Staff

staff

Our staff

We believe that the staff are the most important resource the early years setting can have. We are passionate and committed to the children in our care. There is an ethos of building strong personal relationship with families and children as a foundation for the enjoyable and enriching preschool experiences.

We have a very low turnover of professional staff who are registered with the appropriate bodies such as SSSC and GTCS. The staff are fully qualified with a wealth of experience.There is a continuing programme of professional development both in house and externally.

Ingrid Devine

Role:
Manager/Lead Practitioner

Qualifications:

  • Scottish Progression Award (SPA in Early Years)
  • SVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education
  • Progressing through BA (Hons) Childhood Practice

Registration:

Registered with Social Services Council of Scotland as a Manager/Lead Practitioner.

Experience:

Started as a volunteer at the preschool in 2001 and progressed through study to achieve qualifications and registration.

Personal:

I live in Scalloway with my fiancee. I have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren who keep me very busy and active. I enjoy films and music. I love swimming and I am keen in creating through arts and crafts.
I really enjoy helping children grow and learn new things. The Early Years is an important stage for learning and soaking up new experiences. I love to see children explore and use choices to expand and develop their confidence and independence. I enjoy being part of a team delivering ELC and I am looking forward to the expansion. I am keen to involve nature and provide natural learning in a comfortable, homely setting. I am always looking for the new challenges and I am currently progressing through my degree, enjoying the learning process

Laura Black

Role:

Practitioner/Support Worker

Qualifications:

  • HNC in Early Years Care and Education

Registration:

Registered with Social Services Council of Scotland

Experience:

I carried out my placements for my NC and HNC in Childcare at Blydehaven and Bells Brae Nursery. I also worked at Islesburgh Pre School in 2006. I worked at the Islesburgh Out of School Club from 2009-2012.I have been working at Hame fae Hame and Scalloway Preschool since 2009.

Personal:

I love spending time with my family and friends,cooking and listening to music. I also love being outdoors and travelling.

I love working with the early years, I enjoy encouraging and creating new learning experiences for the children. It is great to be a part of their lives knowing that we can also offer an exciting educational atmosphere with a range of different learning experiences to offer.

Rachel Rosie

Role:
Support Worker

Qualifications:

  • SVQ Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

 

Experience:

Since 2009 I have worked at Scalloway Preschool and I am also a Relief Worker at ‘Hame fae Hame’

Personal:

I enjoy spending time with my family and puppy. I like reading, walking and baking.  I am involved in Sunday School and Shetland Christian Youth Camp.

I really enjoy spending time with the children at Pre-School, watching them grow, helping and encouraging them with exploring and learning new things.  Together with their families, it is a privilege to be a part of this formative time in their young lives.

Thomas Hawick

Role:
Support Worker

Qualifications:

  • NC in Early Education and Childcare

 

Personal:

I live in Sandwick with my family and two cats. I enjoy listening to and playing music, cooking, going for walks, collecting vinyl and trying new things.

I enjoy working with children because I have the chance to enhance their learning experiences, offer them support when needed and encourage them to try new things and even try again in certain struggles. I enjoy being part of this positive, encouraging and happy team that dedicate themselves to helping many flourish at young ages.

Georgia Laurenson-Armour

Role:

Practitioner

Qualifications:

  • SVQ 3 Early Years and Childcare

Registration:

Registered with Social Services Council of Scotland

Experience:

I have been working at Scalloway Preschool for 2 years now.

Personal:

I live in Burra with my Husband and 4 children. My family all live close together and enjoy doing many things together such as helping on the family croft and going in the boat. Me and my family love doing water sports and all have kayaks to go exploring
in.

I run the Burra Badminton club for about 30 children and also help out at the adults one. It is very successful with a few children being chosen for the Shetland team.

I enjoy working at Scalloway pre-school as everyone gets on really well and the children are a pleasure to work with. I am honoured to be the part of young children’s growth and development, giving them support and encouragement along the way.