Meet the Team



Along with my sister Jacqui, I am the co-director of Carousel, which has been a way of life for me since 1992. I have helped to shape our nursery into the successful, caring business that it is today. I am married with a large family, including young grandchildren, and they are all hugely important to me. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, cooking, gardening, reading and socialising. 



I am co-director of Carousel Day Nursery, together with my sister Bev. After many years I still find the dynamic of running this nursery so rewarding. In my ‘other life’ I love to spend time with my family and friends, walking with my dog, reading and baking cakes. 



 I came to Carousel Day Nursery as a 2 year old when my mum Bev first opened the nursery in 1992. I eventually went on to study History at the University of Cambridge and after working for an MP for five years, I joined Carousel and became a qualified early years teacher in September 2021. I’m married with two daughters who both attend Carousel. I love to see the children learn about their world with true excitement and enchantment, and it’s a privilege to watch them make their journey through the nursery.


Rabbit Room Leader

Ruth has worked at Carousel since 2010. She is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. Ruth is the room leader in our Rabbit room and is one of our fire officers. Ruth particularly enjoys supporting children’s learning to meet next steps in their development.


Deputy Manager & Pre-School Room Leader

Abbie joined Carousel in 2015. She is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. Abbie is our Assistant Manager, a designated safeguarding officer, and fire officer and is part of our behaviour management team. Abbie is our Pre-School Squirrel room leader and particularly enjoys conversations with the children, listening to their interesting stories and funny jokes!


Duckling Room Leader

Kerry joined Carousel in 2016. She is trained to NCFE CACHE Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner. Kerry is one of our senior nursery nurses and is our main Special Needs Co-Ordinator. She is also our Duckling room leader. She enjoys supporting children with additional needs and doing all sorts of sensory and messy activities.


Hedgehog Room Leader

Georgia has worked at Carousel since 2018. She is a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner, and is currently studying for her Level 3. Georgia supports the team across the nursery, working with all age ranges. She enjoys singing with the children to encourage their speech and language development.


Pre-School Assistant

Sarah has worked at Carousel since 2016. She is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. Sarah is our Pre-School room assistant. She particularly enjoys watching the children grow and develop, as well as being creative and imaginative when reading stories to the children.


Rabbit Room Assistant

Lilly joined Carousel in 2020. She is an apprentice, currently studying for her Level 3 qualification as an Early Years Practitioner. Lilly is the assistant in our Rabbit room and she particularly enjoys answering the children’s questions, helping them to understand the world.

Lana Payne

Duckling Room Assistant

Lana is an Early Years Educator (Level 3) who has two years’ experience working in a nursery. She loves to watch the children using their imagination during role play, and enjoys helping them meet their developmental milestones.

Jo Berkeley

Jo is new to the world of early years, but brings a wealth of experience as a mum to a young child. She works part time and supports around the nursery where she is needed. She really enjoys watching the children take part in adult-led activities, which excite them as they engage with new ideas and types of play.


Rebecca has returned to the workplace after having her own children. She works part time and supports around the nursery where required. She enjoys playing with the children and has a very kind and gentle personality.