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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.

Elizabeth Mason, Acting Room Manager Bumblebee Room

Elizabeth Mason is the Acting Room Manager in the Bumblebee Room and has worked at Arnhall since 2017. Elizabeth holds her BA in Learning Difficulties and Disabilities as well as her HNC and HND in Early Education and Childcare. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, travelling and trips to the cinema.

Lisa Williamson, Butterflies Room Manager (Maternity Leave)

Lisa is Room Manager in the Butterflies 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. Lisa is now working towards gaining her Level 3 Forest School Leader accreditation.

Megan Wilson, Acting Butterflies Room Manager

Megan is the Acting Room Manager in the Butterfly Room and has worked at Arnhall since 2016. She is qualified in an HNC in Early Education and Childcare. In her spare time Megan enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Sarah Robertson, Grasshoppers Room Manager

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. Sarah is now working towards gaining her Level 3 Forest School Leader accreditation.

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. Hannah has also achieved her Level 3 Forest School Leader accreditation in 2018.

Lesley Crumley, Finance / Admin Officer

Lesley started at Arnhall Nursery in July 2007 as a practitioner having qualified in an HNC in Early Education and Childcare. Lesley took over the position of Finance/Admin Officer in January 2018. In Lesley’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her partner and their two boys, exploring the outdoors.