Our Team

Eleanor Josephine Granger

Director and Nursery Manager

I am the Co-Founder and Manager of Highview Montessori Day Nursery.

My passion for Montessori education started 15 years ago when I first set foot in a Montessori classroom. I was blown away by the beautifully arranged and buzzing environment, where all the children seemed fully engaged and happy, given independence and freedom of choice. 

That is where my journey began and I have been an Early Years Educator ever since. 

I gained my Montessori qualifications through AMI (Association Montessori International) and MCI (Montessori Centre International), both internationally acclaimed Montessori training centres in London. After completing my level 4 diploma in Montessori Pedagogy I completed a Foundation Degree in Montessori Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies through London MET in partnership with MCI.

I was brought up in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy by my English mother and German/Austrian father. Growing up in a multicultural family, I was exposed to a variety of languages, traditions, and perspectives from a young age. This instilled in me a deep appreciation for diversity and a desire to learn more about different cultures. 

I believe that every child has the potential to succeed, and that it’s our job as educators to create an environment that fosters their growth and development. By providing children with the tools they need to learn and grow, we can help them achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. 

I’m excited to continue my journey as an educator and leading a setting that will contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of children. 

Thomas Maynard      Director

Thomas is Co-Founder of Highview Montessori. His constant support and encouragement have been pivotal into making the dream of opening a nursery become reality. Thomas is Property Director for a well renowned restaurant chain and helps with the Finance and Maintenance of the nursery. You may see him around if something needs fixing.

Dominique Knoesen

Deputy Manager and SENCO Lead

Dominique is our Deputy Manager and SENCO Lead. 

She holds a Montessori National Diploma NQF5 in Montessori and Early Years Education and has recently devoted her time to learning more about children with Special Educational Needs.

Dominique has a passion for working with children and finds joy in giving the children in her care the best possible start to their education. 

She was born and raised in South Africa where she studied child-centered play therapy and Montessori education. 

Dominique has vast experience working and managing Montessori settings in South Africa and the UK, where she moved to in 2020. 

She appreciates and recognises different cultures and backgrounds and is committed to ensuring that all children are given equal opportunities in their learning environments

Her joyful nature, commitment and passion for working within early years make an excellent contribution to our setting.


Grace Shephard

 Nursery Teacher


Grace holds an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education and has been working with children since 2017. She has experience in early years settings, nurseries and working as a nanny. She is eager to continue her professional development.

Grace loves how the Montessori approach helps children strive and develop with great independence and confidence. She is a passionate teacher who thrives in an lively atmosphere as it suits her bubbly personality. 

Grace is a friendly and approachable person and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the children in her care are safe, happy and engaged in their learning. She values and promotes inclusivity and equal opportunities. 

Grace was born and raised in Enfield and is of Irish, Scottish and Norwegian descent. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staffing and ratio requirements. 

Children under 2 : 1 staff to 3 children

2 year old : 1 staff to 5 children

3 years + : 1 staff to 8 children

We aim to have at least 50% of our staff with a minimum Level 4 Montessori Early Years Qualification and all of our staff Level 2 in Early Years or above. 

Information on qualifications and experience regarding all our staff members will be provided to you upon request.

All our staff members receive training in Safeguarding children, Pediatric First Aid and Food and Hygiene