We are a small team, and families tend to get to know us all when they engage with centre services. We all work on and off site in the community. All of us are part-time workers. We all undergo on-going training to ensure we have a good range of relevant skills and knowledge to support those families with under 5’s living in our area, and to ensure we are suitable to fulfil our roles. We are all trained in first aid and safeguarding training.
‘Staff are well trained, routinely supervised and appropriately qualified for their roles. They achieve much with limited time resources. All staff are hightly skilled at using their time productively to meet the needs of families from the priority groups.’ Ofsted September 2014
Jo Scott, Centre Manager
I am responsible for the day to day running of the children’s centre. No two days are the same, which makes my job really interesting. I work with the team here and our families and partners in the community to plan services to meet local need. I really enjoy the opportunity to talk to families using the service about their experiences.
I have been working in Early Years for the majority of my adult life. I originally trained as a Nursery Nurse (NNEB) and worked in nurseries before becoming a Family Worker with Children’s Services. Before joining Saxon I worked as an Early Years Inspector. I have a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, and the National Professional Qualification in Centre Leadership.
Zoe Curtis, Centre Information Advisor
It is likely to be me you see when you walk into the centre, or my voice that greets you when you phone. I’ll offer you a warm welcome and make sure you know about services we offer, and signpost you elsewhere when necessary. If you’ve got a question about services in our area, I will either know the answer, or be able to find it out for you! I keep the estart database up to date, so please remember to tell me if any of your details change.
Hillary Gregory, Outreach Worker
My role is varied. I get involved running play and learn sessions on and off site. When families have need of support in a specific area we work together on a 1:1 basis, this can be anything related to child development, positive behaviour strategies, support with routines. I also deliver Book Start Corner, and am trained to support families, to run the Parenting Puzzle course and baby massage. I originally trained as a Nursery Nurse (NNEB), and my working life has always involved working with children and families and Early Years Inspection.
The services we offer are enhanced by the volunteers we are lucky to have. Volunteers are there to support the staff and engage with parents and children. They help ensure that sessions run smoothly.