Meet the Team-Funfishers Out of School Club, Nursery & Pre-school

Meet the Team


The present employees of Funfishers are employed and qualified to work across the whole setting. We have structured teams that work within a designated room, alongside their key children.

During holiday time we also have additional, flexible staff to work alongside our full time staff members.

Children need to feel safe and secure within their environment and having familiar staff at each point in the day is an effective way of doing this.


The Manager is responsible for recruitment and training of suitable employees for the setting. Funfishers is always pleased to welcome Volunteer Playworkers.


The Manager and Committee has provided an action plan for staff training and all permanent employees are required to train to NVQ, Level 3 or equivalent. The Management Committee authorised a range of core training for all staff, as well as personal development training for permanent staff, including the Manager, during 2007. Training will always be delivered by recognised bodies.

Our Staff

We have qualified, experienced and extremely dedicated staff, who are;

Katie Hatfield QTS - Manager/Administrator/Designated Safeguarding Lead/SENCO

Sonia Cadenhead - Deputy Manager/Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Danielle Jackson - Team Leader / Inclusion Co-ordinator

Carol Dixon – Cook

Julie Hatfield – Playworker

Darren Rutherford – Playworker

Sharon Harrison - Playworker

Tracey Ockford - Early Years Practitioner

Kaylea Neesam - Early Years Practitioner

Chloe Coates - Early Years Practitioner


We maintain the ratio of adults to children that is set by the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements, for full details click here.
All Staff members are Paediatric First Aid trained. 


We are very lucky to live in a community that is rich with potential volunteers who we ensure are DBS checked and follow all the same induction procedures as new members of staff. Volunteers where possible, complement our staff ratios. They help us to:

  • give more time and attention to each child;
  • support and talk with children about their interests and activities;
  • help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide;
  • Allow children to explore and be adventurous in safety both indoors and out.
  • Learn about the wider community and world that we live in from our large diverse group of volunteers who’s experiences capture the imagination and learning for our children.