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.

Fiona Grubb – Practitioner


I am married and have a son. I was born in Bedfordshire, England but moved to Dumfries in July 2002. I qualified with a BTEC National Certificate in Early Years in 2002. Since being in Dumfries I have worked for ABC Nursery Ltd.I have recently attained my SVQ Level 4 Childcare Learning & Development. My previous employment was in other childcare settings and retail. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, reading, walking and doing cross stitch.