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Smeeth Community Primary School

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Who is Who

Nursery Owner/Manager

Mary Calver 


I originally opened the nursery in my home in 1989. After many happy years and many happy children, I re-located to Smeeth CP School in September 2020, just a short walk down the hill from my original site.  I am passionate about outdoor learning and want to inspire children to appreciate nature and all that is beautiful in the natural world around them. I still love my job after all these years and gain immense job satisfaction from watching children in my care, develop and learn. I am a qualified Nursery Nurse, and also hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years Studies with Early Years Professional/Teacher Status.


Deputy Manager. Forest School Leader. Nursery Practitioner

Liam McCarthy 


I am the Deputy Manager at Rising Fives. I started my career at Rising Fives as a student, over a decade ago! In that time, I attained my Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development qualification along with a Level 3 Forest School Leadership qualification and have also attended Leadership and Management training for Early Years Leaders. I am very passionate about the early years and outdoor learning, I strongly believe children should be connecting to the natural world, engaging with the environment and managing risks for themselves. I love my job and have countless happy memories of the children and the families I have worked with. In my free time I enjoy (you guessed it) being outdoors, walking my dog Pepper and fishing the local lakes and rivers.


Nursery 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.


Nursery Practitioner

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.


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.


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