About Us

About Us


The Jancett Group of Day Nurseries commenced in 1968 at the home of Chris and John Pritchard (Founder Directors).  The need for quality day care was very quickly established and Gaytime Day Nursery, originally in Carshalton, but now in Wallington was opened in 1969.

The nurseries grew in popularity as Pollyanna Day Nursery (Carshalton) opened, followed by Jancett Day Nursery, Jancett Baby Unit and Startel Day Nursery (Wallington).

During 1990 and 2002, we were contractors to the Home Office and ran a Day Nursery and Baby Unit, ‘Sunbeam’ in Croydon.

Brightchoice Day Nursery and Baby Room in Morden opened in 2005 and we operated the nursery between 2005 and 2015.

In 2013 we opened a pre-school, Ripples Pre-School in the Riverside Centre, Carshalton for children aged 2 – 5 years.

Our Staff

The nursery managers and childcare staff are led by the Director of Childcare, Kirsty Pritchard.  Kirsty has 29 years’ experience in childcare and has completed a BA Honours in Early Years and Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

The nursery managers are supported by the Operations Manager and by a team of senior managers.

Childcare Practitioners

Our staff hold Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications in Early Years.  All staff have an enhanced DBS check.

Our staff undergo continuous professional development training including the latest Safeguarding Children and Young People, First Aid and Food Safety qualifications and staff are employed in accordance with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), 2014.

We actively encourage applications from both men and women into the childcare and Playwork profession and are positive about equality, diversity and inclusion.

Meet the Senior Team

Kirsty Pritchard, Childcare Director

Kirsty has 30 years’ experience in Childcare and Playwork.  Kirsty is passionate about children, the curriculums have been developed to allow for children to investigate, experiment and challenge their thinking through play and their next steps in learning and development. Kirsty has an early year’s degree and has early year’s professional status. Kirsty is an Inspirational leader and ensures anyone working with children has the right skills through training.  Kirsty loves animals especially her dogs, cats and bird watching, likes to travel especially cruises and animal ventures.

Becky Sanders, Nursery Operations Manager

Since March 2015, Becky has been the Operations Manager for our Childcare sector (day nurseries, baby units and pre-schools).  Becky has extensive knowledge and experience within the Early Years field, having worked with children since she was 18 years.  Prior to becoming our nursery operations manager, Becky worked as a Playwork manager within our Jancett Playsafe out of school clubs.  Becky’s qualifications include Level 4 in early years and Becky is currently completing a Level 5 in early years.

Becky believes that ‘children come first’ and, with being a mum to two children herself, together with her role as Operations Manager for Jancett, putting children first is at the heart of everything she does.

Tracy Pritchard-Drummond, Managing Director

Tracy has worked for the company for over 30 years and has an intricate knowledge of its people and workings, having had experience within each section of the business since she left sixth form and began formally working at the company. In 2016, she took over at the helm as Managing Director, whilst also maintaining responsibility for both the Finance and HR functions of the group.

Tracy is married with two children and despite her extensive work responsibilities, always finds time for others. She is daughter to Chris and John Pritchard, the original company founders.

Chris Pritchard, Founding Director

Chris Pritchard is the founding Director of Jancett Childcare and JACE Training Ltd, incorporating children’s day nurseries, breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday clubs and Jace Catering Ltd.

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