Meet The Team
We employ a well-qualified and friendly team of childcare educators that are all DBS checked and offer knowledge and experience in childcare, education, child protection and first aid.
Our diverse team ensures that we have a vast array of knowledge within the specialist areas of the Nursery and its setting, ensuring the children have the best possible stimulation and experiences in a safe and secure environment.
Sophia Covill – Nursery Manager
Sophia is responsible for the management of Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery and oversees all aspects of the day to day and ongoing operations of the Nursery. She is passionate about children’s play and how this enhances the development of their education, she has a great understanding of the EYFS curriculum and has over 7 years experience working within an Early Years environment. Sophia was first inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach whilst teaching in a school in Dubai and believes in the importance of self-directed play and how this helps children to learn and to develop socially.
Emma Biggs – Deputy Nursery Manager
Emma is responsible for management and administration at Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery. She has extended knowledge of the EYFS Curriculum and 5 years experience working with young children. Emma believes in the importance of early childhood development and the vital need for enriching and engaging experiences to help young children develop independence and confidence and a sense of identity.
Anne Bullough – Horticultural Manager
Anne is our Nursery Horticultural Manager, she oversees the horticultural planning, preparation, maintenance, planting and harvesting at the nursery and works with the children allowing them to join in the daily care of our growing areas, including digging, planting, watering and harvesting. Anne is a professional Horticulturist and a mum of two, with over 7 years working with children and families. She believes that all children need to have access to quality outdoor spaces and an environment that encourages exploration of the natural world and that fosters curiosity, confidence and an appetite for learning.
Stevie Taylor – Deputy Manager and Baby Educational Co-ordinator
Stevie is our Educational Co-ordinator for the baby room, alongside being our shared Deputy manager as well as being a mum of her wonderful young boy. Stevie believes in valuing each child as an individual and has a passion for creating an environment that will support and guide children to build on their confidence and independence. Stevie has gained her extended knowledge on the EYFS throughout her 6 years of working with children gaining her Level 4 qualification. She is also currently undertaking her foundation degree in childcare play and education. Stevie is passionate about play and it being a significant part of a child’s development and that the outdoors has a great role within this, Stevie believes that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” even for the youngest of our children.
Jenny Oldham – Toddler Educational Co-ordinator
Jenny is the Educational Co-Ordinator for our toddlers. She is a positive, enthusiastic role model for the children in her care, always smiling and coming up with new creative ideas. She is passionate about child-led play and the importance for children to have the freedom to play and explore. She has worked in childcare for 4 years and has gained a level 4 advanced practitioner qualification. Jenny enjoys working in a team creating a stimulating environment and since joining Meadow Lane has become passionate about learning in the outdoors.
Jess Charman – Preschool Educational Co-ordinator
Angela McGarry – Kitchen Manager and Gardener
Angela is our on sight cook and kitchen manager, she works with the team and the children to develop seasonal menus and dishes throughout the year. Angela is a keen baker and gardener and has a wonderful passion for creative food. She believes that having children involved in the growing, preparing and cooking of food allows them to develop their excitement and respect for healthy nutritious food. Angela has extensive experience in catering and feels that getting children involved in the kitchen has great potential to influence food preferences for nutritious and delicious foods.
Giulia De-Nunzio – Nursery Educator
Guilia is currently studying Health and social care, including Early childhood education at college and started with us a volunteer. Guilia was such a wonderful credit to the team that she became an employee as a Nursery Educator and is enjoying every second. Giulia is keen to implement all that she is learning and brings fresh, new ideas to the nursery, she is passionate about child-led education and children learning through play.
Georgia Stanley – Nursery Educator
Georgia studied children and young people’s workforce and obtained her level 2 qualification. She has worked with children for over three years. Georgia is a keen baker in her spare time and since joining Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery, Georgia has bought her creativity to share with the children and has recently made smoothies, cookies and sensory play dough with them. Georgia is passionate about supporting the children to discover the world, using their imaginations, curiosity and discovery!
Abbie Parker – Nursery Educator
Abbie has recently qualified in Level 3 early educators. She has over two years experience with children within the early years. Abbie enjoys outdoor activities in her spare time and believes outdoor space is a huge benefit to children and their learning and development. Abbie is excited to implement what she has learnt through practice and progress her interest in the Reggio Emilia approach here at Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery.
Stacey Roberts – Nursery Educator
Katie Kirkup – Nursery Educator
Nicola Stoner – Nursery Educator