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The nursery management team

The senior management team has been carefully selected to include individuals who are passionate about the care and welfare of young children. This ensures that our nurseries are happy, nurturing and safe environments for children.

All of our Senior Management team started in the classroom working directly with the children and have worked their way up to where they are now.

Top level team

  • Philippa Townsend - CEO of Townsend Montessori Nurseries

    Philippa Vigor


    My name is Philippa Vigor, I am the founder and CEO of Townsend Montessori Nurseries Ltd. As a working mother of two girls, I know how important it is to feel happy and reassured when you drop off your child at nursery. My aim as CEO is to provide a chain of high quality day nurseries with friendly, caring and professional staff. The welfare and happiness of the children in our care is our number one priority.

  • Amy Turner - Townsend Montessori nurseries director of childcare

    Amy Turner

    Director of childcare

    I have been part of the team at Townsend Montessori Nurseries Ltd since 2009. My career in the Early Years began in 2002 and I have achieved a BA Honours in Early Years and Early Years Professional Status.

    I am very proud that Townsend Montessori Nurseries Ltd provides caring, safe and stimulating environments, enabling each child to grow and reach their full potential.

    I am fortunate to be able to use my passion for the early years on a daily basis and see children supported to become confident, independent and happy.

Awesome area managers

  • Tanya Alexander Townsend Montessori North Kent area manager

    Tanya Alexander

    North Kent area manager

    I have been working with Townsend Nurseries for 3 and 1/2 years. I supported the opening of the Maidstone branch as deputy manager and worked my way up to the position of Area manager, supporting the Maidstone, Faversham, Whitstable and Forest Hill Nurseries.

    At 16, I completed a placement at a special educational needs school in Maidstone, and childcare became my passion straight away. I've completed several courses and gained a lot of experience over the last 14 years and becoming a mum to my little boy has given me new understanding of what parents are looking for in a nursery.

    Townsend Montessori has enabled me to grow within my role and shares my passion to ensure childcare is to a high standard to support children develop and grow confidently to the best of their ability.

  • Anna Johnson - Townsend Montessori Thanet area manager

    Anna Johnson

    Thanet area manager

    I started at Townsend Montessori as a Room Supervisor and I have worked my way up over 9 years to become area manager for the Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate, Palm Bay and Herne Bay nurseries.

    I started an apprenticeship alongside College to gain my childcare qualification 17 years ago. I have recently completed my BA Honors, passing with a First Class Degree.

    My experience within my job and as a parent to two teenage children has enabled me to view my work from both a professional and a personal standpoint

    Working for Townsend Montessori has enabled my passion and motivation to grow and shape my career. Our dedication to improve the quality of childcare and learning experiences for children is mutually respected.

Super support team

  • Lyn Hodgson - Townsend Montessori HR manager

    Lyn Hodgson

    HR Manager

    I have been working within childcare as an administrator for several years and joined Townsend Montessori Nurseries in 2011 as office manager then taking on the role of HR Manager, my role is very varied and no two days are the same which I really enjoy.

    Within my role as HR Manager I am responsible for recruitment for all the settings and although I am based at head office I enjoy going around and visiting the nurseries talking to the staff and meeting all the children.

    I have two grown up children and a young Grandson who I adore spending time with and having fun.

  • Tracey Atkins - Townsend Montessori nurseries accounts manager

    Tracey Atkins

    Accounts Manager

    My name is Tracey Atkins and I have worked for the company for over 9 years. I have two children 11 year & 6 years.

    I am the Accounts Manager for all of our nurseries & my role is very varied, I take care off everything financial in relation to your parent accounts, procurement, and payroll to name but a few.

    I love working for a company who truly believes in providing great quality childcare in amazing settings giving the best learning experiences for all children. My daughter attended The Grange Montessori, she thoroughly enjoyed her time here and I believe her learning journey here has helped her with her start to school life.

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