Kathy O'Brien

Nursery Co-Manager

Kathy has worked in Early Years for the past 23 years. She has trained as a Montessori teacher and has completed her Hornsby Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) teaching.


In 2012 she gained a BA in Early Years Teaching from Kingston University.

Judith Ish-Horowicz

Co-Founder, MBE

Judith has a degree in music from Leeds University. She trained as a teacher and went on to be Head of Music at a London comprehensive school. She then moved into Early Years Education opening Apples and Honey Wimbledon (Ofsted rated Outstanding) in 1991.


Judith is an Ashdown Fellow, an education consultant and a Limmud volunteer. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Early Years Education in 2010. Judith plays an integral part in the curriculum development of the nursery and as a lead on our intergenerational work with Nightingale Hammerson. 

Laura Kenny

Nursery Co-Manager

Laura  has worked in Early Years Education for 16 years, starting as a nursery practitioner in a private day nursery which catered for children from 3 months to 5 years. It was here that she became the pre-school leader, deputy manager and then eventually Manager. Since then, she has managed a day nursery in East Dulwich for 3 and a half years before starting her journey at Apples and Honey Nightingale. 

She is a trained Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), with further specific training in autism and speech and language support for children under 5. Last academic year she studied at the University of Greenwich, part time, and gained an Early Years Teacher Status (PCSE), after previously completing a BA in Early Years. This year, she is studying for a master’s degree in education. 

As a nursery manager, she enjoys spending time with the children and watching how they grow and develop over time. She encourages children's independence, curiosity, autonomy, and perseverance.   She is very keen to broaden each child's experiences of the world, facilitating them to be enthusiastic about learning. 

Meet The Rest Of The Team

Vivi Arboleda

Apples Teacher

Karen Lyon-Lowe

Honey Lead Teacher

Maureen Desmond

Cover Teacher

Shakera Uddin

Cover Teacher