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 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 love being the Manager of the Playgroup and the opportunity to meet so many amazing children and their families.  I have my level 2,3,4 SVQ's in Children's Care Learning and Development BA in Childhood Practice and I graduated from The University of Glasgow in September 2020 with my M.Ed in Childhood Practice.  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 Paediatric First Aid and ensure my CPD is up-to-date and relevant.  At the moment I am studying Froebel Childhood Practice course with The University of Edinburgh and my Frobel project is to build a community garden with my team and the children.

I hope the climate of the group is welcoming with the children and families at the heart of all that we do.

Elaine Greenshields
Practitioner - Keyworker for the
Janice Watt
Senior Practitioner - Keyworker for the
RED Group

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 completed my PDA in 2019 and started working towards my BA in Childhood Practice at the University of Glasgow in August, 2020.

Caitlin McKenzie
Practitioner - Keyworker for the 
BLUE Group

hi I'm Caitlin and I am employed as an Early Years Practitioner at the playgroup.  I joined the playgroup in August 2020 and I am the keyworker for the Blue Group.  I am loving my time at the playgroup meeting the children and their families.

Gina Murphy
Practitioner -
Keyworker for the YELLOW Group

My name is Gina Murphy and I am the keyworker for the Yellow Group.    I am registered with SSSC and PVG checked.  

Christine Forbes
Practitioner -
Keyworker for the PURPLE Group

Hi my name is Christine and I have just started working at the Centre Playgroup. All the children, staff, parents and carers have been making me feel very welcome. 

I particularly love outdoor play and am now very fortunate to be based in a playgroup within a beautiful park with a woodland on its doorstep. The children have been excitedly showing me the Gruffalo trail, the sensory garden and even their hidden den.

I have recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years at the University of West of Scotland, and in 2015  I graduated from Glasgow University with a BA in Childhood Practice. I am registered with the 

Scottish Social Services Council and PVG registered.