Play Setting Manager (jobshare)

Emma Biddles

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Hi, I’m Emma and I am the Play Setting Manager here at EKC, along with Natalie. Being the Play Manager means I am responsible for the childcare aspects of the club and I work alongside Denise Brown and her expertise to make the club run smoothly.

I am a qualified Level 3 practitioner with a CACHE Diploma in Childcare and I have worked with children since 2010. Before starting at EKC in 2018 my experience before this has been predominantly nursery based where I was Room Leader in various age groups throughout my years there, this has given me the skills needed to also be the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Lead here at club and make sure all our new reception children are well cared and catered for.

I am also Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo), and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the club, In more recent times I have helped the club navigate through COVID testing procedures as the clubs testing lead. I am here to support all users of the club and I am available for a chat if you ever need one, you can find me in the club every afterschool.

Play Setting Manager (jobshare)

Natalie Lunn

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I’m Natalie and I am the Play Setting Manager here at EKC, along with Emma. I have a Foundation Degree in Early Years and a Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare. I have relocated to Sheffield and have come from an out of school club, where I worked for the last 12 years. In the last 12 years I have gained a vast experience, working from an unqualified play-worker, through to management, which has led me to Play Manager here at EKC. I work alongside Emma and with Denise. Here at EKC I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead. I am also here to support all staff and children during their time in EKC, making it the best club in Sheffield!  I work both Breakfast and After school club, so if you would ever like to chat, please come and see me.

Business Manager

Denise Brown

I’m Denise and I’m part time HR and Business Manager for the club, I joined around 6 years ago with the remit to modernise the club, manage the change and transition to one primary club (from a separate infant and junior club) improve our service offer with IT, improve professionalisation and training, access to services and lead the work to help us become a Charity.

I have used the club as a parent in the past from reception age to Y6 so I know at first hand how important the club is to our parents and our School. My background is in HR and Project Management. My role is described as the glue that holds the club together and am responsible for delivering most things non childcare related for the club.

I’m supported on the finance/transactional side by Janet Brown who is our part time Club Administrator. I look after recruitment, training, apprentices, qualifications, DBS checks, contracts, provide HR support and deliver our payroll and rosters for up to 30 staff. On the business side, I deliver surveys, newsletters, communications and monitor spend and costs, make purchases for resources and agree letting arrangements to enable us to maintain our not for profit status and provide the lowest childcare costs, thus supporting our Committee with their strategic intent.