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Obituary: Andrea Gail McCail, early years education champion

Andrea Gail McCail

Andrea Gail McCail

Born: 5 July, 1933 in Leeds. Died: 25 June, 2014, in Edinburgh, aged 80.

When Gail McCail’s young daughter found settling at nursery a challenge, it was the catalyst that sparked a lifetime’s interest in early years education and fuelled a passion for the field that ultimately improved the experiences of countless children and their parents.

McCail, a former journalist and English teacher, who was inspired by the work of playgroup movement pioneer Belle Tutaev, went on to make a study of Edinburgh private nurseries, work with the Scottish Council for Research in Education and play a leading role in educational development initiatives in the capital.

A committed Christian and member of Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, she helped to run its bookstall and was a member of several study groups. In retirement, she rose daily at 6am and spent several hours reading the Old Testament and the Christian Mystics and modern works of practical theology.

• Full story at The Scotsman.

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