Meet The Team

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Chez Annetts

I have been working at Highmoor Nursery since October 2014.  I am NVQ 2 qualified in Childcare and Education and am studying for my NVQ3.  I lead the Woodpecker Group and also teach French and Music.

In my free time I like to paint and play my guitar.  I share my home with my gorgeous, furry boys, Leo & Shadow.

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Suzie Allen

I started working at Highmoor Nursery in February 2015 and love it! I qualified with my NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education in 2017. I work with the Woodpeckers group. I have 2 lovely daughters called Chloe and Lottie. I love spending time with my partner and my children, family and friends and am very passionate about horses. 

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Juliette Batchelor

I have worked at Highmoor Nursery School since November 2013. I am married to John, with three lovely children and I live in Stoke Row. I qualified with an NNEB/Norland Diploma in 1989 and went to London to nanny for four years. I then worked for a nanny recruitment agency for almost six years and went on to work at Checkendon Primary school as a teaching assistant to the foundation stage children. 

My interests are firstly my family. I love being outdoors - walking, playing tennis. I also enjoy cooking & films.


Gwen Pragnell

I have owned Highmoor Nursery School since September 2007. I am the Registered Person, Safeguarding Lead and Nursery Manager.

I hold an NVQ3 Qualification in Childcare and Education and I am also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

I am married with two fabulous children and I enjoy keeping fit and foreign holidays.

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Sam Symons

I joined Highmoor Nursery School in September 2015.  I work with the Robins and I am also the Deputy Manager. I am originally from Kenya. I am qualified with an NNEB Norland Diploma in 1988, first working with a number of families in London and then in Hawaii. I also have a Bachelors degree in Nursing. I live with my son Will and dog Lizzie. I enjoy running, keeping fit and spending time with friends and family.

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Helen Beville

I am a qualified Nursery Nurse with over 20 years of experience. I am the Deputy Manager at Highmoor and work with the Red Kites.  Before having my 3 boys I managed Treetops Nursery in Henley. I have worked at various other preschool settings and also as a teaching assistant in reception at Kidmore End School. I also help my husband in his Estate Agency business. I worked at Highmoor for 18 months back in 2008.

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Sharon Rumsey

I started working at Highmoor Nursery in June 2018 after many years as the deputy manager at  The Cabin Preschool in Woodcote. I love spending time with my family and have 3 children, and I love travelling with my husband.

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Sally Cramphorn

I started working at Highmoor Nursery in January 2018 after being in a senior management role within Mothercare where I had worked for the past 20 years. During my time at Mothercare I learnt about child development and the associated products to support children’s growth and skills. I live with my husband, cat and daughter Holly.

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Mrs Bun the Baker

I started to cook with the Woodpecker and Red Kite groups in September 2017. I work with many settings and have many years of experience. I am a qualified teacher in Early Years.

Sarah Darnell

I started working at Highmoor Nursery in April 2021.  I have worked in childcare for over 25 years and am qualified to NVQ Level 3.  I am married to Stuart and have 2 children.  I enjoy being with my family and walking in the woods with my dog.

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Aitch McRobbie

I joined Highmoor Nursery School in September 2017. I work in the Red Kite Group. I have over 8 years experience in Early Years settings, and hold an NVQ level 3 qualification in Child Development. I am married with two sons and enjoy being with my family.  I also enjoy singing with my band, playing ukulele, guitar and piano, writing songs, cooking and knitting. 

Katie Allen

I started working at Highmoor Nursery School in October 2019 after completing my Level 3 Children's Play, Learning and Development qualification at college.

I work with the children in the Red Kite group.

My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, shopping and going to the theatre/cinema.

Genna Ward

I started working at Highmoor Nursery in September 2020.

I am a mum to 2 beautiful children.

I started my working career at Mothercare then moved to a school canteen before coming to Highmoor.  I am currently training for my NVQ Level 3 qualification.  In my free time, I enjoy running and socialising with my family and friends

Mary Sockett

I joined Highmoor Nursery in January 2019 as the housekeeper.

I have an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare and have worked at other local settings prior to having my own two girls.


Eleanor Pragnell

I have been involved with Highmoor Nursery School as my Mum has owned it since 2007. I run the Babes in the Woods Stay & Play sessions and also work at The Highmoor Crèche.

I work at Highmoor Nursery when needed or during holiday club sessions. In addition I work part time in Marketing at IKEA. I am DBS checked, paediatric first aid, safeguarding and food hygiene qualified.

In my free time I do a lot of babysitting for both nursery and non nursery families. I enjoy spending time with my friends, eating out and foreign holidays.