St Margarets Nursery & Preschool

10 Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh EH16 5NE

St Margarets Nursery & Preschool, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
St Margarets Nursery & Preschool, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
St Margarets Nursery & Preschool, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Founded in January 2012, St Margarets Nursery & Preschool is fully registered; offering full-time and part-time placements for children aged from birth to five years. The setting works in partnership with Edinburgh Council and is able to offer grant funded places.

By putting children at the heart of the community, St Margarets Nursery & Preschool commit to providing the highest quality of education, creating a safe and inspiring learning environment where children can learn and develop their skills by making free choices and having the opportunity to be independent on their discovery journey.

This is achieved by:

- Providing the highest standards of care and support
- Creating a healthy, safe and secure learning environment
- Offering high-quality, child-centered education that promotes the development of creativity, free choice, individuality and self-confidence whilst raising potential
- Creating a trusting and respectful environment where all children, families and employees are treated equally, with dignity and where diversity is respected.

Owner: SHN Trading Ltd

Person in charge: Mila Stupakova & Danielle Irving (Director & Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Edinburgh City Council

Number of Staff: 22

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care

Total Places for Children: 121

Age Range: from 0 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: 5 days between Christmas & New Year

Vacancies

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Reviews

8.1 St Margarets Nursery & Preschool has a Review Score of 8.1 (8.099)

The Review Score of 8.1 (maximum of 10) for St Margarets Nursery & Preschool is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for St Margarets Nursery & Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.3 out of 5 from 2 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.766 for St Margarets Nursery & Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (195 Excellents x 5) + (55 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 252 Ratings = 4.766

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 3.333 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for St Margarets Nursery & Preschool is based on 2 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 = 3.25

    2. Target of 24.2 positive Reviews (121 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 2 Reviews ÷ 24.2 Target = 0.083

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    17
  • Good
    4
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    21
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to St Margarets Nursery & Preschool

  • Mother of Child
    18
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Grandfather of Child
    1

Lovely staff. Really supportive and great communication to what your child has been doing whilst at nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

St Margarets is a lovely place with energetic staff who seem caring. Good feedback is provided daily. The staff are helpful and the children get to have lots of time in the garden.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

St Margarets Nursery is a fantastic private nursery that provides parents with the peace of mind to leave their child in safe surroundings. The friendly and flexible staff offer great support and development to each child and lots of extra activities means that individual needs and interests are catered for. The reputation and reliability of the most experienced room leader manager gives continuity of care. I cannot recommend this nursery more highly and thank them for taking care of both my daughters. Especially during changes and other challenges in our lives. We appreciate all the help.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son has attended the nursery for the last 9 months. The staff are caring and nurturing and have made sure all transitions have gone smoothly. My son is happy to arrive in the mornings and all members of my family have been made to feel very welcome. The management are professional and accommodating and communication from the nursery is regular and informative. The facilities are attractive and the outdoor spaces are superb. I would be very happy to recommend the nursery to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended the nursery from 3 months old and the care she has received has been of the highest level; the provision of the service from all the staff is extremely attentive and professional. Though we moved to the other side of the town we still make the 45 minute trip to and from the nursery everyday because in my eyes it is entirely worth it.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have two children currently attending, my 3 year old has been there for just over two years and absolutely loves it and my 1 year old has just started and settling in nicely.

All the staff are very friendly and I get daily updates on both children on pick up as well as updates to the learning journal where I can see pictures of what my children have been doing. The staff are very focused on the children's development and I can honestly say my oldest will miss the nursery when he starts school.

Admin is also very good and any emails or queries are answered straight away in my experience. They also welcome suggestions and feedback and hold regular meetings for the parents to discuss any such suggestions.

The facilities are excellent inside and out and include a soft play area. Regular events/parties are arranged and I feel part of a great little community!

