Having worked for over 11 years in Children Centre’s, I was thrilled to be offered the role as
co-ordinator of The Place.
I understand the demands and challenges of being a parent both through my own personal experience of bring up 3 sons and through supporting many families as an outreach worker. I understand the need for families to have somewhere to go where they can feel listened too and welcomed.
My previous experience of working within a school and also a pre-school, where I was able to complete my NVQ 3 in Childcare, has also widened my knowledge, with various training courses enabling me to facilitate Family Links Parenting Courses and Baby Massage.
I understand the importance of the The Place being part of the community, and very much value the relationships built up with families who attend our sessions. It is such a privilege to be part of a family’s journey, even if its just for a short time.
Early Years Practitioner
I moved to Faringdon in 2009 as a single mum with my two young boys. I began supporting families volunteering with Homestart Uk until I started work at The Old Station Nursery where I studied a level 3 Diploma in the Children and Young People’s Workforce. I then went on to work at Faringdon Infant school where I was a Teaching Assistant in a reception class for many years. When the opportunity arose to work for The Place I was thrilled as I feel passionate about supporting parents/families as well as working with children during the early years.
I understand the importance of nurturing young children’s unique qualities and personalities, The Place provides a safe space for them to explore and encourages their development through play. I enjoy getting to know the families who attend our sessions watching them learn and grow together, building relationships and supporting them through the many ups and downs of parenthood and family life.
Early Years Practitioner
Hello! I’m Ashley and I help run Play at the Place, on Thursdays.
I live in Faringdon with my husband Rob, our 2 year old little boy Buddy and our little girl Luca who was born in June 2020.
I was delighted to join The Place team back in November 2019. As a resident of Faringdon but also as a parent, I know how important the sessions we run can be and having the opportunity to get regular support and meet likeminded people really helps on those tough days!
I also work in a Public Health team in London and have worked for the past 13 years helping families and individuals to improve their health, through a range of projects around healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle behaviours. I am passionate about helping others and have completed a degree in Health Related Exercise and Fitness, followed by a masters in Public Health and Physical Activity.
I really value the relationships with all the families that attend The Place and the little community that has been created and aim to support families from all walks of life.
Early Years Worker
Hello I'm Laura...
I have been working with The Place since August 2021. My family and I have recently returned to the UK after living abroad for 10years. We have 3 young children and whilst I grew up in Oxfordshire, we are new to Faringdon.
I have a background in nursing and midwifery and whilst living abroad I ran a playgroup and supported my children’s preschool in various roles. I thrive off helping other people, especially expectant and new mums, as I know what a challenging, as well as enjoyable time this can be.
I am passionate about giving children and families the best possible start in life and feel honoured I am able to support the community in my role here at The Place. I hope to get to know our families and help The Place continue to provide the best supporting environment for our local community.
In my spare time I enjoy sports, getting out and about and spending time with family and friends. I love to travel but of course that is on hold for now!