Expert Childcare Team

At Pinocchio’s we believe that happy staff= happy children= happy parents.

We are very proud of our excellent teams. A large number of our employees have been with us for many years!

We have now had our 18th year review with Investors in People and wholeheartedly believe that offering quality training to our teams impacts positively on the children's development. The majority of our employees are qualified professionals in Early Years Care and Education. Our employees who are not yet qualified are working towards this.

We offer a training programme for all our team members which includes as a minimum- first aid, food hygiene, child protection and manual handling. We close for one day annually to hold an in-service staff training day. We gather feedback from our teams in advance to investigate which training will be most beneficial each year. Previous years events have included – Team building, customer service, infection control, health and safety, curriculum training and more.

Meet the Management Team

Qualifications: HNC in childcare, First aid for childcarers.

Personal History: When we opened our first nursery at Lasswade I loved working in the Pre-School room. I am HNC qualified in child care and education and put this to great use in my hands-on role in the early days. As the company expanded I took a leadership and operational role; I feel it is important to give ownership to the nursery mangers but I am always available to support the nurseries and management team. My main areas are: maintaining standards and providing consistency throughout all nurseries in the company. I visit the nurseries and observe the staff/ child interaction, as well as noting health and hygiene, maintenance and improvement issues and lead the implementation of goals and plans for maintaining standards. To listen to the ’Better Place To Work’ feedback from employees to see what improvements can be made. We are always looking at feedback from our parent surveys and parent forums on how to improve the service and love when we can implement new ideas.

Hobbies: I’m passionate about playing tennis and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Qualifications: HNC in childcare, First aid for childcarers, Child protection management level 4, ROSPA Managing safely.

Personal History: When we launched Pinocchio's at Lasswade in January 1997 I had a wonderful time working in the baby room and I am HNC qualified in child care and education which gave me a great grounding and understanding of the venture we embarked on. As the company expanded, I took a leadership and operational role and now I support the management team, mainly in the areas of: accounts, forward planning for children's places, forward planning for staffing and over-seeing weekly schedules for strict staff/child ratios, updating nursery policies and procedure and health and safety risk assessments. I continue to keep up to date with training in first aid, child protection management level 4 and health and safety risk assessments. We are always looking at feedback from our service users on how to improve the service and love when we can implement new ideas.

Hobbies: Travel… Greece feels like a second home now, I travelled a lot as a child and got the bug… I love to plan our families' next adventure and explore different places around the world.

Qualifications:

  • SVQ 3 + SVQ 4 – Childcare and Education
  • D32 + D33 Assessor
  • PDA Level 9 – Childhood Practice
  • Child Protection – Level 4
  • First Aid
  • Management and Leadership – Stirling university

Current training:

Froebel in Childhood Practice – with University of Edinburgh

Work history:

Left school at 17 years old and secured an apprenticeship with PA Training, stayed with this company for nearly 22 years.  I progressed from an apprentice to the nursery manager.  I managed that setting for 10 years gaining invaluable experience, skills and knowledge on child development and management of staff in a busy early years setting.  

My passion is to provide the highest possible levels of care ensuring better outcomes for children.  I believe that continuous professional development is paramount for all staff, to ensure that they are knowledgeable and skilled to provide high levels of care.

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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