Our Playroom

Our Playroom encourages children to play and learn in comfort, where staff can dedicate their full attention to care and education and where parents can feel secure that their child’s social, emotional and educational needs are professionally catered for.


Our Playroom contains age-appropriate toys and equipment selected specifically to stimulate children’s development at each stage. Whether it’s a soft toy that provides comfort, a puzzle that develops their problem-solving skills or a dressing-up box that stirs their imagination, there’s something to stimulate all of their senses.


Fire drills are held regularly and alarm bells are tested weekly to ensure staff and children are aware of evacuation procedures.

Meet the Team!

We’re so proud of our wonderful team of staff who take such good care of our children. They are well qualified and receive regular training as well as working towards higher childcare qualifications. Between them they have recently received training in Paediatric Emergency First Aid, Child Protection, Managing Behaviour, Effective Risk Management, Food Hygiene, Speech & Language, GDPR Law, Infection Control, Thinking & Talking Floor Books, Schemas and Observations.

The team work to maintain your children’s records and folders, share their activities with you in person and through sharing photos, and carefully planning the themes and activities that the children with enjoy and learn so much from.

Kirsty is our fantastic manager and leader, super organised and approachable with a great vision to move the pre-school forward.

Kirsty is passionate about children's learning, keeping up with the latest studies on the best approaches to children's development such as Schemas, which reveals how children learn through play, and Loose Parts, a type of play which has been shown to increase levels of creative and imaginative play, team play and socialising; also to encourage more physical activity, communication and negotiating skills when added to an outdoor space. The children are happy about Kirsty's studying too!

Kirsty's Training

SCQF Level 7 | Working towards BA in childhood practices | SVQ Social Services - Children & Young People | Emergency (Paediatric) First Aid | NSPCC Child protection officer training | Child Protection | Speech & Language | Food Hygiene | GDPR Law | Infection Control | Early Years in Nature | Froebelian Course, Element 1 & 2 | Health & Social Care Standards Benefit Risk Assessment | Schema 

Pre-School Manager

KIRSTY CLARKE

Charlene is our new senior practitioner and her knowledge and experience is evident throughout her practice. Charlene has settled well into her role and is a great addition to the team. She is an enthusiastic member of staff with a great work ethic and is keen to further her development and experience in the senior role over coming years. 

Charlene's Training

Paediatric First Aid & Outdoor Paediatric First Aid | Food Hygiene | Child Protection | Schema

Senior Early Years Practitioner

CHARLENE McCOMBIE

Fiona started with us in early 2018 and is a fun, gentle and capable presence in the playroom. She’s started work on her SVQ3 Childcare qualification, and also takes care of maintaining our outdoor area. Her team-mates describe her as down to earth, great fun and able to turn her hand to anything. Everyone mentioned her enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors, especially her speciality - bug hunting! 

Fiona's Training

First Aid | Food Hygiene | Child Protection | Infection Control | Outdoor Paediatric First Aid | Food & Fire Safety | Schema

Playleader

FIONA McNALLY

Gillian has been involved with the pre-school for a long time, working with us as a Senior Practitioner and Acting Manager, and currently as a Relief Worker. She holds the SCQF Level 7 Social Services (Children and Young People) qualification. She is so friendly and easy to get along with and shares her love of the outdoors and animals with the children.

Senior Early Years Practitioner (Relief)

GILLIAN LAWSON

Kimberly has joined the team as our new early years practitioner. Kimberly is very calm and nurturing and has a creative flare which the children love. The childcare industry is new to Kimberly but she is keen to develop her practice and attended her Outdoor paediatric first aid course within the first week of her employment. The team feel like Kimberly has always been with us and has become a valuable member of staff. Along with her experience as a mum of four, we are excited to see Kimberly’s knowledge and practice flourish and develop over the coming years. 

Kimberly's Training

Outdoor Paediatric First Aid

Early Years Practitioner

KIMBERLY STEWART

 

Pre-School Blog

Auchenblae Pre-School Group

Scottish Registered Charity

No. SCO21752

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