Staff Profiles

  • Meet Our Staff

    With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Outstanding staff, delivering an Outstanding service.

  • All our staff here at Merryvale have a full enhanced DBS check, are fully vetted and  maintain high standards through continuous professional development and regular supervision.
  • Gayle Perry
    Owner/Managing Director

    I have been working with under fives for over forty years! Initially I worked for Birmingham Education Authority, in many different types of settings including a nursery for hearing impaired children. I have also worked for Save the Children Fund on various projects in inner city Birmingham. In 1992 I opened Merryvale as a small unit for eighteen 2-5year olds and the present day Merryvale has grown from that.

    Although my role within the nursery has changed over the years I still love to watch our children grow and develop. We now take some of our former nursery children for work experience which gives me a real sense of achievement!

    Michelle Colwell
    Deputy Manager

    I am 32yrs old and I have been working at Merryvale for 14 years. I have been Supervisor of the 0-2yrs groups and am at present supervising the 2-3yrs and 3-5yrs groups and the child Protection Officer. I am also  Deputy Manager.

    Amy Parker
    Supervisor/Student Supervisor

    I am 30 years old and a qualified NNEB nursery practitioner. I  have been working at Merryvale for almost 12 years .I am supervisor of the 2-3yrs room and also our student Supervisor. I still thoroughly enjoy the job and am proud to be part of such a well established team..

    Vicky Rubery
    Room Leader

    I have a level 3 qualification and have been working at Merryvale full time for 6 years now. I originally joined six years ago as a college student and came to help develop my skills and knowledge of childcare. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and have recently become a mother myself.

    Laura Ellis

    I have been at Merryvale for almost two years and have recently completed a level 3 apprenticeship here. I have learned a lot, both through theory based learning, and the practical side. I have been very lucky to work alongside such a highly qualified team, who have A LOT of experience between them.

    Melissa Withers

    I  joined Merryvale as an apprentice, I have achieved levels 2 and I am now working towards level 3. I am really enjoying my time here, and hope to be as good as the other staff who work here soon.

    Amy Richards

    I have recently joined the Merryvale team and I am currently working towards Level 2.

  • Vicky Lambert

    I am 32yrs old and have two daughters. 
    This is my sixteenth year at Merryvale, I started as a student and have worked as a Supervisor in all of the rooms and am  now Manager.

    I am currently studying for a degree in early years, and am happy to be broadening my knowledge, and the opportunities I am able to offer the children here at Merryvale.

    Shelley Clewes

    I am 30yrs old  and am NNEB qualified, and have been working at Merryvale for 8 years. I thouroughly enjoy working with the babies. I am also the nursery SENCO

    Vicky Flood
    Room Leader

    I am 28 years old and have been working at Merryvale, since I joined after school to complete an apprenticeship in childcare. After the two year course, I gained the full qualification, and was lucky enough to be offered a job and the opportunity to stay. I have worked throughout the nursery, and currently work with as a room leader with the 0-2 year old children.

    Sheree Nettleford
    All Rounder

    I am level 3 qualified and recently left to work in another area of care. I came back because I realised that working with children is what I want to do more than anything!

    Emma Price

    have recently completed a level 3 qualification in childcare and I have worked throughout the setting during my training, and am currently working with the 0-2 year old children

    Fauve Tomkinson

    I have just completed level 3 at Merryvale after completing a level2 placement from college with them. I enjoyed my placement so much I decided to stay.

    Leah Guise

    I too have recently joined  Merryvale as an apprentice. I am working towards level 2