Mrs Sandy McLeish (Childcarer) - IBPM(Dip), Cert(EYP), FD(EY), BA EY (Open)
I used to be the Payroll Manager in charge of the full payroll for a large retail Company. I started working in Childcare when I was made redundant whilst expecting Heidi in 1999. I decided to carry on with childcare, because I have found it gives me significantly more job satisfaction than my previous office based work (which I loved) and it keeps me young and fit(ish). I have attended various training courses and taken on a number of roles as requested by the local Council, including becoming a Network Childcarer. I have a Degree in Early Years Care and Education (covering children aged from birth to 12 years old) and I am a qualified Early Years Teacher.
Mr Bobby McLeish (Childcarer)
I spent 7 years in the Scottish Infantry. I then worked as a Financial Operations Manager EMEA for a billion dollar canadian software company for 17 years until I was made redundant in 2007. I then worked as General Manager for an International Logistics Company and was made redundant again in 2009. I first registered as a childcarer some years ago as emergency backup for Sandy, but I have decided to join Sandy and work in childcare full time. We have both been foster carers and I have worked as a Local Education Authority Governor at the local Primary School. I have a Diploma in Homebased Childcare (which qualifies me as an Early Years Educator) and I am a member of the Childcare Network. My background has been ideal for my Forest Skills training.
Miss Heidi McLeish (Daughter)
I am an only child, so I am lucky that I have had friends to play with nearly every day since I was a baby. I go to Secondary School, which is great, but it means I don’t get to see the other children much during the term time. We have great fun in the holidays, when I am a helper. Sometimes I get on so well with the children that we become pen pals when they leave. As a result I have a pen pal in Australia and another one in Switzerland. Childcare is great, because I love spending time with the other children, I always have someone to play with and we have something to do every single day during the holidays. I enjoy being with the children so much that I have chosen childcare as one of my GCSE options (but I am a secret Science geek really). My favourite activity is dancing and I love to play dancing games with the other children. I am a member of Mensa.