I did not think twice about sending my youngest here and would highly recommend to others.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The nursery staff are reassuring and warm. The outside space is amazing. The Team Leader Manager is a very safe pair of hands. She is mentoring the junior staff with her experience and sensible approach.
The managerial staff are always warm and friendly.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

St. Margarets Nursery has a pleasant atmosphere for the children to thrive. The environment is clean and the teachers are quite helpful with the kids. They helped my daughter settle in very well and took time to ensure she was comfortable. I would highly recommend the Nursery to friends and family. I would further encourage more activities such as swimming considering the Commonwealth pool is around the corner or horse riding that can be more engaging for the children. All in all the Nursery is wonderful for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter has been attending St Margaret's nursery for nine months and is extremely happy there. She is excited when we arrive and is always keen to see what is going on. The staff have always offered exceptional care and have really got to know our daughter as an individual. I have been particularly impressed by the variety of activities which they do day-to-day, even though she is still only 18 months old. She has always loved being outside so the large gardens are a big bonus.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Staff in the baby room have been fantastic. In particular I'm very impressed with the Baby Room staff. My little boy seems very happy with them. Management are friendly and have been very flexible and accommodating with my childcare needs. I would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My shy son is happy here and has made friends. We all especially love the large outdoor space and focus on outdoor learning, especially in a city environment. The staff are all very friendly and helpful.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has just started last month. Him enjoy the time in nursery and do a variety of activities I have found staff to be attentive to my children needs and receive detailed feedback on how the days have gone.

I can't recommend St Margarets highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This nursery provides a safe and fun environment. My son particularly likes to play outside in the fantastic purpose built play areas or the soft play facility on the 1st floor. There are lots of different learning activities too which are fun & educational for the kids. The staff are fantastic with the kids, also the management team are really helpful and friendly.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I can't speak highly enough of St Margaret's and the team there. My daughter is thriving. Facilities are terrific and the staff are all incredibly friendly and caring. The activities are varied even for a wee one like mine and communication with parents is excellent.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Fantastic nursery with excellent facilities and wonderfully attentive and caring staff. Can not recommend enough I have already recommended it to two friends who have since sent their children too. Lovely bright and modern nursery

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I love St. Margarets nursery.
My son is always happy to go there and the staff is very helpful and nice.
I haven't had any problems there.
The place is very nice as well, lots of garden for the kids to play with.
I totally recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My granddaughter started at St Margaret's at the beginning of October & is loving the contact with other kids of her age. The activities arranged by the nursery have stimulated her. The staff are very attentive & the nursery is proactive & innovative in the way they operate.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Very approachable management team, who have helped implement practices that have allowed my child to develop. The staff are very good if a little inexperienced but again are willing to listen to parents and try and help each and every child. Would recommend this nursery to anyone. The facilities are first class.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I'm grateful every day that we transferred our children from their old nursery to St. Margaret's. The staff are terrific: friendly, enthusiastic, capable, and trustworthy. We are kept very well informed as to our kids' activities, with summaries at the end of the day and photos taken periodically and put up on a website so we can see what projects they've been working on. My children love attending, and whenever I'm there I see them playing, learning, and exploring. I could not ask for more. Whether it regards special needs, particular adventures, or just every day activity, St. Margaret's has repeatedly exceeded my expectations in every respect. I would recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending St Margarets for a year and half and my son has just started last month. They both enjoy their time in nursery and do a variety of activities. The facilities both indoor and outdoor are great. The gardens have high quality equipment and toys and they also have a soft play room where the kids can let off steam in the poorer weather. I have found staff to be attentive to my children's needs and receive detailed feedback on how their days have gone. My daughter enjoys step it up dance class on one of her mornings and has previously done cooking classes. In our search for the right people/place to care for our kids no other nursery came close to St Margarets and I can't recommend it enough.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter loves going to St Margarets. The staff are very friendly and the facilities outstanding. From day one we were made to feel very welcome. The soft play is an added bonus, as well as the various classes like enjoyaball, dancing and sparklearts the nursery offers. Having checked the nurseries in the area this was the one that really stood out. My daughter can be quite a fussy eater but she loves the nursery food she is given. I can't recommend St Margarets highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend St Margarets Nursery & Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Mila

