Tweseldown Staff


Tweseldown Playgroup Staff Team

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic, experienced and highly committed team of individuals running our very popular and extremely successful playgroup.  Everyone on our staff cares about the education and welfare of each child that comes to join us at Tweseldown Playgroup.


Penny has been our Manager since 1998 and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Penny holds a Degree in Early Years Practice, NNEB, First Aid trained and has completed various professional development courses including among others Level 4 in Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Food Hygiene.  She is a Leading Foundation Stage Practitioner (LFSP) which means she supports other settings in their developments, sharing her knowledge and the good practice from Tweseldown.


Nic is Supervisor, so is in charge in the Manager's absence.  Nic is well qualified in Child Care having studied to NVQ Level 3, she is also First Aid trained.  Nic has completed various professional development courses and has also completed training to level 4 in Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene. Nic is the lead for Health and Safety in the setting and is responsible for printing the photographs.


Tina is joint Deputy Supervisor. Another of our permanent and much valued team, Tina has been with us since 2005 and in addition to being First Aid and Safeguarding trained, has completed a Diploma in Preschool Practice at Level 3. Tina's children attended Tweseldown. She is our minutes secretary.


Sarah is joint Deputy Supervisr, our SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator) and is qualified to Level 3 with a Diploma in Preschool Practice.  Sarah is First Aid trained and has undertaken and completed SENCO Induction and Induction Plus courses.  With various professional development courses under her belt, Sarah has been an active contributor at Tweseldown for many years as both a parent, a committee member and now as a vital part of the staff team.


Mandy has been a valued member of staff since September 2009. She is trained to level 3 and is also First Aid and Safeguarding trained and undertakes various professional development courses as opportunities arise. Mandy's children attended Tweseldown and she was on the committee. Mandy is the Play Bag coordinator.


Louise joined the team in September 2016, but she is not new to playgroup, having worked for us previously, had children who attended Tweseldown and has been on the committee too. She has a level 3 qualification and experience working in day nurseries as well as in playgroup.



Julie is the newest member of our team and is studying for a level 3 in childcare via the apprenticeship route. She has a good knowledge of how we run, having previously been our committee chair. Her children have attended Tweseldown Playgroup too.


Pauline has recently retired as a Deputy Supervisor and is now supply staff.  She has a strong background in child education having previously taught both Reception and Year 1 classes.  Educated to degree standard with a Batchelor of Education (years 3 to 8). Pauline 's children attended Tweseldown and she was on the parent committee.


Sue is a regular supply member of staff.   With a Certificate in Preschool Practise Level 2, First Aid training and over 30 years’ experience in childcare she is a much valued member of the team.  She was a full time member of staff for 13 years so fits in quickly when asked to cover for staff absence.