Our Team

Dawn Pirie - Manager


Hi I’m Dawn, owner and manager of The Learning Meadow. I have over 25 years experience in early years learning and my goal and vision is to offer a nurturing learning space in an outstanding outdoor nursery, based on the Scandinavian approach to early years’ education.

I have a passion for outdoor learning and hold a B.A Honours degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies. I have used the insights gained of outdoor learning, during my studies and have developed them into the nurturing and sustainable approach for our new outdoor nursery.

I have truly immersed myself in the outdoor learning principles on a study visit to Stockholm where I observed how children benefit both emotionally and socially through the natural environment.


More recently I have been working with young adults with profound and multiple learning difficulties who have benefitted from the therapeutic advantages of engaging with animals. Observing the impact has motivated me to become involved with animal care at The Learning Meadow and have introduced animals such as sheep, goats and chickens for the children to care for.

I feel very privileged to have a strong, supportive and passionate team around me and together we will ensure your children access a high level of care and a range of experiences through nature. 

Louise Robertson - Deputy Manager

Hi I'm Louise.  I have worked in childcare for the past 7 years and have achieved my Level 3 Diploma for CACHE Children and Young People within this time. 


I have always wanted to work with children and have a huge passion for the outdoors.  I feel it's important for every child to grow and develop using the outdoor environment to explore and gain their self-being and become independent individuals.  

Claire Small - Early Years Partner

Hi I'm Claire and have worked with 2-5 year olds for nearly 13 years now.  I've had my CACHE Level 2 NVQ in Children's Learning & Development since 2008.  I have 2 grown up sons who I have brought up loving the outdoors.

I am passionate about working with children.  Everyday is different and watching their personalities blossom is a delight.

Mary Allen - Early Years Partner

I am Mary and I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce.  I am Mum to three grown up children and enjoy playing badminton as part of a mixed ability club. I am involved in a lot of fundraising activities through cycling and running..

Amy Cross - Early Years Partner

I'm Amy and I have recently completed my foundation degree.  I'm very excited to be joining The Learning Meadow team on 1 September.  I have enjoyed my studying but can’t wait to put my new knowledge and understanding of child development into practice.

Kirsty Clinch - Bank Staff

I am Level 3 qualified.  I also teach music and play the guitar.

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