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Nursery Staff

Our staff have been carefully chosen for their skill, dedication and love of children, as well as their qualifications. Staff meet the training requirements for their individual roles as specified by Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). We have a very low staff turnover which ensures continuity, allowing us to form great relationships with the children and their families.

One of the key criteria for staff is that, besides being qualified, they have a genuine rapport with children and are dedicated to their chosen profession.

Staff members bring their own skills to nurture and encourage the children to learn through a balance of free play and adult-led activities.

Our excellent team, some of whom have been with us for over 22 years, is led by a manager who is supported by two deputy managers. Between these three staff they have almost 100 years of combined childcare experience.

We also employ practitioners and support workers. We have a wide staff age range who hold a variety of qualifications including a primary school teacher and former paediatric nurse. Everyone contributes their own personal skills, some being mothers and grandmothers.

Staff are trained to understand and promote each child’s development, making their day fun while learning. Support workers are assisted to obtain SVQ level 2 or NC in childcare, followed by SVQ 3 / HNC to become a practitioner. After gaining practical experience staff are then encouraged to undertake HND / BA Childhood Practice which leads to supervisory and managerial roles. Training is ongoing. We are committed to maintaining and improving standards of care through a programme of continuing professional development for all our staff.

In addition to their qualifications all staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Fire Safety, Manual Handling, Child Protection, Elementary Food Hygiene and various other training courses.

The nursery has long established relationships with West Lothian College and the Carousel Training Centre. We provide vocational training opportunities for modern apprentices and full time college students.

NURSERY MANAGER

Carolann Campbell
Carolann CampbellNURSERY MANAGER
Carolann Campbell joined the team in January 1993 and is responsible for the overall day to day running of the nursery.

Qualifications:
Nursery Nurses Examination Board (NNEB) (1984)
PDA – Early Education and Childcare (2008)
HND Childhood Practice (2010)
BA Childhood Practice (2012)

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Carol Boyle
Carol BoyleDEPUTY MANAGER
Carol Boyle, the longest serving member of the team, began in November 1992. Carol is room supervisor in the baby room and has overall responsibility for the children in the 0-3 years age group. Carol also undertakes additional managerial tasks in the absence of the manager.

Qualifications:
Scottish Nursery Nurse Board (1988)
HND Childhood Practice (2011)

DEPUTY MANAGER

Jackie MacDermid
Jackie MacDermidDEPUTY MANAGER
Jackie MacDermid joined the nursery in January 2007. As well as undertaking deputising duties she has overall responsibility for learning provision in the 3-5 years age group.

Qualifications:
Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN) (1982)
Registered Nurse in Mental Handicap (RNMH) (1983)
SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development (2008) SVQ In Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 9 (2019)

TWEENIE ROOM SUPERVISOR

Kellie Broadley
Kellie BroadleyTWEENIE ROOM SUPERVISOR
Kellie Broadley started at the nursery as a modern apprentice in July 2013 and has progressed to Tweenie Room supervisor. Kellie has completed her BA Childhood Practice.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development (2014)
HND Childhood Practice (2016)
BA Childhood Practice Degree (2019)

PRACTITIONER

Anita Anderson
Anita AndersonKEY WORKER - TWEENIE ROOM
Anita Anderson joined the staff team in 2017 and is currently deployed in the Tweenie room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning & Development (2013)

PRACTITIONER

Ann Johnston
Ann JohnstonPRACTITIONER
Ann Johnston joined the nursery in February 1993 and is a keyworker in the Baby Room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) (2015)

SUPERVISOR

Joy Bell
Joy BellPRE-SCHOOL SUPERVISOR
Joy Bell began working in the nursery in February 2008 and is currently supervisor in the Tweenie Room.

Qualifications:
SVQ3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (2008)

SUPPORT WORKER

Barbara MacDougall
Barbara MacDougallSUPPORT WORKER
Barbara MacDougall joined the nursery in January 1993 on a youth training scheme. Barbara supports the practitioners in the Baby Room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and development (2005)

PRACTITIONER

Sharon Scott
Sharon ScottKEY WORKER - BABY ROOM
Sharon Scott originally joined the nursery team in 1998. She worked as a practitioner until 2002 when she left to further her career in a private nursery in Edinburgh. Sharon returned to the nursery in February 2016 as a keyworker in the baby room.

Qualifications:
Scottish Nursery Nurse Board (1993)
HNC Early Education and Childcare (2012)

PRACTITIONER

Sevyn Martin
Sevyn Martin KEY WORKER - BABY ROOM
Sevyn Martin joined the team as a modern apprentice in Aug 2017 and completed her training in December 2018. Sevyn is now a practitioner in the baby room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) (2018)

PRACTITIONER

Catriona Calder
Catriona CalderKEY WORKER - BABY ROOM
Catriona Calder joined the staff team in 2016 and is a keyworker in the baby room.

Qualifications:
HNC- Additional Support Needs (2016)

PRACTITIONER

Lisa Anderson
Lisa AndersonKEY WORKER - BABY ROOM
Lisa Anderson joined the staff team in May 2017 and is a keyworker in the baby room.

Qualifications:
Scottish Nursery Nurse Board (1995)

PRACTITIONER

Hollie Anderson
Hollie Anderson KEY WORKER - PRE-SCHOOL ROOM
Hollie Anderson joined the staff team in March 2017 and is a keyworker in the pre-school room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning & Development

PRACTITIONER

Julia Czachor
Julia Czachor KEY WORKER - TWEENIE ROOM
Julia Czachor joined the team as a modern apprentice in March 2018 and completed her training in June 2019. Julia is now a practitioner in the Tweenie room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) (2019)

PRACTITIONER

Alexandra Cheeseman
Alexandra CheesemanPRACTITIONER
Alexandra Cheeseman enrolled as a modern apprentice in May 2011. Following the acquisition of her childcare qualification she is now undertaking a keyworking role in the Baby Room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (2012)

PRACTITIONER

Alanna Meikle
Alanna MeiklePRACTITIONER
Alanna Meikle joined the team as a modern apprentice in May 2014 and completed her training in August 2015. Alanna now provides support to keyworkers in all areas of the nursery.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) (2015)

PRACTITIONER

Claire Mackie
Claire MackiePRACTITIONER
Claire Mackie began working at the nursery in August 2014 and is the co-ordinator of the drop off and collection service to the local authority nurseries. Claire also works in all areas of the nursery covering staff holidays.

Qualifications:
HNC Child Care and Education (2004)

PRACTITIONER

Angela Preston
Angela PrestonKEY WORKER - TWEENIE ROOM
Angela Preston joined then nursery team in April 2018 and is a practitioner in the Tweenie Room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Early Years Care & Education (2003)

PRACTITIONER

Jane MacLellan
Jane MacLellan KEY WORKER - BABY ROOM
Jane MacLellan joined the staff team in Oct 2018 and is a practitioner in the baby room.

Qualifications:
Scottish Nursery Nurse Board (SNNB) (1984)

PRACTITIONER

Caitlin Jones
Caitlin JonesKEY WORKER - TWEENIE ROOM
Caitlin Jones joined then nursery team in Mar 2019 and is a practitioner in the Tweenie Room.

Qualifications:
SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) (2016)

TRAINEE PRACTITIONER

Shona Nicoll
Shona NicollTRAINEE PRACTITIONER
Shona is currently undertaking SVQ 3 Social Services (Children & Young People) and hopes to complete the qualification by the end of 2020.