Meet the Senior Leadership Team

Rekha Bassi

Director/Owner

Rekha created The Gap Club in 2001 when faced with all parents challenge of balancing a career and family in a manner that would not deprioritise these crucial parts of life. She especially wanted to keep her children as her priority whilst ensuring her career and work could grow in a way that could benefit others too. Her remedy to the childcare conundrum was to create her own high quality home from home out of school childcare provision, and so The Gap Club was born! Word of mouth recommendation and a consistent drive for perfection has seen The Gap Club grow to what it is today.

Rekha is a passionate and strong supporter of children and young people feeling at secure, confident, happy and safe with the support of skilled practitioners to encourage each individuals imagination and curiosity. She is proud to be a part of the journey of children becoming rounded independent young citizens.

It has been a privilege to work so closely with all our families and children over the years earning us the caption of being ‘More than just a Service’ by many.

She is highly skilled, qualified & experienced and enjoys sharing her knowledge of play and early years practices with all members of her team. She has over 30 years leadership and management experience and is qualified to Level 4 in Early Years.

Outside of work Rekha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her four children and huge lovable dog, as well as doing her bit for the community and charity work.

Fun Fact

Rekha loves music, especially 80’s pop music, and spending time with friends and family. She loves to give and help others complimenting her other passion – her medical background in pharmacy. She relishes her personal development journey and is always looking at ways to improve herself and be of service to others.

Favourite thing

Rekha’s favourite thing about working at Gap: the children and their humour, the staff and their dedication and loyalty, the parent’s and their friendship and support.

Natasha Majeed

General Manager

Natasha has worked for The Gap Club for over 12 years after joining the company in April 2008 as an unqualified Playworker while completing her degree in Music at Royal Holloway University. From the very beginning of her journey with the company, Natasha has always proactively supported the ethos, goals and aims of The Gap Club. In particular, she has strongly supported the drive to provide high quality childcare that promotes and engages children to learn through play and be able to partake in new and exciting experiences.

Following the completion of her degree, Natasha then completed her Qualified Teacher Status and during this time she continued to work for the company as a Holiday Club Manager. Her drive to support children’s personalised learning and individually was apparent throughout her teacher training. She purposely chose to undertake a variety of different placements so that she could work with as broad a range of young people as possible to learn how to best support their needs. This married up nicely with The Gap Club and their focus on ensuring that their settings reflect the individual children within them, their interests and needs.

In 2011, on completion of her teacher training, Natasha joined The Gap Club on a full time basis as a senior manager and in 2014 following the return from her maternity leave, she became General Manager. During this time she completed her Level 3 in Playwork and her Level 6 Early Years Professional Status. Her qualifications and experience support her in providing a balanced view between the benefits of play, learning and education. Through her role as General Manager, she directly leads her team across all business entities with a view to drive practice forward to enhance our children’s experiences and ensure that the services we provide for our families meet their needs.

Outside of work Natasha enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 8 year old son and 2 year old daughter, socialising with friends and has recently started working on tracing back her family tree.

Fun Fact

Natasha has a love of music. She sings and plays various instruments including piano, clarinet and saxophone.

Favourite thing

Natasha’s favourite thing about working at Gap: Every day is different!

Nel Punter

Finance Manager

Nel joined the company in 2011 as a playworker while also working at one of our local partnership schools. She quickly progressed to be Supervisor and has managed a number of our settings with her current Supervisor position being based at our setting in Wraysbury. During her time with The Gap Club she has completed her Level 3 in Childcare and joined the Head Office team in the role of Finance Manager with a particular focus on customer accounts and bookings.

Nel enjoys seeing the children grow into independent well rounded young people who know their own minds. She believes that at The Gap Club we can help children become more resilient, confident, caring and independent, whilst enabling and encouraging children to socialise with a variety of age groups, backgrounds and cultures. She strongly supports and believes that these early childhood experiences help children gain the confidence within themselves to achieve positive outcomes in the future.

Nel likes to get to know the families that she is working with so that she can use this knowledge to support the children within her care as much as possible. She is known for being a calming influence with the children and always looks at ways in which she can further experiences by taking the lead from the children.

Outside of work Nel enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends from the community that she lives in, and her dogs. She also enjoys the occasional shopping trip especially prior to going on holiday!

Fun Fact

Nel has 5 grandchildren including a set of twin girls.

Favourite thing

Nel’s favourite thing about working at Gap: Nel loves being with the children and enjoys the teams that she works with.

Lucy Stevenson

Recruitment Manager

Lucy joined The Gap Club in 2009 and has worked for The Gap Club over a number of years in between having her two daughters. In 2018 she re-joined the Head Office team on a permanent basis as our Recruitment Manager and supporting senior member of staff across all of our clubs.

