About Munchkins Childcare
Munchkins Childcare provides fun, creative and affordable After School Care in Bristol. We are Ofsted registered and staffed by an enthusiastic team of qualified and experienced managers and Playworkers.
Our aim at Munchkins Childcare is to provide your child/ren with fun and engaging play in a safe, caring and welcoming environment.
We provide opportunities for play that are natural and allow children to be themselves. Play is such an essential part of preparing young children for learning and adult life.
Schools - If your school would benefit from an after school club then get in touch. We can base ourselves in your hall or community room or a nearby hall if space isn’t available.
“Our experience of Munchkins ASC at St Anne's is incredibly positive, providing a fun, enriching and safe environment in which we have seen our daughter forge friendships with children outside her class and year group. She interacts well with all the staff who work with a warm and positive ethos.”
— St Anne’s parent
The Munchkins Childcare Team
All staff are paediatric first aid trained, have gone through strict DBS checks, have child protection training, L2 food hygiene as well as other relevant additional training.
Fay Simcox - Manager
My name is Fay and I’m the owner/manager of Munchkins Childcare and we provide After School Clubs to schools in Bristol. Previously I ran a smaller childcare setting which was rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding.’ I also used to work in Television, Radio and PR and have plenty of experience with children including nannying in the Bahamas and France, running summer camps for kids and managing Art classes for toddlers in Bristol. I have Level 3 childcare qualification, a degree in Psychology and Communications and a diploma in Public Relations.
My favourite colour is blue...or maybe green...and I have two dogs called Floss and Dolly. I love yoga, running (I need to run more!) and I meditate and journal daily. I love my job - I really do- and I love working with children because they are so full of character and make me laugh A LOT! So a big hello from me.
Sadie Tovey - Play worker AT ST ANNE’S INFANTS SETTING
I’m Sadie and I’m a Play Worker at Munchkins after-school club. I have many years experience working with children, seven of those have been as a Play Leader in a primary school. I also work during the day with early years children in a nursery school in their two-year-old room. I enjoy working with children as no two days are ever the same, you get to play and have lots of fun! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dog Buddy. I’m a big lover of music, especially rock, my personal favourite artists include Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses and Muse to name a few. I would say I’m quite a creative person and I have also been a hairdresser for the past 28 years!
Laura Collins - Play worker AT ST ANNE’S INFANTS SETTING
I have been working with children since 2015 and I have been working for Munchkins since it opened in 2017. I previously worked for the St Anne’s ‘Moonbeams’ after school club and worked as a lunch lady too As well as after school lcub, I work as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant at Fishponds CE Academy, do other childcare work such as nannying and play therapy for children with additional needs, am a pet sitter and walker, volunteer for Oxfam Festival Shop and I am a practising artist that sells work in exhibitions. My favourite colour is purple, but I also am a bit of a magpie for rainbow things too. I am a massive animal lover and am hugely into cats, I have my own ginger cat called Cheddar. I grew up in Dorset, moved to Bristol at the age of 19 and studied Fine Art at UWE. I am hugely into crochet and making my own things, as well as going for long walks and exploring! I love going to festivals and immersing myself in as many opportunities as possible! I love my job as it's so rewarding, children really make it worthwhile.
Francesca de Magistris - Play worker AT ST ANNE’S INFANTS SETTING
Originally from Italy. I am a drama and movement therapist, graduated at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama of London. I love working and playing with children by using creativity and art forms as a way to communicate, stay together and have fun.
In my free time, I love participating in physical theatre trainings and sports, such as running and skiing as well as going to theatre and watching musical and movies. My favourite movies are ‘Thelma & Louise’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’. I enjoy cooking very much, especially Italian food, travelling and meeting people from different countries.
Lucy Sweet - PLAY LEADER AT WICKLEA ACADEMY SETTING
I used to work as a Play Worker at Munchkins ASC @ St Anne's Infants School but I stepped up to become the Play Leader at Munchkins @ Wicklea in September 2019. Before working with children I used to work in call centres and fancied a change. I have three lovely children of my own and I've really enjoyed working with children at Munchkins ASC. I now have a Level 2 in Play and Playwork which I completed to further my knowledge. I love to dance and I've started back dancing for the first time in 22 years! Tap modern and ballet. I love musicals and my favourite song at present is 'This is me' from The Greatest Showman. I'm also very creative with wooden plaques, scrabble pictures and baking cakes. I don't have a favourite colour as it depends on what mood I'm in. I spend most of my spare time taking my children to clubs like dance and football. This is me!
Rachel Tucker - Play Worker at Wicklea Academy setting
My name is Rachel and I have several years experience working with children. I am the breakfast club supervisor and SMSA at a primary school in Hengrove and am now enjoying working at Wicklea as a Playworker.
I have two teenage children and a dog called Billy and a cat called Lucky. My favourite colour is purple and my favourite food is chocolate. I enjoy walking, reading and going to the cinema.
I love working with children and getting to know all their individual characters and making each child’s experience fun, safe and stimulating.
Jo Harvey - Play worker AT ST ANNE’S INFANTS SETTING
Hi, I'm Mrs Harvey I work in St Anne's infant school as an LSA and lunchtime supervisor. At Munchkins I'm known as Jo to the children. I have 3 boys aged 10, 14 and 16, they keep me very busy. I enjoy cycle rides with my husband and the boys. We usually end up at a pub for lunch. As a family we also like watching marvel movies.