We have professionally trained staff in our nurseries. Here are the staff at Wee Gems Nursery in Broxburn:

Mahyar Mortazavi BSc – Founder/Director

MahyarfaceChild First Aid certified

Mahyar has over 20 years experience in business development. He has created Wee Gems from a simple joke over a dinner table into one of the country’s most high tec childcare centres. He is also very active throughout West Lothian business scene as an ambassador for West Lothian Council, served as board member of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce and a panel member and aftercare adviser for the Princess Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) helping young people to start their own business.

James Boyd Murdoch – Finance Director

Boyd 2 small

Child First Aid certified

A highly commercial, professional individual whose extensive experience has been gained within a broad portfolio of diverse companies. Specialising in identification and solving financial and management issues within SME companies.

Pamela Lithgow – Manager

Pamela Lithgow

BA Childhood practices Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Pamela joined Wee Gems in 2008 as a nursery supervisor but was very quickly promoted to deputy manager due to her skills and experience. She has recently been promoted again to Nursery Manager in July 2013. Pamela qualified with her NNEB in 1993 and has continued to work with children ever since, particularly within management. Pamela has vast knowledge of children’s care, learning and development and shows this within her work at Wee Gems. To further develop herself within childcare Pamela has completed her PDA and BA in Childhood Practice.

Clare Temperley – Deputy Manager

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Clare joined Wee Gems in 2007 straight after she finished her HNC at College. Clare came to us as a nursery nurse in the Junior Gems 2 room and quickly progressed to a nursery supervisor. Clare left Wee Gems in 2010 to return to full time education but continued to work as part of our bank staff. Clare returned to Wee Gems full time in Early 2012 and was the supervisor of our under 2’s.  Clare has been supporting Pamela is her role as deputy manager for the past 2 years and has recently completed her SVQ 4 in Children’s Care, Development and Learning.

Shannon Watkin – Baby Room Supervisor

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Shannon joined the Wee Gems team in December 2011 after she left school. Shannon came to Wee Gems for her work experience in 3rd year and enjoyed it so much she wanted to come back! Shannon completed her SVQ 3 in 2013 and has recently started her SVQ 4.  Shannon enjoyed working in our 1-2’s room while she was training and after she qualified she moved into our baby room.  After gaining expereince working with this age group Shannon was offered the supervisor position in 2014 and had excelled in this role.

Jenni Armstrong – Junior Gems 2 Supervisor

Jennie Armstrong

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Jenni has been with Wee Gems since the doors opened in 2005 and is a qualified nursery nurse with an NNEB. Since starting at the nursery Jenni was always taking a lead role and has worked within all rooms within the nursery. Jenni became the supervisor of Junior Gems 2 in 2010 and has continued to develop her knowledge in the Pre-Birth to Three Curriculum while implementing it into the room. Jenni has also been helping out within our busy pre-school room, which is developing her knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence and the benefits for the children, parents and staff.

Hayley Cavanagh – Pre-school Supervisor (Ante pre-school)

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Hayley joined the Wee Gems team in 2012 as a qualified nursery nurse. Hayley was employed to go into pre-school due to expanding numbers.  After taking maternity leave Hayley returned to work with her daughter Caity.  After taking a short break from Wee Gems Hayley returned to work in 2014 where she worked in our pre-school room supporting the room supervisor.  In 2015 Hayley was then offered the position of pre-school supervisor along with Hazel.  Hayley oversees the ante pre-school children and works with Hazel to ensure the pre-school room runs as well as it can.

Hazel Innes – Pre-school Supervisor

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Hazel joined the Wee Gems team in 2010 as a qualified nursery nurse with her SVQ 3. She is furthering her education through extra training and college courses. Hazel has gained experince in all rooms but Hazel was most at home in the pre-school room. Hazel was always a hard working, valued member of the team and in 2015 was offere the supervisors position along side Hayley.  Hazel oversees the pre-school children and works with Hayley and the other staff to ensure the room runs well.

