Meet the Management Team

Stephanie Dodds, Director/Owner

Stephanie is a qualified Registered Nurse and has worked in various nursing roles over a period of 17 years. She is a mother of 3 children and knows the importance of excellent child care. Stephanie's main responsibilities are Care, Health and Hygiene, HR and maintaining standards . She regularly visits the nurseries and observes the staff and child interaction, as well as noting, maintenance and improvement issues . In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband, walking her dog and reading.

Stephanie has also completed the Child Protection 2 training. Stephanie is the NDNA Chair for East and Midlothian Network.


Nicola Pryde, Director/Owner

Nicola started out with a career in Financial Services. A mother of 4 children, Nicola knows how difficult good quality childcare is to find. This led to herself and her good friend Stephanie looking to purchase their own nursery, and in 2006 they became owners of Pear Tree Nursery in Haddington, East Lothian. After a hugely challenging and satisfying year at Pear Tree the opportunity arose to purchase Arnhall Nursery in Dunblane in 2007.

Nicola deals with the financial side of the business, overseeing budgets, invoicing and projections; but is very hands on and is regularly at both nurseries. Nicola is passionate about providing excellent childcare and her experience and views as a mum, not just an owner, ensure that this is what the nursery provides. She enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.


Norma McFarlane, Manager

Norma started at Arnhall Nursery in 2003 as a Room Supervisor. In July 2011 Norma was promoted to Nursery Manager and since this time has successfully developed into the role. Norma holds her HNC, SVQ4 and a BA in Childhood Practice. In her spare time Norma enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog and cycling.




Amanda McDonald, Deputy Manager

Amanda has worked at Arnhall for over 10 years. She holds her SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education and Childcare. Amanda enjoys meeting up with family and friends and also walks with her dog.





Danah Al-Sayed, Bumblebees and Ladybirds Room Manager

Danah has been working at Arnhall since November 2013 and is qualified with an SVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning & Development and is working towards her PDA. During her spare time Danah enjoys socialising, keep fit and spending time with friends and family.




Lisa Williamson, Butterflies Room Manager

Lisa is Room Manager in the Toddler Room and has worked at Arnhall Nursery since July 2012. She holds her SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education and Childcare and is currently working towards her PDA. Lisa is also our resident hairdresser as and when parents require their children’s hair to be cut. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.



Sarah Robertson, Grasshoppers Room Manager (On maternity leave from Sep 2017)

Sarah is the Room Manager of the Grasshoppers and has worked at Arnhall Nursery since 2011. She is qualified with her SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education and Childcare. In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going out for dinner and going to the cinema.



Hannah McFarlane, Dragonflies Room Manager

Hannah holds her SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education and Childcare and joined Arnhall at the end of summer 2016. During her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time outdoors and also enjoys swimming, walking and has recently taken up running.




Danielle Young, Finance / Admin Officer

Danielle joined Arnhall Nursery in September 2017 and is a highly driven individual with over 20 years’ Finance and Administration experience. In her spare time Danielle enjoys tennis, visiting new countries, walking and exploring the countryside.




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