She has a Level 5 in Childhood Studies as well as a Level 2 in Counselling and has a keen interest in supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing. Lucy originally chose a career in childcare as she wanted to be involved in watching and supporting children grow and learn as individuals; thus, her qualifications support her in being well placed to do this. She enjoys the challenge and experience that working with children brings, which is incredibly rewarding.

Lucy’s drive and determination to make a difference for children and young people, her longevity with The Gap Club and qualifications and experience ensure that she has a clear vision for what she is looking for within her recruitment role for the company. This supports the company in ensuring our staff are high quality practitioners who share the same vision, ethos and passion as we do, as well as ensuring we are child centred at all time.

Outside of work Lucy enjoys yoga, horse riding and various other forms of exercise, cooking and baking, visiting her family in Yorkshire and spending time out and about with her daughters.

Fun Fact

Lucy used to be a lifeguard and her first ever job was riding race horses.

Favourite thing

Lucy’s favourite thing about working at Gap: The comradery between the staff and the friendly atmosphere.

Leah King

Operations Manager

Leah has been working in childcare since 2012 when she started as an unqualified playworker. In 2016 she gained her Level 2 & Level 3 in Children and Young People’s Workforce. Following this, Leah was promoted to Deputy Manager with a specific responsibility for planning and behaviour management. Leah then spent two years working at SEN schools as an LSA and a TA; however, she decided to return to playwork as its her passion. Leah particularly enjoys leading sensory activities, outdoor games and cooking and has a keen interest in play and the benefits it brings to everyone.

Leah plans on using her experience as a playworker, LSA and TA alongside the knowledge she has gained from a variety of qualifications and training courses to fulfil her role as Operations Manager. In her spare time Leah likes to read fiction, listen to music and cook for her friends and family. Leah is also passionate about supporting mental health through sharing strategies, tips and advice.

Fun Fact

Leah spent 2 months travelling the West coast of India when she was 19!

Favourite thing

Her favourite thing about working at The Gap Club is the interactions she has with the children and watching them reach their full potential.

Jason Foster

Sports & Community Development Manager

Jason joined us in April 2021 after over a decade working in schools in Dulwich, Bedford and Edinburgh, and acting as a Charities Sports Consultant and international sports coach.

He is passionate about making positive differences to young people’s lives, and is excited to get back into Community Sport provision having previously spent 13 years in local government Sports Development as Youth Activities Manager. There he earned plaudits for innovative delivery in youth sports provision, particularly around diversionary activities and youth offending. His Street Schemes programme was exhibited at a National ‘Youth Matters’ Conference as an example of good practice in youth delivery, Game Over anti-knife crime and Sporting Chance gang deterrent programmes which were well-received. After taking a break to concentrate on school and high-performance sport, he is now excited about getting back to community sports provision where he feels that he can use the power of sport and opportunity to make real and tangible differences to the lives of young people.

Jason was the Team Manager of the England Rowing Team for several Home Internationals and one Commonwealth Regatta. He was a selector and coach for the Great Britain Junior Rowing Team and was also an advisor to the Taiwanese National Rowing Team on coach and programme development.

Jason has a BSc degree in Sports Science and sports coaching qualifications in rowing and football. As well as these sports he has also played rugby; cricket; triathlon; dragon boating and rally driving.

Fun Fact

Jason is an amateur singer/songwriter and has played in several bands.

He is married with a teenage daughter, and has a tortoiseshell cat called Charlie Bucket.

Favourite thing

Jason loves working at The Gap Club because he feels that they share his passion and enthusiasm for making positive changes to the lives of young people, and are excited to embrace novel and exciting innovations in sports provision and childcare.

The team were really welcoming when he started, and the kids are just fantastic!

Meet the Head Office Team

Rebecca Harris

Office Manager

Beccy originally joined the Gap Club in December 2019, as one of our Breakfast Club Supervisors whilst running her own beauty and massage business. Beccy completed her Level 3 Childcare qualification in 1998 and so The Gap Club was a way for Beccy to pursue her other passion of working with children. She has a variety of experience working with children including a background in working with children with special needs, children under 5 years old and as a teaching assistant. In 2020, Beccy went on maternity leave to have her little girl and rejoined the company in June 2022 as our Office Manager and is thrilled to be part of The Gap Club family again.

She has a particular interest in outdoor play including nature walks, den building, bug hunts and outdoor games. Beccy is a keen baker and enjoys bringing in treats for the office. Outside of work Beccy enjoys spending time with her friend’s and family, walks with her little girl and generally enjoying the freedom that life brings.

Fun Fact

Beccy’s childhood holidays were spent at Pontins, and she applied to be a Blue Coat when she was 17.

Favourite thing

Beccy’s favorite thing about The Gap Club is the positive culture and its people. She finds them a phenomenal group of people to work with and Beccy is so happy to be back with them all.

