All About Us

Michelle Crosby is the owner and manager of Summer House.

Michelle became an Early Years Teacher (Qualified Teacher Status) in July 2014. She also holds a BSc Honours Degree. Her previous career was as a Chartered Surveyor working in commercial property development. After working again part time in property when her eldest daughter was small, she then decided to look into options for starting a childcare business. When Michelle’s youngest daughter was around 18 months old, in 2010, Michelle and her assistant started to look after children at her home in Southfields.

“I always loved the company of small children. My grandmother once said that the happiest time of her life was when her children were little. Since starting our own family I can totally appreciate what she was talking about. So looking after and helping children grow and love life is where I’m at. I just wish I’d done it sooner. My parenting and teaching style is relaxed, with as much emphasis on fun as possible.” Michelle 2010

Elisabet (Eli) is the Deputy Manager at Summer House and holds a Five Year Bachelors Degree in English Philology and a Three Year Teaching Degree in Early Years Education plus an Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Childhood Education. She holds Early Years Qualified Teacher Status. Prior to joining Summer House, Eli worked for 8 years as the Head Nursery Teacher in a large nursery, working with children from 0 to 3 years old, in Almeria in the south of Spain before coming to London to work first as a nanny and then a year later at Summer House.

Michelle completed the Early Years Teaching Programme in July 2014. Early Years Teacher (EYT) is a professional accreditation endorsed by the Government for graduate practitioners who can demonstrate a set of professional standards and which recognises their expertise as practitioners and professional leaders. Early Years Teachers are specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. They are graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high quality practice in early years settings.