Shelley Macdonald – Senior Nursery Practitioner

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Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Shelley joined Wee Gems in 2011 after she had her son Shaye. Shelley is a qualified nursery nurse and holds an HNC in Childcare and Education. Shelley spent 8 years at the same nursery in Edinburgh before joining our team and now works part time in Junior Gems two. Shelley takes a leading role within the room when Jenni is not available.

 Jenni Carrie – Nursery Practitioner

Jenni Carrie

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Jenni joined Wee Gems in 2007 after completed her HNC and HND and Childcare and Education. Jenni has expereince working with all age groups and spent alot of time working with the under 2’s.  Jenni has recently moved to our pre-school room where she become a strong member of the team.  She has gained knowlege on the Curriculum for Excellence and is gained confidence working with the various documents used in pre-school.  Jenni completed her BA Childhood Studies in 2013 and is looking to return to university in the future to further her career.

 Beth Feechan – Nursery Practitioner

Beth Feechan

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Beth started at Wee Gems in 2008 as a qualified Nursery Nurse and also has a HNC in Health and Social Care. Beth has many years’ experience working with children and has mainly worked with the under twos within the nursery. Beth has continued to develop herself within her time and enjoys doing further training courses to develop herself.  Beth runs a PEEP class in the nursery once a week for parents in the local community.

Fiona Cooley – Nursery Practitioner

Fiona Cooley

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Fiona Joined Wee Gems in 2006 and completed her SVQ 2 and 3 with West Lothian College. Fiona has spent time in most of the rooms within the nursery but has found her feet in Junior Gems 2. Fiona is also in charge of the nursery pets, which she takes lots of pride in… the stick insects!

 Stephanie Oliver – Nursery Support worker

Stephanie Oliver

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Stephanie joined Wee Gems in 2009 as a nursery assistant shortly after she left school. Stephanie first came to Wee Gems as school work experience and couldn’t wait to come back and work with us. Stephanie completed her SVQ 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in 2011 and is working towards her SVQ 3. After a short break from Wee Gems Stephanie has returned to work in Junior Gems 2.

 Cara McAllen – Nursery Practitioner

Cara McAllen

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Cara started at Wee Gems in December 2012 in our Pre-school room. Cara came to us straight from school and was quickly accepted onto the SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Cara completed her SVQ 3 in 2013 and is hoping to start working towards her SVQ 4. In 2013 cara moved to our baby room and has excelled in this age group and has recently taken on a new leadership role within the nursery.

 Anita Anderson – Nursery Practitioner

Anita Anderson

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Anita Anderson started with Wee Gems part time in 2010. Anita has worked in most rooms but has now settled in Junior Gems 2. Anita has lots of experience working with children, along with having her own brood of 8 children and now grandchildren. Anita completed her SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in 2013 and is working on her future learning.

Laura Thomson – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Laura started with Wee Gems in 2014 as a qualified nursery nurse and joined our pre-school room. Laura has her HNC in childcare and education and has become a valued member of the pre-school team.

Lucy Nelson – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Lucy worked within Wee Gems as bank staff gaining experince in all the rooms whilst she was at college studying her HNC in Early Education and Childcare. Lucy then joined our team full-time in 2014 gaining experience in Junior Gems 2 but has since settled into our pre-school team and is pro-active and keen member of staff.

Tia Duffy – Nursery Support Worker

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Tia recently joined Wee Gems as a nursery assistant in May this year. Tia came to work for us once she finished school and was quickly accepted to do her SVQ 3 in Childrens Learning, Care and Development.  Tia has always wanted to work within a childcare setting and this shows through her caring nature.

Eilidh Kempton – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Eilidh joined the Wee Gems team straight after school in 2013 to gain more experience with children.  Eilidh enjoyed working with children so much that she decided to gain qualifications and was accepted to do her SVQ 3 in Children’s Learning, Care and Development. Eilidh qualified in 2014. Eilidh has gained most of her experience in under 2’s and has beome a valued member of staff in the baby room.

Robyn King – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Robyn King came to Wee Gems on a volunteer placement whilst she was still at school to gain experience in childcare.  She enjoyed working with us so much that when she finished school she came to work for us full time in 2013.  She was accepted to do her SVQ 3 in Childrens Learning, Care and Development and qualified as a nursery nurse in 2014.  Robyn has really found her feet and has became a confident member of staff in Junior Gems 1.

