Ruth Mercer


Linden Early Years

, England - South West


Ruth has a lifetime career in early education and care.

She has been a local authority adviser, a deputy head and then Head of a highly successful large nursery school and children’s centre. As a leadership coach, Ruth has a particular interest in leadership development and a coaching approach to all aspects of early childhood development. Ruth is an endorsed action learning set facilitator working within teams and across teams. Her Masters specialised on integrated working with children and families and this brings a strong belief in promoting child voice.

Ruth can offer bespoke training and consultancy on a range of themes, some of which are leadership and team development, integrating two year olds’ into your provision, image of the child, involving parents in their children’s learning.

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Linden Learning has two spheres – Linden Early Years and Linden Coaching.

Linden Learning’s early years team has built up a reputation in the sector for a deep knowledge of how young children learn and develop. Many of our associates are published authors and have written regularly for popular early childhood magazines. We also work regularly in settings and have a real appreciation of current issues facing staff working in settings across the country.

We understand that time for professional development is precious and will work with you to make sure that all our training is engaging, purposeful and enjoyable. We offer a range of packages to suit differing priorities and are keen to discuss individual needs to tailor support to each setting.

Linden Early Years offers training, consultancy and coaching on all aspects of Early Childhood, including leadership and management.


"Thank you, for a really good training day. The day went quickly and in a ‘good’ way! [It was] presented in an interesting way with a good balance of listening, discussion and video clips.”

Ruth Matthews, Nursery Assistant Alton College Nursery

"Linden Learning have delivered tailor made training for our team and this has had a direct impact on our practice. We believe [Linden Learning] has helped us obtain our outstanding Ofsted rating by keeping us up to date with current inspection framework and delivering the training we need to exceed it. Linden Learning gives great advice to us as individuals and also helps us work more effectively as a team”

April Alderton, Manager Whytebeams Nusery


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