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Monica ValraniCEO - Ladybird Nursery & Early Learning Centre

Monica Valrani is dedicated to the pursuit of educational excellence for young children. Having herself received a gold-standard education at Badminton, one of the UK’s leading independent schools, Monica went on to pursue a diploma and graduate with distinction in Montessori Teaching before going on to work as a Montessori directress in the Gulf Montessori Nursery in 1997. Ten years on and Monica became the principal of Dubai’s Tiny Home Montessori Nursery, managing its day-to-day running and overseeing the nursery’s growth. Under her guiding vision the nursery expanded its facilities to include an indoor play area complete with children’s gymnastics programme, as well as a garden planting area and Arabic and French teaching programmes.The following year saw Monica take on her current role of CEO at the hugely popular Ladybird Nursery and subsequently oversee the merger of Tiny Home Montessori and Ladybird Nurseries. In addition to overseeing the management of the nurseries and charting out the nurseries expansion, she is responsible for ensuring that Ladybird nurseries comply with government regulations and maintain an ethos that is always centred around the child.

Priscilla PalmerPrincipal, Jumeirah

Priscilla Palmer is the Principal of Ladybird Nursery, Jumeirah. She has been part of Ladybird’s wonderful journey for the past 20 years. As a qualified early years educator, she has worked with children of all age groups before obtaining a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health, Social Care, Children and Young People’s Services. She enjoys and thrives on the challenge that comes with every aspect of nursery life and is passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential. Priscilla is married with 3 children, the youngest being a former Ladybird student. She is a qualified pilot and an avid traveller.

Helen TaylorPrincipal, JVC

Helen Taylor Shaw is a qualified Montessori Teacher, holding an International Diploma from MCI London and an Early Years Foundation degree. She has worked with young children and in Early Years settings in her home country of England and has overseen early years’ settings for the past for 25 years both as a Head Teacher and a Manager. Helen has taught across the entire Early Years phase, from 6 months old babies to foundation stage children. Having previously taught and managed a Montessori nursery in Hong Kong and spent the last 10 years here in the UAE, Helen has vast experience in teaching children and working with parents of differing nationalities.

Leah O' NeillPrincipal, JVC

Leah has recently joined the team at Ladybird Nursery and is very excited to take up her new role as the principal of our JVC branch. She is passionate about early years education and has been teaching young children and working with parents in preschool and primary school settings for over twelve years. Leah is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and holds a postgraduate degree from Trinity College, Dublin. Since moving to Dubai four years ago, Leah has taught across the early years phase in the toddler classes, foundation stages and in year one. She is delighted to have recently completed a Master’s degree in Education at the British University in Dubai. As a strong advocate of inclusive education, Leah strives to ensure that every child is nurtured and supported within a positive learning environment that is encouraging, stimulating and fun. In her spare time, Leah loves to play the violin and has performed professionally throughout America, India and Ireland. She has previously worked as a music school coordinator for two years and holds a Leadership and Management Level 5 Diploma.