Anne Dempster – Playgroup Manager

Kilmood Playgroup staffAnne joined Kilmood Playgroup as a playgroup assistant in 1985 and became leader-in-charge in 1991. Anne has NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education.

Julie Gibson – Playgroup Assistant

Julie joined the Playgroup in 1994 as a playgroup assistant. Julie has NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education.

Elizabeth Gibson – Playgroup Assistant

Elizabeth joined the Playgroup as a playgroup assistant in May 2001. Elizabeth has NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education.

Staff Training

Our staff attend cluster meetings for training in relation to Dept of Education requirements for playgroups.

The Playgroup’s budget includes an allocation towards training and development. The following modular courses have been completed within the current staff team:

  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Management in an Early Years Setting
  • Supporting and Supervising Staff
  • Working with Children who have Special Needs
  • Observation and Record Keeping
  • First Aid
  • Child Adult Interaction
  • Basic Hygiene
  • MIFC
  • Speech and language training

Staff Role

Playgroup staff are constantly engaged in:

  • Careful observation
  • Responding to children’s comments, questions and requests
  • Talking with the children, offering views and suggestions
  • Planning and preparing a curriculum based on interests, abilities and needs

At all times, staff will:

  • Be aware of their influence as a role model
  • Value each child as a unique individual
  • Hold high, but realistic expectations of all children
  • Co-operate with parents and any others who may be involved in the child’s development