• VISION

    For all Midlothian’s children to build the foundations for a happy childhood that serves them a lifetime.

    MISSION

    To help each child achieve their full potential by having valued, confident and collaborative staff who will work with each other and other agencies to provide best quality services to children and their families within the communities of Midlothian.

    VALUES

    Person Centred: We will value the uniqueness and contribution of every child and adult who use our service by putting them, first and foremost at the centre of everything we do.

    Fair: We will recognise equality of opportunity for all, understanding it can be reduced by the effects of discrimination and therefore are committed to challenging this in all its forms.

    Inclusive: We will promote the full involvement and participation of children and adults using our service in ways that enable them to empower themselves in all aspects that affect their lives.

    Professional: We will establish and maintain appropriate boundaries in our relationships with service users and colleagues based on peoples’ rights to respect, privacy, dignity and reliability.

    Sustainable: We will work to ensure that resources available to us are distributed fairly and according to need.

    Innovative: We will work diligently to make sure our services are flexible, creative and innovative in response to changing need.

  • We have been supporting children's learning and development for over 20 years. Our goal is to ensure they have the best beginning possible. To achieve this we take a holistic approach, providing support to the whole family.

    • Strong Commitment and Extensive Training
    • Healthy Meals and Lots of Fun
    • Community Involvement
    • Child Centred Approach
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  • Meet Our Staff

    • Cheryl Lee Brown
      Chief Executive
      Head Office

      Cheryl Lee Brown

      Chief Executive
      Head Office

      Cheryl helped set up Midlothian Sure Start and is the Chief Executive at Midlothian Sure Start. Cheryl has Honours degrees in Social Work from Rhodes University South Africa, an honours degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration from Napier University. She is a 2018 Winston Churchill fellow, researching community based mental health in Australia and the USA. Cheryl started her career in South Africa as a Social worker with the South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence and moved to Scotland after travelling around Europe.

    • Ashley Galloway
      Family Learning Manager
      Mayfield & Woodburn Family Learning Centre

      Ashley Galloway

      Family Learning Manager
      Mayfield & Woodburn Family Learning Centre

      Ashley is the registered manager of our Mayfield and Woodburn Family Learning Centres. Ashley has a BA in Childhood Practice training at Edinburgh University and a HNC in Health & Social Care. Ashley started her career in early years working with children with additional support needs, both here in Scotland & Channel Islands. She has worked in both private & voluntary sector organisations.

    • Arab Chaudhry
      Therapies Manager
      Therapeutic Services

      Arab Chaudhry

      Therapies Manager
      Therapeutic Services

      Arab is our Therapeutic Services Lead and also holds a small case load of clinical work. She has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy from Queen Margaret University and a number of qualifications in therapeutic approaches including Systemic Family Therapy and Nurture Group Provision. She is currently pursuing accreditation as an EMDR practitioner. Arab has a background in adoption and foster care, the Children’s Hearing System and early years development and education. She helps to deliver a broad menu of therapeutic services to children and families in Midlothian as well as developing group work and providing consultation to schools, social work and other agencies. Arab is also one of our Solihull Approach trainers.

    • Jackie Davidson
      Perinatal Manager
      A Good Start and Trauma Informed Practice

      Jackie Davidson

      Perinatal Manager
      A Good Start and Trauma Informed Practice
      Jackie is currently the Perinatal Manager at Midlothian Sure Start and is a Learning and Development specialist with qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
      In the last few years through delivery of our in-house programme A Good Start, Jackie has completed an Infant Mental Health course provided by Human Development Scotland and an Advanced Infant Mental Health course provided by Warwick University. Jackie previously worked for 17 years with Standard Life Assurance Company, the latter 8 years as Learning & Development Coordinator for the Personal Pensions sub-division.
    • Susan Affleck
      Positive Destinations Manager
      Paradykes & Mount Esk Family Learning Centres

      Susan Affleck

      Positive Destinations Manager
      Paradykes & Mount Esk Family Learning Centres

      Susan is the registered manager of our Paradykes and Mount Esk Family Learning Centres.

    • Kate Downey
      Early Years Manager
      Penicuik & Gorebridge Family Learning Centre

      Kate Downey

      Early Years Manager
      Penicuik & Gorebridge Family Learning Centre

      Kate is the registered manager of our Penicuik and Gorebridge Family Learning Centres. Kate has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, PGD in Play Therapy, PGD in Childhood Practice and a HNC in Childcare and Education. Kate started working in local authority nurseries before moving to Midlothian Sure Start.

    • Claire Young
      Business Support Manager
      Head Office

      Claire Young

      Business Support Manager
      Head Office
    • Sharon Sinclair
      Finance Officer
      Head Office

      Sharon Sinclair

      Finance Officer
      Head Office

      Sharon is currently the Finance Officer at Midlothian Sure Start. Sharon is studying for BA/BSc Open Degree in Business and Management with the Open University. Sharon started her career as a Bookkeeper for local businesses and began as an administrative assistant volunteer with Midlothian Sure Start in 2011. During this time Sharon has also been Treasurer for Mid and East Lothian Drugs who support people affected with alcohol and substance misuse. Sharon is now a permanent member of staff based in the Head Office and has a real passion for supporting the needs of the local community.

  • Our staff consists of three teachers and one assistant with experience in early childhood care.

  • Find Us

    Map to Head Office
  • Contact Us

    Our postal address and contact details
    • Postal Address

      Midlothian Sure Start
      Head Office
      Colliery Court
      McSence Business Park
      32 Sycamore Road
      Mayfield EH22 5TA

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: 0131 654 0489

      admin@midlothiansurestart.org.uk

    • Business Hours

      Monday – Friday
      9.00 am – 5.00 pm
      Weekend – Closed

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