Meet our Family

The people that make the magic possible

The only way to make early years education great every day is with great people. Our family is made up of people who truly enjoy their job and are committed to innovate constantly so that our children get the best start in their lives. Plus, they are highly qualified in their respective areas of expertise.

Central Team

Cennydd John
Founder & CEO

Cenn is the CEO and Founder of Hatching Dragons, fluent in Mandarin himself, he is passionate about providing bilingual learning opportunities to young children to help them better prepare for the future. He studied Chinese at Edinburgh University, before working in China for several years.

Amira Quartsi
Operations Manager

Amira ensures that we all stay organised! She studied International Law, before joining the education sector to work in HR and operations, where she has over 7 years of experience. Bilingual in Arabic, she knows the joys of multilingualism. Originally from Morocco and Algeria, she was born and raised in the UK.

Li Jing
Head of Training and Educational Content

Li Jing is one of the musical talents of the nursery, often creating and performing her own original songs. As a Qualified PGCE teacher from UCL, with an MA in Music and over 12 years of Early Years teaching experience, she is responsible for our Mandarin educational services, bilingual teacher training and engaging Online Preschool programme.

Harriet Wakefield
Community Relations Officer

Having lived and worked in China for many years, Harriet brings her knowledge and passion for languages and multiculturalism to Hatching Dragons, supporting our parents and helping to engage our community. She has a love for travel and a hidden talent for remembering peoples names!

Rowen Strachan
Social Media and Content Marketing Executive

A graduate of Chinese at Edinburgh University, with experience living in both Tianjin and Shanghai, Rowen is passionate about all things Chinese culture. Now undertaking an MSc in Marketing, she is keen to share the joys of learning a second language. In her spare time, you can find her on a Judo mat.

Yageen Osman
Chef

Yageen has worked as a Head Chef for the last 4 years in nurseries, and holds a Level 1 in Culinary Skills and a Level 3 in Professional Cookery. Each week she prepares a fresh, tasty menu for our nurseries, helping to introduce various cultures and cuisines to the children through exciting and nutritious meals.

Westminster

Sunita Bagri
Nursery Manager

Sunita is our energetic and enthusiastic Manager at Westminster. Talented at yoga, she shares her knowledge with the children, helping them to develop their balance. She has a CACHE Level 3 qualification in childcare, a Level 4 in child psychology and over 20 years of experience in Early Years. She is the designated safeguarding officer and SENCO.

Samiksha Jain
Deputy Nursery Manager

Sami loves to share her interest in science with children, encouraging them to explore and discover new things. For example, throwing sugar into water and observing its taste later. She has an MA in International Child Studies, is Pediatric first aid and Fire Safety trained, and Level 2 Safeguarding qualified.

Sabrina Ng
Deputy Room Leader

Sabrina is a master of music, with her talent for all things instrumental helping to create interesting and dynamic activities. She is educated in Early Childhood and Care, is level 3 qualified and trained in Safeguarding, FGM, Prevent Duty and Food and Hygiene.

Binyu Duan
Nursery Practitioner

Binyu has an adventurous heart, filled with a desire to travel the world and explore the many wonderful cultures and attractions that exist. She does a great job of distilling such a curiosity into our children, helping them to develop a global mindset. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is Enhanced DBS verified.

Mira (Myrvete) Rafuna
Nursery Practitioner

From Pristina in Kosovo, Mira has a special talent for cooking, which she loves to share with the children. A self-described culture vulture, she adores travelling and exploring the wonders of the world, and dreams of soon going to Italy. She has a CACHE Level 3 in Childcare.

Rodica Balmos
Pre-qualified Practitioner

Rodica’s hidden talent is that she is a great handyman, able to build and create things with ease. We believe it is for this reason that she is so great at inspiring children to use their imagination and be creative! She is Level 2 qualified in Health Sector and Childcare and Enhanced DBS Verified. 

Aminah Firdaus
Nursery Apprentice

Aminah cares about helping children to experience everything in life that they can, supporting babies development by introducing them to a diverse array of activities. She is a fan of cooking, basketball, travelling and exploring new cultures. She is enhanced DBS verified.

Berfin Cuce
Nursery Apprentice

What Berfin likes the most about working in Early Years is learning about all the children’s characteristics and helping them to develop by playing games with them and building a bond. She is Enhanced DBS Verified and working towards her Cache level 3 qualification.

Subash Gurung
Lunch Cover

Sabush helps provide extra assistance during our lunch time, with her energetic nature and friendly demeanour helping make each afternoon great. She has a level 2 NVQ in Childcare and is Enhanced DBS verified.

Sadia Begum
Third in Charge

Sadia first became interested in childcare when helping take care of her younger nieces and nephews. Her favourite part of working in Early Years is that you can’t help but smile and laugh with children. She is Level 3 Qualified, a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer. She is Paediatric First Aid trained and SEND Level 2.

Diana Shen
Mandarin Art Teacher

Diana has a diverse range of hobbies which she loves to share with the children. From painting, singing, dancing and crafting, she has many specialities to offer. She is First Aid trained, with Level 2 Safeguarding, Prevent Duty, FGM and Fire Safety.

