Our Team

Meet the team at Fundays at Esmes


Our Team

All our friendly staff possess a wealth of experience together with an in-depth knowledge of child development and early education. 
All staff have either a Foundation Degree in Childhood studies and studying towards a Degree in Childhood Studies, NVQ  level  4  in Child Care Learning and Development or are studying towards an NVQ level 3 in Child Care, so you can rest assured that your child is always in the best of hands.

In addition to in-house training opportunities, the setting is committed to continuous professional child care development for all our staff. Every member of staff is CRB checked – without exception and all are trained in First Aid, Child Protection and Food Hygiene.

We have now all attended the courses mentioned  below below to further enhance the diversity of the service we provide.

Language and Play, Numbers and Play Training:   A programme designed to support parents/carers and their babies and children (from birth to 3 years)- encouraging parents to share experiences with their children and promoting parental involvement, so that children become more confident and develop better speaking and listening skills to support their start at school.

The emphasis is on having fun with songs and rhymes, books and stories, games and in everyday routines or when out and about. 

 Inclusive Play Training.: The Inclusive Play training have made us even more aware that all children need a place to play.  Children and young people who are disabled need the same freedom to do so, in surroundings which stimulate imagination and challenge them to face and overcome risks.  This will give them the opportunity to build self-confidence and independence.  

These experiential workshops will give us the chance through group work, discussions and play to:
• Develop their understanding of the medical and social models of disability
• Identify and remove barriers within current play provision
• Examine the difference between integrated and inclusive play
• Explore the use of disabling language
• Be introduced to the Playwork Principles and learn to arrange new games and ways of adapting games

Autism Awareness: to equip staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that children with ASD’s are fully included in pre school provision. It is important to note that strategies suggested in the programme are based on best practice for all young children with a disability or additional learning needs.

Key Learning Outcomes:
It is essential that all staff are aware of these needs:
■ The difficulties they have in relation to social
interaction, communication and flexibility of
■ Strong reaction to certain sensory stimulation
can occur e.g. noise levels, texture of play
material or lighting which can cause additional

Promoting Positive Behaviour: The adult world can sometimes be confusing and unsettling for a young child to understand. This course taught us to create a common ground with the little ones that we are responsible for. It provided us with insight and information on how to effectively communicate with children at their own level, encourage positive behaviour and development, and establish a strong relationship between adult and child.



Introducing the team at Fun Days at Esme's

Esther Koppenjan

Register Childminder and Owner

Registered Childminder,Diploma in Home Based Childcare level 3, Childcare Learning and Development, level 4 Management, Food hygiene, Inclusive Play, Language and Play and Numbers and Play, First Aid trained, Autism Awareness,  a level 3 in Speech and Language Support for under 5's and Multi Sensory Trained.

Claire Harris

Registered Childminder

 Manager of Fun Days, Level 3 in Child care, Learning and Development and a Degree in Childhood Studies, First Aid trained, Food hygiene, Play level 2 trained, Autism awareness,Language and Play and Numbers and Play trained, Childprotection and level 5 in Management.

Joanne Bradford

Registered Childminder

 Registered Child minder, level 3 in Childcare,Learning and Development, a level 5 in Management and Playwork level 2, Food hygiene, First Aid and Child protection trained.

Angela Fitzgerald

Part-time Registered Childminder

 Registered Child minder, First Aid trained, Level 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development,Food hygiene, Behaviour Management, Autism Training, Childprotection.