Meet the Team

Senior Leadership Team

Carla Nichols - Centre Manager

I have been manager of the Children’s Centre since 2009 and am responsible for the day to day running of the Centre and Ducketts Preschool; working closely with the staff team to coordinate the services on offer. I am responsible for supervising and managing the staff team. I have worked within the Early Years sector since 1997, my previous roles include, Nursery Nurse, Teaching Assistant and Extended Schools Coordinator. I am passionate about supporting children and their families and ensuring that all families have access to support and services. I am the deputy designated person for safeguarding. I work in partnership with other services e.g. Early Years, Health, Education and Family support organisations to enable families to receive support for children aged 0-5years. If you have any feedback or ideas about the services on offer at the Centre please do get in touch. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon..

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Matt Kelly - Data Manager

I am Matt, I have worked at the Centre for five years in previous roles and am now the data manager for the Centre. My role involves ensuring that the Centre’s data systems are accurate and up to date and that the data available is used to identify the needs of families living in our reach area. This information is shared with the staff team and supports the Centre’s development and informs the service delivery in terms of what you will find on offer here at the Centre and in our outreach venues.

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Gemma Sherwood - Finance Officer

I have worked at the Children's Centre since June 2012. My role as Finance Officer involves dealing with all payments for the Centre and Duckett’s Pre-School, HR for employees of East City and Framingham Earl Area Children’s Centre and Duckett’s Pre-School and assisting with the budget.

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Admin Team

Sarah Bembrick

Hi I am Sarah. I have worked at the Children's Centre since it opened. I am responsible for overseeing the administrative work at the Centre. I am the Data Assistant at the Children's Centre which means that I look at all of the information the Centre collects about the services we offer and use the information to improve and change services where necessary. I am also PA to the Centre Manager. If you have any questions about the Children's Centre please do contact me.

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Family Support Workers

Gemma Howes - Family Support Worker

Hi, I am a Family Support Worker for the children’s centre. I have been here since January 2011. My role is to work closely with families to provide them with the opportunity to thrive and grow within their family unit. I am also a Solihull facilitator and trained in sign along. I run some outreach groups so you will often see me running sessions in and around the area. I am also part of the Adult Learning team. I help to organise the courses run in the children's centre such as English and Maths and find out which other courses might be beneficial to you. I will be the first point of contact if you are interested in volunteering at the children's centre or if your are looking for volunteering in and around the area. I can also support with finding a job or writing a C.V. I can also provide advice around money, whether it be for benefits or budgeting.

Please feel free to come and chat to me if there is anything you need.

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Marlena Spurdens - Family Support Worker

Hi, I'm Family Support worker and part of Children’s Learning team at the Children’s Centre. In my role I provide a variety of family sessions, parenting course, as well as individual support to families in our reach area. I'm certified infant massage instructor. I deliver support at home for children with additional needs as a trained portage worker.

I'm passionate about including outdoor in supporting child’s development and families’ wellbeing, learning practical skills such as cooking and gardening and finding inspiration in each other.

Please feel free to contact me for advice or to share worries, ideas or happy moments.

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Outreach Team

Rachael Russen - Outreach Worker

Hi I'm Rachael and I have recently joined the centre as an Outreach worker. I have been working in childcare for 16 years within nurseries and pre-schools and have a NVQ level 4 in childcare learning and development . In my role as an outreach worker I run and support sessions within the community and also offer low level family support. Part of my role is to visit families with new babies to tell them about the centre and the sessions and services we can offer, so I may give you a call.

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Play Practitioners

Helen Tomlinson - Play Practitioner

My email address is: coming soon