A bit about our team…

SiobhanSiobhan. Owner & Manager at Knock. I am a mum of 2 girls and owner/manager of Venture Kids. I hold a degree in Politics 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.jpgRisa. Manager at Oakland. 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 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.

FrazerFrazer. Co owner & Deputy Manager at Knock. 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.

DanielleDanielle. Deputy Manager at Oakland. I have returned to Venture Kids after taking time out to gain experience working with younger children. I have complete my level 5 diploma in Playwork and am currently completing a BA(hons) in childhood and youth studies. I have recently started a Level 3 course in Understanding the Speech, Language and Communication Needs of Children and Young People with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Belfast MET. I a trained first aider with St.Johns Ambulance. What I love most about working at VK is being able to let children develop friendships, their imagination and have fun!

ClaireClaire. 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!

Linda1.jpgLinda. Supervisor. I have worked with children for the last 22 years. I hold a level 3 in Childcare and Education, Level 2 and 3 in Playwork, and I have just completed my Level 5 in Leadership and Management. I love the fact that children in Venture Kids can play as children and be allowed to express themselves freely.

KathrynKathryn. Supervisor. Currently I have my Level 3 diploma in Playwork from Belfast Metropolitan College, and I am working on my Early Childhood Studies Degree at Stranmillis University College. My favourite 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.

CharlotteCharlotte. Supervisor. I have just recently completed my Drama Degree at Queen’s University, Belfast. I spent a lot of time working with children during my degree, both inside and outside the classroom. I hope to be in a primary school teacher in the near future and since starting at Venture Kids, I have truly seen the definition of fun, all while the children are developing fundamental skills! I can’t wait to see where my journey at VK leads.

JoanneJoanne. Supervisor. After a few years of voluntary work with children within the local community, I came on board with Venture Kids whilst studying for my Level 3 qualification in Playwork. I absolutely love the funny little stories the kids tell me and the all round craziness that Venture Kids has to offer.

20190603_134751 (1) Kaitlyn. Playworker. I am currently studying Playwork level 3 and I’m as enthusiastic as the kids here and have twice as much energy. I also study mixed martial arts and have a coaching certificate. My favourite thing about Venture Kids is how every day is different and the kids always learn something new.

EmmaEmma. Playworker. I am currently studying for my foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies from Stranmillis University. My favorite thing about Venture Kids is playing with children each day and watching them use their imagination to create and build things that I would never think of!

PaddyPaddy. Playworker. I have been lucky enough to work with children for over 3 years. What really makes me happy is to see a child learn a new skill or make a new friend while they are having fun at the same time. As a team member at Venture Kids I see this happening every day!

Irina.jpgIrina. Playworker. My experience working with children as a volunteer for more than 10 years has always been for me not a job, but a part of my soul. At the moment I’m starting my Playwork Level 3 qualification in addition to studying, and I’m the owner of a Saturday school aimed at learning the Russian language for the Russian community in Belfast. In Venture Kids, I appreciate the fact that children learn to work in a team, respect what they are given and show creativity.

20191024_123051Katie. Playworker. I am delighted to join Venture Kids after working in a kids play centre for nearly 3 years, while volunteering locally for Torbank special needs school and girl guiding UK. I have recently finished my A levels in English Literature, Media Studies and Sociology and joining Venture Kids has been wild! Venture Kids have such big personalities in such little people when given the right play space, without technology getting in the way, which I think is a brilliant way to develop children’s creativity and imagination just as I did when I was growing up!

20191023_150501Agnes. Playworker. I have worked for many years with children, previously as a registered child minder and also a voluntary youth leader. I have my level 3 diploma in Playwork. I enjoy working with the children everyday as I get to see them learn new skills and have fun while playing. No two days are ever the same in Venture Kids and that’s the best part of it!

Lauren

Lauren. Playworker. I’ve been working with children for the last 6 years as a music teacher, classroom assistant and now a playworker. I love seeing children using their imaginations in play and hearing all the amazing things they create and invent! I love that Venture Kids gives the children space to explore and create and I’m happiest when that involves glitter, glue and paint!

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Mikelia. Playworker. I have a diploma and level 4 in childcare and I am currently doing a BA open degree. I have worked with children for 14 years. I enjoy seeing the children have fun!! and supporting and encouraging the children to explore many different play types.

Michelle

Michelle. Playworker. I currently hold my level 3 in CCLD. I’m enthusiastic, outgoing and love messy play. I love Venture Kids because they let children be children and there’s no technology. The children can use their own imagination to explore the world of play.

Jamie_CJamie. Playworker. After graduating university with a textile and fashion degree, I decided that my real love and passion was working with children! So I decided to go back to school and study specialist support for learning and teaching in schools. I have been a SEN classroom assistant for 3 years and couldn’t wait to add further experience working with children through Venture Kids! The best think about Venture Kids is that no two days are the same and watching the children have fun and leave with big smiles on their faces is just amazing!

ChloeChloe. Playworker. I’m so excited to have joined Venture Kids and can’t wait to get to know all the kids and have fun with them. I’m currently studying Law at Queen’s University, but have worked with children for over 4 years and hope to go into teaching after I finish my course. I’m really creative, so I can’t wait to join in on all the fun imaginative games the Venture Kids come up with!

FayeFaye. Playworker. I love everything arty! Having just finished an HND in performing arts, I’m thrilled to join Venture Kids. I’m always surprised by how creative and artistic kids can be through play and I think nothing’s more important than to encourage and nurture that curiosity!