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 twelve years of experience, and have studied further to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies.  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

Hello, I am Heather.  I am the Deputy Manager at Craighead. I have been working with children and their families for about 16 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

Hi, I am Liz and I am the room leader in the Nest. I have been qualified and working with children for around 17 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

I’m Rikki and I am based in the Nest.  I joined the Craighead team 3 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

Hi, my name is Hazel and I work in the Nest at Craighead which is a new challenge for me. 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

Stacey

Hello!  I am Stacey and I am part of the Nest team. I love working with the very youngest of the Craighead Family.  I enjoy building up relationships with families and getting to know the individual needs of the children I work with.  I don’t have much spare time as I have a young son who keeps me busy.  We enjoy exploring parks and the beach at the weekends! 

#Family #Farm #fun

Lindsay

Hi, my name is Lindsay and I am based in the Nest with the youngest of the Craighead family. I have recently qualified with an HNC 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 mu own two children creating memories!

#love #experiences #family

Dawn

Hi, my name is Dawn and I have been at Craighead since 2017. I graduated in 2018 with an honours degree in Childhood Studies. My favourite thing about Craighead is the loving, homely and friendly environment, which is why I enjoy working there so much. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym and baking.

#fun #creative #outgoing

Dionne

Hello, I am Dionne and I was a student at Craighead before qualifying and joining the team.  I am based in the Nest and love working with the babies.  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

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

My name is Ashlyn and I work in The Den, I have been a qualified early years practitioner for 7 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

Devlin

Hi, I’m Devlin. I completed my apprenticeship at Craighead and I am currently part of the Den team.  My favourite part about Craighead is watching the kids grow and learn as they play. In my spare time I love to walk my dog, Diesel and spend time with my family!

#fun #team #friendly 

Ambar

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

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

Aimee

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

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

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

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
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 #enthusiatic #cheerful

 

Elaine

My Name is Elaine, I have worked in childcare for 10 Years and joined The Craighead Family in 2018. I am Qualified in SCQF Level 9.  I work in The Hive and I am also the Communication Champion. The thing I love most about nursery life is the smiles and cuddles you are greeted with when you welcome the children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the gym. 

#Friendly #Passionate #TeamPlayer

Claire

Hi my name is Claire. I have many years of experience in early years.  I am currently part of The Hive 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

Hello, I am Helen.  I have recently joined the Craighead team as part of The Hive.  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

Alison

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

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

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 #adventures #music

Ashley

I am Ashley.  I have moved from Edinburgh back to my home roots to join the Craighead family.  I am loving being part of the Forest Team!  I love observing children exploring in the natural environment and adding resources to boost their learning.  I am very enthusiastic about the outdoors and enjoy beach walks on my days off.  

#Trees #Smiles #beach

Lorna

I’m Lorna and I gained an HNC in Early Years Education in 2010. I also own a weekend children’s entertainment business . I love working at Craighead as a forest school practitioner, encouraging the children to be curious about nature while challenging themselves physically and mentally! Outside of work I enjoy foraging with my two teenagers, spending time with horses, travelling & attending/participating in music events.

#Outdoors #Creative #Family

Wendy

Hi, my name is Wendy and I am the Office Manager. I’ve worked in Early Years for over twenty years and am passionate about children, their wonderful individual personalities and their development. I love the ethos of nurture and freedom at Craighead, it’s a great place to work.  At home I enjoy reading, walking, mindfulness and my garden.

#books #cosy #chatty

Nicola

I am Nicola, an Early Years Support Worker at Craighead. I have been part of the team from the very beginning and I am involved in every area of the nursery. From reading and singing with our youngest children in the Nest, to running out in the garden with the Warren children, I am a busy bee all around. Some of my favourite things to do are going out on bear hunts and baking yummy snacks with the children.

#cheerful #energetic #involvement

Sam

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

Amy

I am Amy and I work in the kitchen one day each week.  I love cooking and baking and really enjoying seeing how the children enjoy all the food I prepare.  I enjoy working at Craighead as it is so relaxed and friendly!  I am busy in my days off with my own family and also working at my family cafe business.  I also really enjoy music and go to lots of concerts.  


#Fun #Music #friendly

Fiona

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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