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Smeeth Community Primary School

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Who is Who

Managing Director. Early Years Practitioner.

Liam McCarthy 


I started my career at Rising Fives as a student, over a decade ago under the mentorship of Mary Calver.  In that time, I attained my Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development qualification along with a Level 3 Forest School Leadership qualification and have countless happy memories of all the children and the families I have worked with. Following Mary Calver’s retirement in 2021, I created Rising Fives LTD and have the pleasure of continuing to provide a valued service to the Families of the local community and beyond.


 I am very passionate about the Early Years and outdoor learning; I strongly believe children should be connecting with the natural world, engaging with the environment and taking the first steps in managing risk for themselves.


In my free time I enjoy (you guessed it) being outdoors, walking my two dogs and fishing the local lakes and rivers.


Deputy Manager. Early Years Practitioner. SENCo

Tracey McVittie


I am married with two children, both of which loved the Rising Fives experience. I have worked in the nursery since 2008 and hold a level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development. I’m the nursery SENCO and am passionate about helping all children to reach their potential.


Early Years Practitioner (in training)

Alex Senior 


I have two daughters; both have attended Rising Fives and had the most wonderful experience. With my youngest daughter now at school I have been lucky enough to join the Rising Fives team at Smeeth School.


I have a BA Hons in Fine Art and have previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school.


Early Years Educator (in training)

Amy Davies


I am a mum of 2 girls who both had a fantastic experience at Rising Fives.
I started volunteering in the nursery during the pandemic, which I loved and I have now joined the amazing team as a Trainee Early Years Educator. 

I am looking forward to gaining knowledge and experience whilst having fun and making lots of happy memories with the children.


Nursery Assistant

Rose Cossey


I started working part time at Rising Fives Nursery in 2009 when my youngest child started school. The youngest three of my five children attending Rising Fives in their early years and had great fun.

My interests include music, cooking, walking and I also enjoy paddle boarding and surfing holidays in North Devon with my family.


Nursery Assistant

Eleanor Cook


I have a little girl who attended Rising Fives and had the absolutely best time. Watching her come on leaps and bounds and having so much fun will always be a found memory for us both. I have perviously worked in education settings and wanted to gain experience with younger children so I became a volunteer. I loved it so much I'm now lucky enough to be part of the amazing team.  



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