Little Meadow Group

The Little Peoples School 

Meet the Team!


Little Meadow prides itself in the depth of knowledge and experience of child development held by its staff. Whilst staff retention is very good, the staff continually train, reflect on practice and listen to the voice of the child. Everything they do and plan is evaluated based on the benefits to the children in each year’s cohort and this ensures we remain a progressive setting.


Sharon Phillips

Sharon is the setting Group Manager and Early Years Professional. She started at the setting in April 2001 as Deputy and has worked with the committee and staff to secure the very best for all the families that access the setting whether for Early Years, Out of School or Holiday Club. Sharon is the setting Designated Safeguarding officer.

She is never happier than when she is working with the children especially with Maths and Science and works closely with the setting Senco to ensure that Little Meadow meets the unique needs of every child that joins. Sharon is committed to working with families to secure the seamless transition for children as motivated learners in their next steps of their educational journey


Clare Irvine

Clare joined Little Meadow in September 2010  but her relationship with the setting started long before that with her own family. Each of Clare’s children have begun their educational journey at the setting and it is these early experiences that make Clare such an excellent “front of house” ambassador. Every visitor that enters the building are greeted by Clare. She can talk with confidence about all aspects of the setting and when showing people around she understands and speaks from personal experiences.


Initially Clare joined us to control the setting finances on behalf of the committee. Over the years her job has evolved and she now co-ordinates most of the office day to day as well as supporting the Group Manager.  Clare will usually be the friendly face at the door or voice at the end of the phone her approach epitomises the Little Meadow philosophy.


Nicky Tanner

Nicky began her love affair with Little Meadow and Early Years in 2008 when her own family attended the setting. In 2011 she was approached to join the team and provide short term maternity cover. This was the start of her very own Early Years journey and she has since completed her level three, secured a permanent job in the setting and is establishing herself as the settings Early Year's Care Lead.


Nicky takes time to get to know our families and uses this knowledge to support all the children but particularly those in her key group.  She is passionate about her job and cares about all the children working hard to ensure everyone that joins our family has the very best experience.  


Dave Taylor

Dave joined the setting in September 2010, having previously worked in a local setting after spending many years in the RAF. He has his level 3 qualification and on joining the setting supported the transition from a small modular building to our new premises. Dave is the setting Fire Officer.


Dave really enjoys the outside space and is often found outside with the children planting, digging and explore all it has to offer as it changes each day. He is responsible for ensuring all the children have access to learning opportunities outside as well as in and works closely with our volunteers and parents to maintain the grounds.


Joyce Dedross

Joyce is level 3 qualified and has over the years established a strong and successful Early Years practice. She joined Little Meadow in 2013 on a temporary maternity cover basis. After quickly became an integral part of the family in September 2014 she agreed to become a permanent member of the team.


Joyce can be found in all areas of Little Meadows Early Years sessions and is always full of energy. She particularly enjoys creative activities and exploring imaginative role play and for this reason she focuses on ensuring the opportunities we provide reflect the current interests of the children and the environment enables their self exploration.


Gemma Howe

Gemma has worked in Little Meadow since 2017 providing both supply cover and 1:1 with children in the setting. In September 2019 Gemma became a permanent member of the Early Years team and has just completed her Level 3 in Early Years childcare. She is currently Key Person for the Green Group.


Ruth Hall

Ruth enhanced the Out of School team in 2013. Previously she worked as a Mid Day Supervisor, a job that she has now returned to and it was this knowledge, experience and love of children that Little Meadow were looking for. Ruth has time for each child and is committed to ensuring each child is listened to and their well being supported. Out of School club strives to provide a homely environment for those children unable to go straight home from school and this is achieved largely due to Ruth’s approach with the children and their confidence to share anything with them. She really is the listening ears and caring voice that some children need after a difficult day at school.

Louise Grimmett

Louise joined the Out of School Club team in January 2021 and currently works in both Breakfast Club and Out of School Club.

Suzy Carty

Suzy joined our Breakfast Club and Out of School Club team in June 2021.