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Summerside Kindergarten - Silver Award Winner

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Michelle bigger photoMichelle Inch - Nursery Manager

I have worked at Summerside Kindergarten for nearly 10 years, joining after I left school and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

Over the years I have gained my SVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Childcare and I am now completing my BA Childhood Practice through an open learning course.

I am the Nursery Manager, but I am still fully involved on a day-to-day basis with working with the children. I am based in the Pre-School room, which I really enjoy. The best thing about the nursery is the relationships the staff has with each other, and I believe this encourages the children to form great friendships amongst themselves as well.

I enjoy that I monitor all the rooms so I am able to experience working with all age groups. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends.
Nicky bigger photoNicky Wright - Deputy Manager & Head of Pre-School

I came to Summerside Kindergarten in 1992 as a student from Stevenson College. At that time I was studying to work with special needs and pre-birth to five-year-olds.

I became employed at the nursery in 1993 and have been here ever since.

I have gained my SVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education qualifications and have attended many short courses in childcare and on the CfE (Curriculum for Excellence).

Over the years I have worked with all age groups and for the past five years I have been Head of Pre School. I now work on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and in my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and my dog.
Janette bigger photoJanette Lambert - Baby Room Supervisor

I started working at Summerside Kindergarten in 1992, initially it was for four weeks holiday cover but I am still here 22 years later.

I have seen many children through the years and they are all different which makes the job very interesting. I have completed all my training while working at the nursery from NAMCW, NC in Childcare, HNC and PDA in Early Years in Childcare. I am now also looking into doing my BA in Childcare.

I like working at Summerside Kindergarten because it is small and friendly. We have a lovely group of staff and we all get on really well. I like seeing the children develop and grow from Babies through to Tweenies and then Pre-School. In my spare time I like going to the cinema and eating out while I also love spending time with family.
Stephanie bigger photoStephanie Wight - Tweenie Room Supervisor

I have been working at Summerside Kindergarten for the last five years. In that time I have achieved my SVQ Level 2 and 3 in Childcare. Whilst I was doing my training I had great support from other members of staff at Summerside. 

I now work as head of the Tweenie room with Demi working alongside me. I really enjoy working with Demi as we work well together. I enjoy working at Summerside because I get to work with children of all ages and I get to see different stages of their development. I also like that we have the opportunity to communicate with the parents on a day-to-day basis and the fact that we all work together as a team.

All staff are open to new ideas and share experiences throughout the nursery.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends. I like spending time with my colleagues when we do our team building events too.
Tessa bigger photoTessa Turnbull - Assistant Manager

I first came to Summerside Kindergarten as a pupil and a number of years later I came back to work here. I completed my work experience, helped out with some relief work and became a full-time member of staff and have since been promoted to Assistant Manager and work closely with Michelle and Nicky. 

I am currently based in the Older Babies room and work alongside Janette and Jade I do enjoy being able to spend time in all the other rooms too, seeing the children grow and develop. I have gained my SVQ Level 3 in Childcare since being here and go on all the relevant courses to keep up to date.

I enjoy working at Summerside alongside my colleagues who are very supportive, we work closely as a team and all socialise outside of work. I like how we know all of the children and families well and that we have the opportunity to care for and support all the children.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and taking weekend trips away.
Nicola bigger photoNicola Milner - Nursery Assistant

I have been working at Summerside Kindergarten for nearly two years. I first came to the nursery to gain work experience on a Friday afternoon after school.

I now work in the Tweenies room and I am working towards gaining my SVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Development by the end of March 2014. I really enjoy working at Summerside Kindergarten and it is really homely environment and feels like one big family.

All the members of staff were very friendly and welcoming when I first came to the nursery.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
Sarah Falconer bigger photoSarah Falconer - Childcare Practitioner

I have been at Summerside Kindergarten for three years now and enjoy working in the Pre School room alongside Nicky, Michelle and Nicola. I left school and went straight to college to study towards and HNC in Childcare and Education. Through work I enjoy updating my training and going on courses that are relevant to the Curriculum for Excellence. Although I am based in the Pre School room I enjoy seeing the other children, spending time with them and watch them develop.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and going walks with my camera. I enjoy all kinds of photography from landscapes to macro shots. 
Jade Forrester bigger photoJade Forrester - Nursery Assistant

My name is Jade I am 17 years old and have been working at Summerside Kindergarten for just over a year now. I have been working on my SVQ Level 3 in childcare for just over a year and I'm looking forward to being fully qualified. 

I am currently based in the Older Babies room and I work alongside Janette and Tessa, but I also enjoy being able to spend time in all rooms so that I can gain experience with children of all age groups. Over the past year working at Summerside Kindergarten I have felt very welcome by all the staff, parents and children and I like how we are all such a close team and work so well together.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and family.
Katherine Cassidy bigger photoKatherine Cassidy - Relief Work

I have been working as a relief member of staff at Summerside Kindergarten since March 2014. I have always loved working with children and was delighted to have the opportunity to be part of such a great team.

I enjoy working as part of the Summerside team and have gained a lot of knowledge from the experienced staff. What makes Summerside special for me is that I have the opportunity to work with all the children across all the developmental stages in the Baby, Tweenies and Pre school rooms.

I am currently studying at the University of Edinburgh a MA Primary Education degree in hope of becoming a teacher. 
Image coming soonLaura Forrester - Relief Work

I am 16 years old and I am currently in fifth year at Trinity Academy working towards gaining my Higher's.

I really enjoy working as a Relief Worker at Summerside Kindergarten, and by getting to know all the children and all the staff it is giving me great experience for my future career.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and socialising with friends and family.
Image coming soonNadia Russell - Horticulturalist

I have worked at Summerside Kindergarten for three years and I am passionate about working with and teaching about plants and their biodiversity.

I am especially proud of our allotment, which we have developed from a plot full of waist-high weeds to a beautiful and highly productive plot. The children like nothing better than spending time there planting, sowing seeds and exploring the natural world in a wonderful outdoor learning environment.

The nursery is a very forward-thinking and welcoming place to work and everyone gets along really well supports each other.

I was very lucky to complete my honours degree BSc Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2011 and I continue to conduct plant research there part-time.
Mhari McLeod photoMhari McLeod - Administrator

I first worked at Summerside Kindergarten in 1998 I then had a change in career, but continued to do relief work.

I returned to Summerside full time in 2007 since then I have achieved my childcare qualifications and continue to attend personal development courses. I now undertake an administration role for Summerside Kindergarten & Pre School. I very much miss working with the children although I am lucky enough to get to drive the minibus for our many outings.

I enjoy spending time with my family especially weekends away in our caravan, I am kept very busy with my three children who have all attended Summerside.

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