Meet our

Staff

We believe that in order to provide the exceptional service we expect we need to invest in our staff.  We encourage professional development and all staff regularly attend training and are inspired to be innovative in their practice.

All staff have level 2 food hygiene and paediatric first aid training.

About our

Owner/Manager

I am passionate about early years education and thoroughly enjoy working with young children.  The excitement and curiosity that they bring to everything they do is what I love the most.  I have a keen interest in how young children learn and develop and I enjoy leading an enthusiastic team of staff to ensure we provide all our children with a first class service.  I am a qualified teacher (PGC Primary) with sixteen years of experience, and have studied further to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies.  I have recently went back to studies to complete a Masters in Early Years Pedagogue. I was lucky enough to visit Norway on a study visit,  to observe their innovative educational practice, where children learn from real life experiences.  I will use some aspects of what I have learned to encourage independence, creativity and resilience in the children I work with.  As a mum of two I know how difficult it is to hand your child over to someone else to look after. Craighead Country Nursery will offer the very best for your child and you as parents can relax in the knowledge your child is in very capable hands. 

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About our

Craighead Family

Heather
Heather
Deputy Manager

Hello, I am Heather.  I am the Deputy Manager at Craighead. I have been working with children and their families for about 17 years, in various roles and settings. My favourite thing about Craighead is that everyday is filled with laughter, smiles and lots of fun! When I’m not in nursery I love to spend my time in my kitchen cooking and baking for my friends and family.

#Family #Friendly #Fun-Loving

Liz
Liz
Room Leader

Hi, I am Liz and I am the Room Leader in the Nest. I have been qualified and working with children for around 19 years. I really enjoy working at Craighead as it’s a fun and exciting nursery with a great atmosphere and great workmates. When I’m not at work I love to spend time with my family, reading and walking. 

#Family #Fun #Teamwork

Rikki
Rikki
Early Years Practitioner

I’m Rikki  I joined the Craighead team 5 years ago to complete a Modern Apprenticeship and it has been the best move I’ve ever made. My favourite thing about Craighead is seeing how happy and smiley the children are in the fun, loving environment we offer. Another favourite thing is of course my Craighead family. In my spare time I love spending time with my family & going long walks & playing with my dog Frankie!

#Smiley #Happy #Fun

Hazel
Hazel
Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Hazel.  I have been part of the Craighead team since 2019 and they really are like my little extended family. My favourite thing about Craighead over the year is seeing the wee ones grow in confidence as they get to know me. Outside of work I enjoy walking my two dogs.

#Outdoors #Friendly #Walking

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Amy
Early Years Practitioner

Hello! I'm Amy.  I qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in 2020.  I am currently based in the Den.  I love getting to know each child as an individual and watching them grow and learn new skills. I love messy play and being outdoors seeing the children explore and using their imagination.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking my dog and spending time with my family and friends.  

#Family #Messy #Fun

Lindsay
Lindsay
Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Lindsay and I am based in the Nest with the youngest of the Craighead family. I qualified with an HNC in Childhood Practice and I am now studyign towards a BA in Childhood Practice. After carrying out my placement at Craighead I knew that I wanted to return to join the team.  I really enjoy seeing the children grow and flourish within the loving environment provided at Craighead.  In my spare time I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my own two children creating memories!

#Love #Experiences #Family

Philippa
Philippa
Early Years Practitioner

Hi I’m Philippa and I am based in the Nest. I joined the Craighead team recently and it’s been the best decision, I’ve never been happier! I love working with the youngest of Craighead’s children and being able to see them thrive. I love messy play and singing nursery rhymes it’s amazing to see the children get involved and take the learning in their own direction. My free time is spent with my son, usually exploring different parks or chilling out with a movie of his choice!

#Family #Cuddles #Laughter

Dionne
Dionne
Early Years Practitioner

Hello, I am Dionne and I was a student at Craighead before qualifying and joining the team.  I am based in the Den and love working with the younger age group.  I enjoy messy activities the most as I love seeing children being creative and imaginative. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, going for long walks and spending time with my family and friends.

