Meet the team MAKI Pups Team The MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery is now open. Not only does our nursery have a vast amount of outdoor space for children to explore, learn and grow, we also have an amazing group of unique individuals, who, as a team have a wide range of talents. Let us introduce the team... Erin Kennedy, MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery Manager Erin is a qualified childcare practitioner who has worked in childcare for 15 years and has a passion for outdoor learning. Erin holds the Level 3 Forest Schools Leader qualification and also recently undertook the Wild Things! Woodland Activity Leader Training course. She has vast experience in delivering a wide range of different learning experiences in both indoors and outdoors and is looking forward to her new role of leading the team here at MAKI Pups. Erin has a comprehensive knowledge of young children’s learning and development and all the relevant national and localised documentation that supports this. Erin has worked with many children and families in the local area over the years and is extremely excited to be able to bring fully outdoor learning to Mid Argyll. Although fully aware of the ever changing weather in Mid Argyll, Erin strongly believes that, when dressed appropriately, any learning that can be done inside can most definitely be done outside. Lorien Silvan, MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery Practitioner Lori has been working with young children for many years and holds an SVQ 3 in Childcare. Lori has completed the Woodland Activity Leader Training and in her previous role, as a Childcare and Education worker at Dalintober ELC, Lori was the leading force in developing an outdoor learning programme for the children in her care. Lori brings with her a wide range of creative skills and talents which she is looking forward to sharing with the children. Lori has a passion for outdoor play and the benefits that being in nature can bring to both children and adults alike and she can't wait to share this with others. Shuna Mercer, MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery Practitioner Shuna is originally a local lass who is making a return to Mid Argyll from Glasgow to join our team. Shuna has fond memories of growing up and exploring in the local area and is looking forward to being able to do this again. Shuna is a qualified Play Therapist who has an excellent knowledge of Child Development and many years of experience of working with children and their families. Shuna is an advocate of outdoor learning and held her own play therapy sessions outdoors because of the many positive benefits it brings. Susannah MacMillan, MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery Practitioner Susannah lives in Mid Argyll with her family where they live a very outdoor life. As a professional artist Susannah makes work influenced by the natural world and her interaction with it. She has many creative skills to share. An experienced orienteer, Susannah competes nationally as well as organising events locally. She looks forward to sharing her orienteering knowledge and skills with the nursery. She also enjoys gardening, foraging and yoga. Kirsty Rolland, MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery Practitioner Kirsty and her family live locally and relish spending time outdoors. She is keen on history and enjoys discovering and learning about new places with her husband and children. Kirsty has voluntarily offered support to new parents in Mid Argyll through her role as an Infant Feeding Support Peer and assisted with educational sessions for school children. In the past she has worked in Community Education and has been involved with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as a participant, leader and project worker. Kirsty is excited about this new challenge; she's delighted to be part of the MAKI Pups team and is pleased to share her experience and enthusiasm for the great outdoors with young people. Laura Neville, MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery Practitioner Laura is delighted to have joined the MAKI Pups team and be a part of this exciting new project. Laura holds an SVQ Level 3 in Childcare, has completed Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT) and previously worked at Kilmartin Primary ELC. With a background in design and experience as a kayak instructor and sailing cadet coordinator, Laura looks forward to drawing on these skills to support children in their outdoor adventures at MAKI Pups. Laura also enjoys playing cello and hopes to share and encourage some music making in the woods!