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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.

Tino Harding
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

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.

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.


Early Years Practitioner

My name is Tino, I'm 19 and started working at the nursery on a work placement whilst studying my Level 3 Childcare qualification. I have now passed and am fully qualified and looking forward to a bright future working in this lovely environment whilst making the children safe and content. I do love to see their happy smiles every day.

Isla Grant

Apprentice Early Years Assistant

I have been with Jelly Beans for just over a year now and and I am coming close to achieving my level 2 qualification in childcare. Since being here I’ve found a love for the Montessori way and have just starting my Level 2 Montessori qualification. I really enjoy watching the children progress. I wanted to work with children since growing up with my 2 younger brothers and cousins. I love our outside space and think each and every member of staff is warm and welcoming. I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my spare time.

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Ellie Musicka

Early Years Practitioner

I am level 3 qualified in Child Care and I am enjoying getting to know all the children and helping them develop.

Ellie-Anne Woolley
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