Meet the Team
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 Manger 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 be resilient and independent.
Maxine Kempster, Senior Parenting Practitioner
NNEB, Accredited Triple P facilitator, IAIM Baby Massage Instructor
Maxine qualified in 1976 in NNEB as a nursery nurse. She has extensive experience of working with children and families in Children Centres, Social Care and Early Start. Her roles have included Outreach/Family support and a qualified Instructor in Baby Massage. She progressed from Nursery Officer to acting Children’s Centre Manager and is currently a Senior Parenting Practitioner.
Maxine is passionate in supporting families and has always delivered a quality service in parenting, delivering parenting initiatives, including The Family Caring Trust, 0-6 Parenting Programme, Babyology and the evidence based Triple P programme.
Maxine is trained and accredited in Triple P Level 5 providing her with a wealth of knowledge and comprehension of the programme. Maxine currently delivers Group, Group Teen, Stepping Stones, Discussion Group and the one to one programmes. Maxine is also qualified to deliver Primary Care, Standard, Pathways, Selected and Selected Teen Triple P.
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 Support 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.
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 provide 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.
Janet John Pierre, Parenting Practitioner
NNEB Diploma, Triple P Accredited, IAIM instructor
Janet has 25 years of experience working with children and their families as a nursery nurse, family support officer and a parenting support practitioner.
Janet has planned and provided activities to promote children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development when working as a Nursery Nurse within Newham.
Janet has supported vulnerable families within a multi-disciplinary team, encouraging families to tap into their own strengths and abilities to overcome difficulties they may be having, helping to build on their self sufficiency.
Janet is dedicated in supporting families within the parenting team by facilitating various parenting workshops, helping parents to build on parent & child relationships and parenting skills they already have. Janet also facilitates workshops for parents that provide information regarding safeguarding their children.
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.