Playgroup Manager

Fiona Leslie – Playgroup Manager (Mon – Thurs) 


Fiona is an experienced Nursery manager and mum of two children. Fiona started in the position of  Playgroup Manager in March 2017.  Fiona has many years of experience working in and managing Nurseries.  Fiona was also an active member of St Fillan’s Playgroup Parent Committee when her son attended the playgroup in 2016.

Playgroup Staff Team:

Fiona Brien – Early Years Practitioner (Mon + Tues)

Fiona is qualified with SVQ level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development. Fiona has been involved with St. Fillan’s Playgroup since her youngest daughter attended in 2010. Fiona joined the Playgroup Committee before becoming a parent helper and staff volunteer. She has been a member of staff since January 2013. When not at Playgroup, Fiona is a mum to two daughters, both now at primary school.

Irene Gill – Early Years Practitioner (Mon + Wed)


Irene is qualified with SVQ level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development. Irene is married with two grown children who attended St. Fillan’s Playgroup in 1993 and 2000. Irene became a Playgroup volunteer in 2012, and in 2013 she became a part-time Play Assistant. Irene enjoys working with children as she feels a sense of satisfaction watching them grow as individuals and develop new skills. Irene’s hobbies are Pilates, learning about animals, music and art.

Elaine Pringle – Early Years Practitioner (Tues + Thurs)


Elaine is qualified with SVQ level 3 in Social Services (Children and Young People). Elaine started working at St. Fillan’s Playgroup in August 2014. Her youngest daughter attended St. Fillan’s in 2010 and during this time, Elaine joined the Playgroup Committee as waiting list secretary. Elaine also has experience as a fundraiser in another Edinburgh Playgroup. Elaine has 2 daughters at primary school and she regularly volunteered at the school during their early years. Elaine’s background is in Ecological Science and Human Resources but she is now thoroughly enjoying her time working with children.


Sheena Crombie – Volunteer Assistant (Tues)


All of our Playgroup Staff are members of the Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).