Children in the Garden

 Our Team 

 Our Childcare Team 
play q 8 (1).png
shutterstock_140619661_edited.png
shutterstock_237811099%20(1)_edited.png

Childcare Manager

I am Cairndow Community Childcare's Manager, and have been with the childcare here for sixteen years, starting off as a student and working my way up to be Manager.

I hold an SVQ4 qualification.

I am enjoying the challenges of growing the centre and creating something special.

My passion lies in making a difference to children, families and staff.

I am fortunate enough at Cairndow to be able to make a difference and input new and creative strategies in learning.

I am available for children, staff and parents to talk to when needed, so please come and speak to me anytime.

My direct e-mail address is lisa@thefyneden.com or press here for direct link - 

 

Lisa MacIntyre

shutterstock_237811099%20(1)_edited.png

Lead Practitioner

I have been at nursery since 2006 and in that time I have worked with all the different age groups within nursery and seen lots of boys and girls grow and graduate to Primary One and beyond!

I am a trained book bug leader and love to sing and tell stories and I also enjoy spending time outdoors playing and learning with the children. In 2018 I completed a Woodland Activity Leader Training Course.

Outside of nursery I have lived in Inveraray for 14 years with my husband and our son. I enjoy walking, reading, holidays and meeting up with friends and family.

Key Practitioner, SVQ3, with us since 2006

Jessica Smeaton

shutterstock_219062911_edited_edited.png

General Assistant

I am a local girl, born and bred in the village of Strachur on the shores of Loch Fyne,  and it never fails to astound and delight me on a daily basis.

I have worked in various local business's throughout my working life gaining a large amount of experience in the varied roles I have enjoyed.

 

I am excited to have joined the child-care team here at Little Learners at The Fyne Den and really relish the ever-changing needs and challenges I come across daily in helping the childcare setting run as smoothly as possible.  No two days are the same and the joy of watching the wee ones play, develop and grow is so rewarding.

I love volunteering at Strachur Youth drama in my spare time, encouraging the children to be creative and have fun in their performance activities. Its such a worthwhile pursuit for the young people in the local community, I still get a huge buzz when seeing them gain confidence and have the best fun, the same as I now get everyday at the Den.

 

Katie Wilson

shutterstock_140619661_edited.png

Jacqueline Downs

shutterstock_140619661_edited.png

ELC Practitioner

I'm Jacqueline and I live in Cairndow with my husband and children Lexie and William.  I am originally from Central Scotland but moved to Cairndow for a more rural life.

I currently have a SVQ3 in Early Learning Childcare and Development and aim to work towards an SVQ4 in the near future.  I love spending time with children and watching them grow and learn, not two days are ever the same and every day is an adventure.

Any spare time I have is mostly taken up with family life enjoying spending time outdoors with our two dogs Sonny and Minnie. 

Ross Anderson

shutterstock_140619661_edited_edited_edi

Toddler Practitioner

Joined Cairndow Childcare in 2019 and studying towards SVQ3

I have always had an interest in working with children and learning about their development and what makes them tick.  To be given the opportunity to work and train and learn from my colleagues at Cairndow Community Childcare has been an ambition fulfilled and I am working hard to take my education further.

I get as much from the children as they do from me. 

Orla Murphy

shutterstock_140619661_edited.png

Baby Practitioner

Originally from Ireland, I have travelled and worked in various locations including New Zealand, settling in Cairndow a few years ago.

I have always worked in community settings with children and young people, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to bring my skill set to The Fyne Den.

I transferred from the Adventure Zone to Little Learners childcare facility at the end of last year and am working towards a SVQ3, and loving it.

Contact Orla on info@thefyneden.com or press here for direct e-mail link - 

 

 Our Customer Service Team 
shutterstock_237811099%20(1)_edited.png
shutterstock_237811099%20(1)_edited.png

Kirstie Dowse

Event & Party Co-ordinator

shutterstock_140618443_edited_edited.png

With a background in acting & drama provision for the young people in the local area, and presently studying for a degree in Event Planning, I am delighted to be using and expanding my experience at The Fyne Den.  I have been involved in producing dramatic and musical theatre for a number of years and act as creative director for our local youth theatre, where staging and set have been in the forefront of my experience.

I enjoy nothing more than organising an event or birthday party that will surprise, delight and wow a child, while minimising the stress for a parent and supporting them to get the celebration they desire.  

You can contact me on info@thefyneden.com or press here for direct e-mail link - 

Alana Dey

Admin & Membership Co-ordinator

shutterstock_219062911_edited.png

Having been a part of the local community for my entire life, I was more than delighted to be able to take the opportunity of working with The Fyne Den.

