Our Team

Meet the team
Marie Smith


Managing Director/Manager

Marie is the owner and sole Director of the Company. Marie also manages the setting with help from a team of qualified and experienced staff. Marie has 23 years experience working in this field of childcare and managed other settings before moving to Scotforth St Paul's School to open the After School Club in September 2010. Degree qualified in Social Science and Level 3 in Youth Work, Marie also has a variety of childcare qualifications including Level 3 Children's Care, learning & development. Over the past 10 years Marie has successfully led teams and developed the setting to an outstanding level of practice , offering excellent quality of care for children and families. 

Donna Ventress

Donna Ventress


Also known as Mrs Ventress, Donna is a qualified teacher and works full-time in Scotforth School. Donna helps out when available during after school club for ad hoc cover and is contracted to work part-time during our holiday playschemes. Donna has been working with us since 2019.

Keyworker Emma

Emma T-B

Early Years Keyworker/Playworker

Emma T-B has been with us since April 2018 and works with our youngest children during after school when we are busy for 3 days a week.. Emma is TA3 qualified and also works full-time in the
School Nursery Class. Having Emma on our team offers continuity of care for our nursery children. She is dynamic in Early Years teaching and helps us to really get to know and understand our youngest children and their families. 

Claire Boulton

Claire Boulton

(Apprentice) Early Years Lead Practitioner/ Deputy Manager

Claire is a level 4 qualified and experienced childcare worker who has taken up our post to support management and delivery with early years expertise. Our newest recruit (May 2022) Claire is really enjoying her new role and is settling in and getting know everyone at Scotforth St Paul's School. Claire will be working both after school and during the holiday playschemes and will cover management when needed at both Scotforth and Cockerham Kids' Club.



William Ritchie


William has been working with us since 2019 when he came to work casually during the school holiday playschemes. He then worked as a permanent member of staff during all hours available for over 12 months. He now works every Friday term time and all hours during school holiday playschemes. William enjoys working with children across the primary age group, he is currently training for a PGCE in primary education and plans to take up a teaching post from September 2023

Zoe Gardner

Zoe Gardner

Casual Playworker

Zoe is currently in her third year teacher training and is level 3 early years qualified. Zoe started working for us in July 2021 during the summer playscheme and has since regularly covered gaps in staffing where needed.


We provide wrap around childcare for 46 weeks a year for children in nursery & primary school attending where we are based in Scotforth St Paul's in Lancaster.

Our holiday clubs run for 8 weeks during half terms, the first week of Easter and the first four weeks in summer and are open to children from all schools.  


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Scotforth Playschemes                     
Scotforth St Paul's -
C of E Primary School
Scotforth Road

Scotforth & Cockerham Breakfast ,After School Club & Holiday Playschemes
Marie Smith (MD/Childcare Provider)- All enquires- bookings/payment support- 07796569719  email: 
Claire Boulton (Deputy Manager) Scotforth Breakfast & After School Contact number- 07785527007 email: Claire.scotforthasc@outlook.com


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