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Meet Your Local Team

This area of the site will introduce you to everyone in our team and explain what each of us does.

For some staff a contact form will be displayed, allowing you to contact that person direct through the website with a question if you would like to.

Administration & Support Services

Valerie O’Malley, Deborah Colmer, Helen Baker and Trudi Ashmore- Administrative Support Team
We provide lots of admin support including publishing the ‘What's On ‘ every 2 months, collecting all the family registration forms for the e-start data base, paying the bills, booking rooms for courses and activities and generally all those ‘behind the scenes arrangements' on all sites and for staff involved in the Leys Children's Centre programmes and activities. Phone Valerie and Trudi on 01865 779615 and Deb and Helen on 01865 773263

To send a note to Valerie O’Malley, Deborah Colmer, Helen Baker and Trudi Ashmore please click here
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Amanda Powell- Head Of The Leys Children’s Centre
I oversee the Leys Children's Centre and have responsibility for the budget, the development plan and the services. I aim to make sure that our team of talented and creative staff are well supported and that we are all working in partnership with parents and with other staff (for example Health colleagues). You can contact me on 01865 773263

To send a note to Amanda Powell please click here
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Sheillar Murombedzi,Joumana Hamad, Katya Rahneva, Claire Johnson, Daphne Dearlove and Emmy Craft- Stay And Play/Creche Staff
We are the core team providing the stay and play  and creche sessions. This involves spending quality time with children and families planning creative and interesting activities as well as setting up and packing away.

A healthy lunch is provided for our main stay and play sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays for a small donation.

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Catherine Westbury-Cook and Irene Yarwood- Children’s Centre Teachers

We oversee the quality of care and learning across the children's centre sites. We run training and workshops for our staff team and facilitate network meetings for early year's settings on the Leys.
You may also find us in Stay and Play, creche, parenting groups, PEEP for two's and Time for Toddlers.
You can come and talk to us about all aspects of your child's development, childcare and transition into school, pre-school or nursery.

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Carla Preen- Senior Children's Centre Worker
I will be running the dad's group sessions. My role will be engaging with dads who want to have fun and spend quality time with their child. Informal advice and information support is always available.

For more information contact Carla Preen on 01865 779615 or 07776997937

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Mikko Enticknap- Extended Services Co-ordinator (Cuddesdon Corner)
My role is to deputise for the Head of Centre and I am based at Cuddesdon Corner. I am responsible for health and safety, Stay and Play and safeguarding (child protection) within the centre. I also run a PEEP group and The Childrens Group for our Webster Stratton Parenting Programme. Please contact me if you have any queries about the Childrens Centre programme at Cuddesdon Corner.
You can contact me on 773263 or 07786277465

To send a note to Mikko Enticknap please click here
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Ruth Donaldson- Extended Services Co-ordinator - Special Educational Needs/Domestic Abuse Champion/Outreach Lead (Orchard Meadow)
I am the Leys Children's Centre SENCO. I can visit families with disabled children at home and I run groups for disabled children and families and  I run the Summer inclusive playscheme. I support staff to ensure disabled children access our services. I am also the DA champion - I run Freedom programmes, Recovery Toolkits and I offer support/advice for staff and to individual women experiencing or concerned about DA.
I am also the Outreach lead.
Phone me on 779615 or 07827822623

To send a note to Ruth Donaldson please click here
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Carole Roberts, Linda Picton and Paula Gallagher- Health Partners
The Health Visitors from the Leys Health Centre work in partnership with the Leys Children's Centre. Health Visitors provide health promotion, advice and support to promote health and wellbeing for babies, children and their families as well as working with the midwives to provide support during pregnancy.

The Team:

Carole Roberts - Health Visitor
Jenny Hogan - Health Visitor
Anne Kellagher - Health Visitor
Chrissy Clark - Health Visitor
Emma Blackmore - Health Visitor
Linda Picton - Nursery Nurse
Allie McArdle - Health Care Support Worker

You can come and see a Health Visitor at the following Health Visitor lead clinics:

Monday 13.45 pm - 15.00 pm at The Leys Health Centre
Tuesdays 11.00 am -12.00 pm Healthy Child Clinic at the Leys
                Children's Centre, Cuddesdon Corner
Thursday - 11.00 am - 12.45 pm at The Leys Health Centre