Mila Stupakova

Job Title: Nursery Director

Joined: 2016

Description:

In 2004 I moved to bonny Scotland from Slovakia, a little big country in the heart of Europe. I am educated to a masters level in Education and Psychology and I did my postgraduate degree in Forensic Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. I am currently studying towards a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Leadership and management. I gained my teaching certificate in 2004 and since then, I have dedicated my life to children and young people in educational and secure settings. My biggest passion in life is gymnastic, only watching on TV now as my days are passed. :), canoeing, rollerblading and my little Chihuahua Milli. I like driving my car in the countryside and am always on the lookout for the next adventure.

Danielle

Danielle Irving

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have worked within the childcare sector for nearly 7 years. I am an outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic person who is passionate about working and helping children learn and develop to reach their potential. I have worked my way up from starting as a nursery apprentice, qualified practitioner to becoming room senior for the 3-5 age group and within 6 months being asked to take over as Manager of my previous setting in 2015 - this then making me one of the youngest managers in Scotland. With the opportunity of becoming a manager, I have never forgotten the sole reason that I got into the profession, the love and ambition I have for giving children the best possible start in life - whether it be working within the rooms dealing with the children first hand or leading other staff members to do the same.

Josie

Josie Mitchell

Job Title: Deputy Mangager

Description:

I am a qualified nursery practitioner and I have over 30 years’
experience working with children. I am part of the management
team here at our nursery and I am very passionate about my job.
I am one of eight children and I myself have a daughter called
Sara and two grandchildren, Beth and Kerr. Kerr comes to
St Margaret’s nursery in the toddler room and when I’m not
at work I like to spend as much time as possible with them, we
often go to Dobbie’s garden centre for breakfast and eat lots
of potato scones! I also love to travel and see lots of new things.

Alasdair

Alasdair Hyland

Job Title: Nursery Finance Administrator

Description:

I am currently a student at Queen Margaret University studying for my BA (Hons) in Business Management. I am an active member of the rugby team at the University and have played for a variety of teams since I was 6 years old. Although being relatively new to the accounting field, I gathered a wide array of experiences across the business field during my 18 months at Social Bite. In my spare time I also like to play golf and guitar and I am really looking forward to my time with St.Margaret’s.

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Laura Houston

Job Title: Nursery Receptionist / Support worker

Joined: 2016

Description:

I really enjoy working here at St Margarets and of course my favourite part is getting lots of cuddles from all the children. I am an outgoing person and like to meet new people. I am also obsessed with dogs! out of work I enjoy spending times with my family and friends and going on fun adventure with my god daughter Olivia, who is 4!

Karl

Karl Unrau

Job Title: Maintenance Man

Description:

I am the maintenance man here at St Margaret's, before this I worked for a well-known supermarket for over 12 years, 8 of which was in management. Fun fact about me is I can drive a forklift. I have 3 grown up children, and one grandchild. In my spare time, I like to do the garden, DIY and spend time with my better half.

Sarah

Sarah Barclay

Job Title: Curriculum Manager

Joined: 2016

Description:

I am a qualified teacher recently arrived from New Zealand. I have been working with children for the last 5 or so years in a variety of settings around New Zealand. I love the enthusiasm and joy that children bring everyday making each day social and full of new opportunities for learning. In my spare time, my fiancé Time and I like to travel and are looking forward to some adventures in Scotland. I also play hockey and love being outdoors walking, hiking and seeing the sights. I am looking forward to being a part of the St Margaret's team and getting to know the children and their families.

Shannon

Shannon Dalgleish

Job Title: Early Years Practitoner

Joined: 2015

Description:

I am part of a big family, with lots of younger siblings that I have helped out with over the years so I think that is what inspired me to work with children and once I finished my first year at college I realised.

