Meet the team
I have worked in the Early Learning and Childcare sector for over twenty years and have gained both SVQ qualifications and the BA Childhood and Youth Studies degree. It has always been my absolute passion to shape and nurture the minds of young children and I find it such a fulfilling and rewarding profession. Our staff at Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre are an incredibly dedicated group of practitioners. It is such an honour and privilege to work alongside them to provide a high-quality Early Learning and Childcare experience for the children of Drumnadrochit and the wider Glen Urquhart area. In my spare time I love to unwind by running, walking and spending time with family and friends.
I have grown up and lived in Drumnadrochit all my life. For the last 4 years I have been part of the fantastic team at Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre. I have gained my SVQ 3 qualification as well as a degree in Child and Youth Studies. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog on the beautiful Scottish beaches, travelling on holidays and spending time with my family and friends.
I started working at the Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre in 2018 after changing career and having a family of my own. I have furthered my knowledge within the childcare sector by completing a compliment of training qualifications and workshops. Having successfully completed my SVQ Children and young people, I am now undertaking the BA Childhood Practice. Within this role, it is very much about what you can give rather than what you get, and that is why my position is so enjoyable and rewarding. In my spare time I love going on adventures with my family, travelling and learning new ideas.
I recently joined the centre in Aug 2018, leaving a career in Civil Service for a job closer to home and one I knew I’d enjoy. I have 4 children, ranging from 20 years down to twins of 6- all have attended GUCC and have enjoyed every minute of their time here. I served as a Trustee on the board for a couple of years and helped with fundraisers before the opportunity arose to join the Centre as Administrator- and here I am! The Centre is such an integral part of the community and I love being part of the team. When I’m not in the office, I love spending time with my family and my 3 dogs in the outdoors. I never take our beautiful village for granted and having lived here for 40 years; I don’t expect I’ll be leaving anytime soon!
I trained as a NNEB and later completed my Advanced PDA in Childcare and Education. I started working in Lewiston Nursery when my wonderful son started, 25 years ago. Some years later we relocated to Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre, where we are today. During this time, I have had a variety of roles but nothing beats being on the floor, as the joy of working with children and hearing their laughter is what has kept me here all these years. It is so rewarding, and no day is ever the same.
Early Years Practitioner
In 2007 I left my family home in Poland and moved to Drumnadrochit. I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful country like Scotland and being able to explore stunning landscapes and breath-taking settings. In 2018 I completed the HNC Childhood Practice and have been employed at Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre since 2018. There is nothing more rewarding than enabling a child to explore, see and learn. I never get bored when I’m around children as you get so much back from them! My spare time is spent with loved ones.
Melissa Macdonald Haig
Early Years Practitioner
I have worked in childcare for over 14 years, joining Glen Urquhart childcare centre in November 2007. Whilst working here I complete my SVQ 3 which supported me within my role as an EYP. Every day is different and it’s so nice to live in a small community and watch all the children blossom into young adults. Out of work I enjoy walking and exploring this beautiful area. I can often be found spending time in my garden, a passion which I share with the children in the centre.
Early Years Practitioner
I have been working in the childcare sector now for around 6 years. I completed my SVQ 3 in December 2017 and joined the team here at Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre in March 2018. I really love my job and no two days are the same. In my spare time I enjoy walking and going to the gym.
Early Years Practitioner/Cook
After a change in career I joined Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre in 2015. I have been studying towards my SVQ 3 Social Services – Children and Young People. I love watching children grow and blossom and feel privileged to work with such genuinely caring people in our wonderful setting. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my wee dog and avoiding housework!
Early Years Support Worker
I am very excited to be part of this super team. I spent twenty wonderful years providing riding therapy for many generations and am so pleased to be able to take my passion for nurturing people in a fresh direction, here at the Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre. I have a particular interest in additional support needs and will be accessing training in this area. In my spare time I love nothing better than disappearing into the hills with my horse and my dog, or catching up with friends and family.
Early Years Support Worker (Relief)
I work for Royal Bank of Scotland, a position I have held for the past 14 years. Alongside this, I am also currently studying with the University of The Highlands and Islands towards my Early Years Practitioner qualification. I live up the Glen with my husband, Isak and three children, Ella-May and Grayson whom also attends the centre and Morgan, born in 2020. I love to have lots of animals around me and volunteer to help in the community whenever I can. I currently host the community Halloween and Christmas parties for all the children of the Glen which is my favourite thing to do.