Set Your Sights is a Norwich based company that specialises in providing a range of drama, art and sports activities to children aged 4-12. The company was founded in 2009 and has been providing fun, safe and 
inspiring learning environments for children throughout Norfolk ever since. These include Activity Clubs, Before and After School Clubs, CPD and PPA Cover & much more!

Staff Profiles

TOM PEARCE

Role: Set Your Sights Director

Qualifications/Experience:

BA Drama (Theatre and Media)

20+ Years experience working within Primary and Secondary Schools across the East of England.

 

Certificates in:

Emergency First Aid

English Cricket Board Level 2

Equity in Your Coaching

Enhanced DBS Check

Coaching Disabled Performers

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Long Term Athlete Development

Fundamentals in Coaching

Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

"I have always held passions for Drama, Music and Sport. At the age of seven I joined my local Football club and since then have been heavily involved in sport. I represented my county in both Football and Cricket, was selected for an East Anglia Representative XI in Football at the age of 14 and reached the National Final in Cricket with Norfolk County Cricket Club at 15. I completed a year at The Bracewell Cricket Academy in New Zealand, where I developed as a player and a coach. I was also selected for one of six National Cricket Academies whilst at University. Having been involved throughout school in Drama productions, I decided to study the Theatre at University, where I helped produce work that led us to London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a residency at the centre for European contemporary Arts in Cardiff. I am a keen musician and have performed for Radio 4 and BBC Radio Wales. I have been able to achieve and experience these things due to the high level of teaching and guidance that I received throughout my childhood. I value this help and am dedicated to my goal of providing similar environments and support which will allow others to achieve their potential and fulfil their goals.

 

After running Set Your Sights for 13 years, I continue to take great pleasure in providing opportunities to both the child that attend our clubs and the staff that love to run them.”

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LAURA PEARCE

Role: Set Your Sights Director

 

Qualifications/Certificates:

Certificate in Management

Level 2 in Introducing Caring for Young People and Children 

Enhanced DBS Check 

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safer Recruitment Trained

I come from a training and change management background within the corporate sector, however after having children I left my role to become a Director of Set Your Sights. I spend a lot of time working with staff to ensure that high quality, flexible and fun childcare is provided to families, along with spending time in the settings to review safeguarding, policies and adherence to Ofsted guidelines. Alongside my work within setting, I also manage the administration of the business from managing the booking process of the settings, accounts, payroll and HR duties including recruitment in line with current safer recruitment guidelines. 

 

Cringleford After School Club

 

CHARLOTTE HUBBARD
Manager

Qualifications:
Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Level 3 Award in Playwork 
Level 4 working therapeutically with children
Level 2 Managing Children’s behaviour


Certificates in:
Peadiatric first aid
Safeguarding 
Level 2 food hygiene

I’m Charlotte and I’m really excited to be involved in the expansion of the After School Club at Cringleford Primary. 
I currently live in Wymondham with my husband and two small boys. Time spent at home usually involves family days out, house renovations and lots and LOTS of Lego!
With over 14 years experience working in childcare, education and extended school settings I can’t wait to work alongside the SetyourSights team and the children to create a fun and exciting place to be. With a passion for imaginative & creative play and child-led activities, I’m looking forward to watching this club grow! 

 

SARAH BROWNE
Deputy Manager

Qualifications:

 BA Hons childhood studies

 

Certificates:

DBS

Food and hygiene level 2

Paediatric first aid

 

I have always enjoyed looking after and caring for children, I decided I wanted to study childcare at a university level so I studied the BA hons childhood studies at Norwich city college. I volunteered for a year at a small nursery based playgroup in Norwich with children aged 2-4, however I have always wanted to work with children in a school setting, I currently work at the Cringleford After School Club as a Room Leader, I am always excited to see what each session brings. Outside of work I love walking my dog around different parks, beaches and woodland areas

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JULIE ATKIN
Playworker

Qualifications:

NVQ level Teaching Assistant 

 

Certificates:

DBS

First Aid

Whole school safeguarding 

Epi pen training 

Food hygiene  level 2

Step up training .

 

My name is Julie, I have 5 children, 10 grand children and 2 great grand children .

I have worked in schools for 22yrs as one on one support Assistant and MSA as well as a whole class teaching Assistant.  

I have recently joined Cringleford After School Club, which I am enjoying.

When i am not in work I love being in my garden and cooking with the grandchildren. At weekends i run a kitchen at a rugby club, for the youth .

If I was not working with children, not sure what other job I would do.

