Mereside Staff

Ruth Lowe - Nursery Owner

I have always had a passion and love for children and I recall stating and thinking many times, while our daughter was at her Nursery, about improvements that could be made both on the customer service and care side. This combined with my wanting to be my own boss and be able to provide a quality service were the catalysts for our looking at and choosing to purchase Mereside Farm Children`s Nursery.

I hold a paediatric first aid certificate, have a level 2 in Food Safety and a level 3 NVQ Diploma in childcare.

When I have free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, I play the saxophone and clarinet and also sing in a big band which is something my Dad got me into many years ago, like going to the theatre, adore meals out and finally to try and keep fit and challenge myself I enjoy running, and have completed many half marathons and will be applying for the London Marathon for the last time in 2019, having not been allocated a space for 2013 to 2018.

Terri Carter - Nursery Manager

I joined Mereside in January 2015 having worked with Children in a variety of roles for 15 years, and enjoy seeing how we as practitioners can help and guide children as they explore and learn in our care.

I have spent many hours studying to further my knowledge of the Early Years and hold a BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies, a Foundation Degree in Early Years and have also completed modules towards a masters degree.

When not at work, I love spending time socialising with family and friends, enjoy long walks with my two dogs and enjoy reading and a good film.

Chris Hewitt - Deputy Manager

I joined Mereside Farm Children`s Nursery in August 2003 and hold an NNEB certificate (It`s the old qualification - The National Nursery Examination Board), in addition to safeguarding children, paediatric first aid and cooking.

Although I have worked mainly in the Tweenie room as Supervisor during my time at Mereside, I have covered and worked in all rooms including the kitchen, but just love seeing the children progress through the different rooms and develop into their own characters, and enjoy helping them learn and bring out their creative flair.

At home, I am kept busy with my family including three daughters and 3 grandchildren and love to spend time with them and then relax on a nice holiday.

My Hobbies include Shopping, going to the gym, socialising, meals with the family and going to the theatre.

Megan Godwin

I joined the Pre School room at Mereside in 2007 and hold an NVQ level 3 qualification in childcare.

After the birth of my son in 2013, I returned to work part time (3 days a week) and love working in the Pre School room and having fun with some right little characters.

I see myself as a friendly kind person, who loves to spend time with family and friends, shopping and taking holidays.

Becky Canny

I have been in childcare for 2 years, holding a level 2 NVQ in chilcare and am currently working towards my level level 3 NVQ Diploma. Other qualifications I hold include Health & Social care, peadeatric first aid, safeguarding, L2 autism awareness, handling communication and behavioural difficulties.

I love working with the children and seeing them learn, grow and develop and watching personalities change.

Outside of work i enjoy travelling, shopping, socialising with friends, art and animals.

Melissa Burke

I have a Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Learning and have additional training such as first aid and food hygiene. 

I am also a designated safeguarding lead and room leader for Baby Room.

I started working at Mereside in January 2016 and I am very passionate about my work and care of the children. 

I have loved every minute of my journey here so far and will be continuing to learn and grow with the children in the future. 

In my spare time I like searching for fun things for our babies to do and explore. 

I am a very bubbly and outgoing person and love spending time with my friends and family.

Tina Wilkhu

I hold a L3 NVQ childcare qualification as well as BTEC in health & social care, peadeatric first aid, safeguarding, behavioural management and food hygiene.

Having worked with children for many years now, my favorite part of the job is watching them grow and progress/develop in life.

My interests are drawing, dancing, Xbox, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Eleanor Flatley Haden

I hold a level 3 NVQ in childcare and love many aspects of caring and supporting children while ensuring their environment is as safe as possible. I have cared for children both with and without additional needs, ensuring equal opportunities for all and love seeing them all grow and develop.

Outside of the nursery, I enjoy listening to music and playing instruments, spending time with family & friends, attending any special occassion get together as well as cinema and concert trips etc.

Sarah Dury

I have worked in childcare for several years now, loving watching them learn and seeing how the develop, and hold the following qualifications; DCF level 3 children, young people in the workplace, NVQ2 in children in education as well as a diploma in childcare and autism awareness.

Outside of Nursery, my hobbies include reading, going to the gym and spending time with my family

Sara Adamson

I worked at Mereside full time for 5 years prior to starting University where I am currently studying for a degree in primary education, as well as a Catholic certificate in religious studies at night classes.

