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The Jelly Beans Nursery team
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Sarah Drummond

Head and Founder

After giving birth to my eldest daughter, Poppy, I decided to leave my career in the music business and prepare for parenthood by becoming a Montessori Teacher. Over 20 years ago and two more daughters later, Jemima and Sophie, I have never looked back! The sheer joy of being able to nurture a child's natural inquisitiveness and expand his/her horizons is so rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my family, going to the theatre, music, walking the family dog and looking after our two horses.

I set up Jelly Beans in 2004 and today I am delighted that we have grown the Jelly Beans family into a busy and popular Nursery.

Lisa Oxenham

HR/Office Manager

I have lived in Hockley for the past 15 years but recently moved out to the countryside of Stambridge. I have three children ranging from the age of 8 up to 24 years old. I achieved a Degree in European Business after leaving school and I have been working in education for the past 17 years in various roles including teaching, learning support, pastoral administration and more recently a PA within an Academy Trust. Outside of the office I am very involved with my local church as well as enjoying time with my family, friends and my 3 rather large dogs.

Heidi Tunbridge
Georgina Curtin

Room Leader

I am the Room Leader for the Santa Maria room based at the Day Nursery. I have an NVQ Cache Level 3 in childcare and have been working in childcare for 5 years now. Prior to that I helped look after children within two families aged between 2 and 7 years when I got the opportunity to work overseas.

I love working with children and I enjoy watching their personalities develop and flourish. I'm a big kid at heart so I really connect with the children. I'm also an auntie to 2 nieces of 5 months and 1 year and 2 nephews of 12 and 3 years. 

in my spare time I love to catch up with friends, see my family, go swimming and read a good book. 

I look forward to meeting you!

Judy Harrop


I am the Manager at the Day Nursery, level 5 qualified in childcare and have looked after children 0-14 years for the last 20 years.

I am currently undertaking the level 2 Montessori course and I can't wait to share what I am learning with all the children.

Lunch/Early Years Assistant

I have lived In Rochford for 6 years with my husband and  two daughters Molly 10 and Florence 7.  I also have two fur babies, my cats Loki and Fifi.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

I love working at Jelly Beans and seeing all the children growing individually every day is so rewarding.

Demi Dawson
Ellie-Anne Woolley

Apprentice Early Years Practitioner (currently on maternity leave)

I am an apprentice working towards getting my Level 2&3 Childcare qualifications. I have always wanted to work with children and am excited to be developing my knowledge and gaining experience each day. Outside of work I love to go on long walks with my partner and dogs and also love to spend time with family and friends. 

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