#Cuddles #Smiles #Laughter

Ashley
Ashley
Room Leader

Hi, I’m Ashley, I am the room leader in the Den. I have 15 years experience in early years and have been at Craighead for over 2 years.  I love creating interest boxes for the children, the concentration and excitement they show is amazing. When I’m not at work I enjoy walking with my daughter and dog and spending time with family and friends. 

#Excitement #Family #Outdoor

Ashlyn
Ashlyn
Early Years Practitioner

My name is Ashlyn and I  currently work in The Nest, I have been a qualified early years practitioner for 9 years now and have loved every minute. My favourite thing to do at nursery is messy play, I love to see the children react as they explore new textures. When I’m not at work I enjoy walking and spending time with my family.

#Happy #Fun #Adventurous

Ambar
Ambar
Early Years Practitioner

Hi, I am Ambar and I qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in 2020.  I am currently based in the Den.  I love messy play and being outdoors as I can see the children’s personalities and imagination shine!  When I am not at work I love taking my dog Rosie walks and spending time with my family and friends. 

#Friendly #Outdoors #Creative

Kaytlyn
Kaytlyn
Early Years Practitioner

Hi I am Kaytlyn and I am part of the Den team at Craighead.  I was lucky enough to complete my HNC placement at Craighead and have never left!  I am really passionate about outdoors learning and love to see the children explore, have fun and learn new things within the natural world.  In my spare time I love going for long walks and baking some tasty treats.

#Fun #Enthusiastic #Creative

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Aimee
Room Leader

Hi my name is Aimee and I joined the Craighead family in 2018.  I am now the Warren Room Leader.  I am currently doing my BA Childhood Practice at university. My favourite thing about Craighead is our loving and caring environment. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially going for a coffee and some shopping with my mum.

#Fun #Friendly #Family

Shannon
Shannon
Early Years Practitioner

Hello! I am Shannon.  I was a student at Craighead whilst I completed my HNC Childhood Practice and I am now based in the Warren. My favourite thing to do at the nursery is exploring outdoors. I love to see how the children’s imagination run wild when outside. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

#Friendly #Fun #Outdoors

Nia
Nia
Room Leader

I’m Nia. I work in The Warren as an Early Years Practitioner.  I have participated in volunteering with groups of young children both in schools and out with. My favourite thing about Craighead is seeing the children smile and watch their imagination run wild outdoors! When I’m not in nursery I love to spend time with my family!

#Laughter #Smiles #Fun

Vicky
Vicky
Early Years Practitioner

Hello I am Vicky!  I love working in early years as no two days are ever the same.  I enjoy watching the children grow sharing their excitement at discovering new things.  My favourite things to do at nursery are playing outdoors getting muddy or chilling out in the book corner reading.  My favourite book to read is Percy the Park -keeper.  When not at work I enjoy spending time with my own two children and taking Oscar, our dog for walks. 

#Family #Outdoors #Books

Kerrie
Kerrie
Room Leader

Hello, I am Kerrie and I am Room Leader in the Hive!  I have been at Craighead since 2017 and I love watching the children grow from babies right up to preschool age.  I enjoy seeing the children get outside and exploring the natural world around them.  When I am not in work I enjoy baking, spending time in my garden and helping out on the family farm. 

#Curious #Enthusiastic #Cheerful

Ellie
Ellie
Early Years Practitioner

Hi, my name is Ellie and I am part of the Hive team.  My favourite thing about Craighead is seeing the smiles on all the children’s faces and watching them achieve all their little milestones. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going shopping.

#Smiles #Family #Fun

Claire
Claire
Early Years Practitioner

Hi my name is Claire. I have many years of experience in early years.  I am currently part of The Den team.  I love hearing children’s stories and I am passionate about supporting their development.  I particularly enjoy reading stories and taking time to chat to hear what is happening in the lives of our families.  

