Play Setting Manager (Maternity cover)

Emma Biddles

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Hi, I’m Emma and I am the Deputy Play Manager here at EKC, whilst Natalie is on maternity leave I am stepping up and will be acting Play Manager until her return. 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 (Maternity Leave)

Natalie Lunn

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I’m Natalie and I am the Play Manager here at EKC. 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 with Emma the Deputy Play Manager and Denise Brown the Business Manager. 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 and joined around 4 years ago with the remit to modernise the club, manage the change and transition to a primary club (from a separate infant and junior club), improve our service offer, professionalisation and our Ofsted performance. I undertook the role as my daughter was using the club at the time and we used the club as a family from reception age to Y6 so I know at first hand how important the club is to our parents and the School. My background is in HR and project Management.

I am responsible for delivering most things non childcare related for the club (I do help out in emergencies with childcare such as snow days and am fully qualified in Safeguarding myself). I’m supported on the finance/transactional side by Janet Brown who is our part time Club Administrator. I undertake all recruitment, training, apprentices, qualifications options, security checks, contracts, provide HR support and deliver our payroll and rosters for up to 30 staff. On the business side, I 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 at the best possible quality for our parents. I also act in an “external” compliance  role to ensure that we will meet our Ofsted and statutory requirements e.g. public health, data handling and insurance terms. More recently I have been securing grants and Furlough for the club to enable us to continue to open in the challenges of a pandemic as well as drafting all guidance, staffing bubbles and supporting our testing lead Emma Thackery in internal track and trace activity. I attend the Committee meetings alongside the setting manager to provide information to inform the Committees strategic intent and our financial position (in support of our parent treasurer).