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Early Years Teacher Ana Iglesias Ronda – Preston Park, Brighton

My name is Ana Iglesias Ronda and I joined Hopscotch in 2018. I hold an Early Years Education University Degree and I have been working with children since 2008.

I have a genuine passion for teaching and firmly believe in the importance of the early stages of children’s development. I encourage them to explore and build on their learning through a wide range of experiences, respecting their own rhythms. One of my main aims is to offer children a fun and rich learning environment creating a space where they can feel loved and confident.

In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, cooking, listening to music, traveling and spending time with my friends and family.


Nizells Early Years Teacher Alice Palmer

Early Years Teacher Alice Palmer – Nizells Avenue,  Hove

My name is Alice Palmer and I am the Early Years Teacher for the Nizells Avenue nursery, I joined Hopscotch in 2014. I hold a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and have achieved Early Years Teacher Status.

At nursery I love supporting the children to develop through play and seeing their sense of achievement when I have taught them new skills. My strengths are teaching children early reading and numeracy through phonetics and mathematics.



Portland Road Early Years Teacher Clare Patterson

Early Years Teacher  Clare Patterson – Portland Road, Hove

My name is Clare Patterson and I have worked at Hopscotch since 1998. I am a qualified Early Years Teacher at our nursery in Portland Road, Hove and work with the pre-school children where my favourite activities are messy play and music. I spent the first four years at our Preston Park nursery before transferring to Portland Road in 2002. During my time at Hopscotch I have been responsible for providing a classroom that is warm and welcoming, with activities that inspire and stimulate both the children and adults. I have also guided and trained many trainee staff through their studies on their way to gaining their NVQ qualifications.


Portland Road Early Years Teacher Clare PattersonEarly Years Teacher  Louise Penry – Peacehaven

My name is Louise Penry. I joined Hopscotch in 2008 and I am the Early Years Teacher at our Peacehaven nursery. I have achieved my BA Degree in Professional Studies and Learning Development. In March 2010 I also achieved my Early Years Professional Status. I have attended many training courses over the years but more recently completed Makaton, Fire Marshall and Summative Assessment training.




Lauren Brown Early Years Teacher Lauren Brown – Seaford

My name is Lauren Brown and I joined Hopscotch in 2014. I am the Early Years Teacher at our Seaford Nursery and hold a First Class Honours Degree in Professional Studies in Primary Education and Qualified Teacher Status.  I love to make the children’s play and learning as fun and creative as possible, for example, creating exciting and inviting outdoor maths opportunities.  I also make story-telling fun with props and role-play.




 Early Years Teacher Christine Serna – Hove Station

My name is Christine Serna and I joined Hopscotch Hove Station in 2017. I have worked in Early Years for over 20 years, initially qualifying as a Montessori teacher, before moving to a pre-school. I have worked in a primary school heading up their nursery and in full day-care.  I hold Early Years Teacher status and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Education & Training Studies.
I particularly enjoy extending children’s learning and supporting their problem solving skills. This supports their independence whilst laying the foundation of life skills and creating a love of learning ready for their school life.
In my own time I enjoy the company of my family and spend my time gardening, walking, DIY and learning how to upholster furniture.

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