Colleagues at a respected Kirkcaldy playgroup have paid tribute to their “inspirational” manager, who died suddenly, aged 52 years.
Kay Douglas, had been at the helm of Linktown Playgroup for 10 years and her death, in April, had made staff appreciate her all the more, said chairman Carol Johnstone.
“She was an inspiration. It was all about the children and what she could give the children,” she said.
“She put her heart into, and dedicated her life to the playgroup and brought it to the standard it is now.
“Everyone who knew her was very much aware of her commitment.”
Mrs Douglas who, until 1999, had been a full-time mother, founded the Dyspraxia Support Group in Fife, the only group for parents in Scotland at the time, when her daughter was diagnosed with the condition.
However, realising a long-held ambition to work with children, she began a new career in 2002 as a play worker for The Chapel Playgroup.
After 18 months, she developed her skills to work as an applied behavioural analyst, as well as a tutor on the Lovaas Programme.
This role, which was carried out on a one-to-one basis, taught children with autism how to prepare for school, through intensive verbal programmes, motor programmes and self help skills.
In 2003, Mrs Douglas was approached to set up a Tumble Tots Club for under fives at Linton Lane Centre, to provide physical play for the children.
The club, named Jumping Jax, ran successfully for over a year and she continued to develop its provision.
From February 2004, Mrs Douglas was employed as manager/early years officer at Linktown Playgroup working with children between the ages of two and a half and five years where she provided the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum though play.
Carol vowed that the playgroup would continue to uphold her standards.
She added: “Kay remembered each and every child and parent who came through the door and treated each and every one of them as if they were her own.
“I’m sure that each person who knew Kay will have their own memories of the helpful, caring and fantastic woman Kay was.”
Kay Douglas is survived by her husband Mike, daughters Claire and Michelle, and grandaughter Jessica.