Poppets Pre-School

Caring for your children

Meet the Poppets Staff

Our staff would like to tell you a little about themselves:-

Laura Phillips

Owner and Manager

I am the owner of Poppets​ Pre-School. I have worked in childcare for 21 years in many different roles; I have been a Childminder, Nursery Nurse, Learning Support Assistant and Wraparound Care Manager. I set up ​Poppets Pre-School in January 2009.

I have various childcare qualifications and in 2010 I completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years. I am the Safeguarding Lead for the pre-school.

I am married and have four children, Chloe (23), Jack (16), Harry (10) and Alfie (2) as well as two dogs called Woody and Lulu! I have lived in North Kingston all my life and went to a local pre-school and school.

I was fortunate enough to have had a very loving, happy childhood and try my hardest to provide the same for my own children. I base my care for the children at Poppets on what I would want as a mother and feel honoured that parents choose us to play a part in such a special time in their children’s lives.

As a parent of a child with additional needs I am very passionate about supporting any child with SEND. In recent years this has become a focus for Poppets and we are proud to care for a number of children with autism, speech and language difficulties and global developmental delays.

Angela Beazley-Long

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Angela Beazley-Long and I am a Deputy Manager. I have worked here for the past nine years and have a Level 3 qualification in Pre-school Practice and an up to date First Aid certificate.

I have lived in this area all of my life and actually went to Latchmere Primary School as a child, then onto Hollyfield Secondary School, where I met my husband. We have three children - Katie 24, George 22 and James 20. None of them are living at home at the moment; Katie lives with her friends in Hammersmith, George went to University in Cornwall and decided to stay, and James is completing his last year at Nottingham University studying Aeronautical Engineering.

We have a Labradoodle dog called Poppy, who is only two years old. We enjoy taking her for lots of lovely walks in this fantastic area, spending lots of time in Richmond Park or down by the river. I am also in charge of looking after the rabbits at Poppets and care for them during the school holidays.

I feel very privileged to work at Poppets and really enjoy my job. I love to see how the children grow in confidence and ability during their time with us. I am very proud of the importance role we play in their educational journey……also we have lots of fun!!

Chloe Phillips

Deputy Manager

​My name is Chloe, I am 23 years old, and I am the daughter of Laura Phillips (Owner of Poppets). I a​m a Deputy Manager and I have worked at Poppets for the past six years. I am currently the Child Protection Officer at Poppets and gained a Level 3 certificate in Safeguarding Children and Child Protection. I have a Level 5 qualification in Early Years, and I am in my final year of the Teaching and Learning degree at Kingston University. Whilst working at Poppets I have been able to obtain a variety of training qualifications, including Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food and Hygiene, Prevent Duty and FGM Awareness.

I live at home with my Mum, Dad and three younger brothers, Jack (16), Harry (10) and Alfie (2), two dogs and two cats.

I have lived in Kingston upon Thames my whole life, attending Latchmere Primary School and then Grey Court Secondary School. I studied Level 3 Fashion and Clothing at Kingston College and then decided to gain my childcare qualifications in 2018.

I thoroughly enjoy my role at Poppets and love to see the children flourish! I feel honoured that I am able to be a part of the children’s journey. I feel very passionately about supporting children with additional needs and speech and language needs, I strongly promote the use of Makaton signing!

Ella Beeler

Pre-School Practitioner

Hi! My name is Ella and I am 24 years old! 

I have a little girl, Ivy, who is three years old and attends Poppets! 

I recently joined the Poppets team in December 2021 and I am looking forward to getting to know the children and parents! I have a level 3 qualification in Early Years Education as well as having Paediatric First Aid, Food and Hygiene, Prevent Duty and in-depth knowledge of Safeguarding. 

I have lived locally to Kingston my whole life. I attended Teddington School where I gained my GCSE’s before going to Kingston College to get a qualification in hairdressing. 

I look forward to completing more training and qualifications to be able to give every child the best support they deserve!

Suzie Milner

Pre-School Practitioner

Hello! My name is Suzie. I live locally in Kingston and have done all my life! I am married with two daughters, Meg (22) and Holly (26), who you may recognise, as she is working at Poppets too!

After 26 years working as a Legal Secretary, I started to work at Little Poppets (formerly in Tudor Hall) in January 2015 and came to work at Poppets in November 2019. I currently work part-time and have a CACHE Level 3 Early Educator qualification. I attended a one-year course for the Borough, Achieving for Children Inclusion Hub Project, which specialised in Children with Special Educational Needs. I have also obtained my Paediatric First Aid Certificate. I love working with the Poppets team and thoroughly enjoy getting to know all of the children. Being able to watch and help the children grow and develop, to the best of their ability, is very rewarding!

I enjoy going to the cinema and theatre, and generally spending time with my family and friends. I like travelling and visiting new places, such as Iceland and Norway, but my favourite place to go is Italy. Oh! And I love cats!

Sandra Murmann

Pre-School Practitioner

Hello!  My name is Sandra and I have been working at Poppets for six years, as an Early Years practitioner. I previously worked as a Treasury Assistant prior to Poppets. After starting a family I became interested in Early Years Education and Childcare.

I moved from Chiswick to Kingston upon Thames in 2013 with my family, as we were looking for more outdoor space and good schooling. I am married and have two sons, who are 14 and 16 years old.

I have completed my Level 3 Certificate in Childcare, First Aid training and Safeguarding Children (Level 2). I really enjoy working as part of the Poppets team, and I love spending time with the children. I love being a part of their lives and development.

In my spare time I like walking with my children in Richmond Park and along the Thames path. I love baking cakes and biscuits with my family and looking after my vegetable garden. 

Kate Sherain-Reed

Pre-School Practitioner

Hello!  My name is Kate and I am a local mum in Kingston. I have three children; Charlie (19) previously attended Latchmere School, Grey Court School, Hampton and Richmond Football Academy and now studying at Manchester Metropolitan University. Ellie (16) previously attended Latchmere School, Grey Court School and has now been offered an apprenticeship at Poppets. Louie (3) attends Poppets and morning Rainbows.

My previous experience in Childcare: I was an Ofsted registered Nanny for two years, caring for two girls (6 and 8 years old). I joined Poppets in November 2020 and am enjoying all the new experiences. I am very excited to have been offered an apprenticeship at Poppets to study Level 3 in Childcare, where I will be able to further my skills in the Development and Understanding Early Years Curriculum.

In my spare time I enjoy going for walks, spending time with family and swimming.

Ellie Sherain-Reed

Pre-School Practitioner

My name is Ellie and I have lived in Kingston for most of my life. I attended Latchmere Primary School and Grey Court Secondary School, achieving 9 GCSE’s. I am one of three siblings; Charlie (19) and Louie (3).

I have recently joined Poppets in September 2021. I have always loved being around children, so I am very happy to have been offered an apprenticeship at Poppets studying a Level 2 Diploma as an Early Years Practitioner to extend my career in childcare. I have been coaching gymnastics since I was 14 years old at a recreational club, where I will be completing my Level 1 gymnastics coaching course.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Lenka Hladikova

Pre-School Practitioner

My name is Lenka. I'm originally from The Czech Republic. I have been living in Kingston for over 14 years. I'm a local mum, my children Max (8) and Lily (6) attend Fern Hill Primary School. Previously they attended Little Poppets at Tudor Hall.

I joined Poppets as Lunch Cover in November 2021. I have a Level 2 award in Food Safety and I'm working towards furthering my skills in early years.

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and I like to learn foreign languages. On top of Czech and English, I speak Croatian, French and Italian.