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. 

Elspeth Goldie

  • Nursery Owner
  • Passionate About Learning
  • 15 years experience
  • Mum of two

About our

Craighead Family

Liz

Hi, I am Liz and I am the room leader in the Nest. I have been qualified and working with children for around 15 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

Devlin

Hi, I’m Devlin. I’m based in The Nest at Craighead and absolutely love it. I’m currently working through my apprenticeship and can’t wait to qualify! 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 

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

Rikki

I’m Rikki and I am based in the Nest.  I joined the Craighead team 2 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

Marion

Hi, I am Marion and I began working at Craighead Country Nursery in 2019. I am based within in The Nest.  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 

Ashlyn

My name is Ashlyn and I work in The Nest, I have been a qualified early years practitioner for 6 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

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

Elaine

My Name is Elaine, I have worked in childcare for 8 Years and joined The Craighead Family in 2018. I am Qualified in SCQF Level 9. At Craighead I work in The Den and I’m 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

Emily

Hello! I’m Emily and I’m based in the Den. In 2018 I qualified as a practitioner by completing an apprenticeship in Social services, Children and Young People.  I enjoy working with the children and seeing them develop. My favourite thing at Craighead is visiting the water along with being in the outdoor space. In my spare time I enjoy going out walks. 

#bubbly #thoughtful #cheerful

Aimee

Hi my name is Aimee and I joined the Craighead family in 2018. I have been a qualified for four years as an Early Years Practitioner and I am currently doing my BA Childhood Practice at university. I am based in the Den, which I love. 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

Nia

I’m Nia. I work in The Warren and The Forest School 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

Kerrie
Hello, I am Kerrie and I am room leader of the Warren!  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

 

Wendy

Hi, my name is Wendy and I work in the Warren. 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

Hazel

Hi, my name is Hazel and I work in the Warren at Craighead which I love. 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

Heather

I’m Heather. I work in The Warren. I have been working with children and their families for about 15 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 

Lucy

Hi everyone! I’m Lucy and I go between the Den and the Warren playrooms at Craighead! I am a qualified early years practitioner and currently in my final year studying my BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies. In the nursery I love exploring the loose parts and engaging in some imaginative play with the boys and girls. Outside Craighead I enjoy listening to music and going walks with my dog.

#Fun #Happy #Organised

Mhairi

I’m Mhairi and I work in the Forest school. I have just finished my 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

Alison

Hi my name is Alison and I am based in the forest school 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

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

Gillian

I am Gillian and I work in the kitchen. I have been at Craighead since 2018 and I love my job.  My favourite thing about Craighead is seeing the children’s faces and their smiles when I take the food to the rooms. I’m a dairy farmer’s wife and have two children at secondary school.  When I’m not at work I still love to cook & bake and spend time with family & friends

#food #farm #friendly

Kate

Hi , I’m Kate and I work in the kitchen at Craighead preparing the snacks and making meals for all the children. It’s fun to see the children learning to bake and to see them enjoying all the outdoor space in the garden and forest school. I like to be outside spending time in my garden or feeding the calves at home on the farm.

#outdoors #animals #funtimes 

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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