Heywood Nursery learning

Meet the Nursery Team

Our enthusiastic and nurturing team of staff ensure that life in Heywood Nursery is fun and happy. Find out more about the Nursery Team here.

Alex Jones, Head of Nursery and Oak Class Leader

Montessori Nursery Teaching Diploma, NAMCW

Alex Jones is the Head of Nursery and teaches one group of older nursery children. After training the working as a nanny, she followed this up with a Montessori Nursery Teaching Diploma and ran the nursery and Stonar School for 10 years before moving to the Heywood Nursery. Away from work she spends as much time as possible in the great outdoors, walking and gardening or on the back of a motor bike!

She says: I enjoy the friendly and caring atmosphere at Heywood prep and it gives me great satisfaction to watch the children thrive and flourish in such a beautiful environment and know that I have played a part in that process. Our busy nursery lays the foundations for the children’s transition to Heywood Prep.

Katie Cowan, Beech Class Leader


Before joining Heywood Prep in 2001, Heywood Nursery’s Miss Katie worked in the after school club at St Margaret’s school and then in a day nursery with 2-3 year olds. Calm and gentle, she is adept at preparing the children for the step up to big school.

She says: I wanted to work in a nursery setting which is a part of a school environment.  I enjoy seeing how much the children develop during their time with us.

Fleur Knowles, Ash Class Leader

NNEB and NVQ Level 3

After studying and gaining her Nursery Nurse qualification at Swindon College, Mrs Fleur, as she is known to the children, joined the Nursery at Heywood Prep in 1991. Eight years later she took a career break to have two children of her own, subsequently returning to the Nursery at the school’s request. When she is away from Heywood, she loves to spend time with her family, and is a passionate baker and a keen swimmer.

She says: I chose Heywood Prep simply because it was by far the best Nursery in the local area.

Carly Halliwell, Sapling Class Leader

Early Years Foundation Degree

It was after having her first child that Carly Halliwell realised she wanted to pursue a career in childcare and trained as a registered child-minder, caring for children between the ages of 6 months to 11 years. In 2013 in order to take her career further she decided to return to studying where she achieved her Early Years Foundation Degree. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying days out and trips to the theatre.

She says: As a parent of two children who attended Heywood Prep Nursery, I was aware of the friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic teachers and children and knew it was somewhere I would love to become a part of. When the position became avaliable, I decided to apply and since then have loved watching the children thrive and develop into caring individuals.

Amy Matcham, Acorn Class Leader and Holiday Club Coordinator

Diploma in Childcare & Education Level 3

Local girl, Amy Matcham attended Corsham School and studied for her Diploma in Childcare & Education Level 3 at Chippenham College. A dab hand at darts, Miss Amy first to came to Heywood Prep on a college placement working in the school, and is now responsible for one of classes for the Nursery’s youngest children.

She says: I loved the feel of the place, the friendly staff and the enthusiastic children. I was offered the job as a class nursery teacher, and have loved every minute of the past nine years. I enjoy being part of a community that is friendly and caring and along with the children and parents, there is always a reason to smile.

Sadie Fenton, Nursery Assitant

Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3

During her time at Chippenham College where she studied for her Diploma in Childcare and Education, Sadie Fenton gained experience with children aged from newborn-11 years. Miss Fenton joined the nursery at Heywood Prep in 2015 as a assistant. In her spare time Miss Fenton enjoy baking and is an avid fan of cookery programmes.

She says: I have a passion in creativity and imaginative play, Heywood gave me the opportunity to use my passion to help children develop further in their education.