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Recent News

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted on 2nd January 2019

December 2018 Newsletter

Posted on 2nd January 2019

November 2018 Nursery Newsletter

Posted on 2nd January 2019

October 2018 Newletter

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Silver Soil Association Award 2018

Posted on 17th September 2018

Parents’ Committee Meeting Tuesday 11th September 5.15pm

Posted on 9th September 2018

Winner NMT Nursery Indoor Learning Enviroment 2018

Posted on 9th September 2018

Meet the 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.


Gillian Harvey, Manager

Gillian joined Pear Tree Nursery in 2005. Gillian has worked in childcare for 18 years and is NNEB & PDA qualified with a level 9 qualification in Childhood Studies.

Gillian is married with 2 children.



Heather Goode, Manager

Heather joined Pear Tree Nursery in 2005. Heather has 9 years childcare experience and has a PDA in Childcare and Education, a Diploma in Child Psychology, and a BA in Childhood Practice.

In her spare time she enjoys reading books and going for walks.


Emma, Fox Cubs Room Manager

Emma joined the nursery in June 2014 from school as an apprentice in the Owl Babies room. In September 2015, Emma won Nursery Newcomer of the Year. She qualified in May 2016 with her SVQ 3.

Emma moved to the Fox Cubs room in September 2017 to become the room supervisor. Emma has obtained her certificates in Child Protection, Paedeatric First Aid and many more.  Emma’s passion is to input schematic play into the Fox Cubs room to allow a different interpretation of the children’s play


Colette Walker, Deputy Manager, Owl Babies Room Manager

Colette joined Pear Tree Nursery in 2011. Colette has her SVQ 3 level in Children's Care , Learning and Development. Colette previously worked in a playgroup and volunteered at Rainbows.

Colette is a mother of 2 and she enjoys getting away in her caravan and enjoys going for nice walks and cycles on her bike.

Charlotte Goode, Eagle Explorers Room Manager

Charlotte re-joined Pear Tree Nursery on a full time basis in 2013 having previously worked with us on our supply list. She has a BSC (hons) degree in Health Psychology and an SVQ Level 3. Charlotte has experience as a young adult support worker and befriender.

Charlotte enjoys swimming and going for walks in her spare time. She has also achieved her Level 3 Forest School Leader accreditation in 2018.


Isobel joined Pear Tree Nursery in May 2018. Isobel has a back ground in hospitality management and has a BA Hons Television Production.

She has two children, who both attend the nursery, and a huge ginger cat called Bob. Isobel enjoys spending time with her family and in her spare time enjoys painting, cycling and cooking.



For more information on staff qualifications please see the SSSC website here.

Full information on the rest of our staff team can be found in the parents log in section.