All of our staff are members of Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Adults (PVG) Scheme and registered with the Scottish Social Services Council.
We provide regular training for our staff in staff in first aid, child protection, allergy awareness, health and safety, food hygiene, EpiPen and anaphylaxis, outdoor play and more. Our senior staff undertake SVQ qualifications in Playwork and management are working towards the BA Childhood Practice degree.
John Ansdell is the manager of NDKC, and the club currently employs twelve term-time staff: Amber Murphy, Anna Melville, Diana Ali, Eilidh Bryant, Jack McMahon, Lauren Davidson, Lucy Morrison, Mairi McDonald, Max Fruh, Pati Alonso and Sehyr Ali. The staff sometimes work at HASC during school holidays so the Notre Dame children see a friendly face!
All but one of our staff either attended Notre Dame Primary or Notre Dame High, or attended the after school club at Hyndland, so they have a personal connection to the school and the club. Staff have a great rapport with the children, and they make use of their varied backgrounds and talents in arts and crafts, dance, drama, music, sports and more!
Our aim is to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment where children can relax and enjoy a wide range of activities. Our philosophy is based on playwork theory and principles; children can freely-choose what they want to do, and we encourage them to have fun, socialise, challenge themselves, pursue interests, and learn new skills
Some of our popular daily activities include arts and crafts, board/card games, computer games, drawing, fancy dress, gym games, LEGO and construction, musical instruments, outdoor play, sports, and more!
The children love snack time at the Afty! We have a healthy eating policy and provide a varied menu every day; the current favourite is cheese toasties!