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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.

Sophie Mabey
Fiona Pittard

Early Years Practitioner

I have been working with children for over 13 years within the Hockley area. I decided to study childcare when my daughter was little and I’m so glad I did as it’s such a rewarding career and I love seeing children learn and develop their skills. I joined Jelly Beans day nursery in November last year and I feel proud to be part of such a great team. I have a level 2 and 3 qualification in childcare. 

I have two children aged 15 & 19 and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks with my dogs, love music and watching a good film or series. 

Coral Papagravriel

Deputy Manager

My name is Miss Coral.
I have been working in the childcare sector for nearly 30 years. I have 3 grown up children and currently 3 grandchildren.
My first qualification in childcare I completed in 1996, and from there I have completed many various short courses to keep my knowledge up to date. Then in 2010 I updated my childcare qualification and as I was enjoying the challenge, I continued to study. In 2014 I obtained my Early
Years Teacher Status, and the following year I completed my BA Honours Degree in Early Years.
I am passionate about seeing babies and young children grow and develop. I find it exciting and rewarding when I see them do something new. I love the fact that I have been there to help them achieve their potential.
In my spare time I enjoy seeing live music and having holidays with my husband in our campervan.
I am looking forward to helping your children grow and develop when they are at the Nursery.

Caitlin Evans

Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Hi I'm Caitlin and I'm doing a apprenticeship at the moment.  studying for my level 2. Working with children has always been a major thing for me and I've always done work experience within a childcare setting.  I'm a very talkative person and I love making people smile and laugh. Outside of work I'm also a dancer and I've been dancing for 15 years. I've helped out my dance teacher with camps over the past 2 years with our little stars  and once I've achieved my level 2 and 3 qualification I would like to focus on working with children with special educational needs to help them become more independent.


Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Gen Booth

Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Miss Gen, I am currently doing my level 2 apprenticeship and I am really enjoying being with all the children and watching them grow and learn and also learning about the Montessori approach. I especially like doing the Pink Tower with the children as it is so nice watching and helping them to start learning about the different sized cubes that are used in the tower.

Shan Britten

Early Years Practitioner

 I have been in childcare for over 20 years working with all the different age ranges from 0 to 8 year olds, and with children with Additional Needs and I have enjoyed watching them all meet their own full potential.

I am just about to embark on studying for my Montessori Degree.

Demi Dawson

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. 

Ellie-Anne Woolley
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