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Patricia Chisholm

OWNER

Pat has owned and run Highland Fling for over 2 decades and is as passionate as ever about ensuring that the children get the most out of their early years experiences. She is a former primary teacher who lived in Norway for many years. Pat has a background in the Froebel approach, which recognises that the first learning experiences of the very young influence not only their later educational achievements but also the health and development of society as a whole.

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Jill Hamilton

OFFICE MANAGER

Jillian is based in the office and oversees the administrative side of the nursery. She is very interested in mid-century art and design and has a keen interest in music. As a mum to a little boy, she enjoys being active and spending time outdoors, reading and of course playing with him while he learns and grows.

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JOANNE SHEPHERD

NURSERY MANAGER, PRIMARY TEACHER

Joanne has been with Highland Fling for a number of years specialising in the 3-5 year age groups. Prior to this she was a primary school teacher in East Lothian. Joanne has two school age children (who both came to Highland Fling) and she enjoys exploring the local environment with her family in her free time.

Joanne is one of our Child Protection officers and our Assisted Learning Specialist.

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Tom Chisholm

MANAGER, ARTS SPECIALIST

Tom’s specialism and passions are focused on arts, crafts and ‘the outdoors’. He gained his Fine Art degree from Grays School of Art and since joining Highland Fling he has developed an art program aimed at getting the children interested not just in the act of making art but also learning about different artists and techniques. He has had training in Forest School practice and enjoys helping the children try their hand at things from den building and tool work to plant identification, foraging and camp fire cooking.


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ROBBIE SMITH

(ACTING) AFTER SCHOOL CLUB MANAGER
ACTIVITY LEADER

A graduate and postgraduate in Sustainable Community Design from Heriot Watt University, Robbie has prior experience of working with children in the outdoors – most recently as a Forest Schools Assistant on a summer camp in Orkney.

Robbie is one of our Child Protection officers.

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ANTONIO GUTIEREZ

DEPUTY AFTER SCHOOL CLUB MANAGER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Antonio holds a teaching degree in Primary Education (P.E.) and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education. He is a keen sportsman who has coached basketball in summer camps in Spain, and he is also happy to turn his hand to cooking with the children.

Antonio is our Health and Safety Officer.

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SEAN MUNRO

DEPUTY AFTER SCHOOL CLUB MANAGER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Sean recently completed his SVQ3 in Childcare and is currently studying for an SVQ4. He has a passion for music and sport and brings that energy to his work with the children and whilst not in Highland Fling spends much of his spare time as a drummer with a local band.

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emma kivlin

WEE MEECE TEAM LEADER

Emma has an SVQ3 in Childcare and is a graduate of our apprentice programme (she was recently invited to the Scottish Parliament as part of a drive to highlight successful placements). She comes from a big family and has always loved working and playing with children. She is currently working towards her SVQ4.


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ANDREA Acz

WEE MEECE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Andrea has a Bacherlor's Degree in Secondary Teaching, Computing and Psychology. She has extensive experience of working with children from the age of 3 to 12 in both nurseries and after school clubs. Always smiling, Andrea loves to share her enthusiasm for life with the children.

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AsmaA GHATTAB

WEE MEECE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Building on many years experience in childcare, Asmaa has recently completed a National Certificate in Childcare at Edinburgh College. Prior to undertaking the course, she was a highly valued volunteer with Highland Fling.

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ALESSANDRA LISSI

SCOTTIE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

A graduate in Fine Arts from Dundee University, Alessandra loves to be able to share and develop her passion for art with the children at Highland Fling. In addition, she has experience working with children of all ages as a sports coach and as an activity leader in summer camps.

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JAMIE WOODS

SCOTTIE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Jamie recently finished studying photography, specialising in fine art. Having grown up in an extremely creative household, he uses his artistic ability to create fun, engaging activities for each child. He has also previously worked in childcare in Sweden and Malaysia.


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HANNAH SCOTT

NESSIE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Hannah has many years experience in working with children and young people in both Scotland and Africa. She is currently studying drama at Edinburgh University. She loves to provide fun group games which are adaptable for all ages and organise artistic activities where the children can express themselves and their ideas freely.

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JESS TELFER

NESSIE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Jess Telfer is our youngest Highland Fling staff member and is a product of our Modern Apprenticeship Programme. Coming from a big family herself, Jess brings all the caring qualities that are an ideal fit with our Highland Fling ethos.

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Laura Acs

NESSIE KEY WORKER
ACTIVITY LEADER

Laura has a Higher National Certificate in Childcare from Edinburgh College. Her interests are sports and physical exercise, reading and writing stories, and cooking and gardening.

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ACTIVITY LEADER

Jane undertook a student placement with us as part of her childcare qualification through Edinburgh College and we decided she was too good to let go, She now works with us across a range of areas.

Jane is our Fire Safety Officer.


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JACKIE SUTHERLAND

ACTIVITY LEADER, ASSISTED NEEDS PROVIDER

Jackie has over 10 years experience working with the children of Highland Fling in both the nursery and the after school club. She has completed her SVQ3 in Childcare and is the dedicated staff member providing additional needs support.

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LAURA GRIEVE

ACTIVITY LEADER

Laura is part of our Modern Apprentice Programme. She hails from the |Isle of Skye and brings a tremendous enthusiasm with her.

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CHLOE LEWIS

ACTIVITY LEADER

Chloe has a good deal of experience working in nurseries and after school clubs throughout the Lothians.

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BRIAN MURDOCH

ACTIVITY LEADER

Brian has a B.A. (Hons) in Physical Education, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. A keen sportsman himself, whose life has been shaped by physical activity, Brian feels compelled to help the youth of today realise the potential that physical activity can have on their own lives


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hamish wilson

ACTIVITY LEADER

Hamish is currently studying for a degree in psychology at the University of Dundee.

Hamish has done quite a bit in the way of coaching, from helping his father who coaches athletics weekly for disabled youngsters to being a volunteer coach with Dundee United whilst at university.

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RYAN Lynch

ACTIVITY LEADER

Ryan is a graduate from Stirling University’s B.A. (Hons) Psychology and Sports Studies programme. He is a keen basketball player and has a coaching licence in the sport.

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Kieran kivlin

ACTIVITY LEADER

Kieran comes to us with a background in sports and competed for Scotland Under18s in athletics (sprinting to be precise).