The Team

The team

Our team is a carefully selected, skilled and passionate team.

We all work every day allowing consistency for the children and we all play a big part in ensuring that Hopscotch is the best place for children to be. The team are always bursting with new ideas of how to make children’s day of learning fun and exciting.


Nursery Owner - Level 3

I have been able to fulfil this dream of mine by having an amazing team of practitioners that are so passionate about their day to day role. We are always looking of ways in which we can improve our provision but It has been amazing to see so many children and their families  leave happy and ready for school and every year we feel proud of all the things children have achieved with us. 

Mathilda Isherwood
Nursery Manager - Level 6

Hello! I've been working at Hopscotch since 2014 looking after the preschool children. I qualified in 2006 gaining my NVQ level 3 and years later went onto graduate gaining a degree in Early Years Education in 2014 from Bath Spa University. I love my job, every day is different and you gain a real sense of achievement working alongside such brilliant minds, which are continuously developing. I feel we are privileged to be a part of this and it’s important for me and the rest of the team to use this opportunity to help them develop to reach their full potential in life. Studies have shown that through helping children develop their self-confidence and self-esteem early on, they gain higher achievements later on in life.

Harriett Ryder
Deputy Manager - Preschool - Level 5

Hello! I have been working at Hopscotch since 2013 and have enjoyed every minute of it! I thrive off the children’s achievements and it’s over whelming to watch how eager the children are to learn. This in itself makes me enjoy coming to work every day! I am currently completing my Early Years Degree allowing me to have a deeper understanding of children and their development. I love bringing this back into nursery and adapting the children's learning into fun, exciting and beneficial learning opportunities. 

Kimberly Tustin
Early Years Practitioner - Maternity Leave - Level 3

Hello! I have been working at Hopscotch since 2011 and I am so happy here! I have a real passion for working with children and enjoy following the children's lead in exploring our imaginations and creativity (unleashing the child within me).
The children become part of such a wonderful family and I feel privileged to be a part of it. I really do feel that I have the best job in the world!

Jess Bullock
Senior Practitioner - Babies - Level 3

Hello! I’ve been working at Hopscotch since 2015 and I love it here! I have always had a passion for childcare and found it through looking after my younger siblings! I love working with the babies by helping them learn and develop, there is nothing more rewarding!

Emily Isherwood
Early Years Practitioner - Toddlers - Level 3

Before Hopscotch, I was working as a qualified full time Norland Nanny in London for the last 10 years. Since then I have travelled to work as a Nanny in Abu Dhabi and the Cayman Islands. I have always enjoyed working with children and find them such a joy to be around. Hopscotch is lovely Nursery to work in and I feel very privileged to work amongst such lovely girls.

Hannah Fletcher
Hannah Fletcher
Early Years Practitioner - Rising three's - Level 3

Hello! I have been working at Hopscotch since February 2016. Before that I attended here as a student through Bath College. I have learnt so much already and can’t wait to continue learning about children and their development.

Susie Kay
Early Years Practitioner - Senco Support - Level 3

I realised how much I enjoy looking after children whilst taking care of my nieces and nephews. Seeing the world through a child's eyes and watching them develop and grow is something that is very special to take part in. Which is why I have chosen to work towards a level 3 NVQ at Hopscotch and I can tell how much the girls here love what they do, there is a lovely close family spirit here with the children. I am looking forward to learning so much more along the way and working towards a fulfilling career in childcare.

Sara Woolway
Sara Woolway
Early Years Practitioner - Preschool – Level 3

I have a natural warm caring personality with a love of developing children's minds through play. I am as happy in the mud kitchen as I am reading stories, getting dressed up as a pirate, drinking pretend cups of tea, cooking cakes, building dens or getting covered in paint, glue or glitter! I love to get creative with the children, making lots of things allowing them to explore lots of different media, explore their imagination and follow their own ideas. Working in Early Years, your days are always fun, each one is different and very rewarding, that's why I love what I do! I'm always looking for new and fun ideas that will engage the children and their interests and make each day a valuable learning experience.

Ella Bywater
Ella Bywater
Early Years Practitioner - Rising three's - Level 4

Hello! I’m really excited to begin my journey with hopscotch. I have worked in a previous nursery for nearly two years alongside beginning a degree in Early years! I have since developed a huge passion with working with children and seeing how they develop, as well as passing my skills and knowledge in to practice.

Thea Pridham
Thea Pridham
Early Years Apprenticeship - training towards her level 3 qualification

Hello! My passion for working with children came from looking after my cousins, this made me realise that being around children was the environment I wanted to progress in. I’m really looking forward to starting my apprenticeship and progressing my career at Hopscotch!