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

Operations Manager

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.

Kirsty Smart

0-3s Deputy Manager

I have been working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector for 12 years, and have been a qualified Early Years Practitioner for 10 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, hardworking and determined individual. I have a passion for my work and providing the children in my care with quality experiences.

Zoe Donaghy

3-5s - Deputy Manager

I am 28 years old and I have 6 years’ experience working as Early Learners Supervisor at a private nursery in Edinburgh. I enjoy working with the children to create learning experiences based around their interests and the Curriculum for Excellence. I am SVQ 3 qualified and will soon be working towards my SVQ 4 in Leadership and Management. In my spare time I like to read and socialise with friends. Childcare has been my choice of profession since I was small. I am really looking forward to taking on the new challenge of being Deputy Manager at St Pauls and working with all the Early Learners children and staff!

Hannah Scott

Chatterbox 2s - Senior Practitioner

I have been working in childcare for just over 3 years now. I have always loved working with children and have done lots of volunteering for school clubs before starting in this industry full time. I love the thought of helping children become independent and teaching them to learn new everyday skills they need for their future. I love being outdoors with the children and helping them get outdoor learning experience and skills. As well as loving being outdoors I also enjoy doing sensory/messy play activities with the children indoors as I feel this helps with their social interaction skills, fine and gross motor skills as well as many other things.

Laura Bennett

Talkative Tots Supervisor P/T

I have worked in the private nursery sector for 23 years. I qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in 2003, and I have worked in a senior role ever since. I have continuously expanded my knowledge in the early years by attending various courses to continue my professional development. I have extensive knowledge of child development, and tailor experiences to suit each individual child’s interests and stage of development. I love to sing to the babies. In my spare time I love spending time with my children, where we enjoy going on little adventures outdoors and swimming together.

Ann Wright

Chatterbox 2s - Supervisor

Before starting at Newbyres 2 years ago, I had 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.

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.

Jessica Murray

Early Learners Supervisor

I am a qualified Nursery Practitioner and I started to work in nurseries as a new career path after being a lifeguard for a few years, but I can safely say that this is my forever job. I love baking, being creative, exploring in the outdoors and storytelling with children using our imagination! I am so excited to be offered this role at Newbyres as I feel I have so much to offer, and having worked closely with Zoe at another nursery I know we will make a fantastic team!