Our Staff Team
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.
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 :)
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.
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.