Staff

Maureen

Manager

Starting off as a Playworker in 2006 I have now worked at the Newcroft Club for many years, and the ingenuity, creativity, and sheer exuberance children display when fully engaged in their own child-led play continues to inspire and fascinate me.

  • L3 Diploma: Early learning and Childcare
  • L3 Award in Transition to Playwork
  • L2 Diploma: PARS Playwork
  • L2 Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • Equalities named coordinator
  • Lead person Data Protection
  • Safer Recruitment training
  • Prevent and Channel awareness training
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma (ACES)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

Sadie

Manager

Alongside working at The Newcroft Club on and off for 20 years, I have spent 9 years running a play school for refugee children in Bulgaria. I am passionate about the importance of play! I’m particularly interested in the way that play supports children’s personal, social, and emotional development. I am a qualified primary school teacher with QTS but have always been a Playworker at heart!

  • MBE: For services to the Humanitarian Support of Refugee Children in Bulgaria
  • BA Hons Primary Education (5 to 11 years) with Qualified Teacher Status
  • CACHE Level 2 NVQ in Playwork
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma (ACES)
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safer Recruitment Training
  • Basic Child Protection
  • L2 Food hygiene and Safety
  • Prevent Training
  • Recognising and Preventing FGM
  • Play as Emotional Survival in Times of Crisis, Risk and Stress
  • Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives
  • Equalities named coordinator

Adam

Deputy Manager

It is important to me that ALL children find fun through play, and have their voices heard.

  • L3 Diploma: Playwork
  • L4 Diploma: PARS Playwork
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in the  Early Years
  • Supporting SEND in Out of School Settings
  • Understanding Autism
  • PARS  Masterclass
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma (ACES)
  • Prevent Training
  • L2 Food Hygiene And Safety

Rocky

Deputy Manager

Having worked in the public sector for 10 years, in both education and health, I strongly believe that a happy and safe environment can allow every individual to thrive. Through play, children learn how to understand the world around them and I am happy to make sure they feel safe and supported when doing so.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Playwork
  • Safeguarding Children – Level 2
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Back To Basics – The EYFS
  • Prevent Training
  • Supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Out of School Clubs
  • Fire Safety
  • Equality and Diversity and Human Rights – Level 1
  • Data Security Awareness – Level 1
  • Conflict Resolution – Level 1
  • Team Teach Reduction of Risk, Restraint and Restriction
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering

Molly

I particularly enjoy working in the early years and love seeing how the children continually explore and learn new things whilst playing.

  • L3 Diploma: Childcare and Education
  • L2 understanding Childrens and young peoples mental health (RQF)
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Designated Person for Child Protection
  • 2nd Equalities named coordinator
  • L2 Food hygeine and Safety
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma (ACES)
  • Prevent Training

Natasha

As a professional artist with many years of experience producing art and theatre workshops for preschool and primary aged children, I am passionate about encouraging the kids to use their imagination and explore their creativity in a fun, safe, and positive way – through the mediums of art, poetry, song and dance, movement and theatre.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent  Training
  • L2 Food Hygiene and safety for catering

Julia

I’m an Australian expat now resident in the UK. Having been a Nanny/ Childminder for many years, I love seeing how the children interact and play with others outside their family unit, and also how they find so much joy in the freedom and opportunities offered at the Newcroft Club.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent training
  • L2 Food Hygiene and safety in catering
  • Recognising and Preventing FGM

Tom

Having taught English as a Foreign Language for many years, and as a speaker of Spanish, French and Italian, I appreciate the diversity of Nationalities at the club and the many languages spoken by the children in addition to English. I also enjoy music (I play guitar and sing in a choir) and I hope to inspire children to explore this aspect of their creativity.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent  Training
  • L2 Food Hygiene and safety for catering
  • Paediatric First Aid

Dzvinka

I went to Newnham Croft Primary School, came back to start volunteering at the club in Year 10, and now work here as a Year 12. I love seeing how kids of all ages interact with the many supplies the club has to offer with their own creative spark, and I am always amazed by their ideas and suggestions.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent  Training

Lizzie

I loved attending both Afterschool Club and Holiday Club whilst a student at Newnham Croft. Now I have returned to work part-time while studying for my A-Levels. I enjoy getting involved with all the play action outside, as well as helping with arts and crafts and various games indoors.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent  Training

Abi

I work at the Newcroft Afterschool Club alongside studying art at college. I love doing arts and crafts with the kids, and seeing them have fun!

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent Training

Katherine

As someone who used to attend the club myself, it’s especially important for me that all children are able to play and explore their interests as much as possible. I enjoy experimenting with arts and crafts with the children as well as expanding their imaginations through outdoor games, alongside completing my A levels.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent Training
  • L2 Food Hygiene and safety for catering

Ellen

I have returned to work part-time whilst studying for my A-Levels as I enjoyed attending Holiday Club and Afterschool Club when I was younger. I love participating in the activities at the Club; I enjoy both inside crafts and outside play.

  • Basic Child Protection
  • Prevent  Training
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma (ACES)
  • Recognising and Preventing FGM