Ruth, Director, Zac’s Club Limited. Ruth started her career in Childcare in 2008, when she started Young Discoverers Before & After School Club (now Zac’s Club Escrick), entirely from scratch. Her former career as a Bank Manager gave her the business background to ensure that the setting became sustainable, and a facility that parents could rely on for their childcare needs. She also opened Young Discoverers Children’s Day Nursery in 2009, also in Escrick, and again entirely from scratch, and in changing the Before & After School Club to Zac’s Club, also opened a further setting at Riccall School. She is very proud that through both Companies, employment for 24 people, and childcare for nearly 150 different children a week was provided through the 3 settings. Having sold the Nursery in 2020, Ruth is now able to dedicate more time to Zac’s Club, and her other business The Helping Hub, which supports other childcare settings and providers of Early Years products and services. Her passion is about delivering the very best childcare possible, and placing the children, their parents, and her staff at the very heart of all they do. Ruth holds a BA(hons) in English with Associated Drama, Level 2 Occupational Health & Safety and Level 4 Children’s Care, Learning & Development, as well as certificates in SENCO, Paediatric First Aid, Autism Awareness Level 2, Food Hygiene & Safety Level 2 and Advanced Safeguarding.
Andrew, Manager, Zac’s Club Escrick. Andrew has been in the role since 2012. He started his career in childcare at Young Discoverers Nursery in 2010, having had a successful career driving car transporters amongst other things prior to wanting to take up a career that meant he could be home more, and in an environment that suited his skills better. He initially worked on a voluntary basis, then trained as a Nursery Practitioner at Young Discoverers Nursery. He gained his level 3 Diploma in Childcare, Learning and Development, and spent some time both in the Baby Room and Pre-School room once qualified, before taking up a Playworker position at Young Discoverers Before and After School Club. Andrew then took on a Relief Deputy Manager role, before becoming Manager in September 2012. Andrew is especially keen on ensuring the children have plenty of opportunity for outdoor play, and thoroughly enjoys working with the Primary school children. He is keen to see his team develop, and for the children to get the most out of their sessions at Zac’s Club. Andrew also holds a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate, First Aid at Work, Safeguarding Lead Professional, SENDCo and Food Safety qualifications.
Hannah, Manager, Zac’s Club, Riccall Hannah has been Manager at the Club since its inception in September 2017, and has been instrumental in ensuring that it became the success that it has, with some sessions now operating at capacity. She has a wealth of childcare qualifications and background, and has dedicated her career to working with children. She has worked mainly in Early Years settings, however her extension into Primary age care has seen the Club grow from a standing start, and she always seeks new ways to bring excitement and dimension to the activities and events on offer. Hannah holds a Foundation Degree Young Children’s Learning and Development, BA in Education Leadership and has her Early Years Teacher Status. She is also qualified as an NVQ Assessor, and has supported many other Childcare Practitioners in obtaining their Early Years qualifications. She is highly committed to ensuring that we provide a facility that means children want to be a part of it, rather than just somewhere they go whilst Mum or Dad works. Hannah also holds a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Safeguarding Lead Professional, Autism Awareness Level 2, SENDCo and Food Safety qualifications.
Erika – Erika joined the team in 2017 as a Playworker, and progressed to Deputy Manager having completed her Early Years Educator qualification whilst working at Zac’s Club. She was our Acting Manager at Zac’s Club Riccall on Maternity Cover, and now takes charge in the Manager’s absence. Erika has had an interesting career working with children and supporting families mainly in a school environment. She has also been a volunteer with Brownies and Cadets, and works as a support assistant at Riccall School between her Zac’s Club shifts. She is well on the way to completing her Level 5 childcare qualification, and has shown great flexibility in working with the children. She is our Key Person for EYFS (Reception) children at Riccall. Currently studying for her Level 5 qualification, Erika also holds a Foundation Degree Working with Young People and Young People’s Services, and Special Need Assistant’s Certificate. She also has current certificates in Food Safety, Safeguarding, First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid.
Jane – Jane works as a Playworker at Zac’s Club, Escrick, and Zac’s Club Riccall. She joined Young Discoverers Before and After School Club (now Zac’s Club Escrick) in 2010 from a retail background, having also been a fully qualified florist for a number of years. She brings a sense of humour to the setting, and loves having fun with the children. She considers it a privilege seeing children go from Reception right through to leaving Escrick in year 6, and is always sad to see them leave. On initially working for Young Discoverers she gained her Level 3 Diploma whilst working for the Club. Jane also holds current certificates in Food Safety, Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid.
Sharon – Sharon has been with us as a Playworker since 2017, and loves working with children at Zac’s Club Escrick. She is a big fan of the great outdoors, and has enjoyed working with children over a range of different settings and facilities that have really made a difference to children’s lives. Sharon always has great discussions with the children, and encourages them to extend their learning from the school day in a fun and exciting way. Sharon also holds current certificates in Food Safety, Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid. Sharon is also a Cook for Young Discoverers Nursery between her shifts at Zac’s Club.
Tiffany – Tiff joined the team in September 2020 as a level 3 qualified Playworker. She works at our Riccall Clubs, and was already known to some of our Zac’s Club children from her work at Riccall Pre School. When not working for Zac’s Club, she now supports the children in F2 at Riccall School. Tiff is a welcome addition to the Zac’s Club team and enables the children to learn through engagement and play. She is enthusiastic, and has a great relationship with the children. Tiff is also qualified in Paediatric First Aid, and holds Safeguarding and Food Safety Certificates.
Angel- Angel joined the team in September 2019 as our Apprentice. She is currently studying for her Level 3 Diploma in childcare, and works at Zac’s Club Escrick to gain the experience she needs. She comes from a large family, and is a natural when working with children. Angel is keen to work with children as a career, and is a great asset to our team. Angel is also qualified in Paediatric First Aid, and holds Safeguarding and Food Safety Certificates.