Susan has a long and varied career in the early education and childcare sector and brings with her lots of skills, knowledge and exciting ideas for extending and enhancing our services.
Susan is a mum to three daughters and used traditional nursery and out of school services for their care as they were growing up. Whilst the settings Susan used for her family’s care were fab the standard booking patterns for the care required were always a frustration. In Susan’s words:
It’s so hard as working parents to get the balance right. You need to work, you need good quality care services, but you also want the flexibility to spend time with your children when working life allows. Traditional nursery booking patterns don’t provide the flexibility to do this, at least not without ending up paying for time you don’t need! This is why the Flexible Childcare Services Scotland model excites me so much, parents can book exactly what they need, when they need it, children get great quality early learning and care and employers have access to a workforce that can work when they are needed… I wish I had access to this kind of service when my girls were younger.
When she’s not busy developing great childcare services Susan loves to keep fit, she’s a regular at her local gym, enjoys obstacle course racing and is often seen out running the trails with her dog as they take part in fun canicross sessions around the country. Susan’s motto in life is “Do More of What You Love” and with her days full of childcare development planning, time with her family and fitness activities she’s certainly living her beliefs.
Flexible Childcare Services Manager, Dundee
Lesley is a highly qualified and experienced Childcare Manager, she has been in the childcare sector for 20+ years and has experience in a variety of different roles.
Lesley has been with FCSS since its inception and has seen the service develop from a bright idea to a wonderful childcare provision.
An advocate of fresh food Lesley loves to cook in her spare time and has a bountiful supply of fresh veggies from her husband’s allotment to use in her recipes.
When she’s not running our childcare service or creating delicious meals Lesley can be found enjoying a cuppa and the company of her pet dog, Percy.
Flexible Childcare Services Manager, Aberdeenshire
Maureen is an experienced childcare manager who takes responsibility for delivery of our services across Aberdeenshire.
Maureen has a BA in Childhood Practice and the NNEB (Nursery Nurses Examination Board) qualification. In addition to these key qualifications Maureen has completed many professional development courses related to her role.
Maureen is very much on top of the services she manages and is a well-respected member of not just our team but the early years, childcare and additional support sector across Aberdeenshire.
Maureen has created a strong local management team to ensure FCSS provide the best possible service to the children and families we work with and not only meet but exceed the expectations of our partner organisations.
When not busy managing childcare services across Aberdeenshire Maureen enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves a trip to somewhere sunny.
Canelle Friis is a member of the Project Management Institute, she has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of South Africa and is currently completing a BA(Hons) in Economics through the Open University.
She is passionate about socio-economic justice, curious about finding ways to reduce poverty and address inequalities. With years of charitable and community volunteering experience, including co-founding a community radio station, she was named one of Barclays Africa Top 100 Brightest Young Minds in 2014.
She has worked on Economic Diplomacy projects including global economic governance, regional integration and development aid, at Africa’s premier think tank on international affairs. She immigrated to Scotland in 2016, and has worked as a bookseller and as a communities executive at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in Edinburgh before joining the FCSS Team where she will be pivotal in delivering our flexible childcare model.
In her spare time, Canelle enjoys watercolour illustration, dreaming up children’s stories, walking in the woods and experimenting with food.
Lynda has lots of fabulous experience in early learning and childcare services and supports our team in ensuring the experience offered to our children is fun, safe, happy and meets their individual needs.
A great Lead Practitioner by day, in her spare time Lynda enjoys spending time outdoors, especially at the beach.
She also bakes terrific cakes, yum!
Our core team
Our core team consists of highly qualified and experienced practitioners each of whom brings a different set of skills and talents to our team. We share our knowledge and support each other in delivering best practice in everything we do. We are committed to reflective practice, striving for continual improvement and working together to deliver an exceptional childcare experience for the children and families using our service
Sessional Support Team
Supplementary to our Management and Core Teams we have a fabulous Sessional Support Team consisting of colleagues who work varied shifts to best meet the needs of our service users.
We are committed to quality in all aspects of our work and this includes our staff development programme. We have a rigorous and effective safer recruitment policy in place and provide robust and detailed induction to new staff joining our team.
We offer ongoing training and professional development delivered by our own senior team and by external professionals.
We are enthusiastic supporters of the future workforce, have clear succession planning in place across our own organisation and contribute to the future proofing of the care sector workforce through provision of opportunities for students and others to learn about working with families and the value of supportive and flexible childcare.
A great place to work
What does a great place to work look like? Well of course it looks like our Flexible Childcare Service, it’s fun, friendly and a fab place to be.
Great workplaces have highly engaged and interested employees. Employees who feel valued, are respected and can bring forward their thoughts, opinions and ideas confident in the knowledge they will be considered.
Our team go above and beyond, they are welcoming, kind, caring and do everything in their power to make the children and families using our service feel safe, comfortable and happy.
Our team feel valued, respected and supported by their managers and have confidence in the organisation’s leaders.