Our staff make us special

Woodside Gan prides itself on our staff. Their love and care shines through.

We’re a close-knit, highly trained and experienced team.

We have a higher than average teacher-child ratio, meaning more individual focus by staff who really know your child’s needs.

Woodside Gan operates a key worker system, whereby each child is assigned one teacher who is responsible for their personal development. All members of staff get to know all the children very well and love and care for them, but it will be the key worker’s role to monitor, assess and plan for that child’s development in all areas of learning. The key person plans using the three ‘I’s.

1) Intent – what do I intend for this child to learn?

2) Implementation – how am I going to implement this?

3) Impact – how did this work and what can I do differently?

Using the three ‘I’s, the key worker is always thinking about what resources and what environments would best suit each of their key children. The key worker will also build up a strong relationship with the child’s parents. There are regular meetings held between the child’s key worker and parents, in addition to the two parents’ evenings Woodside Gan holds each year.

Meet our staff

Katie Finestone

Nursery Manager

Katie was appointed as manager in April 2023, and has quickly become part of the Woodside Gan family. She has a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Leadership for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce - Early Years (Advanced Practice) and Cache Course Level 3.

She was previously manager of Kids Will Be Kids, an Ofsted Outstanding nursery and before that Room Leader at Little Bicks nursery, both in Borehamwood.

Karin Lobetta

Karin Lobetta

Karin has worked at Woodside Gan for 7 years on a regular basis but has provided supply cover for us for 20 years before that, which makes her our longest standing staff member. Karin also has an NNEB level 3. She has worked in nurseries for all of her adult life and sent her own children to Woodside Gan.

Reka Palfi

Reka Palfi

Reka has worked at Woodside Gan for 4 years and has Early Years Teacher Status.

Caroline Raivid

Caroline Raivid

Caroline has been working at Woodside Gan for 4 years and also provided supply cover before that. Caroline has also sent her sons to Woodside Gan and has a City and Guilds qualification in nursery and has worked in childcare for 22 years.

Dianne Amoils

Dianne Amoils

Dianne has worked in teaching for 10 years and at Woodside Gan for 4 years. She has a PGCE qualification in teaching.

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