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The Jelly Beans Pre School team
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Sarah Drummond
Poppy Drummond


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 taking care of our two horses.

I set up the popular Jelly Beans Nursery back in 2004, since when we have grown the Nursery and are very proud to be opening its sister Pre-school site based here at Plumberow Primary Academy.

Pre School Manager

I have been working at Jelly Beans for nearly ten years as it has been a part of my life since I was a child. My Mum, Sarah, started a small preschool in her living room, taught my sisters and me using the Montessori method, and began what was to be an amazing journey for Jelly Beans Montessori. Montessori is my passion. It has instilled in me a lifelong love of learning and the early years. I have always worked with children, either helping out at Jelly beans while I was at school, or working as a nanny while I was at Uni, and finally joining Jelly Beans permanently after I left. I completed my Early Years teacher training and Montessori qualifications shortly afterwards and have loved every minute of it. Supporting children with special educational needs is another passion of mine, and I have just finished a Masters in psychology. I’m looking to complete another masters in Montessori Education next year. 

Jess Moore

Deputy Manager

I joined Jelly Beans at Plumberow in September 2017 as a pre-school apprentice. I have a level 2 and 3 qualification in childcare and I am currently completing my Montessori course. I have always wanted to work with children since I was younger and become a children nurse. After working at Jelly Beans I have discovered I want to work in a pre-school with children between the ages of 2 and 4. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and spending time with my family.


Deb Chalk

Early Years Practitioner

I have worked in Hockley pre-schools since 2005, and I joined Jellybeans Montessori in
October 2016. In July 2020, I qualified as an Early Years Educator (Cache Level 3) in
Montessori Pedagogy. I have 3 children, all boys, the youngest at secondary school and the eldest two are now fine young adults, but still all living at home! I enjoy watching and being involved in the children’s activities and just having fun whether its messy play, singing or reading stories together.


Stacey Haunton

SEN Assistant

I am a mum of 3 children from 5yrs-15yrs. I have worked with children 0-16yrs since 2008. I have always felt that I have a natural empathy towards children and their parents. I have ranged from working with children with SENCO  to children in care. To see a child thrive and obtain goals is what makes my job so rewarding. My hobbies are spending time with my family and walking our dog Penny. 

Mel Bartlett

Early Years Practitioner

I joined Jelly Beans at the beginning of January 2018 after working for 10 years with Tumble Tots, during which time I studied and gained my Level 2 Childcare qualification. I have recently started studying for my Montessori teacher qualification.  I’m very excited to be part of the team and it’s been lovely getting to know the children and work with them each day. I live locally with my husband, daughter and two lively Jack Russell’s and enjoy spending time on family dog walks, cinema, going to the theatre and listening to music.

Erika Reddick

SEN Assistant

I am proud to have been part of the Jelly Beans team since 2022. I am a mum and have a passion for helping children develop to their full potential. My daughter has SEN needs which started my interest in education that would help my understanding of her needs and her self-development. My qualifications include Level 3 Special Educational Needs and I am currently studying Early Years and Childcare Provision (Level 3).

When I am not at work I am mostly with my family enjoying our time together. I also like taking our dogs for walks and canicross.

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Chloe French

Early Years Practitioner

I have always had a passion to work with children and knew this was what I wanted to do when I left school . I gained my NVQ Level 2 and 3 in childcare and have  now worked in childcare for nearly 14 years. I have a 10 year old daughter who attends Plumberow primary. In my spare time I enjoy spending  time with my friends and family, also having movie nights with my daughter and going down to adventure island. 

Sara Green

Early Years/Lunch Assistant

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