It takes a big heart to shape little minds

Sharon Dwyer

Co Manager & Proprietor

Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer

I have over 30 years experience working in childcare. I hold a BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies, as well as an NNEB certificate and certificates in Makaton, Early Talk Boost and Small Circles. I am the nursery SENCO and have training and experience working with children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I strive to use my training daily to support the children in my care. I enjoy seeing children achieving their full potential, learning new skills and building new friendships. I love working with children and I am passionate about supporting children with additional needs. No day is the same and I love coming to work. 

I have enjoyed working at Alban Pre-School for over 10 years, becoming the Manager and Proprietor in 2019, and where I am currently the Co-Manager with my colleague Valmira. I am the nursery Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer.

Valmira Celaj

Co Manager

Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead

I hold a CACHE Level 3 in Early Years, I have over 6 years experience working as an Early Years Practitioner. I am a nursery Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead. I have experience working with chlidren who have Autism. I am qualified for Paediatric first aid. After 5 years working at Alban Pre-School, I took one year to improve my skills and knowledge in a different role. I have come back believing that children are powerful learners driven by curiosity and interest. As an educator, I challenge myself on a daily basis to respond to the individual development and learning needs of the children engaging them through activities, meaningful expereinces and purposeful play.

Lily Rowland

I am currently studying for my Level 5 Early Years Foundation Degree. This is my third year here at Alban Pre-School. Outside of Alban, I have achieved my lifeguarding qualification where I teach young children how to swim. I have also acquired my Paediatric first aid certificate. I have always enjoyed being able to help younger children and I wish to continue this here at Alban Pre-School where I have learnt the importance of children's development during these early years.

Sarah Lilley


I have recently joined Alban Pre-School as a nursery assistant. I will be attending college in September to study Level 3 in Childcare. Previously, I have 10 years experience working in a mainstream primary school as a teaching assistant and a learning mentor. This involved supporting all children, including children with additional needs.

I also have many years expercence as as city and guilds qaulified pastry chef. My passion is to bring my skills and experience to Alban Pre-School to have fun cooking and learning life skills with the children. 

Dawn Lilley


I  am a CACHE Level 2 Early Years Practitioner. I joined Alban Pre-School 2 years ago, following a deliberate career transition.


I love working with children and look forward to supporting them to achieve their goals and to watch their personal development grow.


We regularly take students from Barnet and Southgate College as part of their work based practice development skills.