I am Heather, I'm in my twenties and currently working in After-school where I am the Acting Supervisor. I started working in Sandcastles after returning from university, where I studied Global Hazards. Once home I completed my NVQ level 2 and I am nearly finished my level 3 with the intention to go on for another year to do my level 4 as well as various other courses to benefit me i.e first aid.
I have been with Sandcastles doing both my placements and working, First in the pre-school room and now in the after schools room. However I have been looking after children of all ages since I was 16, when I first started baby sitting. Since then I volunteer and help out with friends and family as well as at holiday clubs, children's weekly meetings and Sunday school.
I love working in Sandcastles and especially Afterschool as I get the opportunity to unleash my creative side and get hands on with the children and their projects. I like to be well organised and plan in advance a curriculum that is suited to the ages and abilities of the children in my care and I thoroughly enjoy teaching the children new things through play.
Hi, my name is Lesley Neely and I been in childcare since I left school. I attended NRC for two years where I done a foundation course and then followed this up by completing a Level 2 in child care. During this time I covered different age groups and completed work placements in Ballyhackett primary school, and various day nurseries. I eventually got a job in Stepping Stones crèche and stayed there for two years before I left to have a baby.
Sandcastles has been my first job since I had my baby and I am currently working in after schools which I really enjoy. I love working with school age children and all the staff. I am also working towards a Level 3 qualification in child care which I hope to have completed by the summer of this year.