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Spring 2019 Newsletter

- Tuesday 12 February, 2019
Please see attached our Spring 2019 newsletter


Playgroup is open today 1st February

- Friday 01 February, 2019
Take care getting to us yet enjoy the snow!


We are closed now until Tuesday 8th January 2019

- Thursday 20 December, 2018
Merry Christmas and a joyful new year to everyone!

Management and Staff

The management of the playgroups is undertaken by the Manager (based at St John's Methodist Church), who is also the leader at the church based setting. Day-to-day running of Baker Street is by Mrs Mills and at Oakmere by Alyson Gnesson supported by the Deputies at both settings. The manager and leadership team work closely with all staff and attend regular meetings to ensure the smooth running of the settings. The management and leadership team work closely with all staff and attend regular meetings to ensure the smooth running of the settings. The Annual Stakeholders Meeting is open to the parents/legal guardian of the children who attend the playgroups and to all staff. It is a forum for looking back over the previous year's activities and hearing about the coming year's activities.

Continuing Professional Development for Staff


At St John's we far exceed the minimum statutory requirement for qualifications. Over 90% of current staff hold at least an NVQ 3. We actively encourage all staff to undertake relevant qualification and training; our aim being to encourage all staff to have at least a NVQ Level 3 in early years care and education. The Manager of the playgroups has attained Early Years Professional Status (equivalent to NVQ 6 and Teacher Status for Early Years) and BA (Early Childhood Studies). She supports the staff at both settings.

The playgroup staff participate in regular training courses to help keep them up-to-date with the latest thinking and best practice in early years care and education. All staff undertake regular First Aid and Safeguarding training and all staff have been, and any future staff and regular volunteers will be CRB checked. St John's subscribe to early years publications as well as making use of the wealth of relevant information available on the internet. We have support from Young in Herts who provide training and we are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

The staff who work at St John's Nursery Playgroup Baker Street are:

Celia Mills Manager Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), BA (Early Childhood Studies), Designated Safeguarding Children Officer, Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO)
Virginia Mash Senior Deputy Level 3
Jayne Stone Deputy Level 3
AnnaMaria Turner Senior Practitioner Level 3, Joint SENCO
Ann Conyers Senior Practitioner Level 3
Rebecca Cooke Practitioner Level 3
Lindsay Karpasitis BEd with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
Carla White Practitioner studying Level 3 in Childcare
Lisa Aherne-Sime Apprentice studying Level 3 in Childcare
Ahdieh Khosravizad Practitioner Level 6 Early Years
Stephanie Michael Volunteer
Margaret Rhodes Music Teacher

The staff who work at St John's Nursery Playgroup Oakmere are:

Celia Mills Manager (EYPS), BA (Early Childhood Studies), Designated Safeguarding Children Officer, SENCO
Alyson Gnessen Leader Early Years Foundation Degree (EYFD), SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Children Officer
Keely Brand Senior Deputy EYFD
Mushfika Ameer Practitioner BA Hons (Childhood & Youth Studies)
Neringa Rackauskaite Practitioner Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Julie Gauden Practitioner Level 3
Sophie Smith Practitioner Studying Level 3 in Childcare
Sarah Euesden Joint SENCO Practitioner Level 3
Becky Dagsland Apprentice studying Level 3 in Childcare
Margaret Rhodes Music Teacher


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