The Staff

Tejas Earp 

  • Proprietor and registered person;
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Health and Safety Officer

Mrs Tejas Earp has been running nurseries for over 25 years and has been the current owner of The Secret Garden Day Nursery since 2011.

Sophie Penaligon 

  • Manager
  • Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Behaviour Co-ordinator
  • Fire Marshall
  • Funding Co-ordinator
  • Health and Safety Officer

NVQ L 2 and 3 in early years care and education
NVQ L 4 Children’s care, learning and development
A1 Assessors award
BSc Honours Degree in Science
Level 2 and 3 Safeguarding/Paediatric First Aid/ Food Hygiene/SENCO and Behaviour management training
DBS Checked

Sadie Smith 

  • Deputy Manager
  • Toddler Room Leader
  • Deputy Safeguarding Officer
  • Link with other settings
  • Fire Marshall
  • Funding Co-ordinator

NVQ L3 Early Years Care and Education/ L3 Diploma in Management
Level 2and 3 Safeguarding/Paediatric First Aid /Food Hygiene/ DBS Checked


Charlotte Long 

  • Pre-School Room Lead Supervisor and Third person in charge

PGCE/ Master’s in education, Psychology BSc Honours Degree

Training Courses- Paediatric First Aid/ GDPR/ Fire Warden / Epi pen/ Safeguarding Level 2/ Prevent

Charlotte Videtta 

  • Baby Room Lead Supervisor

BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social care/ NVQ L3 Early Years Care and Education

Training Courses- Paediatric First Aid/ Level 2 in food safety & catering/ Early years working with babies training/ Safeguarding level 2/ Prevent training/ Epi Pen

Rachel Turner 

  • Nursery Nurse L3 – Pre-School
  • Link with other settings

NVQ L3 Early Years Care and Education/NVQ L 3 in Management
Level 3 Safeguarding/Paediatric First Aid /Food Hygiene/ DBS Checked

Charley Tribble 

  • Nursery Nurse L4 –Toddler Room Key Person
  • Funding Co-ordinator

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young people’s workforce/ Level 2 Safeguarding/ DBS Checked
Level 2 certificate for the children and young people’s workforce

Victoria walker 

Baby Room Lead Supervisor

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Education Studies/ Foundation Degree in Arts in Early Years
  • Level 3 BTEC National DIPLOMA IN Children’s care, learning and Development

Training Courses- Level 2 Safeguarding/Paediatric First Aid / Level 2 Food Safety and Catering

Jacqueline Caslin

  • Nursery cook

Level 2 NVQ food production and cooking

Level 2 Certificate in hospitality and catering principles

Level 2 certificate in cleaning and supporting services skills

Paula Combstock

Cleaner (2 nights a week)

Jessica Pepperell- Nursery Assistant L2 

DBS checked

NVQ L2 for the children and Young persons workforce

Training Course- Paediatric First Aid/ Safeguarding level 2/ Prevent training