Nursery Team

Caroline Barwick

Nursery Manager

Caroline Barwick previously our Quality Manager overseeing training and quality auditing of our 6 nurseries, came to Ashington as manager to continue working towards Outstanding childcare following our recent ofsted inspection in October 2016.

Caroline's strengths are ensuring that the team are motivated and innovative in the delivery of care and education to the children.  She is a very organised and methodical person.  Caroline has been involved with Ashington since 2014 in her role as quality manager, so knows the team well.

Deputy Manager
Lorraine Coward
Lorraine joined Ashington in 2013 having returned from living in France.  She has previously been deputy in a nursery and achieved an outstanding award from Ofsted.  Lorraine is innovative and creative and her ability to captivate the children’s imagination to teach them new skills, is a joy to watch.

Senior Nursery Practitioner Yvonne Harper L3

Yvonne covers room leader days off and coaches team members on good pratice.  Yvonne has years of experience including
Montessori practice, which we include in our daily activities.  Yvonne oversees planning and ensures that children's individual development needs are being met through the adult led activities planned.  We value Yvonne's experience and guidance for the newer qualified members of the team.

14 staff 8 L3 qualified 1 Level 2 2 unqualified 1 cook = 80% of team qualified
with all staff first aid trained or booked onto training

We are working towards Millies Mark to have all staff first aid trained

All Stars Room  - Pre-School Children
Room Leader Level 3 - Lorraine Coward 

      Nursery Practitioner  - Connor Fletcher (working towards L3)
Ellie Coward L3

Shooting Stars- Toddlers
Room Leader Level 3 - Abigail Elliott

 Trainee Nursery Nurse L3 - Chloe Coward
Twinkles - Babies
Room Leader Level 3 - Stacey West
Nursery Practitioner Level 3  -Hannah Harber
Nursery Practitoner Level 3 - Daisy Carvey

Nursery Asst - Pam Brooker
Nursery Asst - Gina Ramsey

Lunchtime Asst - Sandra O'Scanlon


Nursery Cook
Jo Cooper

Nursery Practitioner -Harriet Taylor - Level 3 (Mat Leave)


Antonia Ogden Meade - RGN, MSc, Graduate Early Years Professional.
Nursery Owner/ Business Manager 

Antonia Ogden-Meade RGN, MSc, Early Years Professional Antonia Ogden-Meade has worked in Quality and Performance for over 20 years. She started her career in the NHS as a Nurse and worked in Children's health services for a number of years before going into performance and operational management. Having been an Executive Director of Performance and Operations for 4 years, Antonia left the NHS to set up her own Nursery in 2006 and has since expanded her successful business to 6  settings (2 of which are 'Outstanding' nurseries, the newest achieving a 'Good' at its registration inspection). Ashington Children's Nursery was her 4th nursery. Antonia's strength is linking the national requirements with the individual needs of the children in the nursery community (child centric care) - making sure it is the children who benefit from receiving the best care possible. Antonia has been nominated for a lifetime acheivement award with Nursery Management Today and sucessful in being a finalist for her work as a Senior Nurse in the NHS, Charitable work for disabled children, Ofsted Inspector and of course the nursery portfolio.  We await the results in November 2016 at an awards ceremony in London.




Our team is not just based in the Nursery. Our partner nurseries are:
A Step Ahead at Lower Beeding -
Little Acorns Southwater -
A Step Ahead at Lancing
A Step Ahead at Shoreham
Rockinghorse Nursery

The children move between the rooms based on their stages of development, and in some instances a child can transition between two rooms in readiness for the move to a new room.  If a child needs more of a challenge as currently working above their expected level of development, then they will visit the other rooms to join in specific activities which will challenge them in the area that they thrive.  We have found that this approach also supports our behaviour policy as the children remain engaged whilst challenged.






Monday - Friday
8.00am - 6.00pm
52 weeks a year.

Earlier sessions are available on request with an early session of 7.30am to 8am charged as extra.

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