Emma Nolan


Play Worker

Emma is a keen traveller, having explored and worked in Thailand, Central America and New Zealand. She achieved a Diploma in Higher Education in Social Studies from the University of the West of Scotland followed by a BA Honours in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Emma has a wide experience of working with children and young people with a range of additional needs and spent 5 summers working at children’s camps in America as a Camp Counsellor and Adventure Specialist (running indoor wall climbing and high ropes courses!). She loves sports and animals and has practised karate since she was 10!

What is your favourite children's book that you’ve read?
The Hungry Caterpillar! It’s colourful and interactive, sends a good message and teaches children about this amazing wee beastie.

What is your favourite children's game?
‘Tunnel Tig’ – It’s so much fun to run about outside in the sun…when we get it! I also really like this game as you have to free your friends.

What piece of art/craft that you’ve produced are you most proud of?
My “staff stone” that I made and left at camp. We were each given a slab to decorate which we then laid down to make a pathway for new and old staff to use. It was lovely to see everyone’s stones together.

What is your favourite song/nursery rhyme?
The Raggy Dolls song! My favourite lines are: “Don’t be scared if you don’t fit in”, “Just to be whoever you are is no disgrace”.

What do you enjoy most: playing, talking or reading?

If you were to describe yourself as a children's character or superhero, who would it be?
Raggamuffin from the Raggy Dolls cartoon, because I’m a wanderer too and I love travelling. I really like the message this simple cartoon puts over that no-one is perfect and not to worry.

When you were a child what did you want to do when you grew up? 
I wanted to live and work on a farm because I love being outside and I love animals.