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Meet Your Local Team

Meet Your Local Team
This area of the site will introduce you to everyone in our team and explain what each of us does

For some staff a contact form will be displayed, allowing you to contact that person direct through the website with a question if you would like to  
Administration & Support Services

The Administration Team
Admin_Pic_007.jpgWe currently have two Administration staff based at Pleasley Hill Children's Centre, Kate and Julie, and one at Ladybrook Children's Centre Amanda. We meet on a regular basis to keep ourselves up to date, and share good practice as a team.

The aim of our role is to provide comprehensive administrative support to the Children's Centres, staff team and partner agencies. Our key responsibilities are:

  • We take care of enquiries over the telephone or face-to-face by providing information or sign-posting to the relevant partner agency in a sensitive and helpful manner, whilst ensuring we provide a welcoming child friendly environment.
  • We welcome carers and children into the centre ready for their fun play sessions.
  • We receive and update incoming and outgoing mail which includes our quarterly newsletters and up-to-date activity timetable and leaflets.
  • We co-ordinate activities and training including mail-shots, booking forms and room hire.
  • We ensure that we have appropriate supplies of stationery, resources and equipment for the centres.
  • We update information on families and sessions on our database, ensuring confidentiality and security of the information.
  • We organise meetings, and prepare and distribute agendas. We take and distribute meeting minutes and maintain circulation lists for Partnership Boards and Sub-Groups.
  • We promote a positive public image of Family Action.
  • All other administration tasks including producing Family Action services leaflets, petty cash, safety equipment referrals and lots more.

To send a note to The Administration Team please click here
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Community Involvement
Hi my name is Karen and I am the Community Involvement Coordinator. I work with families, partner organisations and agencies to ensure good communication (especially through the Parent's Forum and Advisory Group), to help meet the training needs in the area, to support groups with issues like fundraising and to help publicise the work of the Children's Centres.  Volunteers also play a big part in my role and it is my responsibility to recruit and support all the volunteers and ensure that they are encouraged to develop new and additional skills that will support them in their aspirations. 

I also arrange work experience placements and College student placements, ensuring that they have an enjoyable and worthwhile time with us, learning about the work of the Children's Centres and the different elements of owrk that happen within them.  I also form and maintain strong links within the community through contact with local groups, working with Mansfield CVS and West Notts College and many more.  

Sometimes I seek funding for activities that the Parent's Forums would like to see that is beyond what is usually provided by the Centres and I can support other local groups in accessing funding streams where the emphasis on the activities benefit local families.   

To send a note to Community Involvement please click here
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Family Support Team at Ladybrook and Pleasley Hill Children's Centre
The Family Support Team are a multi-skilled team who work along side families with children under five or parents who are expecting a baby. We work across three areas of Mansfield, Ladybrook, Pleasley and Bullfarm. 

Families ask for our support around a variety of issues including;

  • Child Behaviour
  • Daily Routines/sleep problems
  • Information about local groups
  • Housing and money management
  • Support following the birth of a new baby
  • Post natal depression
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Weaning advice
You can choose how to access support, either through a home visit, by coming to the Children’s Centre or at one of our many groups. 

We have listened to what parents have asked for and as a result we now deliver sessions on;

  • Baby Massage
  • Behaviour Management
  • Weaning support
We encourage and support families to get involved with other activities that are happening within the Children’s Centre, assisting families to feel valued and have a positive and enjoyable experience. 

We work closely with our partnership agencies;

  • Health
  • Education
  • Children and Young People Department (CYPD)
  • Housing
  • Advice Centre
  • Job Centre Plus

All our activities are planned around achieving The Every Child Matters five outcomes;

    1. Be Healthy
    2. Stay Safe
    3. Enjoy and Achieve
    4. Make A Positive Contribution
    5. Achieve Economic Well being

To send a note to Family Support Team at Ladybrook and Pleasley Hill Children's Centre please click here
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Claire Meek - Programme Manager- Pleasley Hill Children's Centre
Hello, my name is Claire Meek and I am the Programme Manager for Pleasley Hill Children’s Centre.  My role is to support and lead the team to ensure high quality provision is delivered to children aged 0–5 years and their families. We are Family Action West Mansfield Children’s Centre.  We aim to deliver the best start in life for every child by bringing together early education, child care, health and family support.

Children Centre’s are for you and your family, we recognise that you know best for your family. We are able to help by supporting families with children under the age of five years. Our Centre offers you and your family opportunities to take part in a variety of activities, to have fun and to seek support and assistance when you have difficulties.

Pleasley Hill Children’s Centre is based at the back of Farmilo Primary School off Woburn Lane. The building is purpose built, we work hard to ensure services and activities are accessible to all in the Pleasley Hill and Bull Farm area. Our staff are qualified and experienced in Early Years work, they receive regular training and supervision to ensure high standards of provision and practice are adopted in the sessions they deliver. We strive to help parents recognise the importance of quality play and early learning to ensure children reach their full potential. Staff work closely with parents through key transitional stages; for example we offer a weekly Pre-School session for 2 ˝ year olds, this group is targeted at children who will be preparing to start nursery. The Play and Learning Team, promote sitting and listening skills through circle time and provide a range of learning activities that aims to promote communication, language and literacy development.

