About Our Team
Children's Centre Group Manager
Tel: 07825 355 861
My professional background is in family support. In 2007 I completed the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership. I continue to update my knowledge, keeping in touch with new developments and research, particularly around babies brain development. I really enjoy the work of the Children's Centres, the community we serve, the friendships that develop and, of course, being part of a great team.
When I'm not working here I like to spend time in my garden and enjoy all things relating to gardening. I love reading and enjoy cooking for my family and friends and getting creative with arts and crafts.
Children's Centre Group CoOrdinator
Tel: 07833 058 735
Hello I’m Giovanna. I have worked in various family support teams over 15 years. I have worked with parents, children and young people in groups and individually, but the under 5’s are my favourite so I’m excited to be working in the children's centre.
I have the NVQ Level 4 award in working with parents (intense support for families with multiple and complex needs), the NVQ Level 4 in Care, Learning and Development, the HNC in Early Childhood Studies and the DNN in Nursery Nursing, but of course my two boys keep me on my toes and make sure I'm up to date with practical experience!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I have recently taught myself how to crochet and have started to learn how to sew and have even managed to make a few things that actually resemble what I thought I was making!
Our Fantastic Outreach Workers
** Currently on Maternity Leave **
Hi, I'm Sarah. I have worked in various early years settings for over 7 years and thoroughly enjoy it.
I have recently completed a degree in Early Childhood Studies and also have a CACHE Level 3 qualification in Childcare. Throughout my working experience I have attended many courses such as dealing with challenging behaviour, working with parents and carers, and first aid.
Prior to working in early years I worked with Teenage Parents and Vulnerable Adults. I find supporting families very rewarding, and enjoy putting the theory I have learned into practice. The early years of a child are so important to a child's development, and I am passionate about using my skills to help where I can. In my spare time, I exercise, travel and, most recently, have been trying to learn new recipes - while working with children and families is a skill of mine, cooking unfortunately is not!
Tel: 07768 796 555
Hello my name is Heli and I am the overseas contingent at The Alban Way Children’s Centre, which I joined in May 2015. Despite working at other local Children’s Centres before, I feel I am still learning and experiencing something new every day! Apart from working at Children’s Centres, my background also involves studies (NNEB + degree in Social Studies) and working in various early year settings, both overseas and in England, over the past 17 years.
From a personal point of view, my own offspring & family experiences have contributed most towards my understanding of what other parents are going through during the first years of parenting; I thoroughly enjoy meeting and supporting parents in the caring of their children.
As part of my role, I’m also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor trained by I.A.I.M and run the Baby Massage classes. I can also be found singing at Rhyme Times, welcoming new parents to postnatal group or facilitating play and learn sessions for parents and toddlers. I look forward to meeting you and your family very soon!
Senior Outreach Worker
Tel: 07747 475 187
Hello! My name's Helen; I've worked with children and families for 20 years, working in all different sectors but predominantly in Children Centres in Essex, London & Hertfordshire. I enjoy supporting children and families to achieve their goals and helping them to move forward positively. I believe in early support and the benefits that parents and children gain from getting help and support at an early stage, whether it’s in the family home or in a group setting.
You may have seen me in a parenting group or two! I enjoy delivering parenting programmes, and it makes me happy when I can make a difference to family lives, even if it's in the smallest way.
I have a level 3 in childcare and I have a Foundation Degree in Child Education and Wellbeing. Unlike most of my colleagues, I’m not great at singing so if you find me in a group please help me out!
** Currently on Maternity Leave **
Hey! My names Fiona and I have been working with children in the Early Years for 11 years now; having completed the CACHE Level 3 in Early Childhood Studies, I then went onto university where I gained a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies/Education. I have worked in nursery and school settings as a Nursery Nurse over the last 11 years, until I decided to explore a different route of working more directly with families too. Keen and eager to learn, I have since qualified as a Baby Massage Instructor, completed a Level 3 NVQ in Working with Parents and have learnt many new things through various training courses!
I love meeting new people and have a lot of passion for child development. Having a daughter of my own, I am always on a journey, both professionally and personally, so this has always inspired me to work with other families.
Whilst I love my job….I can’t say the same about my singing voice and struggle to hit those high notes, as you may have noticed at Tuesday's Bookstart Rhymetime sessions! Nevertheless, I have lots of fun!
The Amazing Admin Team
(can you tell that we are in charge of updating this website?!)
Children's Centre Admin Manager
Hello! I’m Tracey, and you will often find me in our tiny cupboard of an office at Fleetville Junior School, surrounded by papers, pen in mouth, tapping away on my keyboard, trying to work something out! Saying that, I’m always happy to see people and help out where I can – and if I can’t help, I know a great team that can!! My role is very varied and offers new challenges each and every day; my job is hectic but very rewarding – no two days are the same so there’s definitely no chance of getting bored!
In my spare time, I am Mum to two gorgeous teenagers, which leaves very little time for anything else!
Children's Centre Data Administrator
Hi, I'm Sally. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but data is my speciality so you will usually find me scrabbling amongst spreadsheets and evaluation forms. This is important for the centre because our funding is reliant on being able to show the numbers of families benefiting from our services, as well as being able to evidence specific things that children and parents have gained from their contact with us. I love doing this here because I strongly believe in the work of children's centres, being a local mum with a young child and having benefited myself in the past from children's centre services. And it is an exciting team to work with including a range of interesting, lively and caring individuals!
Children's Centre Administrator
I am Kate, also known as firstname.lastname@example.org. I joined the team at the end of July 2015; it was a complete change of career for me but I am loving it. Every day is really busy, but it’s great to know that we are making the first few years of family life easier for so many people.
I work with an amazing bunch of people, who all work hard to support families in our area; I am proud to be part of this team.
To speak to either Tracey, Sally or Kate, please call 01727 260 041
Our lovely partners
Mums and Bums and Tums Instructor
Hi, I'm Lynn and I'm a specialist postnatal fitness instructor and mummy of one. Mums and Bums and Tums is a relaxed postnatal class, where you know all the exercises are safe to do and you bring along your baby too!
Baby Yoga Instructor
Hi, I'm Vicki, and I am the proud mummy of two lovely daughters. I have been teaching yoga for 7 years and trained in perinatal yoga with Birthlight during my second pregnancy. I am extremely passionate about what I do!
Yoga is incredibly empowering in pregnancy and early motherhood: breathing (pranayama) techniques help calm the mind and ground you at this often challenging time. Yoga postures help open and balance the body during pregnancy, creating more comfortable space for mum to breathe and for baby to grow in an optimal position for birth. Postnatal yoga strengthens, restabilises and helps to close the body after birth. Baby yoga helps support your baby in reaching their development milestones at their own pace as well as being a lovely and very special way to bond with your baby.