Manager & Lead Practitioner – Jane Bain
Our setting is led and managed by Jane Bain who has many years experience of managing community playgroups. Jane’s professional career in early years began in 2003 when she was offered the role of Playleader at a local playgroup following completion of her HNC in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Jane’s personal learning journey has continued and, in 2017, she graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands with a BA (Hons) in Childhood Practice. Her career has similarly progressed and in Sept 2017 she was appointed Lead Practitioner and Manager at Cambusbarron Playgroup. Jane has been key player in the transition of our service from its playgroup origin to the current Community Interest Company. Jane is Forest Kindergarten trained and has developed a particular interest in outdoor play and learning and is passionate about its significant benefits, not only for children but also for staff. Her passion for outdoor learning has led to the development of our extremely popular Woodland Play Sessions where she is keen to ensure that children get the right opportuntities to learn in their local environment. Jane is currently completing her Forest Leader qualification. She has also recently completed her Outdoor First Aid training.
The playgroup ethos is one which resonates strongly with Jane’s pedagogy which has a strong belief in the importance of community and which aims to provide children with the appropriate opportunties to lead their own learning and also to develop skills which will not just serve them in school but also in life.
Jane is experienced in using Makaton as a means to aid and enhance communication. She has completed the Enhancement course in Makaton for professionals and is always working towards increasing exposure and interest to Makaton within the playgroup setting and indeed, more widely.
Jane is also a qualified Play on Pedals instructor and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for cycling with the children.
Outside of playgroup Jane’s family includes 4 grown up sons, 2 dogs, a cat and several hens. The dogs, flat coated retriever bitches, are “home grown” and Jane is registered with the Kennel Club as an Assured Breeder of flatcoated retrievers. Jane loves to spend time outdoors, walking her dogs, gardening and cycling. She is a keen cook, baker and crafter especially enjoying knitting, patchwork and more recently, spoon making.
Early Childhood Educator – Jordan Sutherland
Hi my name is Jordan Sutherland and I have worked in early years settings for the past 9 years and became SVQ level 3 qualified in in 2013. I spent most of those years in a private nursery and also doing supply work for both Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils.
Two years ago I got the position here at Cambusbarron Playgroup which I am loving.
Outside of work I spend all my time with my 6 year old son and husband. We enjoy going new places and trying new things but most of all creating memories.
Admin Support/Early Childhood Educator – Lynda Simpson
Linda is a Cambusbarron local and brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience to the staff team and is the friendly and helpful voice at the end of the phone. Lynda is currently studying to gain her SVQ3 in Social Services (Children and Young People).
Relief Playleader – Moira Kerr
Relief Playleader – Morna Tinto
Relief Playleader – Helen O’Toole
Volunteers – Angus Bain & Chloe Bruce