Angela Large – Director of Services
Hi, I am Angela Large and I am the Director of Services at The Ivy Street Family Centre. I have lived in the area since 2001 and brought both my children to the Centre when they were little. I absolutely love my job, it’s so varied, from sitting down to read a story to planning a big trip out, there’s never a dull moment!
I am passionate about families and love the opportunity to care for and support local families in our Centre. All types of families are welcome, not just mothers and their own babies and toddlers. We regularly see dads, childminders, nannies, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends. Everyone is offered a cuppa and a chat while the children play with our high quality toys and equipment.
I have a background in nursing and health visiting with a special interest in breast feeding, weaning and all aspects of childcare and development. I aim to provide a stimulating environment for the children and a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone can thrive.
Claire Reay – Centre Manager
Claire was one of our Mums some years ago and stayed on as a volunteer after her child started school. When the Admin job came up at Ivy St she jumped at the chance to work here! Claire loves the homely atmosphere of Ivy Street and has always been a great support in all our efforts to provide an interesting and varied programme of activity.
Claire has a background in social care, human resources and retail, as well as running her own craft business and teaching knitting. She is a great asset to the team.
Chloe Sanderson – Play Leader
Chloe is a lifelong Hoxton resident, and has been coming to Ivy Street for over 10 years as a parent and as a volunteer.
She runs all of the sessions – which is her dream job!
Louise Klarnett – Early Years Dance Teacher
Louise is a trained dance teacher specialising in early years movement and play. She has taught our weekly dance session since 2008 and has helped many carers and their children enjoy physical movement and play together during that time. We are very grateful to Sunbabies for continuing to fund our dance sessions every year, enabling Louise to build up strong relationships with our families. The dance sessions are designed with child development in mind and Louise is skilled in helping everyone have fun and enjoy the sessions.
We have a team of wonderful volunteers who are all local women wanting to help out. Some of our volunteers are studying childcare and use their time here are their work placement. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us for more information.