About St Andrew's Nursery

We enrol all children from 2 years 9 months to 5 years.

As an independent town centre Nursery, we have achieved the grading of excellence in Quality of Care and Support & Quality of Environment, with a grading also of very good in Quality of Staffing & Quality of Management and Leadership by our regulators, we provide a secure, caring and nurturing environment with a good ratio of 1 practitioner to 6 children.

We enhance your child's experiences through a wide range of activities and encourage them to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors, following the Curriculum for Excellence 3 – 18 Guidelines, working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council. The purpose of the curriculum at this early stage is to support children in all aspects of their emotional, social, cognitive and physical development. It should enable them to become increasingly independent, responsible and eager to progress in their learning. We achieve this through interaction with each child and by providing stimulating contexts for active learning.

St Andrew's Nursery Staff

Fiona Douglas – Senior Practitioner and Manager

I came to St Andrew’s Nursery in 1996. My previous jobs were a supervisory role in retail and a secretarial assistant in a local government office. During my daughter’s pre-school years I became involved with, and eventually ran the local Mother and Toddler group, and then became Chairperson of St Andrew’s Playgroup, as we were known then. When my daughter started school, I applied for a job within the Playgroup and have been there ever since, working my way through qualifications and finally becoming Senior Practitioner/Manager. My qualifications are: an SVQ - Level 3 - Early Years Care and Education; NVQ - Level 4 - Management and most recently I have graduated from UWS with a BA Childhood Practice. I also have qualifications in Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene, to name a few. My Hobbies include making decorative cakes and card making.

Joanne Tweedie – Practitioner

I am married and have two children, a boy and a girl. My previous employment was in Nursing. I came to work at St Andrew’s Nursery in August 2000 and since then I have completed a Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 2 in Early Years Care and Education. I have also attained Paediatric First Aid and have attended a variety of training courses. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening and country walks with my dog, Fergus.

Natasha Boggi – Practitioner

I first came to St. Andrew's Nursery in 2013 as a student. I completed by first year and returned for a second, this time as well as being a student I was hired as a Support Worker. I am now HNC qualified. I love my job in childcare and enjoy working with the children every day. I have 3 children of my own, twin girls and a boy. I am trained in Paediatric First Aid and I have recently completed my Communication Champion training, this will allow me to support, encourage and promote the importance of Speech and Language within the nursery setting.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I love being outdoors, camping, climbing mountains, walks and I have recently jumped out of a plane for charity and am already planning my next adrenaline rush.

Gina Doherty – Practitioner

I am mum to three children, 2 boys and 1 girl. I first qualified with my HNC Childcare and Education back in 1999 and after having my children I have spent time in both private sector nurseries as well as working on the local council supply list.

Most recently I returned to study and after 3 hard years, graduated from UWS with my BA Childhood Studies. I came to St. Andrew's while at university before being lucky enough to be offered my current role as practitioner.

My hobbies include watching movies and going on forest walks with my children.

Jennifer Weir – Practitioner

I was welcomed into St. Andrew's Nursery in April 2019. I grew up in Dumfries and in 2015 I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in Primary Educational Studies. Following this, I spent some time in Australia working as an Au Pair for a Scottish family and of course, I travelled a little too. I then returned to Dumfries and began employment within a local nursery where I spent the best part of 3 years caring for lots of lovely 0 to 2 year olds. I was also involved with caring for 3 to 5 year olds. During this time I achieved my SVQ Level 3 in Social Services for Children and Young People as well as undertaking multiple other training opportunities and qualifications.

Outwith my working life, I enjoy travelling to and exploring new places. I also spend some of my free time at a local gym and I enjoy making lots of memories with family and friends.