MEET OUR DUCK TEAM

WHO WE ARE

LIZZY DUCK
Director (Top Duck)

I have always had a huge passion for working with children and watching them learn and develop. From the age of 18 I worked with the local council running playschemes and youth groups. It was then that I realised I wanted to tailor my career path into playwork and sports coaching.

I attended St Mary’s University and completed my degree in Sports Sciences and Psychology before attending Brunel and completing a Masters in Sports Psychology.

I have qualifications in:
BSc Sports Science and Psychology
MSc Sport Psychology
Paediatric First Aid
Child Protection awareness
Safeguarding for Designated staff
Safer Recruitment
Prevent
FGM
Mental Health First Aid
Level 2 Food hygiene
Level 4 PTLLS
Level 2 and 3 Playwork
Level 3 in Youth work
Level 1 and 2 Teaching Aquatics
Level 2 in Understanding Health Improvement
NRASTC
Level 2 Understanding Behaviour change
Level 1 and 2 Football coaching
Level 2 Dodgeball coaching
Level 1 and 2 Basketball coaching
Level 1 and 2 Sports Leadership tutor
Level 1 Handball coaching
Level 2 Treatment of injuries in football
Autism Awareness
Challenging behaviour training
Leadership and Management
Quicksticks Leadership
Tag Rugby coaching
Multi-skills coaching
Goalball Leaders course
Futsal introduction
Gaelic football introduction
ABC's and FUNdamentals of movement
Coaching disabled people in sport
Understanding ASD and ADHD
Epilepsy and it's treatments
Deaf Awareness
British Sign Language
Makaton
Adapted Sports and inclusive play

Many of the modules I undertook were based around developmental psychology, child psychology and sports coaching. Whilst working for the council I started to volunteer as a football coach at the weekends and then gained my Level 1 and 2 badges.

With my football coaching qualifications under my belt I then worked for a company that primarily delivered sports within primary schools in Hertfordshire. I worked here for 9 years in total and completed numerous courses including swim teaching, PTLLS Level 4 and an NVQ Level 3 in youth work and playwork. These additional courses meant that I changed the angle of what I was delivering and enabled me to open my own childcare business.

In November 2016 Dynamic Ducks was formed. We started by delivering sports sessions before, during and after school and then applied for our Ofsted registration; which we received in June 2017. The breakfast and after school club has grown from strength to strength and we are incredibly proud of what has been achieved. I am fortunate to have an extremely reliable, enthusiastic and motivated team that go above and beyond to ensure that all children attending are engaged and having a great time.

Owen Stevenson
Deputy Manager (Deputy Duck)

Hi guys, I'm Owen and I'm the Deputy Manager and one of the sports coaches at Dynamic Ducks. I studied at the University of Hertfordshire where I achieved my degree in Sports Studies.

In my free time I love to play and watch all sports but particularly football, as I am a massive fan and have been all my life. I also enjoying running and going on dog walks with my family.

I am a qualified FA Level 1 and Level 2 football coach and I have gained my Level 1 qualification in dodgeball. I am also a certified paediatric first aider.

Throughout my 2+ years at Dynamic Ducks, I have enjoyed watching the children gain confidence in all aspects of sport and helping them develop skills they can use throughout their lives.

I have qualifications in:
Level 1 and 2 Football coaching
Level 1 Dodgeball coaching
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Paediatric First Aid
Child Protection Awareness
Designated Lead Practitioner- Safeguarding in Early Years
Safeguarding for Designated staff
Food Allergy Awareness
Fire Safety
FGM
Prevent
COSHH
Safer Recruitment
Challenging Behaviour
Autism Awareness

Nicole Williamson
safeguarding specialist

Nicole is Dynamic Duck’s safeguarding specialist – and in her day job is a director of a safeguarding company called Education Child Protection LTD.

Nicole is a Psychology graduate with QTS (PGCE) and a Level 6 qualification in Leadership and Management. Nicole has spent most of her professional career managing children and young people’s services within Local Authorities and the voluntary sector.

With this wealth of experience, Nicole moved into a Head of Training role where she led teams of trainers delivering Apprenticeships in Youth Work and Playwork, Diplomas and Core Skills programmes for professionals working with children and young people as well as young people training and intervention programmes including youth work, group work, dance, sports and leadership.

Nicole’s specialisms are Safeguarding, Leadership and Management. Nicole has represented and delivered training for the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards nationally and undertaken the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead in each of her managerial positions throughout her career.

In addition, Nicole has developed and implemented Audit, Policy Development and Safer Staffing procedures, supporting organisations to ensure the highest standards of protecting children are reached. Nicole has also been a counsellor for Childline and developed Safeguarding programmes which she delivered to teaching staff in The Gambia for a period of 3 years.

