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The Jelly Beans Open Air Pre-school team

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Sarah Drummond
Debbie Gray

Rhian Wood

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.

Pre-School Manager

I am the deputy manager here at open air. I have been working with children for the past 20 years and I joined jellybeans in September 2018.   I am very passionate about working here, I love the outdoor environment and indoors feels like home.   Outside of work I enjoy family life I have 3 grown up children and 1 granddaughter.  I enjoy forest walks and beach walks with my cocker spaniel ‘Star’.  My hobby is boxercise. 

Deputy Manager

I joined Jelly Beans in October 2017 as an apprentice and I have recently achieved my Level 3 in Childcare. I wanted to work with children after going on to World Challenge expeditions in Morocco and Sri Lanka in 2013 & 2016. I had the opportunity to go to a local school to help rebuild classrooms, teach the children about the different culture as well as learning about their culture.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and going on adventures.

Holli Callaghan

Early Years Practitioner/SENCO

My 4 year old son attends Jelly Beans and has done from the age of 2 and half . We instantly found a love for the Montessori approach and he has excelled on a daily basis. I come from a Special Educational Needs school of 12 years starting here after qualifying with my Level 3 in childcare. I then decided to do my higher learning teaching assistant (HLTA) and studied for my Bachelor of Arts Open Degree studying courses all around childcare. I also have makaton sign language training which I have started using at Jelly Beans to teach to the children how to do some sign language. 

I also have a 1 year old daughter and love spending time with my family and going on lots of different adventures . Family days are my favourite. I have worked with children from the age of 16 and strive to improve my learning along the way with lots of different opportunities . 


Liann Griffiths

Early Years Practitioner

I have worked in childcare for 13 years, starting of as a midday assistant in a primary school.  I progressed to working in a breakfast and afterschool club working my way up to being a supervisor.  I have worked within two nurseries, one being Jellybeans. I have my Certificate level 2 and 3 in play work.  I have two children aged 22 and 16.  I like walking my dog and meeting up with friends.

Marina Mills

Lunchtime Assistant

I am a Lunchtime Assistant at our Open Air setting and feel so proud to be part of the Jelly Beans team. Each staff member is so warm, welcoming and supportive towards the children and to one another. I live with my husband and at home we have 2 children. 1 boy who is 11 and a girl who is 7. We also have 2 miniature schnauzer dogs! We moved to Hockley in 2021 after living in East London for 37 years. I have 22 nieces and nephews so am used to being around lots of children and is what made me want to work with children as I have loved seeing them learn and grow! I enjoy spending my time with friends and family and taking the dogs for walks.

SEN Assistant

I am a SEN Assistant at Jelly Beans and have worked here since February 2022. I love the days I spend here, making each day fun and enjoyable for the children. As a parent of an autistic son, I understand the need to support our SEN children and provide them with a calm, comfortable and safe environment. At home, I live with my partner and am the proud mother to two boys, aged 11 and 6, as well as a miniature daschund called Violet. In my spare time, I love to go to concerts and take long walks in the country.

Carina Abrams

Isla Grant

Apprentice Early Years Assistant

I recently joined jelly beans and I am currently working towards my level 2 qualification in childcare. Since being here I’ve found a love for the Montessori way in our setting and 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 at open air and think each and every member of staff is warm and welcoming. I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my spare time.


Kay Stevens

SEN Assistant

I have worked for Jelly Beans since February 2022, working as a SEN supporting a young boy.  I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren.

I love working with children especially pre school.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs and spending time with my family.

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