me smile, I am proud to call myself a childcarer.

Jade Disbrey – Early Years Practitioner

Hello my name is Jade.

I joined the VIP Team in November 2021 after working in the care sector for 6 years and moving to Harlow in 2021. I have gained my Level 3 in adult care and have a wide range of experience with supporting and caring for young adults with additional needs. I love being part of VIP and loving every second of caring for the little ones and watching them learn, grow and develop and cannot wait to take the next step in my career.

Poppy Lovell – Early Years Practitioner

Hi I’m Poppy. I am level 3 qualified in childcare. I enjoy working with children and have experience in doing so. I love working with a range of ages and to watch the children grow. I wish to carry on my career in childcare.