The Children Centre has a busy programme of activities on offer throughout the week, (please see timetable on website for up to date information). We run sessions in the Children Centre, and at other outreach venues, in order to reach out to families who may find it difficult to attend our centre based activities. St Augustines Church, Hillmoor Community Centre are used for Stay & Play sessions on a weekly basis. The Centre offers a range of support services for children and families, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or needing parenting support or even need advice about getting back to work. Please feel free to ring our Administrator or the team to find out what is going on and how we can support you.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Karen Aldred- Ladybrook Children's Centre Co-ordinator
Hi, I am Ladybrook Children’s Centre Coordinator. I started on the 6th December 2010 to work with children, families, staff and partners in the West Mansfield area. I will be coordinating Sure Start Children’s Centre services provided by the centre and in the community to all families in the area.

We have courses running for parents and carers to get involved in and groups to support families during pregnancy and beyond. I manage a fantastic team of staff who are here to provide fun activities, groups and support for you and your children in a safe, friendly environment. I would like to see as many families as possible at our groups and events so your children can enjoy themselves and together we can help them achieve the best goals in life. 

We have a “Friends of Ladybrook Children’s Centre” group where you can come along, share your views and make things happen and I would like to see lots of mums, dads, grandparents and carers on board so I can listen to your views and ideas for improving our services together. 

We are Family Action West Mansfield Children’s Centre. We aim to deliver the best start in life for every child by bringing together early education, child care, health and family support.


To send a note to Karen Aldred please click here
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Julie Smith - Perinatal Support Coordinator- West Mansfield

Hi my name is Julie, I work for Family Action who are a national charity specialising in support services for families and I am the Perinatal Support Coordinator for West Mansfield.  My role is to set up an exciting new project across west Mansfield, this project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. 

The term ‘Perinatal’ refers to the time around a baby’s birth.  The Perinatal Support Project is designed to address issues of maternal mental distress and depression that can be experienced by women both during and after a pregnancy.

The key aims are to directly benefit the lives of 30 families per year in West Mansfield: improving the mental health of pregnant women and mothers of children under one and enabling them to benefit from improvements in parent-child bonding and healthier emotional relationships.

Our volunteer befrienders will have experience or understanding of mental distress and will be trained to offer emotional support to mothers before and after the birth of their baby.  When parents feel supported, cared about and know that someone is available to talk to they will be less stressed, less depressed and more emotionally available for their baby.

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Play Team at Ladybrook Children's Centre
Welcome to Ladybrook Children’s Centre Play and Learning team. We work together to provide high quality play and learning experiences within the local community.  The services/sessions we provide are both within Ladybrook Childrens’ Centre and in local community venues, ensuring that our sessions are accessible to all.

We work hard as team to ensure that all activities provided cater for your child’s ever growing holistic development. We have a wide range of resources /toys available to enable your child to build on their interests and most importantly have fun and meet new friends!!

We also work closely with the rest of the Children’s Centre team and other outside agencies to ensure that families receive the best possible services available. We have connections with :

·         Family Support Workers

·         Speech and Language Therapists

·         Health Visitors

·         Nutritionists

·         Childrens’ Centre Teacher

·         Counselling services

·         Links with local schools

·         Community Involvement Worker


To send a note to Play Team at Ladybrook Children's Centre please click here
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Play Team at Pleasley Hill Children's Centre
Welcome to Pleasley Hill Children’s Centre’s Play and Learning Team. We aim, as a team, to provide high quality play and learning experiences that reflect the interests of the children and families within our community. Our aim is for every child to have the opportunity to develop and thrive in a safe and stimulating environment that enables them to build confidence and self esteem ready for the journey to school life. The Team has a diverse outlook that makes the service inclusive to all that access. We are all enthusiastic, caring and approachable, and all qualified to work with children.

We deliver a wide range of activities and learning experiences that promote a healthy lifestyle including, Big Cooks, Little Cooks, physical activities and sessions that promote play opportunities for children alongside their parents. This promotes and encourages children’s individual development.  These are well planned to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance under The Every Child Matters, the five outcomes framework for children.

We all love Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Can’t wait to meet you.

To send a note to Play Team at Pleasley Hill Children's Centre please click here
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Kate Gallagher- Speech & Language Therapist
My name is Kate Gallagher, my role within the centre is to support children's speech and language development through training, health promotion and early identification of speech and language difficulties.

Training is delivered in a number of forms to both professionals and parents. I offer training and support to the home talk workers who, in turn support parents in helping to develop their child's speech and language development through play and interaction.
Health promotion of speech and language is carried out through a combination of attending groups run by the Children's Centre staff to promote speech and language development and running training sessions for parents to advise them on how to support speech and language development.

Early identification of speech and language delay is done through direct interaction with children and parents in Children's Centre groups and in nursery settings. With an increased speech and language presence, children are identified earlier and strategies can be put in place to help support their needs.

"Speech and Language Therapists should be in all Children's Centres. As a result of the Children's Centre Speech and Language Therapist my child has been given fantastic support and I am now gaining an increased level of interaction with my child. I am very grateful"
If you visit the children's centre please look at our display and take away some of our leaflets full of advice and handy hints.

To send a note to Kate Gallagher please click here
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