Our Team

Our dedicated team of nursery practitioners are all well-qualified, trained and DBS checked, with references verified. They have had many years of experience in nurturing young minds and delivering creative and stimulating learning experiences.

Soni Valechha

The team is led by Soni who has a degree in Education Studies, a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and nine years of experience. Soni guides her team to aim for the highest levels of care and provision at all times, whilst ensuring that the children have fun on their learning journey.

Soni says:

“I started in this profession over 10 years ago and now, as Head of Nursery, I really enjoy leading a team. My joy comes from ensuring the nursery is running smoothly and both staff and children are happy. As a EYFS professional, I enjoy seeing the benefits through education and play when implemented. Always on hand, I am fully trained in first aid, safeguarding and health & safety. I’m a really social person, so when I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends."


Kayleigh Morrissey


Kayleigh is a Level 2 qualified Nursery Practitioner with seven years’ experience in the Early Years sector and is due to complete her Level 3 very soon.
Kayleigh says:
My passion lies in helping children achieve and develop their skills through my knowledge and experience. I enjoy building children’s confidence, supporting them to play and learn and being able to see children accomplish which makes me proud. My interests out of work are spending time with family, dancing and listening to music.

Jennifer Thomas


I have worked in childcare for over 25 years and therefore love to share ideas and experiences with the Duchess children and staff team. I oversee the curriculum for both under and over 3’s and my commitment and dedication to the nursery are seen through my activities and interaction with children, ensuring they are always happy and learning. My interests out of work are watching television, reading any interesting articles and listening to music and most of all exploring my environment around me.

Urvisha Dangi - Nursery Practitioner


Kayleigh is a Level 2 qualified Nursery Practitioner with seven years’ experience in the Early Years sector and is due to complete her Level 3 very soon.
Kayleigh says:
I enjoy working with children and ensuring they are safe at all times. I enjoy being part of their learning and also working with a wonderful team. I am a fully trained first aider and I am also safeguarded trained. My interests out of work are spending time with family and dancing.

Kayleigh Morrissey


Kayleigh is a Level 2 qualified Nursery Practitioner with seven years’ experience in the Early Years sector and is due to complete her Level 3 very soon.
Kayleigh says:
My passion lies in helping children achieve and develop their skills through my knowledge and experience. I enjoy building children’s confidence, supporting them to play and learn and being able to see children accomplish which makes me proud. My interests out of work are spending time with family, dancing and listening to music.