Hi I'm Joanne Hall or as the majority of children at Sandcastles know me Jo-Jo. I have been with Sandcastles since it opened in May 2004 as a Supervisor originally in the baby room and as the nursery grew, aided opening the Young Toddler Room where I was supervisor for five years. During my time at Sandcastles I have stepped into the positions of Toddler Room Supervisor (for nine months) and Deputy Manager (for sixteen months) both of which were to cover maternity leave. I have recently returned to my position of Toddler Room Supervisor following my time as deputy manager and I am enjoying the opportunity to once more engage with the children under my care on a one to one basis, getting messy and helping each child reach their own potential.
I thoroughly enjoy working in Sandcastles because it feels like a home from home. I feel like part of a family who care about each other and the children they take care of. I enjoy nurturing children, guiding them through all the different stages of development and I take pride in the fact that I have played a part in the life of a child's early education.
In my previous employment I was a supervisor in a local After-Schools Club working with primary school aged children on a daily basis. I have also experience of working in local schools and playgroups, and whilst at university child minded three school aged children in their own home.
BTec National Diploma in Childhood Studies (distinction)
BSc Hons Social Administration and Policy
Curriculum and Policy Development incorporating Anti-Bias Curriculum
Student Tutoring Scheme with University of Ulster
Supervisory Management in Childcare
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Staff induction, Supervision and Appraisals
Moving and Handling in Childcare
Fire Warden training
Child Protection Training
NEELB workshop certificate in Games
Interests and hobbies
I have been a member of a local Girls brigade company for 26 years, coming up through the various sections before becoming an officer in the Explorers section. During this time I have completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and Queens Award, and I am responsible for planning and organising the Explorer programme each year.
I also teach a mixed aged Sunday School class incorporating games and crafts into the learning each week.
Amongst my other hobbies I play the piano and enjoy paper crafts, creating wedding invitations, scrapbooks and greeting cards for my friends and family. I also enjoy baking and last year ran my first Delicious, Delectable Desserts party in aid of Breast Cancer. Continuing on the same lines I like to be involved in fundraising for local charities which over the years have included Make a Wish Foundation, The Smiles foundation (supporting orphanages in Romania) and Coleraine Gateway Club.
My name is Eimear Boyle and I was born on 25/02/1991. I left school in 2007 and started Rutledge Joblink in Coleraine in 2008. I started in Sandcastles in 2009 and I work in the toddler room. I really enjoy my work and playing with the children.
Apart from working here, I also have lots of experience babysitting my neighbour's children and work experiences in Primary schools during my placements.
Apart from my qualification in Childcare I also have certificates in Emergency Life Support, Community Drugs Awareness Level 1 & 2, & First Aid. I am also working towards my Level 3 in Childcare.
I enjoy working with children and playing with them especially being involved in water play, messy play and play dough. I also like doing craft with children as it is fun to watch them use different materials. I believe that my strengths are that I am kind and I communicate well with children, staff and parents alike.
My hobbies outside work are reading, walking, socialising with my friends and listening to music.
Hi my name is Anne-Marie McWilliams, however to the children I am known as Annie. I have been working in Sandcastles for a year now based in the Toddler Room as a Nursery Assistant which I am enjoying immensely. I feel it is a privilege to work with children in my care, guiding them through new experiences and watching them learn and grow and helping to support them as well, it's a great pleasure.
I studied for my childcare qualification at college in Magherafelt where I completed my Cache Level 2 & 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development, for my course I was required to complete a number of work placements. I greatly enjoyed this area of my qualification; I spent two days a week for the majority of it at my local primary school where I gained a vast amount of experience working with children of various ages.
Over the three years if my placement I spent the mornings in the Nursery Unit, supporting the children in their learning and helping with the general running of the unit. I n the afternoon I worked in a number of different classes from year one to six which gave me a great opportunity to experience all the different aspects of working with children to meet their individual needs. I have also spent time working on a one to one basis with a child with special educational needs, this is an experience which I truly value and an area I would possibly like to pursue more in the future. In addition to this I spent a brief period in a Day Care Setting to gain some experience working with babies which I thoroughly enjoyed.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going swimming, to the cinema and out for meals. I have quite a few nieces and nephews who I enjoy spending time with going to the park and feeding the ducks.