Management

Janice Smyth
Owner

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"Hi, i'm Janice, whilst pregnant with my second child in 1989, I struggled to find suitable childcare to allow me to go back to work as a Nurse.

I asked myself as a working mum, "what kind of child care would I want for my children to allow me to go to work with peace of mind?".

This inspired me to open my own nursery, and on first day of business, we had 3 children, 2 of which were my own. The rest is history......

I am passionate about providing a caring and nurturing environment for the children in my care and take enormous pride in preparing them for their journey to school by providing a solid foundation in a home from home environment.

I am married to Patrick and have 2 children Stephen and Caroline. I am a proud Granny to Sophie and Ellie, who both attend the nursery! I love cooking, sewing, walking my dog, Maggie, and spending time with my family."

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Christine Bond
Manager, PDA Early Education & Childcare 

"Hi I'm Christine, I came to help Janice out for 1 week in 1990 and 29 years later, i'm still here!! I'm amazed at how much the nursery has blossomed and had a positive impact on the community and every child that has walked through our doors. Not forgetting the special friendship Janice and I have formed over the years." 

THE STAFF ARE AMAZING- THEY ARE ALWAYS HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MY CHILDS PROGRESS.
— PARENT

 

Baby Room Staff

Kerri Miller
Senior Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(SVQ3 Early Years & Education)

(BA Childhood Practice) 

"My name is Kerri. I am a mum of two children. I have spent the last 21 years working within Early Years Establishments. I love my job within early years and i'm passionate about the role and influence I have on children's lives. I feel this is a privileged position and it's an absolute joy to watch each child learn, grow and develop within my care. Every day is a learning day and I find working in the nursery very rewarding." 

Lynda Crossan
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(HNC Early Education & Childcare) 

"Hi I'm Lynda, I've worked here for 6 years working in all departments of the nursery. I qualified with an HNC in Early Education & Childcare in 2010, I love working here as two days are never the same! I'm married and have two teenage sons who take up the rest of my time and money!!" 

Eileen Macualey
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(SVQ3)

"Hi I'm Eileen and have worked here since 1992 in the babyroom gaining much experience over the years and loved every moment of it. Time passes so quickly it just seems like yesterday when I started. I have two daughters and a son that are not making me a granny yet!" 

Pamela Wallace
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner 

(NNEB)

"Hi my name is Pamela, I have worked here since 2006 gaining experience in both the baby room and toddler room. I have a son and a daughter, David and Angela, who are both young adults." 

Bethany Davidson
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(BA (hons) Childhood Studies)  

"I am Bethany, I joined the team at Granny Smith's 5 years ago as a student and since then they are stuck with me!! I continued my studies at university and graduated with BA (hons) in Childhood Studies. I am nurturing and caring and enjoy watching and helping children grow and develop." 

Toddler Room Staff

Kerri Miller
Senior Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(SVQ3 Early Years & Education)

(BA Childhood Practice) 

"My name is Kerri. I am a mum of two children. I have spent the last 21 years working within Early Years Establishments. I love my job within early years and i'm passionate about the role and influence I have on children's lives. I feel this is a privileged position and it's an absolute joy to watch each child learn, grow and develop within my care. Every day is a learning day and I find working in the nursery very rewarding." 

Lumi Mirzac
 Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(SVQ3 Social Services for Children & Young People) 

"Hi, I'm Lumi, Mum of one. I started my journey at Granny Smith's as a cleaner 4 years ago and became passionate about working with children, therefore got trained as a practitioner and have loved it ever since. I love travelling and reading, and my favourite motto in life is "keep calm"." 

Linda Woods
Trainee Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(Trainee SVQ3 Social Services for Children & Young People) 

"My name is Linda, I am a mum of 4 and a granny to my 5 grandchildren. I enjoy quality time with my family, making memories. I enjoy the outdoors and being creative. I am interested in caring for others and since returning to Granny Smith's 2 years ago I am currently training towards my SVQ3 Social Services Children and Young People, where I can support children's needs as they grow and develop new skills and achieve their developmental milestones!" 

Kristie Neilson
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(HNC Early Education & Childcare) 

"Hi I'm Kristie, I qualified with a HNC in Early Education & Childcare in 2016, and joined the Granny Smith's team in 2017. Working here has enabled me to develop myself both professionally and personally.  I'm a bright, bubbly and outgoing person, and spend my weekends with my family." 

Harley Edminston
Trainee Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(Training in SVQ3 Social Services for Children & Young People) 

"Hi my name is Harley I have worked in the playroom at Granny Smith's for two years and i am currently undertaking training to be an early years practitioner. Throughout my training I have gained valuable skills and knowledge which will support me throughout my career. I have a keen interest in the outdoors and enjoy sharing this with the children through creating valuable experiences within the nursery setting to allow them to enjoy the outdoors like I do."

Play Room Staff

Lorna Reid
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(NNEB) 

(SVQ4 Children's Care, Learning & Development)

"Hi, my name is Lorna and I have worked at Granny Smith's for 21 years. I have experience in all rooms but enjoy my time in the Playroom where I can have two way conversations with the children, enhance their learning and developing their skills for life, with a particular interest in raising numeracy attainment. Out with the nursery I am very active, taking part in many fitness classes and yoga. I like to use my knowledge of these to pass onto the children, building their awareness of the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles." 

Teresa McPartland
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(HNC Early Education and Childcare) 

"Hi, my name is Teresa and I have worked here at Granny Smith's Nursery since August 2005. I enjoy reading stories with the children and going on adventures to the beach and the woods. I'm a very sociable, chatty person, who loves meeting parents and building relationships with them and the children. I love being part of enhancing children's development of skills that will encourage them to be ready for the next steps in life." 

Lynsey Milligan
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(HNC Childcare and Education) 

"Hi my name is Lynsey and I have worked here at Granny Smith's Nursery since September 2002. I qualified as a practitioner with a HNC in Childcare and Education from Ayr College in June 2002. I have a son called Hayden who loves to come to nursery with me and spend time with everyone at the nursery. In my spare time I like nothing more than to spend time with Hayden and our family." 

Samantha Maxwell
Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner

(SVQ3 Children's Care Learning and Development) 

"Hi, my name is Samantha, I am a mum to my son Flynn. I have been fully qualified with a SVQ 3 since July 2013. I have experience in all areas of the nursery as I have been working at Granny Smith's Nursery for 4 years. My placement from college started at Granny Smith's in 2011 and I went on to do supply 1 year later. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and being on playdates with Flynn." 

Staff Courses 

All staff have been trained in Paediatric First Aid and Child Protection.

 

Domestic

Mandy Mills

Domestic

 

Lindsay Semple

Domestic

 

Fiona McLaughlin

Cook 

We have recently been awarded the Eat Safe Award, indicating that we strive for exceptional food hygiene standards and go above and beyond the legal requirement.

We have recently been awarded the Eat Safe Award, indicating that we strive for exceptional food hygiene standards and go above and beyond the legal requirement.

Supply Staff  

Jodie Boyd

Lauren Murphy

Eve Barclay

Niamh Riley