Meet Our Nursery Team
Hi, I am Eileen, I have spent my entire career, with wholehearted passion, setting up, establishing & running good quality playgroups & nurseries across London. I hold an army of qualification's & never tire of learning new things. I set up Mara in Oct 2020 and have a beautiful smaller setting in Covent Garden which is Ofsted rated 'Outstanding'. I have 6 children of my own and am a Nana. I love travelling, so we have ventured to 60 plus countries. My vision for Mara is to create a home away from home, which is welcoming, supportive and where children have the best experiences of their early years.
Hello! My name is Miriam, I am the Admin Assistant at Mara. I have worked as an assistant for many years at various different companies, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Henderson Global Investors. I live in Whetstone with my three children, husband and our cat, Cookie. I love running and outdoor swimming.
Hello, I'm Robyn. I work in the Elderberries room as the Room Leader. I qualified with my Level 3 childcare in 2013 and have been working in nursery's ever since. I am a very creative person, and a child at heart, so working in a nursery creates lots of opportunities to explore my creativity and imagination while providing every child with an exciting, memorable and educational experience through their early years journey. I currently live at home with my Mum and Dad and younger Brother. I have two cats named Garfield and Rosie, and a ferret named Lily. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, having game nights with them, rebuilding cars with my Dad, learning to sew with my Nan and have recently found a passion for gardening. I enjoy learning new things and am always looking for opportunities to further my skills and knowledge.
Hello Everyone, My name is Paras and I have been a Childcare Practitioner since 2008. I started as a qualified level 3 childminder when my children were 10yrs and under. My three are now lovely young adults, one working, university and last year of A levels. I have known Eileen for a few years now and it is a pleasure to have joined Mara Nursery and the brilliant team she has built. Outside from the nursery, you will find me cooking, baking and enrolled with my other passion of Interiors. We also eagerly await when we can socialise again, restaurants, theatres re-open and also dance classes. Mine and my husbands’ latin and ballroom has become very rusty. I hope to meet you soon at Mara.
Hi! My name is Coral, and I’ve worked within the early years setting for over 3 years now. The first nursery I worked in was a Montessori nursery. I then began working at Turtles Nursery (also owned by Eileen) in Covent Garden. I love Eileen’s way of teaching children as it’s very much based around the children and letting them explore and experience new things freely and I believe that’s what it’s all about!
Hello my name is Claude, most of my background has been corporate, however, a few years ago I decided to take a child practitioner course and I am so glad that I did. I have always enjoyed working with children. Over the last few years I have worked in another nursery, volunteered in schools and helped to set up a toddler group and youth club under a voluntary basis in my spare time. I am a Director of a Media Installations company which is my family's business, however every opportunity I get I go into Mara as I enjoy being with the children and the staff are amazingly dedicated. My husband and I have six children between us and I only wish Mara was around when our children were little. Mara has created an amazing space for children to learn through exploration. The care and attention devoted to these children warms my heart and I am so proud to be part of this team. My hobbies are gardening and interior design and my passion is helping others.
Hello, I’m Jerleen. I went to University and studied Law and Business but my passion has always been with children. I have previously worked at Barracudas which is a holiday camp, as well as doing babysitting and nannying between my studies. I feel like I am finally in my element working in the early years setting as I am a child at heart, which has helped me to bond with the children at Mara. I enjoy learning new things and endeavouring in new challenges. From a young age I have always had the motivation to support others to achieve their goals and help them to develop within education and their wellbeing. Having the opportunity to work with children on a daily basis will enable me to help them to achieve their independence and reach their milestones. When I’m not at work I enjoy cooking, and spending time with my friends, family and dog Anna.
Hi, my name is Shyma. I am 16 years old and currently a student at city and Islington college, completing my level 3 in childcare and education. I am the middle child in my family and have three brothers and one older sister. I am so happy that I got the opportunity to do my work experience in this nursery, as I learn new things everyday I am here and have the best time with the children in the nursery.
My name is Sue, I am the Quality Assurance Officer at Mara Nursery. I have been working in Early Years my entire life in a wide range of roles, to name but a few – Nursery Nurse, Teacher, Advisory Teacher, Governess, Nanny, Head of Children’s Centre. I have moved around a lot in my life – 22 times! I am now settled (I hope) in Barnet. I love working with young children you can never have a bad day when you are with them, your troubles evaporate as you talk and laugh together. I have had a lot of pets over the years but currently a dog and chickens. No matter how great a nursery is we always strive to do better and I look forward to working with the Mara family to achieve this.
Hi my name is Bonnie, I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in Early Years, so once I completed college I took on the role as an Early Years Apprentice, I loved the idea of learning on the job, ten years later I am now a Senior Nursery Nurse, with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood, Play Work and Education. I am also a mother to two lovely children, this has enabled me to experience nurseries from both viewpoints, the practitioner and the parent, this inside experience helps me to understand the feelings and needs of parents and children when using nurseries, I have a keen interest in learning through play and exploration as well as using nature to enhance children’s learning. The nurturing, warm feel and the emphasis on following children’s interests really drew me to Mara Nursery, I am excited to start my journey at Mara and looking forward to getting to know you all.
