We offer a high staff to child ratio in our sessions. Our experienced staff team are highly qualified and trained in childcare and child development and dedicated to offering your child a quality playgroup experience. An experienced member of staff will be assigned as a key worker to your child when they first start our setting. The role of the key worker is to build a relationship with you and your child making your child feel safe and cared for in our setting and acting as an accessible and available point of contact for yourself.
We believe teaching should not be taken to imply a top-down or formal way of working. It is a broad term which covers the many different ways in which adults can help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating and setting challenges.
Early Years Manager
Education:– Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce, Leadership and Management Programme in Playwork, ILM in First Line Management in EYFS,
Designated Persons Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, SENCo (Special Educational Needs
"I love working for Rowlands Gill Under Fives. It is a privilege to meet and care for all of the children and families that we look after every year. Seeing how much the children have achieved by the end of the year and watching how much their confidence has grown always makes me very proud. I also get to work with, in my opinion, the best staff team ever!"
Early Years Leader, Designated Safeguarding Officer, Fire Officer
Education – Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce, Designated Persons Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, Fire Officer Training.
Worked for company for 22 Years
“It is a joy to come to work every morning, we support each other in everything we do. One happy family”
Early Years Practitioner
Education – Level 2 Diploma for Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce, Safeguarding, Pediatric First Aid,
Started working for Rowlands Gill Under Fives in September 2018
Early Years Graduate Practitioner, SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator & First Aid officer
Education – BA Honours Degree in Early Years practice. Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) training
Worked for company for 17 Years
“in the years I have been working with children I have experienced some magical times which can range from sharing a child’s creativity to sharing their joy and laughter (sometimes sadness too) or seeing them show their feelings of delight when they have done something they are pleased with My greatest treasure is to see their wonderful imaginations as they gain a greater understanding of the world around them… priceless!
Senior Early Years Practitioner (Health & Safety Officer)
Education – Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce, Leadership and management Programme in Play work, ILM in First Line Management in EYFS, Designated Persons Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid,
Worked for the company for 18 Years in total starting as a committee member, then treasurer and started working as a practitioner 12 years ago.
“I love being part of the team at playgroup. I enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with young children; seeing them develop, grow and learn during their time at playgroup. I regard my colleagues as my ‘work family’ and enjoy working as part of our close, supportive and friendly team”
Early Years Practitioner
Education – Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce, Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid
Started worked for company in 2019
"The best part about working with children is I get to see their smiles every day and listen to their imaginary stories. I enjoy supporting children in their play and of course, playing with them. It's lovely to see children develop throughout the year and watch them grow"
All staff are trained in Safeguarding, Prevent Duty, Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 Food Hygiene, and have refresher courses in these every 3 years. Staff are also trained in Makaton, Special Educational needs, Inclusion, Health and Safety. We often attend Conferences on Early Years matters and are part of a network of Childcare providers around the North East, where we meet up and share good practice.