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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. 

Diane Wheeler - Early Years Lead


I have been working in early years for 10 years and hold a level 5 qualification. I have two years experience of working in an outdoor setting and am passionate about outdoor learning and truly believe it is the perfect environment for children to develop and grow.  It gives them skills that they will use through-out life such as independence, resilience and confidence. 


I live with my husband and we have two boys aged 15 and 17 and a gorgeous labradoodle called Charlie.

Claire Small - Early Years Partner

Hi I'm Claire and have worked with 2-5 year olds for nearly 12 years now.  I've had my CACHE Level 2 NVQ in Children's Learning & Development since 2008.  I have 2 sons age 20 and 16 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.

Louise Robertson - Early Years Partner

Hi I'm Louise.  I have worked in childcare for the past 6 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.  

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..

Lucy Brown - Early Years Partner

I’m Lucy and I have worked with children, young people and families since 2008.  I hold a level 3 BTEC NDIP in Children’s Care, Learning & Development, level 3 City & Guilds in Supporting Children & Young People’s Speech, Language & Communication, and level 3 Role of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENco).

I believe the natural outdoor environment is the perfect setting for children to flourish.  Helping them to develop their confidence, self-awareness and independence.

Kirsty Clinch - Bank Staff

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

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