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About Us

Mere Nursery is part of our group of six nurseries who all share the same vision, educational ethos and approach to working with children and families.

Our strong belief is that we can best meet the needs of parents, children and our team by listening to what they have to say about nursery. You will find so many opportunities to tell us what you think and how we can improve right from the start. From the settling in process all the way through to the day your child leaves us, confident, happy and extremely well prepared to start school.

We listen to our team regularly too. Through staff forums, team building events, appraisals, awards and family events as well as having a culture of open dialogue and discussion. We know this promotes a positive attitude to work and ensures everyone shares our vision and helps each other to do the very best they can for all our children and families.

A sound understanding of what young children need to do well in their early years and beyond underpins how we make all decisions about the running of the nursery, from appointing senior managers and teachers to deciding what resources to buy or how best to share information about children’s well-being and development.

Julie Lightley, Owner/Director

Early Years Teacher, BA (Hons) Early Years Studies, MA Education (Early Years)

My role is very much about facilitating our teams to deliver the best in early years care and education. Working closely with Emma, we are constantly on-hand to support Sarah and her team. Being in regular contact and visiting nursery often means I know the many fantastic opportunities Sarah provides for our children and can see the close relationships she’s developed with our families at the Mere.

Emma Jones, Operations Director

Early Years Teacher, Post Gradute Certificate of Education, MA Education (Early Years)

Working closely with Julie, we ensure that Sarah has everything she needs to deliver first class childcare in a beautiful learning environment with an outstanding team of practitioners. My teaching and leadership experience means I can provide mentoring and guidance to support Sarah to continue to meet all the requirements of her role.

Sarah Eyes, Nursery Manager

BA in Early Years Leadership with Early Years Professional Status

Working in early years has been my passion since I left High School and my vision is always to provide outstanding care and education for all children. As a mum myself I understand how precious your little ones are and will treat them like my own.
I am committed to leading, managing and coaching our team to ensure they can progress in their career in our group of nurseries and reach their full potential.

Natalie Barton, Assistant Manager

Early Years Teacher

I have worked for the Village Nursery Group since 2008 and have worked at our sister nursery The Quays before taking this position. I am a qualified Early Years Teacher.

As a parent myself, I know how hard it is to leave your child in someone else’s care and I work closely with staff to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible for you. I love creating strong bonds with children and families to enable us to work together so that your child makes outstanding progress.

Before working in childcare, I gained a degree in Drama and Education Studies which really comes in handy when playing with energetic 2-4 year olds!

Becki Gilhooley, Early Years Teacher

Qualified Teacher Status

I have over 9 years’ experience working with young children and began working at Mere Nursery after my primary school teaching career. Using my background of teaching, I work closely with our pre-school children as they prepare for the change to school.

It is a joy working here and watching the children thrive and grow in a lovely setting that really meets their needs at their unique stage of development. I’ve loved my progression whilst working here as I developed from Room Leader to Early Years Teacher, leading and supporting learning and development across the whole nursery.

Jenny Tweedale, Baby Room Supervisor

Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development

I have a Level 3 Qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development which I obtained 12 years ago and have over 12 years experience working with children, mainly in a nursery settings.

I love working with families, particularly ensuring a smooth start at nursery and watching the children learn and progress in all areas of development.

Parent partnerships is one of the most important aspects of my role as it enables me, with my team, to ensure I can provide the best care for their children.

Paige Trout, Toddler Room Supervisor

BA(Hons) Professional Development in the Early Years

I have a BA(Hons) degree in Professional Development in the Early Years and have worked in Early Years for seven years. I have wealth of experience of caring for children and worked as the Baby Room Supervisor at our sister nursery in Trafford Park before moving to The Mere. I love creating bonds with children and their families and I really enjoy watching children grow and develop.

Becky Coldwell, Pre-school Supervisor

Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development

I have a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and also have knowledge in child’s psychology.

I have over six years’ experience working with children, mainly in a nursery setting, working with a variety of age groups.

I enjoy welcoming new children into my room and love watching them grow and develop with my support and guidance.

Lynne Peach, Nursery Cook

Level 2 in Food Safety in Catering

I’ve been the cook at Mere Nursery for over 10 years and have enjoyed my time here very much. I especially love watching the babies grow into lively toddlers and pre-schoolers. It’s fantastic to spend time outside of the kitchen to get to know all of the children at nursery. Outside of work my time is spent reading, walking and entertaining my grandchildren.