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Our Staff

Alison Dyke

M.A.Ed, BSc Hons, S.R.N, H.V, Advanced Diploma Child Development, EYPS, Professional Director/EYPS 

I opened the nursery at Crescent School in 2015 and rebranded the nursery as Pathfinders in 2018. I had previously established and run Nature Trails nursery at Cawston with the support of my husband and a professional management team. I am the Warwickshire chair of the National Day Nurseries Association and have represented the Early Years sector in numerous roles over the past 14 years at local and national level. In recent years, I have been a speaker at various UK and International Early Years conferences on improving the quality of nursery provision.


Prior to opening the nursery, I was a health visitor for 15 years and subsequently was a university lecturer specialising in child developmental psychology and nurse and health visitor education to postgraduate level. I have experience teaching nursery nurses at various levels of study for the Open University.


My three daughters have now grown up which gives me some time to enjoy hill walking and outdoor pursuits. I am proud of the nursery and its staff.

Rachel Ward

Manager BA (Hons)   Paediatric First Aid 11/17

I am a mum of two and I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children and family.  I also enjoy camping holidays.  I began working at Nature Trails, Cawston in 2005 and  completed my BA Degree with Honours in Early Years whilst working there. In September 2016 I moved over to the Crescent site and am now the Manager at Pathfinders Nursery.

Carolyn McGrellis

Deputy Manager  BA (Hons), Paediatric First Aid  03/17

I am the Deputy Manager at Pathfinders Nursery with specific responsibility for Forest Friends Pre-School. I hold BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and I am Designated Person for Safeguarding. I enjoy swimming, pilates and cinema visits in my spare time.



Richard Wheller

Business Manager BSc Hons

I am the Business Manager for Pathfinders working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I support the nursery in many roles including finance, purchasing and I assist with Forest School. I believe that I have found my niche in the Early Years sector. My background is in business and IT. I am married with a son, Rowan, who was born in September 2017. 

Steve Dyke


Qualifications: MBA, BSc Hons, NEBOSH Certificate

I became involved on a full-time basis with the Early Years sector in 2013 supporting Alison and the team. Prior to that, I worked in numerous industries specialising in company turnaround and process management. 


I share Alison's passion for the outdoors: walking, cycling, gardening, DIY.