I love the job! I love to talk, so socialising with my friends and family are what I like to do best! I have a niece who is x and I try to spend a lot of time with her, so we do quite a lot together when I have spare time, girl things like shopping for clothes and makeup!

Alison

Alison Hume

Job Title: Senior Early years practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have studied childcare since I left school, it has always been a passion of mine. I am SVQ level 2 and 3 trained and have my paediatric first aid. I live beside the seaside and spend most of my free time going for walks along the beach. I love animals and the outdoors and I am very excited to be bringing home two new kittens soon!

Aishah

Aishah Zareen

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Description:

I am a qualified nursery practitioner with almost 3 years of working experience with children. I am a mama to a beautiful baby girl called Duaa. I was born in Edinburgh and I stay with my parents, and they are from Pakistan. In 2015 I worked in Abu Dhabi as a teacher role in an Arabic/English nursery school for almost 6 months, which was an amazing experience. My husband also works abroad in the UAE. I can speak basic Arabic and read a little to, I can also speak in Urdu which is my mother tongue(although it's not fluent). I love spending time with Duaa, wearing lipstick, shopping, and eating samosas.

Becca

Becca Deponio

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

I have worked with children for 4 years. I worked for Thomson's airline as a children's rep for 5 months in Cyprus

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking nieces and nephews on adventures.

I am qualified in SVQ level 3, and I am also a qualified first aider.

Chloe

Chloe Davidson

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

I have been working with children for 6 years and I am qualified in SVQ level 3 childcare. In my spare time, I enjoy looking after my nephew, Archie and doing lots of fun things with him!

I enjoy spending time with friends and family and going out for dinner and doing some shopping.

Sophie

Sophie Paterson

Job Title: Early years Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

I am a qualified nursery practitioner and I have worked in childcare for 6 years now and I am very passionate about my job. I am creative, outgoing and always ready for a challenge! Outside of work, I like to go swimming and go for long walks with my dog, Gizmo!

Alberto

Alberto Valbueno Coca

Job Title: Early years practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hello everyone! My name is Alberto and I am from Spain. I have a vocational degree in Early Years Education as well as a HNC qualification in pre-primary education. I have lived in Edinburgh for one year working in another nursery. I love playing the oboe, travelling and photography. In my free time I love to explore Scotland and photograph its unique landscapes. I love planning various activities and creating a fun and supportive environment for young people.

Lee

Lee Mackenzie

Job Title: Support Worker

Joined: 2017

Description:

I started working with children and young people around 10 years ago. My most recent role working with children was teaching English in Bali last year. As much as I loved the sunshine it was just too far away from my family and friends. I am currently working towards my SVQ level 3 in children and Young people. My hobbies include anything outdoors and spending with loved ones.

Olivia

Olivia Edwards

Job Title: Early years Practitioner

Description:

I am a qualified nursery practitioner and I have 9 years’ experience working with children. I really enjoy my job and from leaving school I have been working with children. I play hockey in my spare time and at the weekends, which keeps me active! I love going to rugby games with friends and family and I love going to the beach… whatever the weather!

Louise

Louise Fox

Job Title: Early years practitioner

Description:

I am a qualified nursery practitioner; I have worked in child care for
3 years. I really enjoy my job and enjoy seeing the children grow and
flourish. I have 2 younger siblings who I enjoy spending time with.
In my spare time I also like spending time with family and friends and
going shopping.

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Shannon Stephens

Job Title: Apprentice

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hi my name is Shannon and I am doing an apprenticeship here at St Margaret's. I am hoping to become a qualified nursery teacher by the end of my time here. In my spare time or after work I like to spend time with my baby brother.

