The service is operated on a day-to-day basis by the Manager, Anne Dick, with the help of Lynn Kennedy (Assistant Manager), Michelle Kennedy (Senior Play Assistant), Ashley McGlone (Senior Play Assistant), Gemma McEwan (Financial Assistant), Mags McCrae, Josie Ward, Gabriel Comnene, Alex Soens, Wendy Browne, Amna Afzal, Laurie Casey, Catherine Algar and Rae Duncan. 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 Michelle and Ashley are available during the early morning club.
All members of staff are SSSC registered and 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.
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.
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.
Michelle Kennedy – Senior Play Assistant
Michelle joined us in April 2015. She has an SVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development and is currently studying towards SVQ 4 in Playwirk.. Michelle worked in a nursery prior to joining JOSS and helps run Morning Club.
Ashley McGlone – Senior Play Assistant
Ashley has been at JOSS since August 2017. She has an SVQ3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development and is currently studying towards SVQ 4 in Playwork. Ashley previously worked for many years in a local nursery and she also helps run Morning Club.