Stephanie Cheesman – Nursery Support Worker

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Stephanie joined the Wee Gems team in 2014 and started in our pre-school room.  Stephanie enjoyed working within in the room and gaining knowledge of the curriculum for excellence.  She then moved to Junior Gems one to gain experince with younger children and began working towards her SVQ 2. Stephanie has became a valued member of staff within Junior Gems 1 and has settled in very well with the younger age group and birth to 3 curriculum.

Abi Potter – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Abi joined Wee Gems in Apirl this year.  Abi gained her SVQ 3 in Childrens learning, Care and Development in 2013 whilst working at a nursery in livingston.  Abi has also had experience being a nanny but decided she preferred the nursery setting and came to work in our Junior Gems 1 room.  Abi settled in very quickly with both staff and children.

Fran Ferguson – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Fran joined the Wee Gems team in 2007 as a qualified nursery nurse.  She has a wealth of experience and has used this in all rooms except babies within the nursery.  She also has experience in out of school care and creche work.

Hollie Anderson – Nursery Support Worker

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Hollie has recently joined the Wee Gems team as a nursery assistant and is working towards her SVQ 3 in Children’s Learning, Care and Development. Hollie volunteered with us whilst still at school  to gain experience for her college course.  Hollie works in all rooms gaining experience with all age groups to enhance her training.

Jade Alexander – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Jade joined the Wee Gems team in 2006 shortly after leaving school as a nursery assistant.  She gained her SVQ 3 in Children’s Learning, Care and Development in 2009.  Jade has worked in all rooms within the nursery and is now a permanent memeber of staff in Junior Gems 2.

Pamela Wilson – Nursery Cook

Pamela joined Wee Gems in 2009 after working as a supply cook in our Livingston branch. Pamela works hard our kitchen to ensure the children are being provided with healthy and nutritious meals. Pamela has completed her food hygiene certificate and is always keeping up to date with government guidance. Pamela along with the other staff chose the 6 weekly menus, which is changed twice a year.

+ Directors

Mahyar Mortazavi BSc – Founder/Director

MahyarfaceChild First Aid certified

Mahyar has over 20 years experience in business development. He has created Wee Gems from a simple joke over a dinner table into one of the country’s most high tec childcare centres. He is also very active throughout West Lothian business scene as an ambassador for West Lothian Council, served as board member of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce and a panel member and aftercare adviser for the Princess Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) helping young people to start their own business.

James Boyd Murdoch – Finance Director

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Child First Aid certified

A highly commercial, professional individual whose extensive experience has been gained within a broad portfolio of diverse companies. Specialising in identification and solving financial and management issues within SME companies.

+ Management

Pamela Lithgow – Manager

Pamela Lithgow

BA Childhood practices Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Pamela joined Wee Gems in 2008 as a nursery supervisor but was very quickly promoted to deputy manager due to her skills and experience. She has recently been promoted again to Nursery Manager in July 2013. Pamela qualified with her NNEB in 1993 and has continued to work with children ever since, particularly within management. Pamela has vast knowledge of children’s care, learning and development and shows this within her work at Wee Gems. To further develop herself within childcare Pamela has completed her PDA and BA in Childhood Practice.

Clare Temperley – Deputy Manager

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Clare joined Wee Gems in 2007 straight after she finished her HNC at College. Clare came to us as a nursery nurse in the Junior Gems 2 room and quickly progressed to a nursery supervisor. Clare left Wee Gems in 2010 to return to full time education but continued to work as part of our bank staff. Clare returned to Wee Gems full time in Early 2012 and was the supervisor of our under 2’s.  Clare has been supporting Pamela is her role as deputy manager for the past 2 years and has recently completed her SVQ 4 in Children’s Care, Development and Learning.

+ Supervisors

Shannon Watkin – Baby Room Supervisor

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Shannon joined the Wee Gems team in December 2011 after she left school. Shannon came to Wee Gems for her work experience in 3rd year and enjoyed it so much she wanted to come back! Shannon completed her SVQ 3 in 2013 and has recently started her SVQ 4.  Shannon enjoyed working in our 1-2’s room while she was training and after she qualified she moved into our baby room.  After gaining expereince working with this age group Shannon was offered the supervisor position in 2014 and had excelled in this role.

