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 2017 Marathnon, having not been allocated a space for 2013, 2014 and 2016.

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 am currently towards to the end of my studies for a Masters in Early Years.

When not at work, I love spending time socialising with family and friends, enjoy long walks with my two dogs and to relax 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.

 

Charlene Cattermole - Cook

I have been at Mereside since October 2007, and worked as a Nursery Nurse in the Baby room until November 2014, when i changed role and became the Cook.

I hold a level 2 NVQ Health & Social Care, a level 3 NVQ in childcare and a level 2 in food safety.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my son and family, socialising, baking and arts & crafts.

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.

Gemma Duce

I hold a level 3 NVQ certificate and have worked in childcare for several years now, loving my time in the Baby room and seeing them develop.

I enjoy spending time with my 3 nieces, 3 nephews and family, going to the cinema and watching kiddies movies, as well as going to the gym and taking clubbercise and Zumba classes.

 

Eleanour Flatley Hadden

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 Simons

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,

 

 

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!

Alan Lowe - DIY, Technology & General Dogsbody :-)

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 girls 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.

 

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