There are plenty of childcare options out there, but why choose us?

Family Quality Care

We are a family owned business and we certainly run it as such, our staff are all part of the family and we look after your children like they were our own.

Variety of Skills

Our staff have a variety of skills and we listen to each and every one of their ideas and suggestions and love to bring the childcare world into the 21st century. We are innovative and love to excel in what we do.

Well established

We have been open since 1994 and although we may be "old" we certainly dont run as such. We safeguard to the highest standard, we communicate to you in ways that is very much up to date. Our aim is to be completely paper free by 2020!


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.

Our family, here for yours.

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 80% of the team in each Link Club has Paediatric First Aid and Food Safety Certificate.

About Joyce


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 2005, 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.


Joyce Kernahan

Our teams

About Davina

Davina originally trained in Musical Theatre and worked abroad as an entertainer in superfamily hotels for Thomson Holidays. Davina gained experience in running the children and adults entertainment program for the holiday makers and on her return, decided that she wanted to settle down and began working for Joyce as a playworker. After completing her Level 3 NVQ in playwork and in Childcare Learning and Development Davina worked in a near by nursery and became Supervisor of one of the Link Clubs. Seeing that the company could do with a little modern technology, Davina took over doing all the paperwork and became Director along side her mum running all of the Link Clubs and staff in 2009. When her mum passed away in 2018, Davina continued her mums legacy with JK Link Clubs Ltd and strives to continually improve the childcare provided by JK Link Clubs, support the staff in their jobs and manage the running of the company. Since becoming Director Davina has a Level 2 in AAT Accounting and Level 4 ILM in Management and Leadership, Level 7 (post graduate level) ILM in Management and Leadership, Level 3 Special Educational Needs, and finally, has completed a professional course in Nutrition, Vegan Nutrition an is a qualified Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor and hold fitness classes privatly. Davina has two young children, Toby (10) and Jenson (8) and lives with her husband in Appleton.

 We have three Link Clubs based in schools in the South Warrington area.


The current teams are:





Appleton Thorn Link Club


Supervisor- Kelly Downey

Kelly has worked at JK Link Clubs since 2013. She is Level 3 qualified in Children's Care, Learning and Development and has previously worked in a nursery. Whilst with us she has done a Managers course, Safeguarding course, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. 


Deputy - Jean Miller

Jean has worked for JK Link Clubs since September 2014. She has level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Safety and Health & Safety. She has worked within a childcare environment for over 30 years.

Playworker - Lynn Adamson

Lynn has worked at JK Link Clubs since March 2017. She also works as a Mid Day Assistant at a local primary school. She has a Frist Aid Certificate and has done her Safeguarding and Food Hygiene courses whilst with us.

Playworker - Liliana Grazina

Liliana started at Appleton Thorn Link Club in September 2018. She has done Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Fire Safety and Health and Safety Awareness training courses, and is our Officer of Health and Safety within the club.

Playworker - Jeanette Shove

 Jeanette has worked in childcare for the past 18 years. She gained her childcare and education level 3 qualification then become a teaching assistant for 7 years working with all age groups from Rec to year 6s working closely with SEND. In this time she gained asa certificate for Teaching School Swimming and CACHE Level 3 in Childminding. She joined JK Link Clubs in 2014 where she gained First Aid, Food Hygiene, Behaviour Management for the over 5s, Health and Safety and Safeguarding children which are refreshed and updated regularly.

Playworker - Jayne Scutt


St Matthews Link Club


Manager - Katie Woodward

Katie has worked with us since 2016. She has recently done a Level 3 in Playwork Course. She is our SENCO for Appleton and has also recently done a SENCO course. She also has her Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene, Fire Safety certificates.


Deputy - Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca has a level 3 in Childcare and Early learning, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Hygiene training. She has worked in a nursery setting for over 8 years and has been looking forward to working within a school setting for many years, which she is now pleased to be doing working at JK Link Clubs.

Playworker - Pauline Burke

Pauline has worked for JK link clubs since 2008 and worked at the Appleton and Grappenhall JK link clubs as well as Stretton.

She has a Playworker NVQ Level 3, Safeguarding, First Aid and Food Hygiene certificates. She used to be a volunteer at a local Rainbows unit.


Playworker - Shoma Dasgupta

 Shoma is a graduate in Chemistry with honours. She became interested in working with children and qualified as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant. She worked as a TA and midday at Cobbs Infant school and nursery for 11 years before joining JK Link Clubs in 2017. She has Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding certificates, and has recently completed a SENCO course.




St Wilfrids Link Club


Manager- Alison John

 Before joining JK Link Clubs LTD in November 2014, Alison worked at two private day nurseries. She has an NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Education and whilst working with us has gained Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding of Children plus many more.


Deputy - Anne Logan

 Anne started working at JK Link Clubs in October 2014 having previously worked in a Private Nursery setting and schools in Appleton and Lymm. She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding of children, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene.

Playworker - Meg Houlden




Members of staff from other clubs may also be present in Link Club Sessions depending on ratios.