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Kath Redmond - MANAGER

I have always lived in Dursley and I have 2 grown up children who came to Stepping Stones and this is how I first became involved.  I started working here in 1999 when my youngest child started coming and I became Playleader in 2001. I studied for a range of childcare qualifications and in 2012 I gained a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.   As the Manager I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Designated Safeguarding Lead.  

Learning through play and providing a warm, welcoming and supportive environment for children and their families are among the things we consider very important at Stepping Stones.

Allison Brisland – DEPUTY MANAGER

I first became involved with Stepping Stones in 2000 when the eldest of my 3 children started attending; my involvement grew when I joined the committee - helping out with fundraising and gaining valuable business experience.   In 2004 I became Deputy Manager.  After gaining a number of qualifications I also studied for a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies.  Previously, I worked at Uley Playgroup and also as a child minder looking after children in my home; I strongly believe in the importance of children having a secure and nurturing environment during their early years and education.

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Paula Mellerup – Early Years Practitioner

I have 2 grown up sons who both attended Stepping Stones and I began volunteering here before joining as an Early Years Practitioner in 2003.  I have a Level 3 qualification in working with Children and Young People and I also have a Foundation Degree in Creative Practices.  I have a keen interest in the arts and support the children’s creative and artistic development.  I enjoy attending regular training courses to update and extend my skills.  I believe that it is important to support children to develop holistically, becoming independent and having a range of interests and skills.

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Liz Stackman – Early Years Practitioner

I have been involved with Stepping Stones since 1998 when the first of my 3 sons began coming. I worked as the Financial Administrator for Stepping Stones and also ran the Toddler group for a number of years before continuing my studies and gaining my Level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice.  I have attended a range of relevant Early Years courses to extend my knowledge of the sector along with completing essential training in first aid, child protection and food safety.

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Selina Carter – Early Years Practitioner

I have always lived in Dursley and I have 2 sons who both attended Stepping Stones.  I volunteered as a student at Stepping Stones before working at a Children’s Centre.  I went back to work for Stepping Stones and gained my Level 3 qualification in Pre-school Practice.  I enjoy attending training courses and keeping up to date with best practice along with completing first aid and child protection training.  I have a particular interest in drama and story-telling using props and puppets.

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Barry McGee – Early Years Practitioner

I have 3 sons and I live in Dursley. I volunteered at Uley Playgroup before joining Stepping Stones in 2014 where I studied for my Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I also work at a group for children with special needs.  I am a keen musician and enjoy introducing the children to different musical activities.  I often bring my guitar and enjoy lots of singing and musical activities with the children.

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