I rejoined the nursery part time, allowing me to maintian contact with the nursery and care for the children as I find them to be uncut diamonds and love seeing them grow, while allowing me to continue my education and add to my qualifications which include; DCE level 3 diploma in childcare and education, level 1 in sign language, food & hygene and paedeatric first aid.

Outside of work, I am presently busy planning for my wedding in the summer of 2018, and I love being active and taking exciting adventures, as well as going to the cinema, shopping, going on holidays (especially to Disney) and travelling to new places,

Rhian Harper

I hold a level 3 qualification in Children`s Learning and Development as well as additional training to enhance this, such as Paediatric First Aid and Food hygiene.  

 thoroughly enjoy working with children as I find the job challenging and rewarding, especially knowing that I am contributing to the children`s growth and development. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing squash 2-3 times per week for a ladies team at my local sports club and most of all caring for my adorable labradoodle Murphy, enjoying long walks in the park with him. 

Jayne Reid

I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1995 and have worked at other nurseries before joining Mereside in March 2017.  I love working at Mereside, watching the children grow and learn.  They make me smile when I see them play and they fill my life with laughter.

I have 4 children and 3 grandchildren and my partner has 2 children and 1 granddaughter, so we are always busy.

In my spare time I like playing board games, kitting and reading.

Nicola Burton

I hold a level 2 & 3 qualification in Childcare and Education and initially joined Mereside full time in 2003, although left for a few years following the birth of my children, returning in 2012 when they started school full time, on a part time and lunch time cover basis.

When not at work, I love spending quality time with my family and friends, in particular many weekends away in our touring caravan.

I also do the bookkeeping for my husbands and father in laws engineering business in any spare time I get!

Sophie Nash

I have a Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and have had this since 2008 and I joined Mereside in January 2017 and enjoy my time working with a great team and fantastic children.

I love helping children learn and develop and all the fun that comes with the job.

In my spare time I love spending time with my son and loved ones. 

Alan Lowe - Nursery Owner

Having spent many years in the corporate world and despite others stating to the contrary, it seems somewhat peaceful spending time at the Nursery, although Ruth & Terri do their best to disturb this peace and my plans with their numerous lists of jobs to be done here and there, and also encourage the staff and children to join in and gang up on me as well :-)

Spending time at the Nursery though is great and although I`m not based in a room, I love seeing the children progress and grow up (very quickly).

When I have the time and my body allows, I love cycling, swimming and going to the gym, in addition to watching sport and enjoy spending time with my family and socialising with friends, although as our daughter grows older my time seems to be taken up acting more and more as a Taxi driver.

Christina Coxhead

I`m level 3 qualified and I love to be around children and be a part of their development.  I love being at Mereside, it`s always so busy and fun.  When I`m not at work I love spending time with my loved ones, especially my niece.

Victoria Williams

I hold an NVQ level 2 in childcare and a level 3 Diploma for Children and Young Peoples work force.  

I have worked with children for many years and love watching them develop and grow.  

When not at work I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.

Lauren Pinnegar

  • I`m a qualified level 3 practitioner in early years and I have been at Mereside since March 2018.   I enjoy working with children as it is what I have always wanted to do since I was little.

My hobbies include reading and socialising with friends.

Karen Johnson

I have been at Mereside since July 2017 and I`m loving it! 

I consider myself very lucky to be part of such a lovely team of staff, in such a beautiful setting and not forgetting the wonderful children of course. 

I hold an NVQ Level 3 in childcare and I work

across all of the rooms in nursery.  

In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, the theatre, shopping and spending time with family.

Shabnam Samin

I joined Mereside in January 2018 and hold a Level 3 Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education, as well as further training such as safeguarding and First Aid.  It is a dream come true to work with children, I enjoy seeing them reach their full potential and seeing their characters develop as we guide and support them.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoy travelling to different places, I look after my siblings and friends children on a regular basis and we visit local attractions.

Yasmin Hudda

I have a level 3 NVQ Diploma and joined Mereside in October 2018 and I am really enjoying my time here being part of a wonderful team.

I have always had a passion for looking after children from a young age and knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.  I have worked with children for many years and love watching them grow and develop.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family.

Courtney Field

I currently hold a level 3 qualification in children`s learning and development and have been working in a nursery since 2016 whilst completing my qualification and before joining Mereside in October 2018.

I enjoy working with children,  watching them learn and grow each day and it makes me happy to see I am doing the best I can to ensure the children have fun making lots of memories.

Outside of nursery I enjoy socialising and listening to music.  I also try my best to go on around 3 holidays a year as I love travelling.

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