Children in the Garden

 Our Team 

 Our Childcare Team 
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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 or press here for direct link - 


Lisa MacIntyre


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


Baby Practitioner

Originally from Inveraray where I have lived most of my life.

I have worked in the child-caring profession in various nurseries throughout my 23 year career, also working as a ‘Live in Nanny’ both in Argyll and Jersey. 

Being a motivated and caring person, I enjoy walking, cycling, being outdoors and the company of friends and family.

I love encouraging the children in play and development, setting up new activities for them to explore, coming down to their level and interacting with the children.

I still get a huge buzz when seeing the little ones happy and smiling at play.

 SVQ3, has been with Cairndow Childcare  over the years and since 2018

Christine Kerr Goodheir


Jacqueline Downs


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


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


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 or press here for direct e-mail link - 


 Our Customer Service Team 

Business Development 

Sheena Dowse

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 or press here for direct e-mail link - 


 Our Business Team 
 Our Directors 


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


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



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




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

Manager of The Tree Shop at Clachan, Cairndow,

Takes an active role in the community. 

Neil Colburn



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



Local Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for her  children, now moved on to schools.

Accounts Team member at Fyne Ales Brewery

Member of Inveraray Community Council

Slow but keen runner.

Janet Riddoch



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




We are recruiting!

Adventure Zone & Events Host - Holidays and Weekends

Due to the exciting  news that our Adventure Zone is re-opening soon , we are looking to recruit flexible team members to assist with hosting our unique play and event facility.  Activities will mainly include helping children and their families to enjoy all the facilities for play and events in the most fun, friendly, and safe environment.  The role would include customer service, cleaning, admin, event management, marketing and all things PLAY indoors and out.

Applicants should be well organised, self-motivated, excellent communicators,

enjoy multi-tasking and being part of an active team, with the ability to relate to a child’s imagination.

Some of the Skills/Experience desirable although training offered:-

An interest in children’s development and the role of Risky Play within it.

A creative background.

Experience of children’s clubs/groups within the context of planning/leading events/party games/outdoor activities.

Confident communicator with children of all ages and their parents/carers.

A basic understanding of the importance of Health & Safety and Hygiene in the work place.

The ability to have fun and for your enjoyment to be infectious.


This is an ideal opportunity to join an expanding business and to work in a high

quality setting.  Our childcare facility runs alongside the Adventure Zone and you would be expected to be as professional.  You would be required to join the PVG, (Protect Vulnerable Groups) scheme.

Hours are flexible and negotiable.  Salary £8.91 (age relevant), plus employment benefits.


The role will be located in The Fyne Den, Cairndow, PA26 8BL


If interested, please initially email and a job description will be sent to you with details of how to apply.

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.
May 2021
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
Application by submitting your CV FAO Lisa MacIntyre, Manager, Cairndow Community Childcare at above email address.
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