Our Team


Gemma Porterfield - Managing Director Gemma Porterfield - Managing Director

Gemma established the company in 2011 after 10 years in a variety of childcare, early years and playwork professional roles.

Qualifications & Training:
Mother to a wonderful 17 year old daughter.
Currently working towards a level 3 in Forest Schooling and level 6 EYQT.
Level 3 in childcare, learning & development
Level 3 in playwork
A1 Assessor for level 2 & 3 in childcare and playwork, Foundation degree in community playwork and extended provisions.
Bachelors degree with honours in business.
Masters of social science in International business.
Currently studying a Graduate diploma in Law.
Pediatric First Aid
FMG
WRAP

Roles:
Gemma is the managing director for both the out of school clubs, activity clubs and the day nursery & forest school.
Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Day Nursery | Holiday Club | After School Club

Ellie - Preschool Room Leader & Acting Deputy Ellie - Preschool Room Leader & Acting Deputy

Ellie took over the Pre School Room in June 2018 after completing her BA Hons in Early Years Studies with a 1st grading. In 2019 Ellie stood in as acting deputy.

Qualifications & Training:
Working towards level 5 in leadership and management
BA Hons in Early Years Studies
First Aid
Food Hygiene

Kirsty - Preschool Room Assistant Kirsty - Preschool Room Assistant

Kirsty joined the team in early 2019 and is a great asset to the team.

Kirsty previously worked at another local nursery in their toddler room.

Kirsty is now working towards her Level 3 in Early Years.

Jody - Preschool Room Assistant Jody - Preschool Room Assistant

Jody joined the team in January 2020 after seeking an apprenticeship, we were able to offer her the role as assistant practioner.

This is Jody's first job in childcare and she is extremely passionate to learn and develop her skills. With the support of our management and outstanding practitioners, we will support Jody in building a wealth of knowledge and experiences and offer her lots of training to become an experienced practioner.

Safeguarding level 2

Abi -  Toddler Room Leader Abi - Toddler Room Leader

Abi joined the baby room in January 2018. In November 2018 Abi joined our Preschool to support Ellie. In October 2019 Abbie became our Toddler Room leader.

Qualifications & Training:
Working towards level 4 in early years
Level 3
First Aid
Safeguarding
Food Hygiene

Vicky- Toddler Room Practitioner Vicky- Toddler Room Practitioner

Vicky joined the team in July 2019 after taking a break from childcare.

Vicky has previously been a room leader and manager of a nursery but now wishes to be back in the room caring for children and supporting children's play.

Qualifications & Training:
Level 3 Childcare, Learning & Development

Gina- Toddler Room Assistant Gina- Toddler Room Assistant

Georgina joined the team in December 2018.

With a background in mental health, Georgina aims to support children and practitioners in setting the right foundations to help minimise potential mental health issues in future.

Currently working towards her level 3 in Early Years.

Deirdre - Playworker Deirdre - Playworker

Deirdre works with us Tuesdays- Thursdays supporting toddlers and preschool, mainly focusing her time in toddlers.

Deirdre has an array of skills she brings with her each day, one of which is her musical talent with her Guitar and song time.

Baby Room Leader- TBC Jan 2020

Currently recruiting for this position.
This position is currently being overseen by our management team Gemma P and Ellie.

Gemma B -  Baby Room Practitioner Gemma B - Baby Room Practitioner

Gemma joined the team in November 2018.

Gemma is a mother to a 10 month old and has previously worked as a practitioner.

Gemma has a level 3 in Childcare, Learning & Development.

Jody- Baby Room Practitioner Jody- Baby Room Practitioner

Jody joined the team in October 2019 and is job sharing with Gemma B.

Jodies has a 17 year old son and many years of childcare experience in local nurseries.

Jody is qualified to level 2 in childcare and is due to completed her level 3 in the coming months.

Bobbie - Baby Room Assistant Bobbie - Baby Room Assistant

Bobbie joined the team in September 2019.

Bobbie has a 4 year old daughter and is keen to develop her early year's knowledge and education.

Amilyon (Millie) - Nursery Assistant & Activity Club Playworker Amilyon (Millie) - Nursery Assistant & Activity Club Playworker

Amilyon joined the team in June 2018 but has attended and volunteered at the OOSC for many years. Amilyon is studying at St Francis Collge for her Alevels and gaining work experience during the school holidays.

Qualifications & Training:
Level 2 Dance Teacher
First Aid
Food Hygiene

Lee - Forest School Leader Lee - Forest School Leader

Lee has been part of the development of the company for many years. In 2018 Lee started to support the development of resources and more general tasks in each setting.
In 2020 Lee has now taken on the role of Forest School Leader and is delivering a high quality of Forest Schooling with the support of our Eary Years Practitioners.

Currently studying Level 3 in Forest Schooling.

Jo - Cook Jo - Cook

Jo Joined the team ealry 2019 and supports the delivery of a well-balanced diet for all children on site.

Jo cooks the food fresh, daily.
Food Hygiene level 2
Safeguadring Level 2

Rachael - Playworker Rachael - Playworker

Rachael joined us in summer 2019.

She is currently studying Health and Social Care in sixth form.

Rachael supports both our nursery and our holiday club in Henlow.

Georgia - Playworker

Georgia joined us in summer 2019.

She is currently studying Health and Social Care at college.

Georgia supports both our nursery and our holiday club in Henlow.

Krystal - Playworker Krystal - Playworker

Krystal joined us in summer 2019.

She is currently studying Art Therapy at Leeds University.

Krystal supports both our nursery and our holiday club in Henlow.

Esther - Playworker

Esther joined us in summer 2019.

She is currently studying for her A levels at St Francis College.

Ester supports both our nursery and our holiday club in Henlow.

Simi - Playworker Simi - Playworker

Simi joined us in summer 2019.

She is currently studying for her A levels at St Francis College.

Simi supports both our nursery and our holiday club in Henlow.

Janet - Payments Organiser

Janet joined the team in summer of 2019.

Janet works off of site.