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 16 year old daughter.
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

Jo - Deputy Manager Jo - Deputy Manager

Jo Joined the company in January 2018 after many years in a variety of childcare roles such as Deputy Manager of a nursery, a self-employed childminder and a nanny.

Qualifications & Training:
Mother to a wonderful 11-year-old daughter.
Level 4 in Early Childhood Studies
First Aid
Food Hygiene
Safeguarding

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

Andreea- Senior Playworker Stevenage Holiday Club & Support Practitioner Andreea- Senior Playworker Stevenage Holiday Club & Support Practitioner

Andreea has been working with us since July 2017 and is our new deputy supervisor at the holiday club, supporting Natalie and Kalpna. Andrea also supports our nursery and activity session in Henlow.

Qualifications & Training:
Currently studying Early Years Education at University.
Level 3 qualified in Child Development.
Pediatric First Aid
FMG
WRAP

Caroline -  Room Leader Baby Room Caroline - Room Leader Baby Room

Caroline joined the baby room in January 2018. Caroline has two stepchildren aged 6 and 8 years.

Qualifications & Training:
Level 3
First Aid
Safeguarding
Food Hygiene

Ellie - Room Leader PreSchool Ellie - Room Leader PreSchool

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

Qualifications & Training:
BA Hons in Early Years Studies
First Aid
Food Hygiene

Poppie - Room Leader Toddlers Poppie - Room Leader Toddlers

Poppie joined the team in September 2018 after two years on nannying and working as a practitioner in a nursery, as well as a SEND support role.

Poppie has completed her BA Hons in Early Years Studies and is First Aid trained.

Lea - Forest School Leader & SEND Co Coordinator

Lea joined the team in August 2018.

Level 3 Forest Schooling

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo)

Abi -  Practitioner PreSchool Abi - Practitioner PreSchool

Abi joined the baby room in January 2018. In November 2018 Abi joined our Preschool to support Ellie.

Qualifications & Training:
Level 3
First Aid
Safeguarding
Food Hygiene

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.

Reanne -Assistant Practitioner Toddler Room

Reanne joined the team in June 2018.

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 has just finished her GCSE and gaining work experience during the school holidays.

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

Jordan - Playworker OOSC Stevenage

Jordan has been working with us since March 2018.

Qualifications & Training:
Currently studying Sports A levels
First Aid

Leanne- Playworker OOSC Stevenage

Leanne has been working with us since June 2018.

Qualifications & Training:
Currently on a break from University studies in Teaching.

Aofie - Support Practitioner Aofie - Support Practitioner

Aofie joined the team in May 2018.

Qualifications & Training:
Currently at University studying Education in Early Years.

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.

Michelle - After School Club Playworker Stevenage

Michelle has previously worked for the company and is rejoining to support our after-school club at Ashtree.
Michelle is level 3 Playwork qualified and has four children of her own.

Pediatric First Aid trained.

Reiss - OOSC Playworker Stevenage & Activity Club Henlow

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 at University.

Deirdre - Support Practitioner Nursery

Deirdre joined the team in December 2018 as a part-time, support practitioner at our day nursery and forest school.

Deirdre has many years of experience at baby and toddler groups and also has two younger children of her own.

Georgina- Assistant Practitioner Baby Room

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.