Meet The Team

Kids Ahoy aims to provide high quality childcare, pre-school education, before/after school care and full time holiday care to children aged from 0 months to 12 years of age.

Our aim is to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children can feel happy and secure.
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Elizabeth Blount

Owner

Elizabeth first took over Kids Ahoy when it was a hair salon, computer shop and an upstairs flat. Elizabeth first

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Elizabeth first took over Kids Ahoy when it was a hair salon, computer shop and an upstairs flat. Elizabeth first opened the Kids Ahoy doors in 1998, as a soft play centre, before developing to a day care centre in 2006. Elizabeth has watched Kids Ahoy grow and grow, along with the staff and children within it. Elizabeth is very passionate about making sure her centre provides the best possible quality of care and education to your children.

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Jackie Robson

Manager

Jackie has been with Kids Ahoy since April 2008. Jackie started at Kids Ahoy as a birth to three practitioner, before becoming pre-school

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Jackie has been with Kids Ahoy since April 2008. Jackie started at Kids Ahoy as a birth to three practitioner, before becoming pre-school team leader, and then Birth to Five team leader. Jackie has supported many children and families over the years. It is important to Jackie that parents feel comfortable leaving their children in our care and that the children feel safe and secure in our care.  Jackie took over the role of manager in December 2011.

Qualifications

HNC in Childcare & Early Education and SVQ4 in Childcare Learning & Development. Jackie is due to start her level 9 qualification.

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Michelle Baxter

Deputy Manager

Michelle has been with Kids Ahoy since May 2006. Michelle started her career at Kids Ahoy in the Birth to Three Room. 

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Michelle has been with Kids Ahoy since May 2006. Michelle started her career at Kids Ahoy in the Birth to Three Room.  In 2008, Michelle moved into the pre school room, working alongside Jackie.  Michelle and Jackie struck up a great working relationship, working alongside each other for four years. Michelle took on the role of Deputy Manager and Pre-School room senior in January 2012.  Michelle and the children are always making each other laugh!

Qualifications

SVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning & Development

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Karen McKie

Birth to Three Room Senior

Karen started at Kids Ahoy in April 2006 as one of our cooks.  She split her week working in the kitchen

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Karen started at Kids Ahoy in April 2006 as one of our cooks.  She split her week working in the kitchen and in the Birth to Three Room.  In 2007 Karen was appointed the Kitchen Team Leader and continued to split her time. In December 2011, Karen became a full time practitioner and took on the role of Birth to Three Room Senior and has never looked back. Karen loves the fact    that no day is ever the same and the children always keep her on her toes!

Qualifications

Intermediate Food Hygiene & Cook Safe & SVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning & Development.
Level 2 Food Hygiene and Cook Safe qualification.

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Paul Robson

Nursery Cook and Health and Safety support

Paul joined the Kids Ahoy team in 2013 after relocating from Edinburgh. Paul started his career in the British Army

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Paul joined the Kids Ahoy team in 2013 after relocating from Edinburgh. Paul started his career in the British Army and has since worked in the Security and Health and Safety environment for the last 12 years. Paul has become our Environment, Health and Safety consultant and is part of our kitchen team. Paul holds his Level 2 Food Hygiene and Cook Safe qualification and his IOSH Managing Safely qualification.

Qualifications

Level 2 Food Hygiene and Cook Safe qualification
IOSH Managing Safely qualification.

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Hannah McKeraghan

Hannah joined the Kids Ahoy team in January 2014. Hannah is based in our After School club and pre-school room.

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Hannah joined the Kids Ahoy team in January 2014. Hannah is based in our After School club and pre-school room.

Qualifications

Hannah has her SVQ 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development.

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Alice Wayne

Practitioner

Alice joined the team in November 2012, joining the team as a Modern Apprentice, Alice completed her SVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare,

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Alice joined the team in November 2012, joining the team as a Modern Apprentice, Alice completed her SVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development with Minerva People. Alice is full time in our Birth to three room and enjoys the variety of daily challenges she faces – where no day is ever the same. Alice is currently on maternity leave.

Qualifications

SVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development.

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Emma McKinnon

Practitioner

Emma joined the team in 2013 and is also full time in our three to five room. Emma has completed

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Emma joined the team in 2013 and is also full time in our three to five room. Emma has completed her SVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development with Minerva People and is currently studying her SVQ 4 with Dumfries and Galloway College.

Emma loves being with the children and learning through the experiences she has gained since joining the team and is enjoying her training.

Qualifications

SVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development with Minerva People.

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Carole McMahon

Practitioner

Carole joined the team in January 2015 and is based in our After School club and Birth to Three room.

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Carole joined the team in January 2015 and is based in our After School club and Birth to Three room. Carole has three children of her own at home and loves being part of the nursery environment. There is always lots of fun to be had when Carole is around.

Qualifications

SVQ 3 in Early Year Care and Education.

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Emma Clingan

Practitioner

Emma has been a member of our pre-school team since returning from Maternity leave in 2012. Emma’s son also attends

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Emma has been a member of our pre-school team since returning from Maternity leave in 2012. Emma’s son also attends Kids Ahoy in our birth to three room. Emma joined the Kids Ahoy team in March 2007, working in our Birth to 3 Room.

Qualifications

SVQ Level 2 & 3 in Childcare, Learning & Development