Our team are vetted to a very high standard when joining. This includes an in-depth interview, reference checks, Enhanced DBS checks (previously called CRB Checks) and sign declarations to ensure they are healthy and able to work with children. Supervisors hold an NVQ 3 in playwork or equivalent and we aim to have everyone trained up in the company with a professional qualification. At least 50% of the team in each Link Club has Paediatric First Aid and Food Safety Certificate.
Directors are a parent daughter team with over 60 years combined experience with children. Together we ensure our staff are supported, have access to training and continue their development in the childcare field. We overlook the running of each club and liaise with outside agencies to ensure quality in our clubs.
JK Link Clubs Ltd was created by, the late, Joyce Kernahan, in 1994 and was one of the first of these Out of School Play schemes in Warrington. We are a company that provides care for children from ages 4-12 years old. Focusing on play, we provide breakfast and afterschool clubs in many settings.
Joyce began JK (Joyce Kernahan) Link Clubs in 1994 when her Daughter was a pupil at St Matthews Primary School. Joyce was asked by the governors to open St Matthews Link Club and from this she was asked by each of the other schools in the area to open more at their sites a year or two later. From that small service back in 1994, JK Link Clubs has grown from strength to strength with her daughter joining the team back in 200, together they become joint directors and ran the business together. Joyce passed in November 2018 and will be missed by many. Her legacy continues to live on in JK Link Clubs ran by her daughter Davina.
We have three Link Clubs based in schools in the South Warrington area.
The current teams are:
Operations Manager - Victoria Meadows
Victoria manages the companies operations from ensuring staff are supported, motivated and happy
to making sure customers are getting the service they expect. Victoria has over 10 years management experience,
a degree in childcare and experience in Link Clubs and Nurseries previous to starting with us.
Appleton Thorn Link Club
Supervisor- Kelly Downey
Deputy - Jean Miller
Playworker- Alex Pitt
Playworker - Katie Woodward
Playworker - Jeanette Shove
St Matthews Link Club
Supervisor- Letitia Kapfunde
Playworker- Pauline Burke
Playworker - Shoma Dasgupta
Playworker - Rachael Woollam
St Wilfrids Link Club
Manager- Alison John
Deputy - Anne Logan
Playworker- Gail Cash
Members of staff from other clubs may also be present in Link Club Sessions depending on ratios.