Each and every member of our talented staff team has their own specialism, whether it be outdoor play, music, speech & language development, Signalong...and so on. All our original staff attended two weeks of intensive training before we opened, and further training is ongoing. Courses included Baby and Child First Aid, Signalong, Child Protection, GIRFEC, the Curriculums, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Partnership with Parents and Building the Ambition.

As a nursery we focus on continuing our professional development and take every opportunity to learn from each other, as well as participating in regular training courses. Please have a look at our Parent/Carer Handbook for more information about our commitment to training and developing each staff member's leadership skills by outlining our roles and responsibilities. A career as an Early Years Educator is so much more than "just childcare"!

Mel Scrimgeour


Having completed my MA honours degree in Psychology and Linguistics (First Class) and my BSc in Speech Pathology and Therapy (Distinction), I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS for 11 years, along with helping to run our family business. Always looking for a new challenge, I decided it was time for something different. I very much enjoyed running speech, language and communication groups and working in a nursery environment, and felt I could offer so much more than the experiences my own children had had at various local private nurseries. We found the ideal setting at Newbyres Hall. I run regular speech, language and communication groups at the nursery and use my skills, experience and knowledge to ensure that we are Getting It Right For Every Child, as well as upskilling our staff team with specialist training.

Marie Arthur

Operations Manager

From a young age I had decided that I wanted a career in the Early Years, so I began my HNC in childcare and education as soon as I left school. I have recently completed my PDA and am now in the third year of my BA Degree course in Childhood Studies. I have been working at a senior level in private nurseries ever since leaving college. I love being outdoors and enjoy giving the children in my care lots of different experiences, whether this is indoors or outdoors. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends as well as following my local football team with my husband and son.


Please contact us for more information by email at hopefieldcastlenursery@gmail.com or phone on 0131 629 3363.

Lauren Glodeck

Nursery Manager

I have over 22 years' experience working with children. After gaining my NC & HNC in Childcare and Education, I travelled overseas to work as a children's club manager. After returning to the UK, I moved into private nurseries and gained my PDA8 in Childcare, and have worked as a Manager in 3 different nurseries. I enjoy craft activities, cooking and baking. I am currently completing my PDA Level 9 (Leadership and Management). I love the outdoors and have qualified as a Forest Kindergarten Leader.

Julie Ferrier

Deputy Manager/2-3s Supervisor

I have over 15 years experience working within the private nursery sector, starting as an apprentice and working my way up to management level. I have a SVQ 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education and I am currently studying for my SVQ 4 in Leadership and Management. Upon completion I hope to start my BA degree in Childhood Studies. I excel in the under 3s age group and enjoy providing educational and fun experiences that help each individual develop and grow. I have two sons of my own and when not working I am usually encouraging their rugby and golf interests or I am exploring Scotland with my dog Kali.

Emma Johnson

2-3s Senior Practitioner

I am a qualified Nursery Practitioner and have worked in nursery settings since leaving school. I have worked with all age groups but have more experience working with the under 3s. Before moving to Hopefield I was at my previous nursery setting for 7 years. I love working at Hopefield because of the free flow play and the emphasis on outdoor learning. I enjoy spending my spare time with my nieces and nephews.

Aimee Burrows

Early Learners Supervisor

I work with the Early Learners and have worked my way up to become Supervisor. I have had three and a half years previous nursery experience in a nursery in Edinburgh. I have always been very passionate about working in childcare since I was at school. It's a very rewarding job as you get to help the children learn and develop and see the impact you can have on them. Within the nursery my favourite activities are in the messy room, I enjoy getting messy with the children when helping with activities. I have also completed the Forest Kindergarten course so I enjoy being able to lead sessions and bring more outdoor learning to the nursery.