Each and every member of our talented staff team has their own specialism, whether it be outdoor play, music, speech & language development, Signalong...and so on. All our original staff attended two weeks of intensive training before we opened, and further training is ongoing. Courses included Baby and Child First Aid, Signalong, Child Protection, GIRFEC, the Curriculums, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Partnership with Parents and Building the Ambition.

As a nursery we focus on continuing our professional development and take every opportunity to learn from each other, as well as participating in regular training courses. Please have a look at our Parent/Carer Handbook for more information about our commitment to training and developing each staff member's leadership skills by outlining our roles and responsibilities. A career as an Early Years Educator is so much more than "just childcare"!

Mel Scrimgeour


Having completed my MA honours degree in Psychology and Linguistics (First Class) and my BSc in Speech Pathology and Therapy (Distinction), I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS for 11 years, along with helping to run our family business. Always looking for a new challenge, I decided it was time for something different. I very much enjoyed running speech, language and communication groups and working in a nursery environment, and felt I could offer so much more than the experiences my own children had had at various local private nurseries. We found the ideal setting at Newbyres Hall. I run regular speech, language and communication groups at the nursery and use my skills, experience and knowledge to ensure that we are Getting It Right For Every Child, as well as upskilling our staff team with specialist training.

Marie Arthur


From a young age I had decided that I wanted a career in the Early Years, so I began my HNC in childcare and education as soon as I left school. I have recently completed my PDA and am now in the third year of my BA Degree course in Childhood Studies. I have been working at a senior level in private nurseries ever since leaving college. I love being outdoors and enjoy giving the children in my care lots of different experiences, whether this is indoors or outdoors. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends as well as following my local football team with my husband and son.


Please contact us for more information by email at newbyresnursery@gmail.com or phone on 01875 898060.

Lauren Glodek

Deputy Manager at St Paul's

I have 20 years' experience working with children. After gaining my NC & HNC in Childcare and Education, I travelled overseas to work as a children's club manager. After returning to the UK, I moved into private nurseries and gained my PDA in Childcare, and have worked as a Manager in 3 different nurseries. I enjoy craft activities, cooking and baking. I am now in the third year of my BA degree course in Childhood Studies. I love the outdoors and have recently qualified as a Forest Kindergarten Leader.

Kirsty Smart

Deputy Manager at Newbyres

I have been working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector for 10 years, and have been a qualified Early Years Practitioner for 8 years. I have now completed my SVQ Level 4 in Social Services (Children and Young People) focusing on Leadership and Management, and I intend to continue my training and education in the sector. I am an enthusiastic, hard working and determined individual and I have a passion for my work.

Lorna Tannerhill

Talkative Tots Supervisor P/T

I have 14 years' experience in a supervisory role in a local private nursery. I love working with the under 2s, and have so much to offer from my extensive training and skills in creating and overseeing quality experiences for this age group. I am currently completing my SVQ 4 Management and Leadership course.

Laura Bennett

Talkative Tots Supervisor P/T

I have 20 years' experience in the private nursery sector, as well as after school club experience more recently. I have an extensive knowledge of child development and tailor activities and experiences to suit each individual child's interests and stage of development. I love to sing with the babies and my dulcet tones can be heard across Gorebridge!

Sami Morgan

School Club Supervisor

I qualified in 2014 with an HNC in Early Education and Childcare. I gained experience in various council nurseries for 3 years on supply before starting at Newbyres and I have never looked back! In my spare time, I am a Girls' Brigade Officer and I also volunteer with Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity.

Yvonne Clark

Senior Practitioner

I was brought up on our family Farm in West Linton, and I have a keen interest in the outdoors and animals, especially horses. I started my training in a nursery around 10 years ago as a support worker and have worked my way up. I have just completed my PDA level 8 in Childhood Practice.

Aimee Burrows

Early Learners Supervisor

I work in the Early Learners room as supervisor. I have had three and a half years previous nursery experience and am qualified with an SVQ3. I have always been very passionate about working in childcare since I was at school; it's a very rewarding job as you get to help the children learn and develop and see the impact you can have on them. Within the nursery my favourite activities are messy play and sensory play. I have also recently completed the Forest Kindergarten course and I enjoy leading sessions and bringing more outdoor learning to the nursery.

Ann Wright

2-3s Supervisor

I have 17 years’ experience working as a Practitioner in a local setting, gaining my SVQ3 qualification along the way. My aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for the children to enjoy and thrive in, and I take pride in the many children I have watched develop and grow while in my care. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit by doing outdoor boot camp with my son and spending time with my twin girls.

Holly Braddock

Senior Practitioner

I have worked with children and young people for the past 10 years around the globe in England, the U.S, Uganda, The U.A.E. and now Scotland. I have achieved my CACHE level 3 in Children and young people in the workforce and my CACHE level 5 in Management in the Early Years, working most recently as a Nursery Manager in Dubai. I live for the outdoors and trekking and have trekked up Kilimanjaro and through the Himalayas in Nepal as well as completing Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards. I believe in empowering children with choices and child led play and I love drama, music and movement, allowing children to express themselves freely.