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We have a strong and experienced staff team and all staff are DBS checked. Our staff hold a range of childcare qualifications as well as qualifications in safegaurding, first aid and food hygiene.  

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Kevin Charlesworth: Play Leader

I have been the Play Leader here since 2013. Being awarded an Outstanding Ofsted rating and completing the Bristol Standard are two of my proudest achievements.The team we have here are a pleasure to work with and I often think I must have the best job in Bristol - I get paid to play! 

I am a qualified primary school teacher and worked locally specialising in PE and ICT as well as working as a governor. I fancied a career change and moved into play – which frankly is a lot more fun! I have a level 3 diploma in playwork. When not working I enjoy cycling, walking my dog and trying in vain to master wing chun kung fu.

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Mary Charlesworth: Deputy Play Leader and Early Years Leader

I have been involved with childcare since 1996. I started at Hanham Toddlers Preschool where I achieved my Early Years Childcare and Education Level 3. This qualification allowed me to become a group leader. I then became a Learning Support Worker at Christchurch Primary School in Hanham, where I still work as lunchtime Playleader. I was also the Playleader at Summerhill Out of School Club for seven years prior to joining TCCW. I enjoy gardening cooking, walking and playing with children – which helps immensely in this line of work!

 

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Rachel West – Play Worker

I have a masters in Play Therapy and a degree in Psychology. I am really interested in child development and enjoy that through my work I can support this. I have worked with all ages and in a variety of settings including mainstream primary school and special needs schools.  I have a passion for working with children and believe play is so important for children to express themselves, learn and explore their world.  I enjoy working for TCCW and getting to know all the families who attend the after school and holiday club.  I love baking, socialising with friends and family and take pleasure in going to theater and music gigs. 

 

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Dani Wijesinghe– Play Worker

I hold a BSc in Biochemistry and am progressing towards a MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology. I care deeply about facilitating children’s healthy development, and am thrilled that my role as a Play Worker allows me to do this in such a wonderful setting. After previous experience in young people’s clubs in Bournemouth and in Early Years settings in Bristol, I joined Workshop in September 2017 and have loved every day since! But when I’m not here I can be found reading, hiking or having a good old boogie.

 

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Wina Lewis – Play Worker

I have many years experience working with children, and have certificates in Childcare NVQ 3 and Teaching Assistant Level 2. I am studying for a Dance and Theatre Performance degree at present. I am well known by children and parents in the local community as I used to work at Hillcrest Primary School as a voluntary Teaching Assistant. Children enjoy my enthusiasm and sense of fun. I am very creative with my sessions and my dance qualification and natural capabilities in this area are useful in motivating children with movement and natural energy.

 

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Kieren Meek – Play Worker

I started working at workshop in September 2017 alongside my other job at St Bernadette Primary's breakfast club. I attended Hillcrest primary as a pupil so I am familiar with a lot of the Hillcrest staff and environment. Later on I worked at the breakfast club at Hillcrest and also attended TCCW as a child and have many great memories of the fun I had here. It's great now to be apart of the TCCW team and Hillcrest community again to help create the fun play experiences I valued so much myself as a child. I am currently working towards a level 2 play work qualification and hope to gain this very soon. My role at workshop is very rewarding and fun and I'm enjoying developing and learning. I enjoy art, reading and socialising.

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Tyrone Mignott – Play Worker

I began my play work career in 2004 in open access settings, most especially Felix Road Adventure Playground. I love the challenge of play work, learning new skills, promoting positive behaviour through leading art & craft workshops or by providing free play opportunities in outdoor environments. Personally I reached a high level as a footballer and I am always keen to connect with others through shared passions and try to pass these on to the children too! I have experience of working in nursery settings and am excited by the opportunities here at Totterdown for both after school and holiday club.

 

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Bev Rigby– Coordinator

I started working for TCCW in May 2017, prior to this I was treasurer for the setting. I spent over 15 years working in finance and as an accountant for the last 7. I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family and left the sector in April 2017. 

My son attends workshop and since getting involved as treasurer and now coordinator, I have had a real insight into how afterschool and holiday club are run and I am enjoying every minute! Working in an environment with children and staff playing games and having fun is certainly different to any previous offices I have worked in, and I love it!