Sofia Vafeiadou worked in youth sport clubs, outdoor adventure centers, after school and holiday club settings across the UK, Ireland and Greece for several years prior to joining KidZone as a playleader. Sofia is a postgraduate of Outdoor Education & Outdoor Life, studied in Sweden and graduate of Physical Education & Sports, studied in Greece. Among other things, Sofia has received training in Pediatric First Aid, Child Protection & Food Hygiene. Sofia is responsible for the day to day management of the after-school club and Playscheme. When not at work Sofia enjoys taking nature walks, playing the ukulele and practicing yoga.
Safia Yaqub is the club's Deputy Playleader with over twenty years' experience in working with children and young people. Safia's background is in primary education and she is an early years specialist. Safia has a wealth of training in relation to play including an NVQ Level 3 in Play and certification in Child Protection, Food and Hygiene, First Aid, Domestic Abuse Awareness and Fire Safety, among other things.
Safia leads the club's children's committee, which she established as a means for the children to take ownership of their after-school club and has worked with the children to complete a cook book. Safia loves to do multi cultural games with the children and is almost always at the centre of any cooking activities.
Prior to joining KidZone in 2015 Kayley worked in school and early years’ settings across Bristol and came to the Playworker role holding a Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification. Since joining KidZone Kayley has obtained an NVQ Level 2 in Playwork and received further training in Pediatric First Aid, Child Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Makaton, among other things. Kayley also works during the school day as an SMSA (school meals supervisory assistant) and covers absence for several LSAs. Like Lloyd before her, Kayley looks to one day become a teacher.
Alba is a fully qualified Level 3 Teaching Assistant who has experience from various primary and secondary schools in Spain and England. Alba has been working in the after-school club since September 2016, organizing the arts and crafts activities and carrying out various other activities in relation to her general Playworker role. Alba has received training in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Hygiene and will receive further training over the year. Alba is a Flamenco dancer and enjoys regularly traveling back to her family home in Granada, Spain.
Marcus Rodrigues worked in a variety of roles prior to joining KidZone's team in September, including teaching assistant in schools of Bristol, bicycle mechanic in workshops and events as well as farm volunteer. Apart from the variety of skills Marcus brings to the club, he is also qualified in First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Hygiene. Marcus enjoys running outdoor activities and DIY projects with the children, while he is a keen cyclist and boxer.