Our Team

Our staff are committed to providing the highest standards of professional childcare and education. Before beginning employment at Little Learners Nursery, all staff are thoroughly vetted in accordance with Care Inspectorate Requirements (formerly Care Commission). This includes Disclosure Scotland PVG Registration (criminal records check), check of the Scottish Social Services Council Register and 2 written references.

Little Learners Nursery is committed to providing training and development for all staff including: SVQ 2 and 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and Child Development.

Continued Professional Development (CPD) is also available to all staff through Highland Council which covers all aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence (3 – 5 Years) and Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families.

We pride ourselves in keeping our staff long term and many are mothers themselves.

Key Person
When your child starts at Little Learners Nursery a member of staff will be allocated as their key person. Each key person will have responsibility for a small group of children. The role of the key person is to help children and families settle into the nursery and provide consistent care and emotional support to each child. The key person is also responsible for documenting your child’s milestones and achievements in their developmental profile and would be your first point of contact to discuss your child’s care or development.

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Karen Coltart – Manager

Karen has worked in the Centre for over 14 years, starting as a practitioner and working her way up to Manager. She has her HNC in Childcare and Education and is currently working towards her BA Degree in Childhood Practice through the University of the Highlands and Islands.

 

 

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Mairi Page – Deputy Manager

Mairi has been working in the Centre for a year and previously managed Nevis Nippers Playgroup in Caol for over 12 years. She has her NNEB and is currently working towards a BA Degree in Childhood Practice through the University of the Highlands and Islands.

 

 

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Carole Campbell – Supervisor

Carole has worked in the Centre for over 10 years, starting as a practitioner and working her way up to a Supervisor. She has her SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and Carole works in the under 3 room.

 

 

 

Debbie Brown – Practitioner

Debbie has worked in the Centre for over 7 years. She has her SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Debbie works in the under 3 room and also works with children with additional support needs.

 

 

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Leeann Kennedy – Practitioner

Leeann has worked in the Centre for over 7 years. She has her SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Leeann works in the under 3 room.

 

 

 

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KatyAnn Watson – Practitioner

KatyAnn has worked in the Centre for over a year. She was delighted to join us when we were recruiting staff and expanding our Centre. She has her HNC in Childcare and Education. KatyAnn works in the Nursery room.

 

 

 

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Amy Callison – Practitioner

Amy has worked in the Centre for over a year. She also joined us when we were expanding our Centre. She has her HNC in Childcare and Education. Amy works in the under 3 room.

 

 

 

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Donna Gillespie – Practitioner

Donna has worked in the Centre since November 2015. She is currently working towards her SVQ3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Donna has previous experience in working with children and has 2 children of her own. She works in the under 3 room.

 

 

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Shanna Michie – Practitioner

Shanna has worked in the Centre since February 2016. She has her HNC in Childcare and Education. Shanna works with children with additional support needs and also as a practitioner in both rooms.

 

 

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Veronica Hervo – Practitioner

Veronica has worked at the Centre since January 2016 she has her SVQ2 in Children’s care, Learning and Development. She has previously worked in Nevis Nippers as a practitioner.

 

 

 

 

Emma Langan – Practitioner

Emma has worked in the Centre since May 2017. She will be starting her HNC in Childhood Practice in August 2017.

 

 

 

The Owners, Duncan and Rosemary MacPhee, both from long standing local families, have owned and “grown” the Nursery since 1998 when the idea was born out of lack of good quality child care facilities for their own family of five! When not concentrating on the Nursery, they are involved in running their other business as “MacPhee & Partners LLP, Solicitors and Estate Agents”.