Therese Duriez is the Director of Forbes Claremont Park and Forbes Bruntsfield and has been running the nurseries since 1996. Therese is very much involved in the day to day running of the nurseries and is a great believer in the importance of the outdoors in early years education.
Anthony Duriez is Therese’s son and is also a Director of the nurseries. Anthony grew up with the nursery and after a successful career in business he decided to join the nursery in 2008. He is dedicated to helping the children in our care to develop the skills and social understanding they will need to be happy, healthy individuals.
Sara Breingan works as a Lead practitioner and has a Degree in Design. She has completed her HNC in childcare and is also a fitness instructor. Sara won Nursery Nurse of the Year at the Nursery World awards 2009 (UK wide). She has also completed her postgraduate degree in Early Years Practice. Sara is a very creative practitioner and continues to provide exciting and stimulating activities for the children. She is in charge of the 0-3 room also.
Gavin Smith is a practitioner in the Over 2’s. He has gained experience through working in different nurseries in and around Edinburgh.
Abby Harris is the Assistant Manager. She has experience in several nurseries around Edinburgh/Fife. She has an HNC in childcare and is currently studying towards her BA in Childhood practice, she works with the Preschool. Abby also works closely with Sara in taking the nursery forward.
Avril is a Support worker currently working towards her SVQ 3 and works with the in the under 2s room. She is also a mother.
June Breingan is a practioner with an HNC in Early Years and Education. She is a mother of three and has many years experience as a childminder. She brings all her warmth and experience to work with the babies.
Carmen is a practitioner who completed her training in Spain. She has worked in Childcare agency throughout Edinburgh as well as other care settings in Spain.
Janet Sproule was our lunchtime cover but now works 4 days a week mainly in the baby room. She is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 3 children.
Sonya Stewart is our chef and is dedicated to providing delicious and healthy food for the children. She is the mother of one boy. Sonya also represented the nurseries at the Nursery World Awards 2009 (UK wide) for the food award where we were runners up.