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
  • Deputy 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


Briony Whing

  • Pre-School Room Lead

Primary Art and Design Bachelor of Education/ Qualified Teacher Status /Level 2 Safeguarding/ DBS Checked

Holly Cole

  • Nursery Nurse L3 – Baby Room Lead

NVQ L2 and L3 Early Years Care and Education/ Level 3 Diploma in Management
Paediatric First Aid /Food Hygiene/Level 2 Safeguarding/ DBS Checked

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 L3 –Bank Staff

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

Sarah Loosley

  • Nursery cook

DBS checked
Two year general catering with City and Guilds/ Food Hygiene Level 2/ Child safeguarding

Paula Combstock

Cleaner (2 nights a week)