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  • 9 Oct
    JOSS Birthday Party!!!

    There will be a BIG 25th BIRTHDAY PARTY for JOSS children on Saturday 3 November. To celebrate this marvellous milestone the JOSS staff have organised a disco for Saturday 3rd November to which all current JOSS kids are invited to attend. To book your place at this fun event choose either 11am-12noon or 12.15-1.15pm and … Continue reading JOSS Birthday Party!!!

  • 8 Oct
    Big Breakfast 2018!

    JOSS raised £600 for STV Children’s Appeal.  On Friday 5th October staff and parents organised an amazing Big Breakfast to raise funds for STV’s Children’s Appeal. Huge thanks to the staff members who arrived at 6.30 to get everything set up for the arrival of the STV crew including Ross King of Good Morning Britain … Continue reading Big Breakfast 2018!

  • 7 Oct
    Family Ceilidh on Saturday 16th February

    We are delighted to announce that we have a new date for our Family Ceilidh which had to be postponed due to a clash of events. The new date is Saturday 16th February 2019 so put that in your diaries now!!!

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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, Ashley Dyer, 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.

Ashley Dyer – Play Assistant

Ashley started working at JOSS in August 2017. She has an SVQ level 3 in Early years and Education. Ashley previously worked in a nursery and as a nanny. Ashley is currently on maternity leave.

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