Little Staggies

Meet the Team

Team work makes the dream work!

At Little Staggies, we pride ourselves on how well our team work together to make sure the nursery is safe and fun for our wee gems! We frequently hold team building exercises to enhance the bond between everyone who works at the nursery. Part of the result of this is a low staff turnover. This improves continuity of care for your babies and children. 

Stacey Stewart

Childcare Manager
My name is Stacey Stewart, I am the nursery owner, Director and childcare manager. I have worked in Early Learning and Childcare for over 20 years. Early leaning childcare is my passion and I believe strongly in early interventions and that the first few years of a child’s life is the most crucial part of their growth and development. It is an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to care for all those precious little darlings. I have gained lots of childcare qualifications over the years and the most recent about 2 years ago was a Batchelor or Arts in Childhood Practice.


My name is Dionne Proctor. I am currently working as a senior Early Years Practitioner in the Toddler Room, which I enjoy very much. I have 14 years’ Experience within the care sector ranging from all different age groups, Nursery, children’s residential, community support work and then three years being a private Nanny. I have gained my Health and social care qualifications and now working towards my Childhood Practice Qualification. My Hobbies are spending quality time with Family and Friends making special memories, I also love running and keeping Healthy when I get the spare time 

Jennifer Yoffe

My Name is Jennifer Yoffe, I prefer to be called Jen. I am the cook at Little Staggies and I enjoy my role very much. The thing I like best is when the trolly comes back from lunch and it is completely empty, this is a good sign that the children have enjoyed my homemade cooking. In my spare time I like to spend time with my partner, socialise with friends and walk my dogs.


My name is Maureen Robertson. I am full qualified early years practitioner working in the pre-school room. I have always had an interest in how children learn and develop and led to me gaining a qualification in early years in 1999. I have worked with children from babies to their first year at school gaining insightful knowledge of how children and the importance of close connection with home and culture, as this influences how children see their world. I also have valuable experience with children with additional needs and held a position of special needs co-ordinator in a nursery in Plymouth.


My name is Kayleigh Hutchison, I am a qualified practitioner and work part-time at Little Staggies. I always knew I wanted to work with children after having much younger siblings and with spending time with them. I thoroughly enjoy helping the children to grow and develop and enjoy supporting them in becoming independent as well as learning about their world around them


My name is Kelsey Chalmers, I work full-time in the baby room. I am a qualified practitioner in children and young people, I really enjoy my role and keen to further my career in early learning and childcare. In my spare time I like spending time with my partner, family and enjoy nature walks.


My name is Louise Matheson, I am passionate about Early Learning and Childcare, I work three full days a week as an Early Years Practitioner in the baby room. I have worked in two previous childcare settings that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have two young children myself and love spending time with them and babysitting for family and friends. I also have experience looking after children with additional needs due to personal circumstances and really enjoy supporting all the children to learn and develop in the nurturing Little Staggies environment.

Danielle E

My name is Danielle Eccleson. I am 17 years old and I am currently doing an appentoship here are Little Staggies ELC. I work in all the playrooms and I particularly enjoy working with children with additional support needs. I’ve always had a natural passion about working with children, this has come from growing up and helping with my much younger siblings. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends and family.


My name is Courtney Fraser, I have been working at Little Staggies for over a year now and made my way up to a senior position. I am a Senior Practitioner within the baby room, which I am really enjoying. I am currently studying my SVQ three in children and young people. I have a qualification in leadership which I use in my new role. My childcare passions is looking after children and being a positive contributor to their ever-growing development. My hobbies are walking my dogs and eating good food.


My name is Erin Mann. I am a qualified practitioner and I work in the baby room which I really enjoy. After having my first son I decided to have a career change from office admin to Early Learning and Childcare. I find my role exciting as I help support their learning and see them having fun and playing.


My name is Beatrice Macrae I am a qualified Early Years practitioner and I am relief. I cover all the playrooms and I work in the nursery regularly each week. I like to encourage creative play through expressive arts, where curiosity and problem solving promotes children’s confidence and resilience while having lots of fun.

Jason Hope

I am Jason Hope and I am also the nursery owner anddirector of the company. I am the new office administrator as well as keeping up with all the in-house maintenance. I am a qualified and highly experienced joiner and fencer to trade. Between Stacey and I we have three children and we both love spending quality family time in our spare time and walking our dog. My hobbies are football, motocross and anything adrenalin fuelled.

Corena Mitchell

My name is Corena Mitchell, I am a qualified practitioner with an SVQ 3 in childcare and young people. I am the senior practitioner within the pre-school room, I have been working with children for about 20 years, I love working with children and have a daughter myself, love new challenges and experiences. I am a 5th Dan black belt master instructor in kempo and self-defence and teach children from age 5 to 15. I love to walk at weekends and explore new places.

Denise Tulloch

My names Denise Tulloch. I've been working at Little Staggies since the beginning of the year. I love everything about my job, especially spending time with all the children. This is my first time working with children, I am interested in studying an SVQ three and look forward to starting this soon. My hobbies are walking, upcycling and gardening.

Emma Smith

My name is Emma Smith. I am currently working in the toddler room which I really enjoy. I am currently studying the SVQ 3 in childcare and young people, enabling me to become a qualified practitioner. Its great learning on the job. Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends and baking.

Bethany Skidmore

My name is Bethany Skidmore. I am an additional support practitioner at Little Staggies. I really enjoy my role; it is challenging but at the same time very rewarding. I like to give the children a nurturing and fun experience. I am studying a childhood practice qualification at Inverness College and I am keen to further my career when opportunities arise. I am also a mummy myself, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and socialising with my friends when I get the chance to do so.


My Name is Samantha Whitehead, but I prefer to be called Sam. I am an additional support practitioner at Little Staggies and I enjoy this role very much. It is different and the role brings me new challenges, it is also a very rewarding role. I have 2 boys of my own so most of my spare time is spent with them, I love to travel round the Highlands, enjoying the views and sight-seeing.

Contact us today

Any of the team would be happy to meet to introduce themselves to you or your little ones! Just get in touch to make arrangements.

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