Our School Club Team

Smartys popular before / after school and holiday club is based within the grounds of Pirehill First School operating from the main school hall sharing access to the school’s play grounds and outdoor space.
Our operating times are from 7:30am until 9:00am for before school care and from 3:30pm until 6:00pm for after school care. Our holiday club is open daily from 7:30am until 6:00pm during all of the school holidays.

Alison Watson

Alison WatsonNVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Alison, I am the manager of our before and after school club along with sharing the role of the manager of our Pre-School at Pirehill nursery. I am also a fully qualified chef.

I have 6 years experience of working with children along with being a mum to 3 older children.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, effective out of schools club, health and safety unit 1 and 2, EYFS observation and assessment, Leadership and managers, business admin level 1, CAF and ISA training and promoting positive behaviour level 1 and 2.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the school / holiday club and share the responsibility for the day to day running of the pre-school along with Claire, I ensure a smooth running of the school club / holiday club and pre-school at all times ensuring that all policies, procedures and welfare requirements are met at all times. I ensure that planning is delivered in the correct manner for the children in my care to learn and develop, ensuring that all of the children follow the 7 areas of learning. I act as a key worker within the setting completing the children’s individual profiles. I ensure that I build and maintain relationships with past, present and future parents. I work closely with the teachers at Pirehill First School and follow all requests that are given from senior management, I am responsible for the organising of the school runs, taking all enquiries for the school club, showing parents around the pre-school or the school club and ensuring everyone (parents, staff and most important the children) in my care are looked after well.

I came to Smartys as the nursery chef and following many fond times of working with the children I decided to complete my level 3. From here I have enjoyed every minute of working with the children, helping and guiding them through their young lives. I really enjoy caring for the children, building the strong bonds with them and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my job.

I am a hard working and devoted member of the team, I enjoy caring for all of the children in my care. I offer a warm and welcoming environment to everyone, I enjoy being creative and am able to work in all areas of the company.

As a mum to 3 and nannie to 1, I have lots of experience and am always willing to help everyone, I like coming to work.

Tim Hough

Tim HoughNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Tim and I am the manager of our Pre-School at Eden court nursery. I am also a nursery driver qualified to drive our nursery vehicles.
I have over 13 years service with Smartys and experience of working with children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, ENCO level 1 and 2, effective team meetings, health and safety unit 1 and 2, autism awareness, moving and handling, EYFS observation and assessment, I am responsible for the day to day running of the pre-school, building good relationships with all prospective and current parents, along with all children and staff. I am on hand to support all staff in their roles. With the support of our education co-ordinator I help to oversee the delivery of the education providing our children with the best possible start in life. I am a key person ensuring all development records and observations are carried out.

Working with children is a very rewarding to see the achievements of the individuals in our care grow and develop over a period of time. I enjoy boosting their confidence and self esteem as well as enhancing their own individual personalities and giving them the social skills that they will need to tackle situations and opportunities later on in the future.

I am a very sporty person offering physical education to all of the children I look after along with running the holiday club during the school holidays including arranging trips and organising activities.

I always try to present myself in a professional way being friendly and welcoming to all children, staff and parents, a dedicated and committed member of the Smartys team.

Alison Wilson

Alison WilsonNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Alison and I am the deputy manager at our before and after school / holiday club. I am also a nursery nurse in our Pirehill Pre-School nursery.

I have years experience of working with children along with being a mum to two older children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, Safeguarding level 1, food hygiene, health and safety in childcare setting and promoting the health and hygiene of children.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager with the day to day running of the school and holiday club.

Mandy Jennings

Mandy JenningsNVQ Level 3 in Playwork
Hi my name is Mandy and I am a senior playworker at our after school club.

I have over 14 years experience of working with children along with being a mum to my older daughter.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, Safeguarding level 1, pre-school practice, NVQ level 2 customer relations, emergency and basic first aid, managing children’s behaviour, special needs awareness, sports and health awareness, various beauty qualifications and many more.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager and senior staff with the day to day running of the school hall. I help to ensure that the areas run smoothly by keeping the rooms tidy and safe for the children to play in. I enjoy interacting with all children, staff and parents and am happy to do any duties that are required from me.

