Pat has owned and run Highland Fling for almost 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.
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.
MANAGER, HEALTH & WELLBEING SPECIALIST
A graduate in Physical Education, Paul has worked with Highland Fling since 2008. Prior to this he spent many years as an outdoor education specialist in the USA. He enjoys many pursuits including trail running and hill walking and his aim is to pass his passion and knowledge onto the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
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.
Johanna has over 15 years experience in childcare and has a B.A. degree in Childhood Studies. She has a particular interest in the educational approach of Reggio Emilia and has held various senior and managerial roles at private nurseries in Edinburgh.
(3-5 YEAR OLDS)
Since graduating in 2011 with a degree in Primary Education, Julia has taught in a number of schools and she also ran a nursery for over a year. Her personal interests centre on the natural world and she fully appreciates the benefits the outdoor environment offers both to physical and mental wellbeing and believes that every child should have the opportunity to experiences these.
(3-5 YEAR OLDS)
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 nursery age children (who both come to Highland Fling) and she enjoys exploring the local environment with her family in her free time.
HAPPY HAGGIS LEADER, ACTIVITY LEADER
Melitta has a degree in Preschool Teaching from Budapest University. Coming from a big family herself, she really enjoys working with children – particularly organising art and cooking activities.
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 recently completed her SVQ3 in Childcare and is the dedicated staff member providing additional needs support.
DEPUTY AFTER SCHOOL MANAGER
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.
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.
Natasha holds a HNC in Early Education and Childcare. She has previously had work experience in a number of different childcare environments such as nurseries, after school clubs and primary schools, where she consistently engaged with the Curriculum for Excellence and Pre-Birth to 3. Natasha has also had experience working with children with additional support needs.
Stephen has just moved to Scotland from the United States after graduating university with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. He currently also plays for Musselburgh Athletic Football Club.
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.
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.
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.
Recently graduated in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Jasmine has lots of experience working with children of primary school age, particularly in engaging young people in sport. Her interests include running, cycling, swimming, boxing, and playing the piano.
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.
As an art student, 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.
Jess Telfer is our youngest Highland Fling staff member and she is part 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.
Danni is currently studying drama and performance at Edinburgh University and is keen to involve all Highland Fling children in the excitement of live performance. Her future ambitions lie within the teaching and learning environment.
Rose has an M.A. in Philosophy and English Language and is looking to add a Primary Education qualification in coming years. She holds a Duke of Edinburgh Award and is also an Air Training Corps Civilian Instructor.
LLibert Mendez De Vigo
Llibi has a B.A. in Sociology with Psychology from Napier University and an HNC in Early Education and Childcare. She was worked with nursery children in Edinburgh since 2009, and has also played a central role in projects to provide opportunities for street children in Mongolia.
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.