Meet The Team

Heléna Strachan

Heléna Strachan

Managing Director/Owner

Heléna’s background began in Business Studies and then went on to study childcare and play work. Heléna wanted somewhere that offers families the happy, safe and carefree environment that her own children experienced at home with her and thus Sweet Peas was born.

Heléna has been at the helm of the Sweet Peas team since it was founded in May 2010 and is proud of the exceptional care and education that her team provide.

Chloie Hopkins

Chloie Hopkins

Nursery Manager

Chloie has been with Sweet Peas Nursery since March 2017 and has many years’ experience working in a child care environment.

Chloie has a Foundation Degree in Early Years and is somewhat of a perfectionist in how the children are cared for.

Rebecca Smiles

Rebecca Smiles

Curriculum and Well-Being Manager

Rebecca had 15 years’ experience working as a primary school teacher before joining Sweet Peas in June 2017. She has a QTS, PGCE in advanced Early Years plus a B/SC in Sociology & Psychology.

Rebecca is passionate about Early Years education and supports curriculum development across the nursery.

Tiff Oldfield

Tiff Oldfield

Deputy Manager

Tiffany has been at Sweet Peas since July 2015, she joined the team fresh out of university where she studied a BA in Working with Young People, Children and Families.

Working predominantly in our Baby Suite with a large team of Childcare Practitioners, Tiffany has developed her passion for leading team members to thrive for excellence in all they do.

Happy Parents

Lucie has thoroughly enjoyed her time at sweet peas, I have seen her grow and learn so many things while been here. I feel her speech came on really well with her being able to mix with older children in the family room too. She has learnt to be independent which I believe is a big thing going on to school. I am sure she will miss going and some of the friends she has made. Thank you so much to you and the Sweet Peas team for looking after my little girl and guiding her to be the best person she can be. I will be sad to see her leaving, making it more real that she is growing up! Thanks again.

Louise Dargan

Could you also please pass on my thanks to all the staff in the baby room especially Megan and Bell who have been so lovely to deal with during Bella’s time at sweet peas.

Nicola Robinson

I would like to thank yourself and your team for looking after Charley for the past 3 years. Thank you.

Nichola Rhodes

He has really loved his time with you and I am very grateful for that. Thank you.

Penny Rowe

Isla has been at Sweet Peas since she was 6 months old and we have been so happy with the nursery and all the staff – thank you all so much!

Rachel and Andrew Roo

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent care and teaching Rory has received whilst attending Sweet Peas Nursery. I know he has thoroughly enjoyed his time with you, all the activities he has taken part in and all the friends he has made. The facilities at the nursery are lovely and I hope that Rory’s brother or sister will be able to attend the nursery next year.

Rebecca King

Alfie has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Sweet Peas and his Dad and I are more than pleased with the standard of care Alfie has received whilst with you. Alfie has gained so much over the last 18 months, both socially and academically. We are due to have our second baby and we will not hesitate to bring them to you when we feel the time is right. Many thanks to you and your staff, especially Emily and Laura.

Vanessa & David Stead

I can’t believe Luke only has 1 day left at Sweet Peas, time has gone so fast! He has really enjoyed his time there and we have been really happy with how well the boys are looked after. I’m sure Luke would love to come to the leavers party my mum is looking after him that day as his school nursery has a training day so I’m sure she will bring him along! Thanks see you soon.


I would like to thank Sweet Peas for the support you have provided to William over the past two years. He has built some strong bonds with the nursery staff and often chats about Rachel, Emily and Laura at home. I have noticed a marked improvement in his development since joining nursery which would not have happened if he had been looked after by family members alone. I am excited about the next chapter in his life but will be sad to say goodbye to lovely people at Sweet Peas. I have recommended the nursery to all our friends as a lovely environment for children.

Nikki Maddren

We are very happy with the welcome we've had - Chloe and Caroline have both been absolutely fantastic! You are very lucky to have such a great team :) I'm sure Stella will have a great time at your nursery.

Iveta Suhajikova

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Sweet Peas, it will be a sad day on the 19th July. I would like to also say a special thank you to both Emma and Lindsay who have been (and still are) fantastic with Luna - In the early days I wouldn't have made it to work without Lindsey. And now, the feedback and support I get from Emma is outstanding, she truly is a credit to your team.

Amy Garside