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Staff and Committee

St Catharine’s Under Fives is led by a team of committed and enthusiastic staff and committee, working together to provide your child with a fun and stimulating learning environment.

We are a community based setting and regard all parents as members who have full participatory rights.

Amanda Coombes – Play Leader.

Qualifications:
NVQ Level 3
Child Protection
First Aid
Food Hygiene
Currently studying Early Years degree in Childcare
"I love playgroup because of the warm, inviting, community atmosphere. The children inspire me to be my best every day and it's a privilege to be allowed to join their play and recapture the innocence and awe of the world through their eyes. Children's imaginations make anything possible and that makes my job the best job in the world."

Ola Swiatlowska - Deputy Play Leader

Qualifications:
NVQ Level 3
Child Protection
First Aid
Food Hygiene
"I love working at playgroup because it is a special place created by dedicated people (staff and parents) where the children can flourish. Working with the children helped me discover who I am, finding my strong points and overcoming a fear of speaking in English as well as expressing myself through words. The children helped me realise that I can learn something new every day and keep trying to do things that are not easy at the start. I often look at the children and can see them in my mind as successful adults fulfilling their dreams."

Liane Wilson - Playgroup Assistant

Qualifications:
Level 2 and 3 Teaching Assistant
Level 4 Higher Teaching Assistant 2010
Level 2 Diploma in Early Years and Childcare 2016
Early Years first aid 2018
Level 2 TQUK certificate in 'Understanding Behaviour that Challenges' 2019
"I attended St Catharine's Stay and Play with my daughter a few years ago. I have two children age 24 and 9. I previously worked in a junior school for 10 years and worked in Early Years for four years. I enjoy working with children as I love watching them achieve and thrive and enjoy messy play, and think the messier the better. I love to include mindfulness and self-worth into sessions and love a jolly good sing-song."

Tina Gaulton - Administrator and Bank Staff

Qualifications:
BEd Honours Primary Education
MBA Marketing
"I joined St. Catharine's when my children went off to school. I was only supposed to be covering for 3 months and have now stayed 5 years. Having been a committee member for a playgroup my children attended, I missed the environment when I left. I am so pleased to be working with St. Catharine's. There is always lots of fun."

Bethan Hayes - Chairperson

Qualifications:
HND in Business Management
Safer Recruitment
"My daughter attended St. Catharine's and my son now does. The atmosphere and people made me instantly feel at ease and my daughter's confidence rocketed. I then became part of the committee and took over as chairperson 2.5 years ago. I love seeing how the children grow and learn and how the amazing staff encourage this."

Michelle Wallace - Bank Staff

Qualifications:
BTEC National Diploma - Social Care
NVQ 3 - Childcare and Education
SENCO
Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene
"I've always had very close links with St. Catharine's Under Fives and have been working here for a number of years. Even after living by the sea for 2 years, I returned to St. Catharine's which has the warm, friendly and personable feel it had when I left. Whilst I have moved on to my long term ambition at the hospital, I remain Bank Staff as I like to return when I can."

Kate Beevers - Bank Staff

Qualifications:
MA Early Childhood
First Aid
Food Hygiene
Child Protecion
"I have been involved with St. Catharine's since 1999 when my children were young and I was a primary school teacher. Since then I have been on the committee and have worked as Play leader whilst gaining my Masters degree in 2007. Once St. Catharine's gets into your heart it is very difficult to leave! I now work at PATA as Support Worker, Tutor and have remained Bank Staff for St. Catharine's. I enjoy my job because of the children! I love being with them on their learning journey and supporting them as they develop and grow into the 4 year olds that leave us and start school. I love the fact every day is different."

Paula Margretts – Bank Staff

Qualifications:
First Aid
Child Protection
Food Hygiene
"My journey with St. Catharine's started 11 years ago when I would take my 2 children to the Stay and Play. They then both attended Playgroup and I became the Chairperson. When my children finished at St. Catharine's I became qualified with my NVQ level 3. I then became a playgroup assistant for several years. When it was time to leave, I couldn't quite leave the warm, happy place that is St. Catharine's and have stayed on as Bank Staff therefore still being a part of playgroup that has been so hard to part from."

Emma Bown - Bank Staff

Qualifications:
NVQ Level 3 Childcare and Education
First Aid
Food Hygiene
Child Protection
"I provide Bank Staff cover at St. Catharine's when required. I am a mum to 2 older children and have been in the EYFS for 16 years! My favourite thing to do is storytelling, from the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears to We're Going on a Bear Hunt."

Clare Banbury - Bank Staff

Qualifications:
BEd Primary Education
First Aid
Child Protection
"I was born locally and as a child I attended St. Catharine's myself which was then led by my Mum. I have 2 young children. My daughter, who is now in Year 1, spent her preschool years at St. Catharine's, and my son attends now. I have been a primary school teacher for more than 15 years, the majority of the time teaching in Reception classes. At the moment I teach part time. I am delighted to also now be part of the St. Catharine's team. When I'm not at work I enjoy family times, gardening, cooking, camping and generally being outdoors."

In our setting we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

All children are allocated a key person and it is this member of staff who will welcome you and your child at your child's first session and look after you during the settling-in process.

Each member of staff at St Catharine’s Under Fives, with the exception of the Play leader, has a key group of children for whom they are particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests and to ensure that your child benefits from all of our activities during their stay with us.