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Meet the team at Clarendon Family Centre.

Sue Burgess - Centre Manager

Hello, my name is Sue Burgess and I am the Family Centre Manager. I am responsible for the day to day running of the centre and also working with partners to deliver services to families in Ashford. I support the Family Centre team of staff and volunteers. I am passionate about working with families to give very young children the best possible start and for parenting, which is often a challenging experience to be rewarding and enjoyable.

Diane Ludlow - Deputy Manager

I have been at Clarendon Family Centre as the Deputy Manager since 2013, I live locally and am married with two teenage girls - it only seems like yesterday that they were babies (and I remember how hard that was!) I have worked with children and families for many years and before coming to Clarendon I was a teacher at a local school. I absolutely love my job - I can't wait to get in each day and meet all the children and their families! I help run Parents' Forum and various courses at the centre. I love to cook at home  -  and have started to run family cooking sessions which have been great fun and very successful.

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Leigh Smith - Centre Advisor

I am the Centre Advisor for the Family Centre and am often the first person families have contact with when they join the centre, and have come to know many of them well along the way as I have been here for over seven years. I can offer support for applying for benefits, finding activities in the local area and talk you about options for applying for childcare. I have two grown up children of my own and when I am not in the centre I love to spend time with my family; I am a doting Nanny to two grandchildren. I also like to travel.

Michelle McKenna - Early Years Teacher and Special Needs Co-ordinator

I am the Early Years Teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for the centre. I have been here for over seven years and have many years experience working as a Nursery and Reception Class teacher. I am passionate about supporting children and families who need extra support. I am also responsible for delivering the Hear Me Chatter speech & language group and work closely with all the local primary schools to deliver Transition workshops for children starting school. I have two grown up sons who are studying at University.

Karen Brown - Outreach Worker

I am a part time Outreach Worker here as the centre. I enjoy being able to support the children and families who use the centre and getting involved in the groups and activities running here. Prior to starting my role , I was a very active user of the centre as a parent and could often be found attending Play and Learn, ActivTots and courses with my two young children. I also live locally, so am passionate about supporting families to access local services to help their children learn, develop and thrive.

Sophia Smith - Information & Advice Officer

Hi I work at the Family Centre on a Friday as a Centre Advisor and have been here since September 2019. You will find me at the Reception desk greeting families who are using the centre and talking to new families about the services we offer. Prior to this role I worked as a volunteer as Family Centres  breastfeeding peer supporter. I live locally and have 2 young children so most of my spare time is spent keeping them busy!!

Hannah Braggins - Outreach Worker

I am a part time Outreach Worker here at the centre. I really enjoy supporting all the families who come to the centre and I am involved in many of the play and learn sessions. I am a trained HENRY (Healthy Exercise and Nutrition of the Really Young) facilitator and deliver courses and advice to parents on this topic. I have a wide experience of children’s early learning and development. Before starting at Clarendon Children’s Centre I worked at as a preschool manager.

Becci Vallis - Outreach Worker

I am a part time Outreach Worker here at the Family Centre. I enjoy supporting the families that come in to the centre and those that attend our pre-arranged sessions. I have experience of working with children, young people and their families and I have always found this work enjoyable and rewarding. Prior to starting work at the Family Centre I was studying at university and working as a nanny.

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