#Happy #Family #Stories

Helen
Helen
Early Years Practitioner

Hello, I am Helen.  I enjoy moving between all playrooms at Craighead, including the forest school.  I love seeing the children grow and develop and enjoy helping them to thrive.  I enjoy being outdoors and you can usually find me covered in mud! As a new member of staff I have felt very welcomed into the team. In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors with my family.   

#Excited #Family #Newbie

Riley
Riley
Modern Apprentice

Hi, I’m Riley and I am a part of the Nest team! I am currently completing my modern apprenticeship and have been part of the Craighead team since June 2022. I really enjoy working with children and watch them grow and learn whilst they play. I also enjoy creating fun activities for the children in order to help their development. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog Maizy and socialising with my friends and family.

#Friends #Family #Dogadventures

Sophie
Sophie
Modern Apprentice

Hi, i’m Sophie and I am currently doing my modern apprenticeship at Craighead. It has been a great environment to be in and learn. I am in the Hive and love talking to the children hearing what they have been up to and going adventures with them. I am having a lot of fun. In my spare time I spend it with my family and friends and enjoy walks with my dog Penny.

#Love #Adventures #Fun

Alison
Alison
Room Leader

Hi my name is Alison and I am the Forest School Room Leader at Craighead. I have a BA in psychology and have been working with early years for five years in lots of different settings. I love being outdoors with all the learning opportunities and freedom to explore. When not working I enjoy travelling and visiting new places.

#Forest #Nature #Happiness

Marion
Marion
Early Years Practitioner

Hi, I am Marion and I began working at Craighead Country Nursery in 2019. I am now based within in The Forest.  I qualified in 2002 with a HNC child care and education. I have 12 years of experience within childcare establishments. I love working at Craighead as the atmosphere within the nursery is just the happiest of places to be. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and go on walks looking for waterfalls.

#Love #Adventure #Explore

Mhairi
Mhairi
Early Years Practitioner

I’m Mhairi and I work in the Forest school. I completed a degree in Childhood Studies after changing my career from being a chef.  My favourite thing about Craighead apart from the outdoor space is the people who work there.  In my own time you can usually find me in the kitchen with the music up loud preparing food for family and friends.

#Nature #Adventure #Music

meghan
Meghan
Early Years Practitioner

Hi, I’m Meghan and I have recently joined Craighead to be a part of the Forest. I have been working in childcare for over 4 years and I received my Level 7 qualification in 2020. My favourite thing about Craighead is that no day is the same as I observe and support children to learn in an environment surrounded by nature. When I’m not working you’ll find me relaxing by taking my dog Ralph a nice long walk along the beach or up a big hill.

#Animals #Adventure #Nature

Max
Max
Early Years Practitioner

Hello, my name is Max.  I am part of the Forest school team here at Craighead.  I love being outdoors where I can observe children thrive in a natural environment.  I enjoy getting to know all the individual characters and help to extend their learning.  When I am not at nursery I enjoy cycling and spending time with my family.   

#Cycling #Outdoors #Family

Sam
Sam
Fresh Menu Chef

Hello, I am Sam and I work in the kitchen. I am a qualified chef with experience in various hospitality settings. I enjoy preparing meals and snacks for all our children using fresh local produce.  I am an organised person and like to work ahead.  I am a creative person and work with children and the staff teams to alter menus to suit.  When not at work I spend time with my family. 

#Smiles #Menus #Food

teigan
Teigan
Nursery Support Worker

I am Teigan!  I am a Nursery Support Worker at Craighead.  I really enjoy working with the youngest children in the Nest – I love the smiles and cuddles!  The best thing about Craighead is the outdoor space, especially the forest.  When I am not at work I enjoy reading and I also love animals of all sorts!

#Animals #Books #Nurture

Fiona
Fiona
Accounts

I am Fiona and I help in the kitchen organising the healthy and tasty meals. I also do some paperwork for the business.  I love popping into the nursery to say hello to all the children. My hobbies are reading, walking and any sewing requests for the nursery.

#Friendly #Smiley #GrannyFiona

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