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.
Erika, Manager, Zac’s Club Riccall – 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 in April 2021 took over as Manager. 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. Erika is currently working with the Key Stage 2 bubble. 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.
Lauren – Lauren works as our Deputy Manager at Zac’s Club, Escrick, and Zac’s Club Riccall. She joined Zac’s Club as a student while undertaking her Level 3 childcare qualification at College initially, before working in Young Discoverers Nursery and then nannying. We are delighted that Lauren has returned to the team to take up a Management role with us. She has a great sense of fun, and is loved by all the children who she looks after. Lauren will also be undertaking her level 5 Management qualification whilst she is working with us, and she also continues to work in a Nursery part time, between her Zac’s Club shifts. Lauren also holds current certificates in Safeguarding, Food Safety 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.
Stacey – Stacey joined the team in summer 2021 as an Apprentice Playworker, and is working across both Before & After School Clubs and the Holiday Club. She really enjoys working with the children and is undertaking a great deal of training with both ourselves, and our Training Provider in order to gain her level 3 qualification.