Siobhan. Manager. I am a mum of 2 girls and owner/manager of Venture Kids. I hold a social science degree and a Level 5 Diploma in Playwork. I started Venture Kids because I wanted to offer the chance of affordable, quality childcare, based on giving kids the right to play. Play is not a luxury. It is a necessity. Happy kids = Happy parents.
Risa. Deputy Manager. Originally from Dallas, Texas, I now live in Belfast with my local husband. I have a BA and MSc in Psychology with an emphasis on childhood development, and am currently completing my Level 5 in Playwork. I love experiencing just how smart and creative children are, especially when given the independence, freedom and resources to create their own play at Venture Kids.
Claire. Supervisor. I’m the arty one! I have a BA(Hons) in Photography & Graphic Design. I also hold Level 3+4 Diploma’s in Playwork along with a Level 3 in Understanding the Speech, Language and Communication Needs of Children with Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties. I love utilising art and creative play at Venture Kids to enable children to express themselves and to freely use their imagination. I am always in my element covered in paint, there’s never a dull moment!
Lorraine. Supervisor. I’m an oldie but a goodie! I originally started working with children on a voluntary basis. I worked on the Befriending scheme through Dr. Barnardos providing respite care for families with children with complex needs. I also worked in Romania in an orphanage for physically and mentally handicapped children. Following the arrival of my three sons, I have worked in education and obtained a level 1 and 2 in ASD, level 3 in Supporting Teaching & Learning in the Classroom & a level 4 in preparing to teach in the livelong learning sector. I love to see children learn & grow in a way appropriate solely to them, accept and smash their own challenges, break out of their comfort zones and have a healthy sense of confidence and self esteem.
Frazer. Co owner and Playworker. After spending years in the catering industry I decided to switch paths and follow my inner child,(being a big kid myself!). I have recently completed my level 3 in Playwork at the Belfast Metropolitan College. At Venture Kids, we want to give kids the chance to play like we did when we were young. There are no playstations or devices at VK, just lots of imagination and fun.
Kathryn. Playworker. Currently I have my level 3 diploma in Playwork from Belfast Metropolitan College. My favorite thing about Venture Kids is watching the children use their own imagination to create their play space. I’m always eager to get stuck into whatever crazy ideas the kids in Venture Kids come up with.
Chloe. Playworker. After a few years of doing youth work, working with teenagers and young people around Belfast, I came on board with Venture Kids early in 2018.. I love watching and helping the kids explore their creativity and put all of that energy into play. There is never a normal day at VK.
Linda. Playworker. I have a Higher National Certificate in Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families and am currently studying Social Policy at Jordanstown University. I have worked in different childcare settings over the years, but what I love most about Venture Kids is the freedom the children have to play and express their imaginations. I enjoy spending my day helping to build the biggest/comfiest dens.
A student by name, kid by nature! I’m currently studying my Level 3 Playwork in Belfast Metropolitan College. After 4 years of working with Belfast City Council schemes I found myself exhausted with timetabled, overly structured activities that gave no room for children to pick and choose what they wanted to participate in. I love the freedom of choice and imagination that Venture Kids offer for children and never get tired of what they come up with! Overall, every minute with the children is wonderful (…even when they point out I’m definitely no Ronaldo when passing back misfired footballs).