The skills and artistic traits that I bring to the team are put to good use assisting Kirstie with Events and Parties, and I love nothing more than devising new designs for face-painting.

Responsible for the development of our play provision in the Adventure Zone, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of developing our Toddler only sessions, arts & crafts and Messy Play sessions, and am excited for what's to come.  I look after all our Friends of the Den, and assist with the day-to-day running of the facility, which means there are never two days the same, suits me to a T.

You can contact me on info@thefyneden.com or press here for direct e-mail link - 

Alice Maclellan

Play & Event Host

shutterstock_237811099%2520(1)_edited_edited.png

I am the newest recruit to the customer service team here at The Fyne Den and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience.  Studying fashion at Uni gives me a creative background and skills to bring to the team, and talents I have been able to use for events and parties which is very satisfying.  I have had a few years of customer service experience from my family owning a hospitality business, and I really enjoy meeting families and children and helping them to get the most out of the facility. 

You can contact me on info@thefyneden.com or press here for direct e-mail link - 

 Our Business Team 

Sheena Dowse

shutterstock_140619661_edited.png

Business Development 

I have been raising my family and running my own businesses in the local area for the last 30 years, being heavily involved in lots of community activities.  I have experienced business and voluntary work from many diverse angles and have picked up a lot of skills along the way.  Getting involved with developing The Fyne Den, helping it to reach its full potential, and promoting the opportunities it brings to the local community, visitors and team are both exciting and rewarding.

You can contact me directly on sheena@thefyneden.com or press here for direct e-mail link - 

shutterstock_140619661_edited.png
 Our Directors 
shutterstock_140619661_edited.png
shutterstock_237600934_edited.png

Director/Chair

Cairndow Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for her  children, now moved on to schools
Director of Dawnfresh Farming Ltd

Director of Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Director of British Trout Association 

RSPCA Freedom Food assessor, ISO 14001 lead auditor and business development experience within the Salmon and Trout industry.

Alison Hutchins

JEKK4157_edited_edited.png

Director/Secretary & Treasurer

Involved with Cairndow Community Childcare since 2004.

Trustee of S.J.Noble Trust since 2012 - working to assist business development in Argyll.

 

Self- employed event organiser, catering provider and consultant on Tourism and Food business development.

Founder member of Food from Argyll Group in 2007/8. Co-ordinator for the group 2010 to present.
 

Virginia Sumsion

shutterstock_105597038_edited.png

Director

Cairndow resident

Director of Dignity HR Solutions Ltd, and also Stoirm Ltd.

 

Vice Chairman of Dundee Contemporary Arts
Subject expert member of the People Committee of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Alan Boyter

Director

Local resident and representative for  Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd
 

Worked for Loch Fyne Oysters for many years within Sales, HR  and Accounts Dept.

Hugh Johnston

shutterstock_237811099%2520(1)_edited_ed

Director

Cairndow Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for his children, now moved on to schools 

Career in fish farming and husbandry, currently Manager Cairndow Salmon Hatchery 

Owen Hutchins

shutterstock_140619661_edited.png
shutterstock_140619661_edited.png
shutterstock_140619661_edited.png
 
Vacancies
March 2022
Childcare Practitioner - Cairndow Family & Early Learning Centre
Full Time 30 hours per week 
Attractive salary and conditions 

This exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Baby Practitioner working for Cairndow Community Childcare in our Brand New purpose built nursery  -The Fyne Den , an organisation with charitable status established to address the lack of childcare provision and family facilities in the rural area.

The practitioner must be qualified SVQ level 3 or equivalent. Candidates should ideally have experience in the Pre Birth to Three framework and Curriculum for Excellence. 
Practitioner must be well organised, self-motivated, excellent communicator, enjoy working outdoors and being part of a team.
This is an ideal opportunity to join an expanding business and to practice in a high quality setting with exciting imaginative environs inside and out, to stimulate the learning process.

Job description available from lisa@thefyneden.com
Application by submitting your CV FAO Lisa MacIntyre, Manager, Cairndow Community Childcare at above email address.
Volunteers
As a charitable community business, The Fyne Den would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they would like to offer their time and energy on a voluntary basis, particularly in the Adventure Zone, at weekends and fund-raising events.  Our management committee is also entirely run by volunteers and anyone who feels they may be interested in taking on a role in the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch or complete the form below and we will get back to you shortly.
Please let me know of future vacancies
arrow&v

Thanks for submitting!