Robyn Lukins

Quality Assurance Assistant and Club Supervisor

Robyn has worked in childcare for 5 years and prior to this she has worked alongside schools in a variety of volunteer roles. She joined the Gap Club team in 2019 as a Playworker working in Holiday Clubs and during this time she completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Chichester. Having graduated in 2021 as a qualified level 6 she moved back home and then joined the team full-time as a Quality Assurance Assistant in the office and a Club Supervisor across After School and Holiday Clubs.

Robyn is keen to use her knowledge learnt at university with The Gap Club across all elements of her role and, where time allows, in volunteer settings or placements as well. Her passion and dedication to working with children and The Gap Club led her to continuing her career in childcare and stepping into a management role. She has a particular interest in the legislation surrounding safeguarding and the impact childcare roles can have on a child. While at university she specialised in this topic during her final year focusing her dissertation on how local schools upheld their safeguarding procedures and legislation changes during the lockdown period.

Outside of work Robyn loves to spend time with her family and friends, going for walk adventures which quite often includes her dog Koko. She also likes to spend time continuing her volunteer work when she can.

Fun Fact

Robyn studied Art in college for three years and before switching to working fully with children.

Favourite thing

Robyn’s favourite part of Gap Club is watching how play aids a child’s development. She particularly enjoys participating in cooking activities with the children.

Paul Gardiner

Sales and Marketing Assistant

Paul joined The Gap Club at the beginning of summer 2022 and quickly made himself known across all of our holiday clubs. He has since progressed from Holiday Club Playworker to a full time member of our Head Office team, bringing his experience from both Early Years and the corporate world together as After School Club Manager and Sales & Marketing Assistant.

Paul has worked in Early Years Education since 2014 and has held a Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma since 2019. His motivation to ensure the best provision possible comes from the knowledge that doing so has positive benefits throughout the entire family, not just the children at the setting, which he finds incredibly rewarding. Paul has a particular interest in Learning Outside the Classroom and Forest School philosophies, approaching the balance of learning and play from a number of approaches.

Fun Fact

Paul has been a keen guitarist since his teens and can be found both playing gigs and attending gigs and festivals in many local venues.

Favourite thing

Paul’s favourite thing about working for The Gap Club is finding teachable moments from all the weird and wonderful comments made by the children!

Ellie Stewart

Recruitment Assistant

In 2020, Ellie started working in a Special Educational Needs school as a 1:1 with children that have a primary diagnosis of Autism. During this time, Ellie gained a breadth of knowledge regarding Applied Behaviour Analysis and the different functions of behaviours. She worked predominantly in lower primary with a focus on independent living skills and communication, gaining lots of experience using AAC devices. Following her passion of childcare and working with children, Ellie then began studying part time for a degree in Educational Studies: Primary via The Open University in 2021. She later joined The Gap Club in July 2022 as a Holiday Club Playworker and began her role as a Supervisor in an after school club and Recruitment Assistant at Head Office in September 2022.

Ellie particularly enjoys working with children that have additional needs and finding new ways to support and help them thrive. Specifically, she enjoys sensory play and physical activity.

Fun Fact

Ellie used to study musical theatre and was in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the West End when she was in high school.

Favourite thing

Ellie loves exploring the different types of play and their benefits for children.

Grace Aldridge

Planning Assistant and Level 3 Apprentice

Grace joined The Gap Club in September 2020 as a Playworker, having previously worked in a nursery, and has since started her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Early Years. In the office Grace is our Planning Co-Ordinator and creates all of the planning for our Breakfast, After School and Holiday Clubs ensuring it meets the needs of the individual clubs and children within them.

Grace enjoys working with our younger children as she likes to watch them reach their developmental milestones. She especially believes that the first few years of a child’s life are some of the most important, especially for emotional and social development.

Grace finds the interaction of the older and younger children within our settings fascinating as the older children thrive when helping younger children learn, socialise, play and have fun!

Outside of work Grace likes to spend time with her family, friends and pets. She also enjoys good food and loves to go out to eat.

Fun Fact

Grace loves plants and likes to help rejuvenate weathered neglected plants.

Favourite thing

Grace’s favourite thing is to read Greek Mythology

Sarina Bassi

Office Assistant

Sarina has been working in childcare since 2016 where she worked as a volunteer. She has since gone to university and completed her degree in Politics and International Relations. Throughout her degree and before Sarina has worked at The Gap Club as a playworker. She has decided to return playwork as she has grown up working with children and finds it incredibly rewarding. She has also decided that applying her degree to support policy work at The Gap Club will combine her two interests. Sarina will use her knowledge from her degree and her years working at The Gap Club to be our Office Assistant.

Outside of work, Sarina likes to read, go to the gym and listen to music. She is also incredibly passionate about mental health and diversity, equality and inclusion.

Fun Fact

Sarina spent 5 weeks travelling and volunteering in Fiji in 2019!

Favourite thing

Her favourite thing about working at The Gap Club is working with the children and hearing all the weird and wonderful adventures their imagination creates.

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