Our Staff Team

Lynsey McQuade
Playgroup Manager

Hello and a very warm welcome to our staff information page.  My name is Lynsey McQuade and I am the Playgroup's Manager.  I have my level 2,3,4 SVQ's in Children's Care Learning and Development and my BA in Childhood Practice.  I am currently working towards a Masters in Childhood Practice and will graduate in Christmas 2020.  I was promoted to Manager of the playgroup in May 2014 and for 6 years prior to that I was employed in the playgroup as a practitioner.  I am PVG approved and registered with SSSC.  I am trained in Pediatric First Aid and ensure my CPD is up-to-date and relevant. I hope the climate of the group is welcoming with the children and families at the heart of all that we do.

Caitlin Dunn
Practitioner

hi I'm Caitlin and I am employed as an Early Years Practitioner at the playgroup.  I started my employment as as a Modern Apprentice and once I achieved my SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) I was offered a position within the playgroup.  I am Keyworker to the Purple Group, SSSC registered, PVG checked and a fully qualified pediatric First Aider.  I have recently returned back to work after maternity leave and I am happy to be back :) 

Elaine Greenshields
Practitioner
Janice Watt
Senior Practitioner

Hi there my name is Janice and I am the groups Senior Practitioner and Keyworker to the Red Group. I enjoy working with all of the children but I particularly enjoy the opportunity to bond with the children in my key group.  It is a pleasure to be there for them and to watch them grow and thrive during their time at playgroup.   I have been employed as a practitioner at the playgroup since 2004 and during my time  I have attended many training courses. I have my Level 3 SVQ in Children's Care and Development, I am a qualified First Aider, registered with SSSC and I am  PVG checked.  

I have 2 big boys who attended the playgroup although that seems like a long time ago now and a furbaby.

My name is Elaine and I have been employed as a practitioner at the playgroup since August 2014.  I was employed straight from college where I gained my HNC in Early Education and Childcare.  I have loved my time at the playgroup and have gained lots of practical experience working on the floor.  I am the Keyworker to the Green Group and enjoy the  opportunity to see the children's personalities grow as well as their confidence and resilience.  I am the playgroup's Math's Lead, registered with SSSC, First Aid qualified and I have attended many training courses to ensure my CPD is current.  I  have just recently completed my PDA.

Ashley Blaney 
Practitioner

My name is Ashley Blaney I have 3 children who have all attended the playgroup for their preschool care and education.  I joined the playgroup in April, 2018 as an adult modern apprentice and I have recently completed the SVQ level 3 in Social Service (Children and Young People) making me now a fully qualified practitioner.  I have already completed many training courses during my time at the Playgroup such as phonics training, child protection, breast feeding, toothbrush training, outdoor play,  and I am currently learning PATH's with the other practitioners.  I am registered with SSSC and PVG checked.  I am also Keyworker for the Blue Group.

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