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Hi, My name is Jade. I’m level 3 qualified and have a strong passion for working with children. I knew from a young age that working with children is something I’d love to do. I find working with children very rewarding and I enjoy being a part of their growth and being a support system for them to reach their milestones. I’ve previously worked at nurseries which I thoroughly enjoyed. Mara nursery really drew my attention because of how beautifully set up it is and how the children’s interest are always at heart. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with family, I enjoy cooking and also anything creative.
Hello, I’m Ramla. I am studying Biological Science at University, but my passion has always been working with children. Before I started studying Biological science I completed my Level 2 childcare qualification and I’ve worked in different nurseries as well as babysitting. Now that I have been given the opportunity to work with children again on daily basis this will allow me to help them with their development and reach their milestones. In my free time I enjoy watching TV and spending time with my sisters.
Hello my name is Awo, I’m currently studying child nursing at University. I chose to do this course because of my love for children. I started nannying for my nieces and nephews and soon after my Mum told me that our local neighbours wanted a baby sitter for the night and it all snow balled from there! I grew up with 9 siblings and a lot of nieces and nephews. I am a big child at heart and it shows when I’m with the children. I am so thrilled to be part of the Mara Community as it gives me the opportunity to showcase my skills and provide every child with an existing, memorable and educational experience throughout their early years.
Hi there, I am Zoi, I am a nursery assistant practitioner and I am loving it! For 12 years of my life I was a lawyer working in big firms or as a freelance. I fluently speak 4 languages and I have lived in 6 different countries! My daughter’s birth in 2019 made me realise that there is nothing that brings me more joy than being with children! I started baby sitting and then I joined Mara Nursery. I love the approach Mara is taking with children, giving them the space to explore, learn and achieve goals, exactly what my daughter loves doing! When I’m not at work, I enjoy taking long walks, inventing new games for my daughter and being with friends and family!
Hello, I’m Lauren. I went to college for two years to study Childcare and Education as I have always had a passion for working with children. As part of my childcare and education course I attended a placement at a nursery and primary school as well as babysitting, this is when I fell in love with working with children and knew I wanted to work in an early years setting. From a young age I have wanted to support others and be a part of children’s learning and development. Having the opportunity to work in Mara nursery will allow me to develop the children’s independence and allow me to help them to reach their developmental milestones. When I am not working I enjoy baking, spending time with friends, family and my cat snowball.
Hello, I’m Kéja-Kyra. I started my journey at a young age, babysitting for family and family friends. Children have always taken to me and childcare has always been a passion for me, so I went to college and studied Health and Social Care. I always knew I wanted to work with children and actually had my sights set on being a Midwife. I soon learnt that I am a practical learner so at the age of 17 I completed my Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children and Young peoples workforce, this is where my passion was ignited and began to grow. I then moved on to work at Clowns Day Nursery, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated nursery. At Clowns I completed my Level 3 qualification, from here there was no stopping me. Although I had a part time job while studying for my level 3 and working a 40 hour week, I could never get tired of seeing the children, everyday is unpredictable. I then went on to University to study Health and Social Care to further my knowledge and understanding in Child care. I also have experience in being a Nanny. Next in store for me was working at Mara Nursery! I couldn’t be happier with this Mara Nursery and the team I work with. I am a big kid at heart and I love creative and messy play, challenging children’s abilities and teaching them new skills. It really fills my heart with joy when i see a child progressing and achieving with my help and support. Apart from work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, doing spontaneous activities and outing and sleeping.
Hi there, I'm Claudia and I am a nursery practitioner here at Mara Nursery. I am originally from Colombia, but I have been living in London since 2011. I have a degree in Speech therapy and I am practitioner level 3. I have worked in different bilingual nurseries in London teaching Spanish to children as a second language. I am very excited to start working here at Mara's Nursery because it is a great opportunity to improve my English as a second language haha. The nursery staff and the children have welcomed me with open arms and I love to see the approach of the nursery towards the children's learning and development. They learn freely, taking advantage of the different spaces available. Finally, I love working with children because this jobs allows me to actually make a change in the world by helping raise loving and caring individuals.
Hi my name is Justyna. I am an Early Years Practitioner. I also have a Masters Degree in Pedagogy. But for a few years I was following my other passion floristry, I had my own florist shop. After giving birth to my first child I decided to spend more time with my son, which was amazing. After moving to UK, my son started nursery, and I was really surprised how different Early Years education was to Poland. It was so amazing for me that I decided to study Child Care. I gained my qualifications and then I had my second child. I applied for the job in Mara Nursery because, I love their approach, It is beautiful and welcoming setting. I love working with children and I am very passionate about children's learning and development. I am excited when they learn new skills. I love spending time with my family, exploring new places together, making memories which makes me very happy.