I have qualifications in:
Education DSL training
DSL Training Keeping Child Safe during Covid-19
Introduction to Prevent – E-Learning Package
Annual Online Safety Course for Online Safety Leads / DSL’s
Designated Senior Person Training
Early Years DSL Online Training
Safeguarding Adults for Managers
Certified Business coach status
Understanding Sex Offender Behaviour: A foundation course in behaviour analysis
Youth MHFA course
Identifying and managing allegations against staff
Safer Recruitment – Train the Trainer
Signs of Safety Training
Level 4 Certificate in Leading the IQA of assessment processes and practice
Understanding Young People’s Challenging Behaviour Training
Personal Interview Training
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
Child Protection in Education Conference
CMI Level 6 Certificate in Management and Leadership (QCF)
PGCE (Post graduate certificate in education) – Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Management Development Programme
Level 2 Award in Dance Leadership
Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership
NCFE Level 1 in Drug Awareness
Level 3 Diploma in Playwork
Psychology BSc
Level 2 Certificate in Playwork
Certificate in Youth and Community Work

Amy Ryan
Early Years Co-Ordinator

Hiya! I’m Amy and I’m a playworker at Dynamic Ducks!

I enjoy helping children be creative and succeed to achieve their goals and targets.

I’m currently completing my apprenticeship at a nursery in Rickmansworth (level 2 diploma for early years practioners).

During this time I have completed several courses to help develop my skills and knowledge.

Whilst with Dynamic Ducks I have also completed mental health training, autism awareness and how to deal with challenging behaviour.

I have qualifications in:
Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners
Child Protection Awareness
Safeguarding for Designated Staff
Level 2 Food Hygiene
FGM Training
Prevent Training
Paediatric First Aid
Dealing with Challenging behaviour
Child Mental Health
Autism Awareness

Cameron Muriss
Playworker

Hello! My name is Cameron Muriss, I am 19 years old and I am one of the playworkers at Dynamic Ducks.

I am a student, currently studying Film Production at the University of Lincoln and aspire to work in the film industry once I’ve obtained my degree. When I’m not at university I am all hands-on deck at Dynamic Ducks.

I’m my spare time I am a very active and energetic person who enjoys running, cycling and trampolining. I have been part of a trampoline team since I was 14 and since then I have risen through the Leagues and got myself a national status, achieving 4th place in the national finals in 2017 at the London Velodrome.

I have worked at Dynamic Ducks for four years and loved every moment of it. Prior to this I have worked at other coaching companies as a play worker and at the trampoline club as a junior coach. These previous jobs have given me the skills to be the best playworker I can be.

I have qualifications in:
Child Protection Awareness
Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 Food hygiene
FGM
Prevent
Challenging Behaviour

Charlie Black
football coach

Hi! I’m Charlie and I’m a football coach at Dynamic Ducks.

I started playing football when I was about 7, and have been playing ever since. I’m so grateful for the people that helped me get into football at an early age, so I decided to start coaching myself and hopefully help some children discover their passion for football too.

I’m currently self-employed, working full time from home on my business, so coaching the children at Dynamic Ducks is definitely one of the highlights of my week! I love helping out and hope to continue to coach football for as long as possible.

I have qualifications in:
Basic Child Protection Awareness

Connor Davey
Playworker

My name is Connor Davey, I am a 18 year old student currently studying for my A Levels in English Literature, History and Drama at Rickmansworth school.

In my spare time my main hobby is acting in any shape or form; this is something I hope to one day pursue as a career. I am a member of the Kings Langley Players amateur theatre company where I have recently won the NODA Charles Summer award for best actor in a play for district 10.

I have been trained in safeguarding and food hygiene to ensure that in my role here I can carry out all duties to the very best of my professional ability. I absolutely love every minute working with Dynamic Ducks!

I have qualifications in:
Child Protection Awareness
Food Allergy Awareness
Challenging Behaviour
Paediatric First Aid
FGM
Prevent

James Tamayo
Playworker

Hi, my name is James Tamayo. I started working as a part of the Dynamic Duck’s team in February of 2020; a job which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Southampton, achieving a First-Class degree. I also recently completed Master’s in Actuarial Finance from the University of Leeds.

My interests include American Football, Chess and Pokémon.

I have qualifications in:
Child Protection Awareness
Challenging Behaviour training
Level 2 Food Hygiene
FGM
Prevent

Lauren Croucher
Playworker

Hi everyone, I'm Lauren and I'm one of the playworkers at Dynamic Ducks. I currently attend Hertfordshire University, where I am training to be an awesome primary school teacher.

I play lots of sports, and I'm pretty good at Football (a lot better than Owen) I enjoy going to the cinema, going out for dinner and spending time with my friends and family.

