Our Staff

We have four members of staff with over 40 years experience in childcare. Staff have attended Training Courses for Emergency Paediatric First Aid, Fire Awareness, Child Protection and additional courses to keep us up to date with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Framework.

We also meet up with other local Child Care Provisions through Network Meetings, where we work together to provide the best way forward for our children.

Jackie Walsh – Pre School Manager

I  am qualified at level 3 in Pre-School Practice. I have worked at Red Balloon since we first opened in 1994 and I always look forward to coming to work to see what fun the day will bring with the children.  I am immensely proud to think about all the children who have come through the Pre-School over the years.  In my spare time I am very family orientated and enjoy spending time with all my family especially my kids and two grandchildren.

Sarah Young – Deputy Pre School Leader

As Deputy Leader, my role is to support Jackie in the running of Red Balloon.  I hold a level 3 in Pre-School Practice and I have recently graduated from Northumberland College/University of Cumbria with a  Foundation Degree in Children’s Workforce Practice.  I love working with children and enjoy helping the children have fun, develop and learn in a safe secure environment.  In my spare time I enjoy visiting craft fairs and creating my own homemade cards and display books.

Heather Hay – Pre School Assistant

My interests are based around my family and my grandson and granddaughter, I enjoy going on outings and doing activities with them.  I hold a level 3 Diploma for Children & Young People’s Workforce. Working at Red Balloon means so much to me and I love to see the children play and learn to help prepare them for school life.


Karen Roughead – Pre School Assistant

I have worked at Red Balloon for over 15 years and hold a level 3 Diploma for Children & Young People’s Workforce. I am very keen on sports and enjoy long distance running in my spare time, running the odd marathon. The rest of my spare time is spent with family and friends and caring for my grandchildren.

Key Workers
Every child is allocated a key worker from the staff members above, who you meet on your induction visit.  This enables us to build relationships with families and this is extended for further siblings. We have parent reviews at least twice a year to discuss children’s progress but we encourage parents to discuss any issues with us as and when they arise.