The Burrow Nursery in Ashtead About Us

The Burrow is very proud of its Team of extremely skilled and experienced practitioners led and managed by a qualified primary school teacher. Our engagement and interaction with the children is always innovative and inspiring, and our exceptionally high ratio of staff means we never miss the chance to teach something new!

Our Aims:

The Burrow aims to:

  • ‘Teach children to DO things and inspire them to BE something’
  • give them the opportunity to encounter new and exciting challenges
  • help them discover a sense of awe and wonder in their learning
  • encourage them to value and care for the world around them
  • enable them to reach their full potential, working in partnership with their parents and carers
  • provide them, their parents and carers with experiences that promote equality and value diversity
  • nurture them to work together to enhance life in the local community

So, whether it’s learning to put on their coats, eat their snack, paint a picture, dig a hole, look at beetles, stand in line, sing some songs, feed the rabbits (or ducks or chickens or stick insects!), construct a den, talk to an adult, go on a map-walk, cook an egg, write their name, ride a bike, cut a sandwich, wait their turn, climb a tree, use good manners, identify a bird, share their toy, compare wellie boot sizes, read a book, grow some carrots, wash their hands, count the cups, build a tower, dress a doll, know the days of the week, sift the sand, pour their drink, print a pattern, stomp in a puddle, chat over lunch, make a shell mobile, chop some fruit, buckle their shoe, toast a marshmallow, construct a rope swing, jump in a leaf pile, measure the capacity of a bucket, remember their birthday, say good morning, mix a mud pie, act out a well-known story, sit round a campfire, chalk on the patio, recite a favourite nursery rhyme… in fact everything that fills the exciting world of a child at The Burrow… the Team will always be:
‘Teaching to DO, Inspiring to BE’.

“I love the fact, that you have a lovely garden with animals and the woodlands for my children to discover. Best nursery, I could choose for them to be.” Szilvia - Freya's & Luana's Mummy

The Burrow Nursery in Ashtead The Burrow Team

Mrs Lynn Mee (BSc, PGCE, EYPS)

Owner & Manager, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

As a qualified teacher (for a long time now!), and a mum of four fab children, my dream was to own a very special nursery, where teachers would love their work, parents would be relaxed, children would be inspired, and magical learning would happen every day….and that dream has become a reality with The Burrow! I’m a lot older now of course, and hopefully a little bit wiser, but I am still a dreamer, and every day, with every teacher, parent, and child that passes our way, The Burrow continues to grow.
If I get any spare time I love to spend it with my now grown-up family, dog walking, visiting nice restaurants, going to the seaside, and even doing a little reading in those rare quiet moments.

My vision will always be to give children the very best start to their journey through education, inspiring them to do wonderful things and to be something truly amazing…and enjoy every minute along the way!

Mrs Tamlyn Piguillem CACHE L4 NVQ Children's Care, Learning & Development

Nursery Practitioner

I have worked in the early years sector for 13 years, across various positions in nurseries and nannying, taking a few years out to spend time with my young family.

Witnessing first hand how my daughter thrived at The Burrow, when she left to start school I was very excited to have the opportunity to join the amazing Burrow Team.

In my spare time I enjoy trips to the beach (especially the sandy ones!), spending time with family and friends and travelling.

Mrs Emily Berrill L3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Lead Nursery Practitioner

Since leaving school I have worked with children in a range of settings from caring for children with complex additional needs, to nannying, childminding and family support within the charity sector.  As a mum of three children, I love spending time with my family, often spending weekends at the beach paddle boarding or walking in the New Forest.

Miss Katie Owen (Level 5 EYFS Teaching, L3 BTec)

Deputy Manager (Nursery and Holiday Club), Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

I have been working in childcare for 7 years and have a range of experiences within the local area. I feel, as the Deputy Manager, I am a highly motivated and passionate member of The Burrow Team, with a real focus on having fun, learning lots and being creative! I love the mixture of being outdoors in the wood and free-flow in the house, giving the children a real balance of experiences. I am very excited to also be the Deputy Manager of The Burrow Holiday Club, sharing our fantastic setting with the wider community of school-aged children.

Mrs Jean Goodliffe (Cert in Ed)

SENDCo (Part Time) and Nursery Practitioner (Supply Cover)

Having originally trained as a teacher, I began my career in business but I have been involved in the education sector since 1996 when I joined the infant school my children attended initially teaching children ICT. My role became helping children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) which I found very rewarding. When the school opened a nursery, I was given the opportunity to extend my knowledge and experience and began working within the nursery. Now being ‘semi retired’ (!), I work at The Burrow as the SEND Coordinator on a part-time basis which also allows me to be a ‘supply’ practitioner, being called upon to cover for other members of staff when they are on training courses etc.

In my spare time I ran a Beaver Colony for many years and also was a volunteer helper with a local football club and church holiday club.

Miss Jessica Long

Apprentice Nursery Practitioner

Growing up I was always around younger children due to having a big family, this is what first inspired me to want to teach children.  I have participated in a variety of different activities involving children, such as netball coaching, helping at the local Beaver Group and I have even been a Christmas Elf!!  In my spare time I enjoy camping and looking after my pets (I have 24!) as well as spending time with my friends.  I have loved every moment of working alongside children and I am now very excited to be gaining my apprenticeship qualification at The Burrow!

Mrs Myra Eagles (Sec Dip, NVQ)

Business Manager, Finance Manager

For a great part of my career I have been involved in education administration in a school environment, 8 years of which as a School Business Manager. Having decided to look for a new opportunity, I was very excited to join The Burrow in its early stages, where I could put my skills and knowledge to work developing the administrative structure of the nursery. The Burrow is a very special environment to work in, with the added bonus of interacting, listening and chatting to all the gorgeous children (they bring a smile to my face every day!), working with a great team, and not to mention all the animals. It definitely isn’t your usual office job!! When I’m not at The Burrow I love to cook, bake (not always successfully!), and travel (I have a bucket list!). I’m also keen on Yoga, and I love going to watch my two sons, who are both professional jazz musicians, whenever possible.

Miss Aisha Kowlesser (NVQ 3)

Nursery Practitioner, Holiday Club Lead Playworker

I have worked in childcare since I started babysitting at 15 and I love everything about it! I visited the woods of Ashtead Park, around what is now The Burrow, with my mum and my little brother when I was younger, so being back here, working at the nursery, brings back really lovely memories. My family are everything to me, including my guinea pig, Chester, and all I want is to be able to give other children the happiness my mum gave me when I was a child.

Miss Dani Kearsey

Apprentice Nursery Practitioner

I am so thrilled to be able to start my career in Early Years at The Burrow! I’m very passionate to work with children and dedicated to helping them get ready to start their journey in education.  Working outside in the wood makes me curious to find new ways to learn and teach the children as there’s something new and different every day!  Each day I am so inspired by the children, watching their personalities come through as they learn and grow is so rewarding and I can’t wait to learn and grow as a practitioner in such an exciting environment!