We are a mobile play provider, working with children, young people and families. The Project offers play and support opportunities to families and communities in and around North Oxfordshire and there is nothing else quite like us out there!
From babies to grandparents, we aim to work across the board to strengthen families and help them find the support they need, as well as having fun together!
Because we are mobile, we are able to tailor our services to respond to the needs in different areas, and engage with families who might not be able to access other provision.
Management and Organisation Structure
Currently the project consists of 1 full time, 2 part time, 1 sessional staff and also 2 volunteers. During the school holidays we have several young people working with us, gaining essential work experience.
There are currently 9 Trustee’s who offer their time free of charge to help support the whole project. The Trustees work closely with the staff team and have experience in working with families and children, they bring an abundance of knowledge and experience to the group.
In 2016 we were successful in winning the Charity & Community award in the Cherwell Business Awards and our Young Volunteer, Caragh Daley recently won the Banbury Town Mayor’s Young Volunteer of the Year award
Michelle Pollard – Project Manager
Pre-School Nursery Manager – Abacus Pre-School1997-2008
With Banbury Bus Project since March 2008, firstly as senior play worker then manager from May 2008
19 years experience in management and 20 years experience in childcare
BTEC / NVQ levels 3 and 5 in Leadership and Management, NVQ 3 Early Years & Childcare, Diploma in Pre-School Practice
First Aid, Specialist Safeguarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Child Sexual Exploitation, PREVENT (radicalisation awareness) training, Safer Recruitment, Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, Senco (special needs co-ordinator), Domestic Abuse Champion, Bid Writing, Banksman Training and Safer Handling
Tine Nicholas – Administrator / Finance Officer
Administrator for Whatman
With Banbury Bus Project since January 2002
Accounts, Human Resources and Health & Safety
Health & Safety, Excel
Microsoft Money, Accounting/auditing, Bid Writing and Safer Handling
Sarah Scroggs – Play Coordinator
Children’s Centre Teacher, Sunshine Centre – Banbury – January 2010 to December 2015
Pre-School manager – Brailes Pre-School – April 2004 to January 2009
Early Years Professional Status Mentor at Brookes University – 2008 to 2011
Supply Teacher – 2002 to 2004
Year 2 Teacher – Numeracy & Literacy – 2001 to 2002
Teaching Assistant – 2000 to 2001
Assistant & Supervisor at Ready Teddy Go Play Group -1996 – 2000
Certificate in Education and Early Years Professional Status
Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect, Paediatric First Aid, Level 2 Food Safety, Teaching Phonics, Special Educational Needs, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Framework for Teaching Mathematics and Curriculum Planning.