The Health Visitors provide a health promotion information stall the last Tuesday of every month 12.30 pm - 13.30 pm

The Leys Health Visiting Team
Telephone: 01865 788688
Email: oxfordhealth.LeyHVteam@nhs.net

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Camille Kalaja- Maternity Outreach Worker
I work every day until 2.00 pm and I provide antenatal and postnatal support.
You can find me at the antenatal drop-in on Thursdays, just come along if you are expecting a baby.
On Wednesdays I support all families who have chosen to breastfeed their infant at the Breastfeeding Cafe.
I also deliver an Infant Feeding Talk once a month, please phone if you wnat to attend the session.
I co-run the Baby Massage group which is held in the Leys' Health Centre.
If you have just given birth and breastfeeding, I can support you through the early days, just call me.

If you want to discuss anything regarding your pregnancy or your baby or want some more information about the activities I run call me on 01865 773263 or 07920084505

To send a note to Camille Kalaja please click here
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Teresa Fieldwick, Paula Mitty- Outreach Workers
We are outreach workers based at Orchard Meadow (OM )School. We visit families at home or at other locations and work on goals set by the individual families. We work closely with families, helping to build confidence. We can help with information, parenting support, debt or housing problems, job centre plus information, help with childcare and more!

ANYONE can make a referral to the outreach team- phone Valerie on 779615 for a referral form.

Paula:  I support parents with applying for funding for two year old early education entitlement.

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Jake Spencer- Oxpip Counselling And Consultation
Linda Manning - Oxpip

click here for Oxpip website 

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Anne Wells- Parent Worker
I work 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday.                  
I organise courses, groups and one off workshops.
I am open to ideas and suggestions from parents and aim to tailor the programme to meet the needs and interests of the parents who use our Centre. This includes helping parents to develop skills that will support them in returning to work, and making decisions about training or future employment.
I lead and supervise the volunteer programme.

Phone me on 01865 779615

To send a note to Anne Wells please click here
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Helen Stroudley- PEEP (Parents Early Education Partnership)
We've been working with families in the Leys ever since PEEP started in 1995. We are based at the PEEP Centre in the grounds of the Oxford academy. We enjoy working with the Leys Children's Centre fo offer PEEP groups (for babies or toddlers and their parents/carers), home visits for all newborn babies and drop-in sessions.
Our local PEEP staff include Helen Stroudley, Lindsey Hart, Christine Steer, Nuzhat Abbas, Helen Griffiths, Josephine Hammick, Alison Laing, Sue Prosser and Paula Stallard.

If you'd like to ofind out more please contact Helen or Lindsey on 01865 397971 or 395145.
Email helen.stroudley@peep.org.uk or

Visit our website www.peep.org.uk

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Blackbird Academy Trust- School Based Children’s Centre Teams
Each of the Primary Schools serving The Leys have dedicated staff with part time Children's Centre roles.

Orchard Meadow School: Teresa Fieldwick is the link worker - working directly with families and keeping the links strong between the school and the Leys Children's Centre.
Orchard Meadow School phone number: 778609

Pegasus School: Jane Caffyn is the Centre Lead and Senior Managers' Group member; Karen Hopkins leads the two Stay and Play sessions every Wednesday and Friday morning 9.00 am - 11.00 am
Pegasus School phone number: 777175

Windale School: PEEP staff run weekly Stay and Play sessions on a Monday morning 9.00 am - 11.am and Thursday afternoon
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Windale phone number: 777796

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Laura Halstead- Speech And Language Therapist
I work with children who need help to develop their communication skills. I visit all the schools and settings on the Leys to work with children, teaching staff, parents and carers. I work in a flexible way to suit the needs of the children and families, which can include home visiting. I oversee the Spirals groups that happen across the Leys. I deliver training to colleagues and parents on various topics to do with communication.

If you have any concerns about your child's speech, language or communication skills, please come along to drop-in at Cuddesdon Corner 12-1pm on Tuesday during Stay and Play. There's no need to make an appointment, just ask at reception desk or come and find me. I would be very happy to chat - no worry is too small.


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Local parents often want to get work experience and you can do this through becoming a volunteer. You will need to fill in an application form and have a CRB check. Then you will be offered a volunteer training course. Volunteers play a very active role in our Centre. Click here to go to the volunteers' webpage for comments from volunteers about their experiences. Contact Anne Wells if you are interested to know more.
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