"I opened the nursery in August 1991 - with a vision to deliver care and education to children using the environment of our family farm. Over the years animals and children have come and gone but the ethos of using the seasons and the great outdoors to help children learn and develop remains the same. As a hands on owner and manager I am proud to still be involved on a daily basis with the children by delivering music and singing sessions and happy to be around to support families and staff in nurturing and preparing the children for their lives ahead."
"After studying at Stirling University, I worked in hospitality with Hilton Hotels for 10 years in both Glasgow and London. I lived in Singapore whilst working on some international events before I moved back to the family farm in 2014 to raise my 2 daughters.
I’m honoured to have the opportunity to keep my mum’s dream alive by developing our outdoor spaces and maintaining Bardykes as a truly unique learning environment.”
“From a young age I have always had a passion for working with children. Each Christmas and birthday brought a new easel, pencils and paper to create my own classroom. After completing my HNC Early Learning and Childcare, I decided to venture off to University West of Scotland to study Childhood Studies. I have just completed my Honours degree to which I hope to use within my role at Bardykes Farm Nursery School.
I came to Bardykes Farm Nursery School in November 2016 as part of my placement module. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here due to the support and guidance from all the staff which has continued over time. I was offered a position within the team as a Nursery Assistant in April 2017 to Nursery Practitioner in March 2018. I have enjoyed working closely with the Tweenies, developing my skills and abilities as a practitioner during this time.
My proudest achievement has been solely travelling to America in the summer of 2016. I took part in the Camp America programme which involved working in a Summer camp which catered for children with disabilities over the course of nine weeks. I worked closely with children and adults with a range of disabilities including; Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism and developmental disabilities. The experience was challenging and tiring but it was also one of the most rewarding"
"I have been with the nursery since 2003 after gaining my HNC in Childcare & Education and completed my PDA in childhood studies in 2013.
I love working at Bardykes Nursery as it is a small nursery with friendly staff that provide a real home from home feeling for all our children and parents. The great relationship we build up with parents and children is second to none which is always highly commended by care inspectors.
The main reason I love working at Bardykes is the uniqueness with regards to our outdoor facilities! The children here love bottle feeding our baby lambs every spring, visiting our horses, handling our rabbit and fishing in the river down our back field which we also use for sledging on snowy days!"
"I started working at Bardykes in 1998 whilst studying my HNC in Childcare and Education.
It's great seeing the children grow in confidence from year to year as they learn and develop at nursery.
The farm surroundings gives the children experience with animals, helps them learn how the original farm was used with the old machinery we still have, and allows them to collect home grown organic fruit from the orchard.
The things I love about the nursery is being able to give the children a unique experience and being hands on with the animals - collecting eggs from our chickens, feeding Rosie and Ruth our horses.
I feel very lucky to be working at Bardykes Farm Nursery School and think I have the best job in the world working with the children and the animals."
I have been a qualified nursery practitioner since June 2008 and have been part of the Bardykes team since then. I have always wanted to be a nursery practitioner since as long as I can remember. It is such a rewarding job, watching all the children in my care learn and develop.
Outdoor Play Development Leader
Also known as ‘Kerry Berry’. I am thrilled to be joining the Bardykes Dream Team as the Outdoor Play Development Leader. I have a qualification in Social Services for Children and Young People, as well as a BA Honours degree from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. Early intervention in Early Years has always been my passion, particularly working with children with additional support needs and helping children to connect with nature and their local community. I am hoping to bring my experience of working in schools in Dubai, leading creative movement classes and being a pre-school science teacher to the nursery and create a non-judgemental nurturing experience for children to thrive, take risks and have lots of fun!
“I love doing activities with the children including the fun, messy ones - I just love seeing the excitement on their faces!
When I’m not at the nursery, I enjoy walking my dog, hanging out with my friends and watching Netflix.
I am most looking forward to watching the children grow and development and getting to know everyone.”
"Hello, my name is Samantha, I'm 17 years old and excited to be at the nursery helping the children get ready to go into Primary School. I remember coming to this nursery as a child and enjoy being on the farm surrounded by the animals."
Sandy Wilkie MBE
Retired milk man and "santa"
"Sandy Wilkie, Alisa's husband took over the farm from his father and ran the family business "Wilkie of Blantyre" for many years before the business moved over to Wisemans Dairies.
Sandy was awarded MBE in 2018 for his lifetime achievements in the community.
And perhaps Bardykes Farm's worst kept secret ... at Christmas Sandy plays the important role of "Santa of Blantyre".