We are a professional and caring team of native German speakers, most with backgrounds in education and teaching.
All members of our team are carefully recruited and particularly selected for their suitability to work with children and their families. Usually two teachers are present throughout a session.
We are fully insured, are all CRB/DBS checked, and hold Paediatric First Aid and Food Safety and Hygiene certificates.
Anja – Founder/Director
Born and raised in Germany, I studied primary teaching before travelling as a professional percussionist through Europe, West Africa and the United States. After settling in the UK. I worked as a senior events and marketing manager and qualified as a nutritionist. Having become a mum, it was very important to me that my children grew up bilingual and I became involved in setting up the German Saturday School Brighton & Hove, which I co-chaired for four years.
During that time, the dream of creating a community of bilingual families was born. From that, grew the idea of setting up a German kindergarten. I opened the doors of our house in Kemptown for children in 2014 and four years later, we had grown so big that I looked for new premises. In the summer of 2018 my dream for a big, sunny new home for the Language Garden, surrounded by nature, came true and we moved to the beautiful old village school premises in Falmer.
Verena - Teacher
I grew up bilingual, speaking German and Farsi. I feel privileged to learn and understand different languages and to have access to a range of different cultures. I was able to experience this fully during my practical semester at an orphanage in Indonesia as part of my BA studies in Early Childhood Education in 2011.
Having travelled across different parts of the world, my journey has led me to Brighton, and I am excited to be a part of the Language Garden team. My personal and professional experience inspire me to support children as they reach a natural, comfortable level of bilingualism. Nature, music and art can help to achieve this, as well as physical activity. Learning in a playful and fun way takes away any kind of pressure, which I believe is also a very important aspect of their growth.
Jessica - Teacher
I moved to Brighton in 2018 from Bremen, Germany. I’ve loved being with young children ever since I was a babysitter in my teens. I started my working life in the restaurant world, where I completed an apprenticeship, but a few years later realised that I wanted to work with children so completed a second apprenticeship to become an Early Years Educator (Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin). Before moving to Brighton I worked as a social worker providing day-to-day support to young mothers. It’s wonderful to be a part of Language Garden team and to explore creative ways to help children to become bilingual.
Outside of work I love to travel and learn about other cultures. In my free time I love to cook, meet friends and play boardgames.
Daniela – Teaching assistant and chef
I grew up in Germany near Leipzig and worked in a bank in Bavaria for 12 years. After my children were born, I moved to Brighton and followed my passion for music by managing a live music venue in Kemptown.
Joining the team at the Language Garden has been an exciting career change. Having raised two boys, it’s wonderful to work with children professionally. My main responsibility is to prepare and cook healthy meals for the children, but I also spend time playing with them and reading books together, which I enjoy a lot.