Rub-a-Dub Hub

Get your child ready for school

​Mr Lexie Scott

Lexie is the Principal of Gracehill Primary School which is located in the historic village of Gracehill.  He has been a principal there for almost 21 years.  

His teaching career began some 36 years ago in Limavady and since then he has worked in a number of schools from Newtownabbey, Ballymoney to Ballymena.  


Lexie is the father to three grownup children with whom he enjoyed many happy hours sharing all sorts of reading materials when they were growing up.
  He is convinced that reading is an absolutely core skill and was delighted to be asked to endorse early reading through Rub-a-Dub Hub.  


He believe that parents have a tremendous privilege in being the first educators of their children.
  With this comes a huge responsibility and he hopes that this scheme provides both information and resources which will help make reading enjoyable for both parents and children.


Alice Sharp

Alice is an inspiring keynote speaker, seminar and workshop leader, who travels the Globe sharing her vision for our children’s future. She loves to provoke thinking and challenge practice to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be involved in the highest quality of playfulness.

A qualified Primary Teacher Alice is passionate about children’s wellbeing and learning potential, especially through equal access to the same high quality opportunities for learning. Alice has long since recognised the need to involve parents fully in understanding the importance of their child’s early learning and experiences.

She currently works with many education authorities, early years’ centres, universities and governments addressing imminent changes towards experiential learning throughout nursery and primary schools. She is the author of various books and DVD’s and continues to write for various publications.

Alice is Managing Director of Experiential Play, a training company who specialise in working with staff, parents and local authorities concerned with the provision of play and stimulation for children aged birth to eight. The company has a team of staff who pride themselves on the passion and innovation of working in this area of expertise. She also owns Wonderbox, an educational resource company whose resources are based on ideas she has tried and tested and are now sold across the globe.


Eileen Russell

Eileen has worked in Children’s Services in public libraries for over 11 years and since the formation of Libraries NI in 2009 works in a team which supports and oversees children’s services across the  96 libraries in Northern Ireland.  She has developed and delivered a variety of tailor made programmes aimed at supporting parents in the important role they play in their child’s early development working in some of the most deprived areas throughout Northern Ireland.  Eileen is a Carnegie Library Lab partner, her project called Rub-a-Dub-Hub will use technology to engage with parents and carers of pre-school children.​