A PRE-SCHOOL manager described as a ‘fairy godmother’ to children and families across the borough has been handed an MBE.
Meryl Homer, St Alphege Pre School manager, has received the honour for services to Early Years Education.
Meryl started off as a volunteer 24 years ago at the Church Hill Road pre-school.
She works mostly with the two to three-year-olds and as well as making mud pies in the forest they also look at issues including the recent Manchester and London Terror attacks to help children understand what has happened.
Speaking to The Observer a delighted Meryl, who has also sat on the school’s committee over the years, said she couldn’t believe that she had been chosen to receive such a prestigious honour.
She added: ” I am still in shock really as I never imagined something like this could be awarded to someone like me.
“I love my job and the reward is honestly seeing the children grow and flourish and just being part of their educational journey.
“I was, and still am, quite overwhelmed to be honest as I see myself as quite ordinary and as though I am just doing my job.”
As part of the nomination process for honours to be handed out a number of testimonials and letters of support from the community about the nominees work.
One letter of support included in Meryl’s nomination read: “She’s a visionary. She’s a champion for children. She never settles. She’s a fairy godmother.
“I feel blessed that my children took their first steps in education with Meryl holding their hands.
“There are hundreds of happier, stronger, more resourceful, more tenacious and more confident young people in our community because of the start Meryl Homer has given them.”