 

HOLLIE SMITH
Playworker

Qualifications:

Level 2 Health and Social care

Level 3 Childcare and Early Learning Diploma 

Certificates:

DBS

 

I studied Health and Social Care while at college, through doing this I realised I wanted to learn more about the childcare side of social care. I decided to do a Childcare and Early learning Diploma after I left college, as well as volunteer at a nursery to gain experience while studying. 

I really enjoy working at Cringleford after school club, the children are all so lovely and they make the job a lot of fun and interesting. 

 

ELLA DURRANT
Playworker

 

Charles Darwin Before and After School Club

 

SHEREE RAIA
Manager

Qualifications:

Paediatric First Aid, Infection control including Covid -19, Equality Inclusion and Diversity, GDPR, Safeguarding and Protection of Adults & Children, Fire Safety, Health & safety at work, Food Hygiene, Childhood Obesity, Medication Practice, Level 3 Award in Mental Health and Young People, Teaching Assistant

After many years working through department's at Next, retail had taken a toll and having qualified to work with Children, teaching was a brief thought, but I wanted some fun in guaranteed sunshine. I flew abroad to work as a Children's Holiday Representative. Followed by the much colder ski seasons in France. 

I took many years out to raise my family and throughout which much of my spare time was spent in the gym.

Once my children became more independent, I trained to become a Teaching Assistant and worked in both Primary and Secondary schools.

My passion for exercise lead me into further qualifying as a Personal Trainer, Fitness class Instructor and a Massage Therapist. I ventured away from the fitness and well-being environment into Primary School P.E. I delivered the Skill Force Prince William Award to students in various Norwich Schools.

After this came to an unexpected redundancy, I began working as a Care Assistant. My family never thought I would follow this role through but I absolutely love my job and three years later continue supporting my customers with all aspects of their day to day living, so they can enjoy the best possible quality of life. Providing care, support and compassion to those who behind closed doors often see no one else all day but ME!.

 

Somewhere in all that I was lucky enough to find Set Your Sights. Where I started as a Playworker at a different school, moving up the ranks to Deputy Manager and then Manager of a larger setting in a city school. However when Covid struck, I took a back seat from SYS for a while for the health and well being of my customers in domiciliary care.

Once things had settled down somewhat, I was lucky enough to contact Tom & Laura to ask if I could come back to SYS.

Not long after, I accepted the Manager position at Charles Darwin After School Club.

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REBECCA CAMPBELL
Deputy Manager
 
Qualification:

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare And Education (with Early Years Educator status) – predicted overall A* and achieved A* in first year.

 

Certificates:

Enhanced DBS checked 

Paediatric First Aid Qualification 

Completion of National Citizen service 

My passion for teaching children and making a difference in young people lives stemmed from my early childhood where for as long as I can remember I have wanted to go into teaching. Since having this aspiration to go on and teach children I am currently half way through a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education where I hope to continue my study with a degree next year. I have learnt all about Safeguarding the Early Years Foundation Stage and putting children’s needs first with this course that I am now thrilled to put into practice at Set Your Sights. Throughout my qualification I have gained lots of experience with young people by going to placements at a local primary school twice a week where I have supported children and there families whilst having lots of fun. At my previous employment I gained even further experience with children up to 12 years old as a Party Host keeping the children and their families safe as well as providing them with food and an amazing service. I’m eager to start working at Charles Darwin Primary School and above all looking forward to putting a smile on children’s faces and teaching them new skills they can use for life, whilst providing a safe, caring and enjoyable environment for every child. 

 

BECKY PURSEY
Playworker

Qualification:

- Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Certificates:

Enhanced DBS checked 

- Emergency First Aid at Work

- A Level Spanish, Psychology & Maths

I have spent the last academic year at The Norwich Montessori School as a student volunteer, practicing the Montessori method with children aged 2.5-5. Previously I lived in Spain where I worked as a summer camp monitor, kids club representative in a hotel resort and au-pair. My passion is languages – I speak Spanish and have a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.

In my spare time I volunteer for a charity working with miniature therapy donkeys in care homes, and also enjoy arts & crafts and reading.

 

EMILY ESCOTT
Playworker

Certificates:

- Enhanced DBS checked 

- Safeguarding

- Food Hygiene

- History BA (Hons) Degree, A-Levels in English Lit, History and Sociology

I was born and raised in Norwich, and have just come back to the city after completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Chichester. I've previously worked as a teaching assistant for a drama teacher who taught in primary and secondary schools across Norfolk, and throughout my teen years I volunteered through Girl Guiding to work with children between the ages of five and seven. In my spare time my favourite thing to do is read and write, and one day I hope to be able to write fiction professionally.

