West Hampstead

The Rainbow Montessori School includes two beautiful nurseries, all situated in prime locations throughout North West London.
Our very first nursery was established by Rainbow’s founder, Linda Madden, in our West Hampstead premises in 1982 and was followed with the opening of a second nursery Queen’s Park in 2009.
Our nurseries cater for children aged 2 through to 5 years old.

Our ‘West Hampstead’ Rainbow Montessori Nursery in West Hampstead was the very first Rainbow Montessori School to be set up by Linda Madden in 1982.

Its instant success paved the way for all our future nurseries.

Our West Hampstead Nursery is situated within the premises of an incredibly spacious, bright and beautiful church hall on

Sheriff Road which is only moments from West Hampstead tube, train, and bus links. One of the most beautiful features of this nursery is its ample play area and stunning garden which our students have proudly taken part in creating.

As with all our Rainbow Nurseries, Sheriff Road follows traditional Montessorian teaching methods and structure.

At Rainbow we always strive to provide the best quality environment and educational materials for your child- Sheriff Road is MEAB accredited and all our teachers are fully qualified in Montessori education by recognized Montessori Training Colleges.

Our Team

Raluca Coroama

Head Teacher - Mont. Dip. MCI




My name is Raluca Coroama

It is my privilege and great pleasure to introduce myself as the Head Teacher here at Rainbow Sherriff Road.

I am originally from Romania and began my Montessori journey by qualifying as a teacher with MCI and I have worked with Rainbow for the last 6 years.

I have a six year old son myself and understand well the vital importance of the early years for our children.

I thoroughly look forward to building new friendships, bonds and memories with the children and adults alike.

Maggy Miller

Head of Rainbow Montessori Nurseries & Montessori Teacher Mont. Dip. MCI Early Years 3 – 6


As an original member of Rainbow Montessori staff, Maggy's career has spanned Rainbow's entire 35 years making her an expert in her field!

As a close friend and colleague of Rainbow Montessori's original founder Linda Madden, with whom she worked directly under, Maggy has been involved in all aspects of the school especially the two nurseries where she is currently overseeing the management as Head of Nurseries.

Siobhan Cottle

Classroom Assistant

Hi my name is Siobhan I have always had a passion for teaching. Siobhan Cottle

I was a nursery practitioner for almost 10 years, I wanted to gain more knowledge about the Montessori system and that is how I found Rainbow! 

I look forward to meeting you all and learning more on this Rainbow journey

Andreea Maris

Montessori Teacher - Deputy Headteacher

Hi, my name is Andreea and is my pleasure to be back in the Rainbow family.

I began my Montessori journey at Rainbow as a teacher assistant and qualified later as a Level 4 Montessori Teacher.

I look forward to grow and learn with and from all the children, build memories together and develop to their full potential.

‘Play is the work of the child’ 

Miss Andreea 

Andrea Kovacs-Craciun

Montessori Student Teacher

My name is Andrea and I’m originally from Romania.

 I’m currently studying my Montessori Teacher Diploma (Level 4 Birth to Seven) at MCI. I also hold a Montessori Assistants Certificate from AMI. Additionally, I hold a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care from the University of Sunderland in London.

 I have been working with children for over 7 years and I am delighted to start a new journey working at Rainbow. I have experience in working in different Montessori settings and I look forward to sharing and gaining knowledge and skills with and from the Rainbow teachers, children and parents.

 I feel so blessed to be able to be part of the children’s life. I truly believe that working with children is the most rewarding job in the world. 😊

Clare Abrahams

Nursery House Keeper

As an original member of Rainbow Montessori staff, Miss Clare has been our house keeper at the Junior School for over 30 years.

Miss Clare will continue at both our nursery sites in West Hampstead and Queen's Park. 

Mia Sands

Montessori Teacher

My name is Mia, and from the moment I discovered the work of Maria Montessori I knew I had found my vocation.

I trained at Montessori Centre International, and have a Degree in Montessori Education and Early Childhood Studies.

I was offered my first job at the same nursery where I did my initial teaching placement and was there for four years before I relocated to North West London.

I love to play the Ukulele and know the tunes for lots of nursery rhymes and songs. I also enjoy painting and creative art.

Maria Montessori believed that “one test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” The benefits of child-centred learning are all around us in the Montessori setting, and as a Montessori educator myself, I am privileged to be in a position to guide the children towards independence and fulfilment.