Jenni Armstrong – Junior Gems 2 Supervisor

Jennie Armstrong

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Jenni has been with Wee Gems since the doors opened in 2005 and is a qualified nursery nurse with an NNEB. Since starting at the nursery Jenni was always taking a lead role and has worked within all rooms within the nursery. Jenni became the supervisor of Junior Gems 2 in 2010 and has continued to develop her knowledge in the Pre-Birth to Three Curriculum while implementing it into the room. Jenni has also been helping out within our busy pre-school room, which is developing her knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence and the benefits for the children, parents and staff.

Hayley Cavanagh – Pre-school Supervisor (Ante pre-school)

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Hayley joined the Wee Gems team in 2012 as a qualified nursery nurse. Hayley was employed to go into pre-school due to expanding numbers.  After taking maternity leave Hayley returned to work with her daughter Caity.  After taking a short break from Wee Gems Hayley returned to work in 2014 where she worked in our pre-school room supporting the room supervisor.  In 2015 Hayley was then offered the position of pre-school supervisor along with Hazel.  Hayley oversees the ante pre-school children and works with Hazel to ensure the pre-school room runs as well as it can.

Hazel Innes – Pre-school Supervisor

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Hazel joined the Wee Gems team in 2010 as a qualified nursery nurse with her SVQ 3. She is furthering her education through extra training and college courses. Hazel has gained experince in all rooms but Hazel was most at home in the pre-school room. Hazel was always a hard working, valued member of the team and in 2015 was offere the supervisors position along side Hayley.  Hazel oversees the pre-school children and works with Hayley and the other staff to ensure the room runs well.

+ Nursery Staff

Shelley Macdonald – Senior Nursery Practitioner

ShelleyMcDonald

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Shelley joined Wee Gems in 2011 after she had her son Shaye. Shelley is a qualified nursery nurse and holds an HNC in Childcare and Education. Shelley spent 8 years at the same nursery in Edinburgh before joining our team and now works part time in Junior Gems two. Shelley takes a leading role within the room when Jenni is not available.

 Jenni Carrie – Nursery Practitioner

Jenni Carrie

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Jenni joined Wee Gems in 2007 after completed her HNC and HND and Childcare and Education. Jenni has expereince working with all age groups and spent alot of time working with the under 2’s.  Jenni has recently moved to our pre-school room where she become a strong member of the team.  She has gained knowlege on the Curriculum for Excellence and is gained confidence working with the various documents used in pre-school.  Jenni completed her BA Childhood Studies in 2013 and is looking to return to university in the future to further her career.

 Beth Feechan – Nursery Practitioner

Beth Feechan

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Beth started at Wee Gems in 2008 as a qualified Nursery Nurse and also has a HNC in Health and Social Care. Beth has many years’ experience working with children and has mainly worked with the under twos within the nursery. Beth has continued to develop herself within her time and enjoys doing further training courses to develop herself.  Beth runs a PEEP class in the nursery once a week for parents in the local community.

Fiona Cooley – Nursery Practitioner

Fiona Cooley

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Fiona Joined Wee Gems in 2006 and completed her SVQ 2 and 3 with West Lothian College. Fiona has spent time in most of the rooms within the nursery but has found her feet in Junior Gems 2. Fiona is also in charge of the nursery pets, which she takes lots of pride in… the stick insects!

 Stephanie Oliver – Nursery Support worker

Stephanie Oliver

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Stephanie joined Wee Gems in 2009 as a nursery assistant shortly after she left school. Stephanie first came to Wee Gems as school work experience and couldn’t wait to come back and work with us. Stephanie completed her SVQ 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in 2011 and is working towards her SVQ 3. After a short break from Wee Gems Stephanie has returned to work in Junior Gems 2.

 Cara McAllen – Nursery Practitioner

Cara McAllen

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Cara started at Wee Gems in December 2012 in our Pre-school room. Cara came to us straight from school and was quickly accepted onto the SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Cara completed her SVQ 3 in 2013 and is hoping to start working towards her SVQ 4. In 2013 cara moved to our baby room and has excelled in this age group and has recently taken on a new leadership role within the nursery.

