Our people

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Becky Dixon

Manager

I am a Mum of 3 children, one at University, one a Manager at a restaurant and one at college.
 
I have worked at Silverhill Playgroup for over 13 years and was a Childminder for 12 years and I have worked with children who have additional needs.
 
I hold a Level 3 in Children’s Care & Learning Development; I am the Health and Safety Office here.
I am Paediatric First Aid trained and have certificates in Food Safety, Child Protection 1 and 2 and Makaton, Safeguarding and Prevent, and I am currently studying for a Diploma 3 in Management.

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Catherine Bune

Assistant Manager

I am a Mum of 3 children; I am a former Committee Member and volunteer.  I have been an employee for the past 7 years, employed here for 2 years.  

I hold a Level 2 and 3 in Children’s Care & Learning Development.  Other certificates I hold are: Head Start Open University Course, Makaton for Beginners, Paediatric First Aid, SEN Level 3, Safeguarding, Child Protection 1 and 2 and Prevent, and currently I am studying Team Leadership Level 2 and Diploma in Child Behaviour.

Other employment: Level 3 Customer Service, Level 3 Resort Operations (children’s section.)

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Hazel Mitchell

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

I am the mother of 2 grown up children, one a teacher and the other a musician/songwriter.  

I have worked in the child care sector for over 15 years and work closely with families and other professionals to make a difference.  

I hold a Level 3 Children’s Care and Learning Development qualification, Makaton, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection Level 1 and 2, Speech and Language and Prevent certificates.
I am the Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Officer for the setting.

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Hannah Merry

Child care practioner

I have 2 children both of which attended Silverhill Playgroup.  

I hold a level 3 certificate and I originally supported the team providing cover and care for children with additional needs; I am now a fulltime practitioner for the setting.  I have worked here since September 2014.  

I hold certificates in Basic Child Protection, Foundation Stage, Safeguarding and Prevent.

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Kate Cornwall

Child care practioner

I am a mother of 3 grown up children and a Nanna of one.  I was a Youth Worker for 10 years (7-17 years), a Parent Helper at Primary School for 4 years and a Crèche Worker for 1 year.  

I have worked at Silverhill Playgroup for over 10 years.  I have a Level 2 NVQ in Children’s Care and Learning and Development, Paediatric First Aid, Basic Child Protection, 0-36 months, Safeguarding and Prevent    certificates.

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Jude Gillham

Child Care Practioner

I’m 45 and mom to a 4 year old little with special needs. I started working here in September 2016 as cover then permanent in January 2017.

 I qualified in Level 2 children’s workforce in May 2016, I was a student at the playschool. I have my safeguarding certificate, food handling, paediatric first aid and Makaton. I’m hoping to embark on my level 3 children’s workforce in the near future. Prior to working here I working for the NHS as a health care assistant for over 10 years.

 In my spare time I like trail running, obstacle course racing, photography and spending time with my family.

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Heather Fewell

Cover/One to One Staff

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