JULIA BECKETT: Covering Centre Manager
My name is Julia and I've been working here at Epsom Children's Centre for around 4 years. You might have met me at one of the Stay & Play sessions - generally somewhere I can enjoy messy play! I've been an Outreach Worker for several years before starting in this role.
Nowadays I'm involved with organising our training courses & creche team, our 'Chatter Matters' group (Speech & Language support), working in the community promoting the centre activities, breastfeeding and parenting support.
I've learnt first hand how challenging parenting can be with real ups and downs, we all need a bit of help at times - supporting families to find ways to manage their children's behaviour is really important to me, sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest effect.
I've been running our Volunteer Programme for over a year now. Returning to work after having children can sometimes lead to us having (or wanting) to make changes in our careers. It's easy to lose confidence too and feel unsure about what to do next. Volunteering is an incredible way to give you an insight into a different career. We have great links with the local volunteer bureau too. The centre would struggle without our wonderful team of volunteers, they support us in a variety of ways e.g. gardening, breastfeeding advice, creche team, play session support, translating and our 'Parent Champion' who is the voice for parents through 'Chat for Change.' If you're considering volunteering, please do contact us.
In my opinion Epsom & Ewell is a great place to live and work. Everyday I can see a real sense of community growing as families discover all the benefits of linking up with the Children's Centres.
Thank you to all the families old and new, who over the years have made work for me both incredibly rewarding and of course, great fun
KERRY SENIOR - OUTREACH WORKER
Hi, my name is Kerry and I am one of the Outreach Workers here at Epsom Sure Start Children's Centre and have been working here since February 2016. I have previous experience of working in other Children's Centre's in the local area and many years experience working in the early years sector as well as being a busy Mum of two myself.
I love running most of our stay & play sessions and seeing what both the children and parents gain from coming to our groups and drop in sessions. Please feel free to come in and have a chat, I will be more than happy to help you with any queries or concerns you may have.