I enjoy working with children because it is very rewarding being able to look after and care for someone’s precious little one !! Each day is a surprise, a child’s laugh is the best sound !!

I always try to be an organised person who is very punctual. I am an older mummy and I am a member of the girl guiding Staffordshire looking after the rainbow section (children aged from 5-7 years). I enjoy travelling to work every afternoon.

Leanne O’Flaherty

Leanne O'FlahertyNVQ Level 3 in Playwork

Hi my name is Leanne and I am a play worker at our before and after school / holiday club.

I have over 7 years experience of working with children along with looking after families children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, Safeguarding level 1, food hygiene level 1 and EYFS training.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager and senior staff with the day to day running of the school hall. I follow the EYFS and all of the clubs policies throughout my day helping to ensure that the areas run smoothly by keeping the rooms tidy and safe for the children to play in. I ensure that all of the children are happy and enjoy their time at the club. I like to liase with the manager and under take all duties required from me. I enjoy doing the walking bus to and from the middle school ensuring the children’s safety is met at all times. I like to build excellent relationships with all of the children and make them feel safe and secure.

I enjoy working with children because I feel it is a very rewarding job, I love being with the children, they always make me smile and make the job worth while. They remind me why i chose a career in childcare.

I am a very tidy person and like to be involved in all activities. I am happy to travel to work every morning and afternoon.

Mark Gater

Mark GaterNVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Mark and I am a nursery nurse in our pre-school nursery and school / holiday club.

I have over 3 years experience of working with children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and EYFS training.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager and senior staff with the day to day running of the pre-school classroom and school hall. I help to ensure that the areas run smoothly by keeping the rooms tidy and safe for the children to play in. I enjoy helping and assisting with the daily activities and helping to complete the relevant paperwork that is required from me. I really enjoy interacting with the children each day.

I enjoy working with children because each day is different, the children present unique challenges and all behave and interact in different ways, often with humerous results. It provides a great deal of enjoyment and pleasure.

I always try to be an organised person who is very punctual and willing to go the extra mile to help others. I am looking forward to achieving my level 3 and can honestly say that I enjoy travelling to work every day.

Clive Turner & Graham Rutherford

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Clive Turner
PSV and CPC Driver Trained

Hi my name is Clive and I am the nursery driver.

I have nearly 2 years experience of working with children along with being a parent to two children and a grandparent to one.

I have achieved Safeguarding level 1, ONC in business studies, PGDIP in operations management, PSV and CPC trained in driving a mini bus / coach.

I am responsible for the safe transportation of the children to and from the local schools. It is my role as a driver to take the children to school and pick them up using the nursery minibus. I ensure that the children’s safety is paramount at all times. I also ensure that all of the relevant documentation and paperwork that is required for the PSV license is completed this includes daily checks of the vehicles and regular contact with the transport manager. I also ensure that the buses are cleaned and ready to use each week.

I enjoy driving the buses each day, it is only a minor way to assist the children but it is very rewarding knowing that I have been a part of their lives taking them to and from school, acting out the role of a parent.

I am a very reliable, organised and systematic member of the team ensuring the smooth running of the daily school runs at all times.

Graham Rutherford
PSV and CPC Driver Trained

Hi my name is Graham and I am also the nursery driver.

I have 18 months experience of working with children along with being a parent to two older daughters.

I have achieved certificate in Magistrates law and administration, diploma in management studies, safeguarding level 1, first aid, PSV and CPC trained in driving a mini bus / coach.

I am responsible for the safe transportation of the children to and from the local schools. It is my role as a driver to take the children to school and pick them up using the nursery minibus. I ensure that the children’s safety is paramount at all times. I also ensure that all of the relevant documentation and paperwork that is required for the PSV license is completed this includes daily checks of the vehicles and regular contact with the transport manager. I also ensure that the buses are cleaned and ready to use each week.

I enjoy driving the buses each day, it gives me great pleasure in being able to drive the children to and from school. I enjoy building up the relationships and bonds with the children.

I am a very reliable and organised member of the team ensuring the smooth running of the daily school runs at all times.