A qualified Children’s nurse, Lynne returned from London having completed her training in St. Mary’s, Paddington. After placement with a day nursery in London spotted that Belfast was lacking in quality childcare and from that Rascals was born.
From 1988, the family of nurseries and our family grew to what it is today, 8 nurseries and 3 little Rascals of our own, who enjoyed both the Ulsterville and Upper Lisburn Road Nurseries.
Lynne is responsible for the quality of staff and childcare on a day to day basis, supported by the childcare professionals below.
Although only officially joining Rascals full time in 1999, Roger was involved in the administration of Rascals for much longer than that. From 1999 to 2003 Rascals expanded from 2 branches to 6 and the growth meant that he left the Campbell Bewley group operation in N.I.
With overall responsibility for all the financial administration, HR & regulatory responsibilities, Roger also keeps a keen eye out for expansion opportunities to grow the Rascals brand.
Roger is the current Vice Chair of the board of Directors of Early Years, the organisation for young children, and chairs the Industry forum which liaises and advises government departments on childcare issues and policy
Job title: Area Manager
Job title: High/Scope Co-ordinator
- To plan, present and evaluate a range of High/Scope training to Rascals staff including implemeting the High/Scope Approach (IHA) course.
- To support the staff team and provide a strong role model for staff to gain knowledge from High/Scope
- To continue reviewing and improving all aspects of play and the High/Scope routine
Christine Peacock Dip OT, CP TLP
Job title: Occupational Therapist
Christine joined Rascals in 2009 as our in-house occupational therapist. She has quickly identified how children could benefit from many of her skills being integrated into our existing curricilum & play routines.
Christine’s previous expertise in helping children with varied degrees of developmental issues such as Autism & A.D.H.D has proven invaluable to many parents. Now at Rascals, she can identify and help catch these issues early and help your child learn through play involving proven O.T. methods
Christine says…..”Babies and young children learn by using their senses and movement to explore their world. They constantly process information from their eyes (seeing), ears (both hearing and balance), noses (smell), mouth (taste), touch (both light and deep pressure), and from their muscles and joints. A sensory rich environment with opportunity for lots of movement, play and exploration enhances learning. Children optimise their learning potential if they have been given the opportunity to develop their motor and sensory system before entering formal learning.
At Rascals I have developed a programme to enhance motor skills, sensory skills, sequencing skills, listening skills, following instructions, coordination and balance. This is delivered as 30 minutes of movement, games, stories, music, songs and rhymes every week. It helps to develop agility, balance, and co-ordination by targeting specific motor and sensory skills. Be- cause of this, it remains fun and each child gains a sense of achievement. These programmes are supported in the rooms by staff who are given activities which link to the targeted skills for that week. In this way, children get the opportunity to progress and master new skills”
Christine is also available to parents if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s motor or sensory development or about any of the activities above.