 Anita Anderson – Nursery Practitioner

Anita Anderson

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Anita Anderson started with Wee Gems part time in 2010. Anita has worked in most rooms but has now settled in Junior Gems 2. Anita has lots of experience working with children, along with having her own brood of 8 children and now grandchildren. Anita completed her SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in 2013 and is working on her future learning.

Laura Thomson – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Laura started with Wee Gems in 2014 as a qualified nursery nurse and joined our pre-school room. Laura has her HNC in childcare and education and has become a valued member of the pre-school team.

Lucy Nelson – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Lucy worked within Wee Gems as bank staff gaining experince in all the rooms whilst she was at college studying her HNC in Early Education and Childcare. Lucy then joined our team full-time in 2014 gaining experience in Junior Gems 2 but has since settled into our pre-school team and is pro-active and keen member of staff.

Tia Duffy – Nursery Support Worker

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Tia recently joined Wee Gems as a nursery assistant in May this year. Tia came to work for us once she finished school and was quickly accepted to do her SVQ 3 in Childrens Learning, Care and Development.  Tia has always wanted to work within a childcare setting and this shows through her caring nature.

Eilidh Kempton – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Eilidh joined the Wee Gems team straight after school in 2013 to gain more experience with children.  Eilidh enjoyed working with children so much that she decided to gain qualifications and was accepted to do her SVQ 3 in Children’s Learning, Care and Development. Eilidh qualified in 2014. Eilidh has gained most of her experience in under 2’s and has beome a valued member of staff in the baby room.

Robyn King – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Robyn King came to Wee Gems on a volunteer placement whilst she was still at school to gain experience in childcare.  She enjoyed working with us so much that when she finished school she came to work for us full time in 2013.  She was accepted to do her SVQ 3 in Childrens Learning, Care and Development and qualified as a nursery nurse in 2014.  Robyn has really found her feet and has became a confident member of staff in Junior Gems 1.

Stephanie Cheesman – Nursery Support Worker

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Stephanie joined the Wee Gems team in 2014 and started in our pre-school room.  Stephanie enjoyed working within in the room and gaining knowledge of the curriculum for excellence.  She then moved to Junior Gems one to gain experince with younger children and began working towards her SVQ 2. Stephanie has became a valued member of staff within Junior Gems 1 and has settled in very well with the younger age group and birth to 3 curriculum.

Abi Potter – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Abi joined Wee Gems in Apirl this year.  Abi gained her SVQ 3 in Childrens learning, Care and Development in 2013 whilst working at a nursery in livingston.  Abi has also had experience being a nanny but decided she preferred the nursery setting and came to work in our Junior Gems 1 room.  Abi settled in very quickly with both staff and children.

Fran Ferguson – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Fran joined the Wee Gems team in 2007 as a qualified nursery nurse.  She has a wealth of experience and has used this in all rooms except babies within the nursery.  She also has experience in out of school care and creche work.

Hollie Anderson – Nursery Support Worker

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Hollie has recently joined the Wee Gems team as a nursery assistant and is working towards her SVQ 3 in Children’s Learning, Care and Development. Hollie volunteered with us whilst still at school  to gain experience for her college course.  Hollie works in all rooms gaining experience with all age groups to enhance her training.

Jade Alexander – Nursery Practitioner

Child First Aid & Child Protection certified

Jade joined the Wee Gems team in 2006 shortly after leaving school as a nursery assistant.  She gained her SVQ 3 in Children’s Learning, Care and Development in 2009.  Jade has worked in all rooms within the nursery and is now a permanent memeber of staff in Junior Gems 2.

+ Kitchen Staff

Pamela Wilson – Nursery Cook

Pamela joined Wee Gems in 2009 after working as a supply cook in our Livingston branch. Pamela works hard our kitchen to ensure the children are being provided with healthy and nutritious meals. Pamela has completed her food hygiene certificate and is always keeping up to date with government guidance. Pamela along with the other staff chose the 6 weekly menus, which is changed twice a year.