Our Team

Main Staff 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 am paediatric first aid trained.

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. 

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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 am paediatric first aid trained.


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.  

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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 am paediatric first aid trained. 

I am passionate about working with children.  Everyday is different and watching their personalities blossom is a delight.  I have 2 grown up sons who I have brought up loving the outdoors.

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Amy Cross - Early Years Partner

I'm Amy and I have recently completed my foundation degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies. 


I'm very excited to be part of The Learning Meadow team.  I have enjoyed my studying but am now glad to be able to put my new knowledge and understanding of child development into practice.


Stacey Williams - Early Years Partner

Hi, I'm Stacey. I hold a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years and am fully qualified as a Paediatric first aider. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, including days out with my husband and four children.  I am a keen home cook and enjoying baking all sorts of sweet treats with my children. I love the outdoors and am a member of The National Trust which my family and I take full advantage of exploring all the different places.

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Gabrielle Redmond - Early Years Partner

Hi, I am Gabbi. I have worked in an Early Year setting since finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Education. I am paediatric first aid trained.

I have been fortunate enough to travel to St Lucia in South Africa. Whilst I was there, I did voluntary work in a local school and nursery. It was here that I found my passion for outdoor learning. Having studied how children thrive in more natural outdoor settings, I knew both from my experience and my studies that The Learning Meadow's ethos and setting was for me.

It has always been my calling to work with children. I am imaginative and creative, I am excited to sit around the campfire with the children and share stories, and a cookie or two. 


Mary Allen - Early Years Bank Staff

I am Mary and I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce.  I am paediatric first aid trained. 


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.

Others who help us


Jenny - Cleaning Partner

Jenny is self employed and ensures everything at The Learning Meadow is clean, tidy and safe​ for all us of to enjoy.


Corinna - Animal Partner

Corinna is self employed comes to The Learning Meadow once a week to help out with the animals and also pops in during holiday times to ensure our furry and feathered friends are well looked after.