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

Deirdre - Preschool assistant practitioner

Deirdre works with us Tuesdays- Thursdays supporting preschool.

Deirdre also supports our holiday club in Stevenage.

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.

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 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

Kirsty - Toddler Room Assistant Practitioner

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.

Becky- Baby Room Leader

Becky recently joined the team in October 2019 after many years of experience as baby room leader and previous deputy manager of a nursery.
Becky also has twins aged 3 years.

Qualifications & Training:
Level 3 in Childcare, Learning & Development.

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

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.

Georgina- Baby Room Assistant Practitioner

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.

Amilyon (Millie) - Assistant Practitioner & Playworker Activity Clubs Henlow Amilyon (Millie) - Assistant Practitioner & Playworker Activity Clubs Henlow

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 - Handyman & General Support

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.

Currently studying Level 3 in Forest Schooling.

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.

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 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 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.

Kalpna- Senior Playworker OOSC Stevenage Kalpna- Senior Playworker OOSC Stevenage

Kalpna has been working at the company since 2011.

She has two wonderful children aged 15 & 19 and also works as a midday supervisor at Ashtree School in the infants.

Qualifications & Training:
Level 3 in Playwork.
Level 2 Teaching Assistant
Safeguarding level 2
Pediatric First Aid
FMG
WRAP
Roles:
Early Years Key Worker.

Holiday Club | After School Club

Reiss - OOSC Playworker Stevenage

Reiss joined the team in Summer 2018 and has supported both the OOSC's in Stevenage as well as the nursery and Holiday clubs in Henlow.

Reiss is currently studying Sports Therapy at Sussex University.

Kitty - Playworker Stevenage

Kitty joined us in summer 2019.

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

Julie- Playworker

Julie joined us in summer 2019.

She is a mother of 4 children aged between the ages of 17 and 7. Julie works term time in a local SEND support school.

Holly - Playworker

Julie joined us in summer 2019.

She is a mother of 3 children aged over 18 years. Holly also works for the local children's centre and is a nanny.

Studying for her level 3 in forest schooling.

Lucie- Playworker

Lucie joined the team in September 2019 and is currently supporting kalpna at both the after school club and holiday club in Stevenage.

Lucie is studying for Health and Social Care and sixth form.

Jumbo - Playworker Stevenage

Jumbo joined us in summer 2019.

He is currently exploring the option of taking a career in working with children and teens.