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.
Hello I am Michelle Andrews, Epsom Sure Start Children's Centre Manager. I am responsible for the day to day running of the building and for developing links in with a number of agencies who together provide a range of services to our local Community.
In short, I plan and ensure the delivery of support groups and sessions at the Children's Centre with the involvement of local families and community, but I am also always on hand to give advice to families. For example, I can help you find out more about tax credits, find local childcare for you or signpost to various services within our area. I am also a very good listener, and am more than happy for you to pop in for a chat and a cuppa!
To help me to carry out my role I need the involvement of the local community. I would love to hear your suggestions for what services you think may be lacking in the area, or if you have something to contribute to our centre. If you are able to offer any ideas that will enhance and benefit the lives of families, I'd love to know. I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1998 have spent the last nineteen years working with and supporting children and their families, either within schools or within the community. I am passionate about what I do in promoting the best start in life for all children. I continue to learn through various courses and training that I attend in order to ensure the Children's Centre is up to date with all initiatives and developments. I am also a mother of two small children and one more on the way so totally understand the pressures families face day to day!
This is the most enjoyable, exciting and challenging job I have ever had!