Nikita Chowtie
Nursery Apprentice

Nikita loves to share her love of art with the children, with one of her favourite activities being to wrap the table in clingfilm and add a layer of paint, which children can then shape. What you may not know though, is that she is incredibly talented at Indian dancing! She is Enhanced DBS verified.

Si Yin Zhou
Nursery Practitioner

Si Yin is enthusiastic for helping each child to be the very best that they can, with her patience and understanding helping our children to reach new heights. She has a Masters in Early Years Education, is level 7 qualified and trained in First Aid, Safeguarding, FGM and Prevent Duty.

City of London

Kristina Preidyte
Nursery Manager

Kristina has worked at Eveline Day Nurseries for the last 8 years and now brings her wealth of experience and passion to Hatching Dragons. Trilingual herself, she understands fully the benefits of bilingual education. Her biggest hope is to help children foster an appreciation of our world and her secret talent is her incredible baking skills.

Ali Abdullahi 
Deputy Manager

With a BA in Childhood Studies, Ali has a deep understanding of our curriculum and how to help children achieve their learning and developmental goals. He has a BA in Childhood Studies, is PFA trained, Safeguarding qualified and Enhanced DBS Verified. As well as Deputy Manager, he is the Room Leader for Blue Dragons and Dragon Flight.

Christy To
Room Leader

With a BA in Early Childhood Education, Christy brings her passion for teaching to work each morning, never failing to create inventive and engaging activities for our little Dragons. She has First Aid Essentials Level 2 training and is Safeguarding Level 2, Prevent Duty and FGM Level 2 qualified. She is also Enhanced DBS Verified.

Winnie Yiu
Mandarin Practitioner

From Hong Kong, Winnie loves to share her culture with the children, helping them to foster a global mindset and an understanding of different backgrounds. She has a BA in Early Childhood Studies, a Level 2 safeguarding qualification, is Fire Safety trained and Enhanced DBS Verified.

Tiarna King
Nursery Apprentice

Tiarna is happiest when supporting children to grow and develop, encouraging them to explore their creativity. She has many hidden talents, as not only is she a great runner, but amazing at hair! She is Enhanced DBS Verified and working towards her Cache level 3 qualification.

Shannon Edwards
Third in Charge

Shannon is an enthusiastic and caring practitioner, experienced in creating a positive, supportive and dynamic environment for all of our children. She has a BA in Early Years Education, a Level 2 safeguarding qualification, is Paediatric First Aid and Fire Safety Trained.

Yue Zhou
Mandarin Practitioner

Yue loves to work with children as not only are they cute, but she feels energetic working with them. She has an MA in Education and is completing her Safeguarding Level 2, Fire Safety in Education Level 2 and Paediatric First Aid qualifications. She is also Enhanced DBS Verified.

Zhizhen Li
Nursery Assistant

Zizhen is an engaging practitioner, who’s energetic nature never fails to captivate the children and motivate them to learn. What she loves most is seeing children achieve new milestones, like saying new words in Mandarin. With her BA in Painting, she inspires the children to be imaginative and

Chunhua Chen
Mandarin Practitioner

Chunhua loves to share her knowledge of Chinese culture and language with our children, helping to develop their proficiency in Mandarin, as well as helping them to understand different traditions and customs. She has an MA in Education, is Paediatric First Aid trained, and Safeguarding Level 2, Prevent Duty and FGM Level 2 qualified.

Kiera Perfect
Nursery Apprentice

Kiera is our secret weapon, with a black belt in karate and multiple regional and national karate championship medals. She is DBS verified and shares her passion for exercise and staying active, as well as her love for exploring other cultures, traditions and practices with the children.

Canada Water

Caroline Tadros
Nursery Manager

Caroline is happiest when taking part in the children’s play and following their lead. Watching children reach their milestones is something that motivates her to carry on working hard. She is level 3 qualified, has been working in Early Years for 11 years.

Serene Ng
Deputy Manager

Serene is not only committed to teaching, but learning, always seeking to expand on her knowledge in order to benefit herself and the children. With a BA  in Early Years Education, she is Paediatric First Aid trained and Enhanced DBS verified.

Lingwen Huang
Room Leader

What does Lingwen like the most about working in Early Years? She loves witnessing children’s growth, development and continued educational growth. What is more, she enjoys a good old singalong! She has a degree is Preschool Education and is Enhanced DBS verified.

Iman Babi
Third in Charge

Passionate about Early Years, Iman has worked at Hatching Dragons for 5 years as she loves watching the children grow and learn new things every day, such as witnessing milestones. She is Level 3 Qualified, a Designated Safeguarding Lead, Paediatric First Aid and Fire Safety trained.

Joy Zhu
Nursery Practitioner

Have you ever heard of a more fitting name? Joy certainly spreads happiness at Canada Water, helping to inspire laughter as well as learning. She has an MA in Education, is safeguarding trained and has FGM and Prevent Duty training.

Ruwayda Ismail
Nursery Apprentice

Ruwayda’s favourite activity to do with children is reading and learning Mandarin with them. What is more, she loves to watch how different children individually develop and become their own person. In her spare time, she likes to go on walks and see new places like hidden gardens. She is Enhanced DBS verified.

Lauren Street
Nursery Apprentice

Lauren is passionate about helping children to explore and discover the world around them, using her creativity and expertise to design stimulating activity ideas. She is Enhanced DBS verified.