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Avenue Before and After School Club

 

GABBY ROWELL
Manager

Qualifications :

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education 

British Sign Language Level 1 

Certificates:

Safeguarding Level 2 and 3

First Aid 12 hour Paediatric 

Food Hygiene 

Covid training 

Epi pen training

I have worked with children for over 25 years with all ages of children. I have always enjoyed it, I was babysitting since age of 15. I have been a nanny, worked in nurseries, childminding in New Zealand, worked in pre school and after school clubs. 

Working with children is rewarding job as it’s great to see how children develop new skills and grow in confidence. 

I have lived in New Zealand and Australia for many years gaining knowledge of different childcare skills there.

I have 2 children who are both at high school.  

I am creative person who likes to find new things to make. I also enjoy yoga, running, pilates, tennis and sometimes play in cricket team. 

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WORAPHAN (TINA) GAUKROGER
Playworker

Qualifications :

University Degree, Bachelor of Education – Social Studies

Teacher Training College, Higher Diploma – Teaching

Tourism Authority of Thailand and Silpakorn University, Basic Guide Course – Tourist Guide

NVQ Level 3 – Playwork

 

Certificates in:

Paediatric First Aid    

Level 2 – Food Safety Catering

Introduction to Safeguarding Children

 

I was born in Thailand, but have been living in the UK since 2000. 

After completing my education, I taught in a secondary school for a while before moving on to work as a Tour Guide. I enjoy looking after people, especially children, so after coming to England I chose to study for my NVQ qualification and become a Playworker. I also have experience of working with younger children in a nursery setting.

One of the first things I learned working with children, is that if you respect them then they will respect you. I like to organise both physical and arts and crafts group activities, but often find myself asked to join in the activities the children themselves have organised. So, I may find myself playing badminton, table tennis, tag, avalanche, or perhaps just being the goalkeeper for their penalty shootout. I am happy to be flexible so that I can meet their needs.  I really enjoy my job and the satisfaction it brings me.                  

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PHOEBE OWEN
Playworker

Qualifications:

Media Studies (180 Credit)
 

Certificates:

Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene and Safety in Catering - Level 2
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Prevent Training
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma Training
Basic Play work


 

I study animation at a local university in Norwich, but I am from Cambridge, where I spent 2 – 3 years working in an after-school club and holiday club. I spent my time in primary school at the very same club, and always wanted to become a staff member, so when an opening came a long, I leaped for it! I love to encourage the children to be creative, both in their artworks and within their play – I am usually glad to join in games of make-believe and go on wild adventures with this children, hunting ghosts and making potions. I am also up to date with all things pop-culture, so I often have lengthy conversations about superhero films and recent popular games. 
The animation and childcare sides of my life work in tandem, and I am hoping to one day create a children’s cartoon based on my experiences, so I spend a lot of time drawing fairy characters!

 

LOUIS COLES
Playworker

 

DENISE BRADSWORTH
Playworker

Qualifications:

NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Certificates:

DBS
Child Protection
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Epipen training
Covid awareness

 

I worked as a Teaching Assistant in and around Norwich for over 25years before joining Set Your Sights.
I enjoy my role as a Playworker at Avenue Junior School as no two days are the same.
During my spare time I like to go to watch live bands and go to the theatre as well as spending time with my grandchildren.

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Queen's Hill After School Club

 

GEORGIA SWAN-HORTON
Manager

Qualifications:

  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Certificates:

  • DBS

  • Safeguarding Trained

  • Paedatric First Aid

  • Completed EpiPen course

 

My name is Georgia, I have just completed my CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education with an a* in sixth form around Norwich. Through this course it has allowed to work in 3 different setting including 2 nurseries and one infant School where I was able to gain experience working and caring for children ages 0-5 years.  I have always been interested in supporting children’s learning, development and meeting their induvial needs. Since I was in year 9, I have always wanted the opportunity to work with a range of different ages of children and where I am able to plan fun, enjoyable activities for them to complete at their own pace! I am very hard working and enthusiast when it comes to looking and caring for all children because I want all children to reach their full potential and get the best outcomes in life!

In my spare time I enjoy going out with my family and friends where I like going sightseeing and exploring what’s around Norfolk and Suffolk. I also like meeting new people and I’m always ready for new challenges!

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ESMAE JACKSON
Deputy Manager

Qualifications:

  • Level 3 Childcare

  • Higher Education Certificate in Childhood Studies

Certificates:

  • DBS

  • First aid, safeguarding and allergy trained 

 

My name is Esmae and I am the Deputy Manager at Set Your Sights Queens Hill. I love learning about children’s’ unique needs and personalities and believe it will help me for my future goals in working my way up through the childcare sector. Myself and my teammates work hard to ensure the children are safe and engaged. We try to the utmost of our abilities to make sure all children are enjoying their time within our setting.

 

BECKY ROSE
Playworker