The service is operated on a day-to-day basis by the Manager, Anne Dick, with the help of Lynn Kennedy (Assistant Manager), Karen Clark (Depute), Gemma McEwan (Financial Assistant), Mags McCrae, Jackie Ewing, Michelle Kennedy, Becca Bower, Emma Rankin, Ashley McGlone, Alison Murphy, Claire Donaldson and Gabby McShane (Play Assistants). Your child will be assigned a key worker, as we believe that when children have someone who gets to know them well and supports them in interacting with others, their confidence and wellbeing are supported. On the notice board in the Craft Room are photographs of the staff members with a list of the children in their group printed underneath. We have various routines and activities which enable the staff and children to get to know each other better.
For any general comments or questions about the services, or issues you wish to discuss, Lynn is always available to chat during after-school sessions, while Karen is available during the early morning club.
All members of staff have Paediatric First Aid Training and all have undergone vetting by Disclosure Scotland. All of our staff regularly attend internal and external vocational training and personal development sessions.
In addition, we employ S5/S6 pupils to help with escorting the children to JOSS after school. We work with a 1:10 staff/children ratio (1:8 for escorting from the school).
Anne Dick – Manager
Anne began working part time at JOSS in January 2002 and then took on the Manager role in October 2003.
A former graduate from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Anne had her own architectural photography
business for twenty years and was a full time user of JOSS and a former Chairperson. She has a BA in
Childhood Practice and is the only full time employee of the service.
Lynn Kennedy – Assistant Manager
Lynn started at JOSS in October 2004. She became Assistant Manager in 2017 and has an SVQ level 4 in Playwork.
Karen Clark – Depute
Karen joined JOSS in August 2003. She has an HNC in early education, a Diploma in Child Psychology and is currently studying towards her PDA in Childhood Practice.
Gemma McEwan – Play Assistant
Gemma started at JOSS in October 2009. She has an SVQ 3 in Early Years Childcare and Education. Gemma is also the Financial Assistant
Margaret McCrae – Play Assistant
Margaret started in April 2012. She has an SVQ 3 in Playwork and has previous experience working in after school services. Mags also works at Morning Club.
Jackie Ewing – Play Assistant
Jackie started at JOSS in April 2012. She is a registered nursery nurse who worked at the Southern General for 14 years. Jackie also works at Morning Club.
Michelle Kennedy – Play Assistant
Michelle joined us in April 2015. She has an SVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development. Michelle worked in a nursery prior to joining JOSS and also helps out at Morning Club. Michelle is currently on maternity leave.
Becca Bower – Play Assistant
Becca started at JOSS in May 2015 and has an NVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development. Becca previously worked in a nursery/after school care in Barrow-in-Furness.
Emma Rankin – Play Assistant
Emma has been at JOSS since April 2016. She has an SVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development and previously worked in a nursery in Glasgow. Emma also helps out at Morning Club.
Ashley McGlone – Play Assistant
Ashley has been at JOSS since August 2017. She has an SVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development. Ashley previously worked for many years in a local nursery and she also helps out at Morning Club.
Alison Murphy – Play Assistant
Alison initially joined us in March 2018 to cover a maternity leave post but has now taken up a permanent position. She recently graduated with BA Honours 2:1 in Psychology. Alison also helps out at Morning Club.
Claire Donaldson – Play Assistant
Claire helped us out via an agency before taking up permanent employment with us in October 2018. She has SVQ Level 3 in Children’s Childcare, Learning and Development. Claire also works at Morning Club.
Gabby McShane – Play Assistant
Gabby rejoined the JOSS team in October 2018. She has an SVQ level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Gabby previously worked in a local nursery and also works at Morning Club