cherriesCherries is a natural progression from Apples. Our babies are beginning to move onto the next stage when, as well as enjoying the care, hugs and fun of their first room, they are starting to show a greater sense of adventure, a need to explore and the start of the social connections which turn into friendships as they progress through nursery. They will build on the activities they started in Apples; using different materials to mark make, exploring sand and water and joining in with and starting to dance to stories, songs and music, some which are familiar and others which will become familiar. Their grasp of hand/eye co-ordination will become stronger and the garden will provide plenty of opportunities to develop physical abilities while they are having fun in the fresh air. The children are encouraged and supported throughout the day. They are talked to and listened to; they are helped and encouraged in their journey towards independence, learning to wash their own hands and faces, and showing growing pride in their ability to feed themselves. A developing empathy towards others is strongly encouraged with an emphasis on turn taking and sharing and the boundaries that are in place, with encouragement and support, help to make good behaviour the norm.

Disclosure and Barring Checks

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring checks are processed for all members of staff, and are regularly updated.

Sarah McNamee

Sarah1After a first career in retail, Sarah was warmly welcomed to Monkton in 2013, where she has been embraced by all the children and staff. She completed NVQ Level 3 in 2015 and is now working towards a teaching qualification.

Sue Peters

Sue Peters 2017Sue is a fully qualified Nursery Practitioner with over sixteen years experience in childcare. Her kindness, gentleness and total competence with the children has ensured that she has fitted in perfectly at Monkton.

"Thank you to the Wonderful Talented Special ladies of Cherries, for looking after A...... It's been a great year and we will miss you. Luckily this is just au revoir for a couple of years! All our love and thanks, M.. and D....."

Parent 2015

Margaret Carter: Head of Room

MargaretC1As one of our Senior members of staff, Margaret has been employed at Monkton since 1993 and joined Monkton straight from school. She has gained valuable experience with each of the age groups, and only recently moved back to the younger range, where she offers a warm and stimulating day to our youngest children. This experience has made her the perfect choice to head up our new age group (18 months – 2years) in 2016. She has made sure that the room is a lively and exciting place to be, where the children are encouraged to grow, learn and become more independent, but where hugs and cuddles are freely available if it all gets a bit scary! She is also a mother to Isabella.

Lauren Edgar

Lauren1Lauren is our trainee Nursery Practitioner who gained her NVQ level 2 in 2015 and is working towards her level 3. As one of seven she already had a great deal of experience with little ones and after a spell in the baby room and with the toddlers, proving how good she is with each age group, she is now working with our new age group in Cherries.


Tara 2017Tara has a BA in Childhood and Youth Studies and is now working towards her NVQ Level 3 in childcare. Her previous experience in the care industry has given her a great deal of empathy for the needs of others and having her own young daughter, Riva, has ensured that she is bright, bubbly and fun and very aware of the needs of this age group.