Meet the Kirknewton Team

Alexis Aitken

Position; Manager
Qualifications: I have studied childcare courses for seven years, I have achieved an NC in Child, Health and Social Care, an NC and HNC in early Education and Childcare, a HND in Childhood Practice and Batchelor’s Award in Childhood Practice.
Experience/Background: Previously, I was a Care Worker in my village, where I supported the elderly to live independently in their own homes. I then became a Paediatric Carer where I provided Health and Social Care to children with complex needs. I have been a Childcare Practitioner in an Out of School Care Setting as well as a Childcare Practitioner in a Local Authority Nursery School. I am also currently the Manager of a Playgroup.
Voluntary Work: I worked in a Family centre for one year as a volunteer.
Training: First Aid Training, Epilepsy and Midazolam Training, Safe Administration of Medicines Training, Principles of Care and Confidentiality Training, Child Protection Training, Elementary Food Hygiene and Allergy Training, Building the Ambition Training, GIRFEC Training, and My World Outdoors Training.
Interesting Fact: I was born to be a HIPPIE, I LOVE Camper Vans, flowers, bright colours, little jazzy bits and bobs and Elephants

Rachel Whitelaw

Position: Manager
HND Childhood Practice – Currently working towards a BA in Childhood Practice with the University of Dundee
I have been with Simply Play for quite some time now and have worked at a number of our clubs.  I have a variety of experience from Early Years to After School Provisions
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Jane Peters

Position:  Practitioner
HND Childhood Practice – Currently working towards a BA Childhood Practice with the University of Dundee
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Sarah Kenealy

Position: Practitioner
Playwork and childcare SCQF Level 5, Education Support Assistance SCQF Level 6, HNC in Childhood Practice and currently working towards my HND in Childhood Practice
Experience/Background:   I started my childcare career in 2016 and gained experience doing my placements in local authority schools and nurseries.  I joined the company in 2018 and have worked in various Simply Play clubs 
Interesting Fact:
 I also work in the airport where I get the chance to meet many celebrities.  I have ran 5k and 10k marathons and even jumped of a bridge for charity