Angelina

Angelina Zgkouri

Job Title: Support Worker

Description:

I am a teacher with specialisation in psychology and special
education. I'm from Greece and I'm few months in Edinburgh
with my partner. I have worked with children of all ages since
I was in my University including children with special needs.
I love working with children because they are innocent and
honest, they smile all the time and they love you by heart!
That makes my day every day! I love to travel and to read books.
In my free time I relax at home with family. I speak Greek but
now I’m trying to improve my English.

Lucy

Lucy Reid

Job Title: Apprentice

Joined: 2017

Description:

I am an apprentice here at St Margaret's Nursery and preschool and I am very enthusiastic and really enjoy doing lots of fun activities with the children. I have two nephews and one niece who I like to spend time with out of work and will be an auntie again in December. I also have two rabbits and 3 dogs.

Lisa

Lisa Fisher

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner (under going training)

Joined: 2015

Description:

I am currently undergoing my SVQ level 3 childcare and development.
When I am not at work I am mum to three gorgeous children, one of
them works in the nursery. I like spending as much time as I can with
them and the other love in my life… my puppy, Teddy who I adore!
I also like to spend time socialising with friends and family and am often
found at the bingo!

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Demi Gillespie

Job Title: Apprentice

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hi my name is Demi, I am 16 years old. In my spare time in enjoy days out with my family and I also take part in cheerleading competitions. Recently my team came 1st in the European Championships in Liverpool. This is a big achievement for my team however I have now decided to leave cheerleading to focus on my career in childcare.

Kathryn

Kathryn Thomson

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hi my name is Kathryn, I am an enthusiastic passionate person who loves working with children and have been doing so since 2012. I have my BA Degree in Childhood Practice which has enabled me to develop as a childcare professional. I am a creative person and enjoy developing learning spaces for children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my husband Mo.

Kathryn

Kathryn Thomson

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hi my name is Kathryn, I am an enthusiastic passionate person who loves working with children and have been doing so since 2012. I have my BA Degree in Childhood Practice which has enabled me to develop as a childcare professional. I am a creative person and enjoy developing learning spaces for children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my husband Mo.

Rebecca

Rebecca Mcgregor

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner (Undergoing Training)

Joined: 2016

Description:

I'm an assistant 50004009RICB who loves working with children
and I am passionate about my job. I have experience working with additional support needs children, experience in areas within after school clubs and summer play schemes that support children with special needs. I feel like I have a caring nature and I love expressing that within my work. In my spare time I love to go out & to shop!

Rumilla

Rumilla Bibi

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2015

Description:

I am a qualified nursery practitioner and I have achieved my BA
in childhood practice. I am also a henna designs artist, which is
something I regularly do out of work and really enjoy it! I am very
sporty and like to play basketball.

Samantha

Samantha Steedman

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner (undergoing training)

Joined: 2015

Description:

I am a qualified support worker at St Margaret's nursery, from a young age I knew I loved working with children, in 2015 I finished my first year at college while raising my young family. I have 3 children, Ruby, Orla who are 6 and Mya who is 3. I dedicate myself to my family and my work. When I do have spare time I love going out for dinner with my friends.

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Kelsey Evans

Job Title: Apprentice

Joined: 2017

Description:

I studied national 5 Early education and Childcare when I was in s4 for a year, I have also volunteered in a primary 1 class and done work experience in a crèche. I have a big family and enjoy going on days out with them. I also enjoy messy play, sensory activities and being outdoors.

Pauline

Pauline Paton

Job Title: Nursery Chef

Joined: 2012

Description:

I have been a chef at the nursery for 3 and a half years. I have always enjoyed cooking from a little girl when my gran used to show me all her recipes and I’d help her. I have a daughter called Nicole who goes to university in Dundee doing forensic science so I like to spend as much time with her as possible when I can.

Laura

Laura Rodriguez

Job Title: Supply/Bank staff early years practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hello everyone!!
I am Laura, from Seville, Spain. I am 38 years old and I am a single mum. When I was younger I studied childcare in my city and I had practices in various nurseries. I have a beautiful daughter who is 7 years old and I am always very happy to spend time with her.