Meet the Team


Managing Director

Mary-Jane founded Kingsmeadows Nursery in 2000 having noticed a gap in the market as a Mum of two young children. Mary-Jane has completed her SVQ3, PDA Level 8 and Post-Graduate Diploma in Childhood Practice. She has also graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and completed Doctoral training as a Chartered Psychologist in 2017. In 2019 Mary-Jane also qualified as a Mindfulness teacher. 


Mary-Jane enjoys travelling and the outdoors and in the last few years has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked the Inca Trail and rafted through the Grand Canyon.  


Setting Manager

Rebecca joined the team in 2007 with an NVQ but has since gone on to achieve her SVQ3, PDA Level 8 and a BA in Childhood Practice.In addition to her role as Setting Manager Rebecca also leads the Under 2's which is her favourite age group!


Rebecca enjoys the daily challenges her role brings, no day is ever the same but she wouldn't have it any other way.


Lead Practitioner

Dawn has been with Kingsmeadows Nursery since 2006, she acheived her SVQ3 before joining the team but has now gone on to complete her SVQ4. Dawn enjoys the challenges of working with the 2-3 years age group and has found her qualifications to be extremely helpful in ensuring best practice and continuous improvement.


Dawn enjoys keeping fit and going out with friends and family.


Depute Manager

Janey is the Depute Manager and also Lead Practitioner in the Rainbow Room (3-5 years) and has been part of the team for 12 years, achieving both SVQ3 and PDA Level 8 qualifications during her time with Kingsmeadows Nursery.


Janey enjoys reading, crosswords and walking, especially her annual walking holiday in Spain with friends.  


Lead Practitioner

Nicola first joined the team whilst still at High School and helped with the After School Club where her ambition and interest in chilcare grew. Nicola has now achieved her SVQ3 and PDA Level 8 and is Lead Practitioner for the Out of School and Holiday Club.


Nicola volunteers as a Brownie leader in her spare time and is also a member of the local Pipe Band.



Fiona has been with Kingsmeadows Meadows Nursery for over 16 years and gained

her SNNEB from Borders College in 1992. Fiona enjoys working with children who require extra support and has completed training to expand her knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


In her spare time Fiona enjoys the outdoors and walking her dogs.

Lisa D


Lisa has been part of the team for 4 years and has succesfully gained her SVQ3. Lisa spends the majority of her time in the Rainbow Room (3-5 years) but also spends time with the After School Club. She loves working with children as they have a wonderful view of the world and a great way of experiencing themselves.


In her spare time Lisa enjoys playing netball, reading and walking her dogs.

Lisa S


Lisa has been working with children since she was 16 and has been with Kingsmeadows Nursery for 3 years. She has completed her Health & Social Care Level 2, SVQ2 and SVQ3.


Lisa plays in the local pipe band and also plays netball in her spare time.



Emma has been part of the team since 2015 and has successfully completed her SVQ3. Previous to joining Kingsmeadows Nursery Emma completed a Diploma in Primary Education. She enjoys working with all age groups but spends most of her time with the 2 year olds in the Sunshine Room.


Emma is a member of the local choir which she loves and is also a Brownie leader. She enjoys the outdoors, especially when taking the Brownies on various trips. 



Margaret has been part of the team since 2011 and was previously a primary school teacher, qualifying through Manchester Metropolitan University after gaining her degree from Edinburgh University. Margaret will usually be found guitar in hand, supporting the children in musical activities throughout the nursery.


In her spare time Margaret enjoys playing the piano and also sings with an established choir in Edinburgh.



Brenda first worked with Kingsmeadows Nursery during her placement whilst completing her SVQ2 through Borders College. Following a successful placement she then became a permanent member of the team in 2006 and completed her SVQ3 in 2009.


Brenda enjoys playing darts, meeting new people and going out with friends.



Lizzie has been working in the childcare sector since she was 16, gaining a BTEC Diploma in Nursery Nursing and has been with Kingsmeadows Nursery from our opening back in 2000!


Lizzie enjoys caring for her pets, reading, walking and spending time with her son.



Holly started with Kingsmeadows Nursery in February 2017 and has now completed her SVQ3 in Childcare. She spends most of her time with the babies but enjoys working with all age groups in the nursery. 


 Holly enjoys travelling having recently spent time in Southeast Asia and living in New Zealand before returning home. She enjoys seeing new places, spending time with family and friends and good food!




Catriona started with Kingsmeadows Nursery in January 2017 after spending nine years as a childminder and is enjoying the change of environment and experiences and has recently completed her SVQ3.


Catriona enjoys spending time travelling with her family as well as attending as many food festivals as possible!




Yvonne joined Kingsmeadows Nursery in February 2017 and has completed her SVQ3. Alongside her work with the nursery Yvonne is also a Staff Nurse and qualified in 2003.


Yvonne is also a qualified

remedial and sports massage therapist which led to her working with the Scottish rugby team during the 6 Nations!



Enjoys going for walks with the children!

Contact us today!

If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact us via:


01721 720175

We are located at:

Kingsmeadows Nursery

Cavalry Park


EH45 9BU

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