I have worked at Dynamic Ducks for nearly 3 years, but before that worked for another sports coaching company.

I have got my Level 1 Football and Level 2 dodgeball coaching award. I have also recently completed ‘Child mental health training’, ‘challenging behaviour training’ and ‘autism awareness in education’.

I have qualifications in:
Child Protection Awareness
Paediatric First Aid
FGM
Prevent
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Child Mental Health
Challenging Behaviour
Autism Awareness in Education
Mind education mental health and well-being
Level 1 Football Coaching
Level 2 Dodgeball coaching
Autism spectrum learning
Restrictive Prevention Intervention
Epilepsy training
Occupational therapy
Medicine policy training
Mental Capacity Act training

Max Catalano
Playworker

I am a Cardiff university student studying politics and international relations. I love music and singing but I also have a passion for football. I have experience working with children as when I was in school I helped run choirs and bands.

I also trained as a franklin scholar which was a program that taught us to help younger children to improve their literacy skills.

Whilst working at Dynamic ducks I have also taken may courses, such as food safety and child protection.

I have qualifications in:
Child Protection Awareness
Prevent
FGM
Level 2 Fod Hygiene
Challenging Behaviour

Sarah Barr
Playworker

My name is Sarah Barr. I’m the mum of a Y5 child at Ricky Park School.

My interests include swimming, cycling, gym, Pilates and walking. I have been working as a Play Worker at Dynamic Ducks since November 2017, looking after children at the Club from Reception through to Y6.

I am now more focussed on nurturing the Reception children and helping them to meet their developmental objectives.

I have certifications in
First Aid,
Safeguarding,
Food Hygiene
and am DBS checked.

I have qualifications in:
Child Protection Awareness
Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Prevent
FGM
Challenging Behaviour Training

Shaylah Gordon
Playworker

Hello, my name is Shaylah. I am currently a student physiotherapist studying at the University of Birmingham. I have a true passion for helping others.

I enjoy listening to music, I love animals & sport. I have worked with children since I was 16 at an indoor play frame centre. Once my time was up, I wanted to pursue another job where I care for children. During this time, I was studying a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

While at college I had a lot of work experiences such as elderly care, children, disabled adults and physiotherapy. I have a passion for working with children and hopefully continue to work with them in the future.

Whilst starting at Dynamic Ducks and attending university I have accumulated many training certificates:
Safeguarding adults & children level 1 & 2,
Data protection Level 1,
first aid paediatric & adult,
Equality, diversity & human rights,
Infection prevention & control,
Prevent,
Health, safety & welfare, prevent and food safety.

I have qualifications in:
Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding Adults- Levels 1 and 2
Level 2 Food Safety
Prevent
Paediatric First Aid with anaphylaxis
FGM
Child Protection Awareness
Infection Control
Data Protection
First Aid for adults
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
Health, Safety and Welfare

Sheralyn Bamford
Playworker

I enjoy working at Dynamic Ducks as I love working with children. I have been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2004 as well as having two children of my own. I also work as an Assistant cook at Rickmansworth Park school. I have completed my paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, FGM, Prevent, Challenging behaviours and food hygiene courses.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking and walking and when I get time ... reading!

I have qualifications in:
Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 Food Safety and catering
Safeguarding Children
Prevent
FGM
Challenging Behaviour training

Simon Muriss
Playworker

I have worked/volunteered in childcare since 2014 in a few different roles through different companies.

My interests include Hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, cycling, cricket, sailing, Bush craft (fires, den building, etc.) and athletics.

I have been working for Dynamic Ducks since February 2018, before that I worked at an activity site near Hemel Hempstead and I have helped at a cub pack since 2014.

I have qualifications in:
Child safeguarding,
Paediatric first aid,
Food hygiene level 2,
Prevent,
FGM awareness
challenging behaviour training.

Sarah Krogdahl
Playworker

My name is Sarah and I am one of the playworkers at Dynamic Ducks. I have worked at the breakfast and after school club since it began in 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing it change and grow. I now assist with covering shifts as I have taken on a new role in a local secondary school.

This role has enabled me to work around my family and develop myself personally.

My background includes working as a Crisis support worker to help support individuals experiencing mental health crisis. I have also had numerous TA roles to support individual learners needs in primary schools. All of my roles have enabled me to adapt and support children, young people and adults

I have qualifications in:
CACHE Level 3 TA
Level 4 CELTA
Level 2 Food Hygiene
FGM
Prevent
Child Protection Awareness
Safeguarding for Designated Staff
Paediatric First Aid

HAPPY FEEDBACK FROM OUR

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Dynamic Ducks is a great and fun club to be at. It makes me feel safe and as has a lot of activities to do. My favourite is the football table.

Everyone is really cool and supportive, I got on well with Owen and they provide great snacks.

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