About Us

Sunflower Montessori Kindergarten

We offer education and care for children aged from 2 years until the start of school. Sunflower Montessori Kindergarten is located in Hutton, Brentwood, Essex and have been operating within Hutton Poplars since 1985.

Our children participate in various imaginative and creative activities that effectively support their learning and development.

Our children are confident, self-assured, highly motivated, eager to learn and well-behaved.

Our team of warm and friendly staff ensures children feel welcome, comfortable and safe in their learning environment.



Our aim is to:

Provide high quality care and education for every child in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.

Enhance the development and education of the children under statutory school age in a parent-involving, community based group.

Work within a framework that ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.

Offer the children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.


We offer your child:

A specially tailored Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum helping children attain the early learning goals

Individual care and attention made possible by high ratio of adults to children

Positive relationships working with parents and carers

Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the activities of the group and in your child’s progress

Montessori approach to education alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum

Our Team

Our team of professionally trained and highly experienced practitioners led by the Manager would allow each child to develop and learn at his or her own pace.

We believe in the distinct contribution that all our staff brings to the setting. All members of staff have excellent knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Children are well supported by members of staff which is attributable to their understanding of child development.

We have regular staff meetings as well as series of internal and external training sessions to enhance continuous professional development.

All members of staff hold appropriate Montessori or Early Years qualifications as well as Paediatric First Aid, Food Health and Hygiene, Child Protection and Health and Safety qualifications. All members of staff have enhanced DBS check.


Our Kindergarten Team

Anthonia Fasae – Operations Manager

Anthonia has over 12 years experience working in early years education. She has worked as nursery nurse, pre-school supervisor, reception class teacher and education advisor with local authorities and charity organisations. She is passionate about children and the quality of childcare provision.

She has a Bachelors degree (Honours) in Microbiology and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield. She is a qualified Early Years Professional (EYPS). She has completed various short courses including Safeguarding and Child Protection; Prevent Duty, Health & Safety, Paediatric First Aid training and Food & Hygiene training.

She is responsible for the day to day management of the setting and carries out oversight functions working with the Practitioners to ensure the delivery of high quality care. She is also the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) for the setting.

Janet Youkhana – Deputy Manager

Janet has worked at Sunflower for over 9 years. She has a diploma in International Montessori and completed various short courses including Maths in the Early Years, Letters & Sounds, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Paediatric First Aid training.

Janet is highly experienced and she is the Deputy Manager as well as the Behavioural Management Officer.

Michelle Seaman

Michelle has worked at Sunflower for over 6 years. She has Level 3 qualification in Childcare. She has completed various short courses including Safeguarding, Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid training and Health & Safety training.

Michelle is the Health and Safety Officer.

Donna Fitzpatrick

Donna has several years experience working with children. She has Level 3 qualification in Childcare. She has completed various short courses including Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Paediatric First Aid training. Donna joined the team in 2016.

Sarah Douglas

Sarah has several years experience working with children across early years settings and schools. She has Level 3 qualification in Childcare. She has completed various short courses including Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Paediatric First Aid training. Sarah joined the team in 2018.

Sandra Fitzgerald

Sandra has Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare. She has completed various short courses including Safeguarding and Child Protection; Prevent Duty; Health & Safety and Paediatric First Aid training. Sandra joined the team in 2018.

Our Local Offer

Sunflower Montessori Kindergarten aims to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We are supported by the local authority to ensure all children, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in the pre-school.

We work with all professionals as required for each child and encourage them to visit the setting. If required, we will contact and work with the Essex County Council Early Years Support team. We will always obtain parental consent before doing so and we will include parents in all decisions made and in every meeting.

Our staff continue to receive and refresh their training as part of their continuous professional development. All staff have Early Years Qualifications or are working towards them and attend on-going training in SEND, promoting positive behaviour and English as an additional language.

For more information on our local offer, please speak to us or you can request for a copy of our policy.
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