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Staff At Woodlands Nursery

At Woodlands we always have your child's individual needs at the forefront of our minds. We aim to provide a professional and well run establishment where parents and carers feel confident to leave their most precious possession, in the knowledge that their child will be cared for as well and as carefully as they are at home.

The Company is committed to excellence from all angles. Investment in staff is fundamental, along with an investment in the children themselves. The basic standards are set by the Care Commission ( Now named Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland) and the SSSC. Woodlands strives to exceed these standards wherever possible and a number of our staff are currently working towards a further Qualification.

In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we employ people with different educational training backgrounds. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work - ideas that will also benefit your child!

Qualifications

The Staff all have the necessary qualifications to work with the children and have fully and satisfactorily completed the statutory disclosure process. The staff are allocated to the classrooms to comply with the child/staff ratio set by the Care Inspectorate.

All Staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Elementary Food Hygiene, Infection Control, Child Protection and GIRFEC.

Find out more about our staff:

Anna Adam - Managing Director

Anna

Anna opened Woodlands Nursery in August 2011, with a view to establishing a premier childcare service in the area.  She is very much hands on in the business on a day to day basis, and is always around if you need a chat!

Qualifications: MSc Management; BA Applied Social Sciences; SVQ Level 3 in Child Care Learning & Development, mum of 2!

  

Lizzie Wavell -  Manager

Lizzie became part of the Woodlands family in August 2015 and very quickly proved to be a valuable member of the team.  Having been in childcare since 2007, including a year as a Teaching Assisstant in Malaysia, Lizzie has a broad spectrum of experience to draw on. 

Lizzie became our Deputy Manager in early 2016 and was promoted to Joint Manager later that year after showing excellent management and communication skills within her roles in the classrooms.  Promoted to Manager at the start of 2018, Lizzie is an excellent mentor for all our staff, and has a great vision for the future of Woodlands.  She is constantly striving to make sure that all of the Woodlands children receive the very best care and education possible.

Lizzie is also our Transition Coordinator, making sure that children's moves from home to nursery, room changes, and the steps from nursery to school are smooth and successful. 

Qualifiactions: SVQ Level 3; BA in Childhood Practice

 

Ilaria van Midden - Deputy Manager (Bunnies & Hedgehogs)

 Ilaria

Ilaria joined us in February 2017 and has already proven to be a huge asset to the team.  Originally from the other side of the pond, Ilaria has been in Scotland since 2010.  She has worked as a private nanny, a senior care worker at a residential school for special needs children, and as a practitioner at a local day care nursery, all of which give her excellent experience and valuable knowledge which she brings to her role at Woodlands.

Qualifications: SVQ Level 3

Ilaria is on Maternity Leave from mid-August 2018, we wish her all the very best for the remainder of her pregnancy and can't wait to meet baby van Midden! 

*Update* We are delighted to announce that Ilaria gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Skyla Rose, on 9th September.  Congratulations!

 

Lianne Robertson - Senior Lead Practitioner (Squirrels & Badgers)

Lianne joined us in May 2016 and has taken to her role brilliantly.  Having been in childcare for many years, including managing both an after-school club and a playgroup, Lianne is perfectly placed to carry out this role.  A great mentor, always leading by example, and always engaging the children in fun and interesting activities, Lianne is a wonderful addition to our team.

Qualifications: SVQ Level 4; BA in Childhood Practice

 

Briony Shrieve - Lead Practitioner (Bunnies)

Briony

Briony has been at Woodlands since 2015 and is a wonderful member of the team.  Always happy and smiling, Briony has grown in confidence a huge amount over the years she has been here, and is making a great contribution as Lead in the Bunnies room. 

Qualifications: SVQ Level 3

 

Dani Pirie - Lead Practitioner (Hedgehogs)

Dani has been at Woodlands since leaving school and has grown and developed into a great practitioner.  Having worked in all of the classrooms at Woodlands, and now a mum herself, Dani is well qualified to lead the Hedgeohogs team.

Qualifications: SVQ Level 3

 

Kay Gibson - Lead Practitioner (Squirrels)

Kay joined us in 2016 after leaving school and is a great asset to the team.  She achieved her Level 3 within 18 months.  Her confidence in Practice has grown exceptionally, her care and professional are an example to all.  We were delighted to make her Lead Practitioner in the Squirrels room in late 2018.

 

Iona Morrison - Lead Practitioner (Badgers)

Iona

A member of the Woodlands family since 2015, Iona has proven to be a great asset to the team.  Having worked in each of our classrooms, Iona has great experience of all stages of the Curriculum, and is full of ideas to keep the children engaged.  Highly motivated, and always approachable, Iona is the perfect choice to Lead the Badgers Team.

Qualifications: SVQ Level 3

 

Kate Chapman - Cook

Cook

Kate, our camera-shy cook, joined us in 2014 and is an essential member of the team. She has many years of experience as a chef, including running her own bistro. Kate works with staff and children to create varied, healthy menus, catering for all dietary requirements. Never grumpy, always smiling, make sure to say hello as you go past the kitchen!

 

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