From small beginnings in 2006, husband and wife team, Bernie and Mariessa Devlin opened Enchanted Forest Nursery in Erskine, since then the family business has gone from strength-to-strength. Headquartered in Glasgow, the company now operates five childcare centres across the west of Scotland, in Erskine, Thornliebank, Greenock, Inverkip and Robroyston caring daily for over 550 pre-school/school-aged children.
Their daughter Roisin was born in 2012 and in early 2013 joined Enchanted Forest Nursery affording Mariessa and Bernie to also see the nurseries through the eyes of parents. With Roisin now graduating and moving to Primary School, Mariessa and Bernie also understanding the emotions of this transition and how important it is for staff to support this journey.
Enchanted Forest Nurseries employs 120 highly trained and skilled staff.
Enchanted Forest Nurseries also pride themselves in training young people through modern apprenticeship schemes, believing that we can create ‘home-grown’ talent. The philosophy of promoting within is one of the key success stories within Enchanted Forest Nurseries in that staff turnover is below 5%, which bucks the usual trend of childcare establishments.
Our secret….we love what we do…and so do our staff…Come and see for yourself
Lisa McGarry- Operations and Training Manager
Lisa has a proven track record and genuine passion for working with and for children and has been doing so for 15 years, starting her career as a qualified childcare practitioner in the year 2000. Lisa began working in a private nursery and throughout this time had the responsibility of caring for children of all age groups.
Within 5 years Lisa had progressed to management level and overall has 8 years’ experience of managing two separate nurseries, one of which was a brand new nursery. Lisa continued further studies when working full-time and completed her A1 Assess candidates and has achieved her BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies.
Prior to joining Enchanted Forest Nurseries, Lisa was a childcare assessor and trainer for our sister company Childcare Management Company supporting candidates through qualifications and delivering a range of training courses to nursery staff and managers.
Lisa joined Enchanted Forest Nurseries as Early Learning Manager in July 2015 with the remit of supporting our nurseries and upskilling staff with a bid to drive continuous improvement and ensuring overall high quality care for all of our children, families and partners.