Our Management Team

Passionate, dedicated, and loving, all Abacus Nursery practitioners love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference to all of the children who come to our Nursery.

Ruth West

Ruth West


As our Director, Ruth West is committed to helping children explore and learn in a hands-on environment. She has many years experience, is passionate in supporting her team and has owned the nursery since 2001. The excellent reputation of Abacus Nursery grew during the early days whilst being run from a purpose-built extension in her own home. The nursery expanded when she moved into the Cheddon Road premises.

Claire Kevan


Possessing enthusiasm, Claire Kevan has a nurturing personality and with Ruth supports the team of nursery practitioners at Abacus to ensure all of the children are given a high-quality childcare experience. Claire has worked with children for nearly thirty years and brings a huge amount of experience to the team. She is a dedicated Safeguarding lead and is also the Special Educational Needs and Disability lead at Abacus.

Claire Kevan

Emma Haines

Deputy Manager

With a warm personality and hands-on approach towards learning, we are thrilled to have Emma as our Deputy, she shares running the Toddler/Pre-school room with Michelle. 
Emma is committed to helping children and babies explore and develop in a nurturing environment. She has been with Abacus for 15 years and has always been an inspirational member of the team. Emma shares the Safeguarding Lead and SENCO role with Claire to ensure that we always have a trained Safeguarding lead/SENCO at nursery (or contactable).

Michelle Keane

Toddler & Pre-School Room Supervisor

Michelle brings with her a huge amount of knowledge and experience, she has previous experience of working in baby and pre-school rooms. Michelle shares the Special Educational Needs and Disability role at Abacus with Claire & Emma. This ensures that we always have a staff member on site to support SEND.


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