The Eveline Day Nursery Schools was founded first as a crèche with Maria Keaveney-Jessiman
as Principal in 1964 and in 1965 expanded to a Day Nursery when a partnership was formed
with her husband Alfred Jessiman. The company was formed in 1970 when both Maria and
Alfred became directors.
Terry Larche (Mrs Keaveney-Jessiman’s sister) joined the company in 1971 as Deputy. The
Eveline Day Nursery Schools are a family concern: Maria Keaveney-Jessiman’s daughter Eveline
Drut is the Day School Educational. Director and her son Gordon Jessiman is her Property and
Management Development Director.
My grandaughter Adeline is now our Area Manager and visits all 6 nurseries and the school, to make sure that high standards are maintained. My grand daughter Lucy is our Facilities Manager and she ensures that all Policies and Procedures are in place. Our Health and Safety Officer is Kay Fahey and she is very focused on all aspects of the running of the nursery and the school.
Maria Keaveney-Jessiman became interested in the care of the under 5s in the sixties after the birth of her daughter Eveline, hence the name ‘EVELINE’ Day Nursery Schools. In those early years there were few nurseries and very little day care facilities available. This was an anxious and worrying period principally because of attitudes and the stigma attached to the working mother. Eveline trained to be a teacher and worked for eight years in Paris and has always managed very successfully to incorporate her family life with her work. She has run the Eveline Day School since 1990.
The first nursery was located at 68 Huron Road, this branch was opened in 1965 with 25 children and four staff. We now have 300 children in six premises with 155 staff. In 1974, the Huron Road branch was moved to 30 Ritherdon Road which is a large doublefronted corner house with seven large nursery rooms, several ancillary rooms and a large garden for outdoor play. We are now registered for 36 children in this building. Seely Hall branch was opened in 1974. The premises have plenty of outdoor space. The accommodation is suitably arranged for four units and registered for 41 children from 3 months.
Geraldine Road branch was opened in 1985 and replaced our branch at Down Lodge, Merton Road, which opened in 1976 and closed in 1985. These premises are again suitably arranged on two floors; the ground floor is carpeted and equipped for young babies and the upstairs is suitably carpeted, furnished and equipped for the older children with plenty of indoor and outdoor space. We are registered at this branch for 63 children from 3 months.
89A Quicks Road, Wimbledon, was opened in November 1997, this is a 50 placement nursery. The accommodation has three individual baby units on the ground floor and there are open-plan units on the second floor.
Grand Drive branch opened in September 2001, this is a 54 placement nursery. The accommodation is all situated on ground level with 6 individual units and access to the garden from all units. All our nurseries are newly furnished, carpeted and equipped, suitable for the age groups catered for.
Trinity Crescent branch opened in Feburary 2012. It is a large double fronted house with 5 nursery rooms, several ancillary rooms and a beautifully designed garden. This is a 50 placement nursery and has recently been refurbished to an excellent standard. This nursery got 'Outstanding' in their last Ofsted inspection.
All our nurseries are constantly upgraded and equipped, suitable for the age groups catered for.
The Eveline Day School is registered with the Department of Education as an independent school. It was founded in September 1989 by the directors of the Eveline Day and Nursery Schools in response to a continuing demand by nursery school parents.
The School moved from Trinity Crescent to Swan House in Balham High Road in October 2011.
Proprietor, Head Office
Mrs Maria Keaveny Jessiman
30 Ritherdon Road
t: 020 8672 7549