Mrs LeAnn McKeown (BA (HONS) Education). LeAnn has 19 years experience in working with children from 2yrs 10months – 11years.
Playgroup Assistant Leader
Mrs Sarah Rainey (NVQ 11 Child Care Learning and Development). Sarah has 8 years experience in working with children 2yrs 10months – 11yrs.
Mrs Elizabeth Kernohan (NVQ 111 Child Care Learning and Devleopment). Elizabeth has 28 years experience in working with children from 0- 11yrs.
Miss Ashley Price (NVQ 111 Child Care Learning and Development). Ashley has 9 yrs experience working with children from 2yrs 10months – 11yrs.
SEN Support Worker
Mrs Stefanie McFarland (level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development). Stefanie has 7 years experience working with children 2yrs 10 months – 11yrs.
All our staff have training in First Aid, risk assessment, health & safety, basic food hygiene, manual handling and Child Protection. Staff continue with professional development by attending relevant training and workshops.
Mrs Heather Spillane has joined our team in October 2014 as acccounts clerk.
Staff Development and Training
Due to the Pre-school’s inclusion in the PEEP programme, staff are required to join in extra training sessions (there are usually 5 during the year for which the playgroup will have exceptional closures).
The Playgroup is run by a management committee who meet approximately every 5 weeks.
We recieve support from Mrs Ann Dixon (Early Years Specialist) who advises on the DE Curriculum which helps us meet all children’s learning and developmental needs.
The playgroup has an assigned social worker from the Northern Health & Social Care Trust – Mrs Elizabeth Harris. Their role is to inspect the playgroup during the year ensuring we meet the required standards. They also keep staff up to date on relevant childcare issues. These professionals are there in a support capacity for the parents as well, and our staff will be happy to direct parents if the need arises.
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