Meet the Parenting Team

Meet the Team - Early Start Parenting

Janine Yarnell

Parenting, Team Manager

Accredited Triple P Parenting Practitioner, Child Development CSE,  Foundation Certificate in Sign Language

Janine has worked with children, young people, and families for 29 years and has a vast amount of experience as a Project Coordinator, Mediator, Restorative/Youth Justice Officer, Family Support Worker and Children Centre Manager. Janine has worked within teams including Child Protection, Children Looked After, Children with Disabilities, Youth Inclusion, Youth Offending, Early Years and is currently the Parenting Team Manager for Early Start.

Janine was born and educated in Newham and has a wealth of knowledge about the borough, local services and the demographics. She is committed to equality, parental choice and providing high quality services. Throughout her career, Janine’s approach has been to enable families through a solution focused and practical approach to being resilient and independent.

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Launthea Gordon

Parenting Practitioner

BA Hons, Introduction to Counselling, Accredited in: Triple P Parenting Programmes and Personalised Individual Parenting

Launthea began her career with Newham in 2002 as a Business Office within Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS).

In January 2013 Launthea secured a position in Newham’s Early Start Parenting Team as a Support Officer. This exposure, and previous experience, organically led her to train in one of the borough’s advocated parenting programme Triple P.

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A combination of her training with 10yrs experience of working with families, saw Launthea accredited to deliver Triple P’s Group, Seminar and Discussion Groups delivery in specific subject areas: Managing Fighting and Aggression; Having a Hassle free shopping with children; Developing Good Bedtime Routines and Dealing with Disobedience. Launthea is also trained in - and regularly runs - Toilet/Potty workshops, as well as the Parent Protect programme which provides parents with information and guidance on protecting children from child sexual abuse.

Launthea’s greatest job satisfaction is receiving feedback from parents expressing how the experience has or will benefit them and their families.

Launthea is a parent of two primary aged children and finds this helps her to keep afresh on the importance of parenting positively, awareness of children’s environment and developmental needs.  And also the importance of taking care of ourselves as parents.

Fatima Begum

Senior Parenting Practitioner

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education, CACHE Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities, Level 3 certificate in Work with Parents- Parent Support Adviser Pathway, Intermediate certificate in Signalong and an Accredited Triple P facilitator

Fatima has worked in Newham schools and Children’s Centre’s for the last 14years, preliminary as a Teaching Assistant, working with children with special educational needs. Fatima developed her knowledge and experience and progressed to become a Family Support Worker, supporting vulnerable families within a multi-disciplinary team. Fatima further developed her skills to become an accredited Triple P Facilitator in Seminar, Primary Care, Group, Stepping Stones and Teen. Fatima has a wealth of experience working in partnership with other agencies to identify and deliver quality needs led services and community events. Fatima advanced to become an Outreach Worker/ Childminder Co-Ordinator, broadening her skills to deliver continuous professional development to childminders. Supporting Childminders to become registered with OFSTED, by raising the quality and quantity of childcare settings in the local area. Fatima continued to progress to Senior Family Support Worker, delivering and developing a diverse range of parenting support programmes and workshops. Fatima’s current role is Senior Parenting Practitioner, where she continues to be passionate about advocating for children and parents. Fatima is fluent in Bengali bringing an additional skill to the team.

Jacqueline Duncan

Early Start Administrator

O Level English, RSA - Office Practice, Shorthand, Typing

NEBS Introduction to Management

Jacqueline was educated and resides in Newham, presenting her with an abundance of knowledge on the demographics and diversity within the borough.

Jacqueline has worked in various administrative roles in the public sector for over 40 years, developing a wide range of skills within specialist teams.

Jacqueline has extensive experience of front of house working, with children/families and professionals, including a local Training and Childcare Centre, Early Intervention Children Centres and currently within The Early Start Parenting Team.

Jacqueline’s role in the Parenting Team is specific to the needs of the team and their referrals and service delivery. She provides administrative support for processing referrals to the Parenting Team from parents/carers and professionals. Jacqueline is an effective communicator which is a necessity when corresponding with parents/carers /professionals on a daily basis.

Jacqueline is a mother of two and grandmother to 3 primary aged children, providing her with a wealth of personal experience managing children and family needs.

Sue Brown

Senior Practitioner Learning & Development

NNEB Diploma, NPQICL, Triple P Stepping Stones, Signalong Tutor, Baby Massage & Yoga Tutor

Sue has worked in Newham Children Centre's for the last 13 years, she has a wealth of experience, in supporting vulnerable families, within a multi-disciplinary team. Sue has successfully managed a Children’s Centre for seven years; co-ordinating high quality services across the community for children and families. Sue’s has developed and co-ordinated play and parenting services, providing stimulating environments for children and families, particularly those with special and sensory needs.

Sue has delivered a range of training packages to families, volunteers and peers. She is a qualified Baby Massage instructor and has taught parents baby massage techniques throughout her career and is passionate about the benefits of massage; particularly the positive impact it has on the brain development of young children.

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Mahpara (Anny) Laskar

Parenting Practitioner

NVQ Level 2 in Child Care, CACHE Level 3 in Child Care and Education, Level 3 Certificate  in Work With Parents, Triple P, Singalong, Baby Massage & Yoga Tutor.

Anny has worked in Newham since 2003. She began her journey working as a teaching assistant and later joined a local Children Centre where she supported families by providing stimulating activities for children and supported families by providing exceptional crèche facilities to enable parents to gain qualification such as ESOL, Maths, ICT and Teaching Assistance. Anny developed her knowledge and experience to become a family support worker where she supported vulnerable families within the Borough. Anny joined the Parenting Team in 2019 as a parenting practitioner to further support families.

Anny is fluent in Bengali - both dialogues Dakhai and Sylheti - as well as Hindi and Urdu