Our 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.


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 level 4 trained, has completed a Diploma in Preschool Practice at Level 3. Tina’s children attended Tweseldown and she was a committee member. She is our minutes secretary.


Sarah is joint Deputy Supervisor, 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, including safeguarding level 4, 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.


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 joined our team in September 2019 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.


Kelly is the newest member of our team having joined us in November 2020. She is studying for a level 3 in childcare via the apprenticeship route but is very experienced working with children as she is a qualified teacher and has been part of the senior management team in her previous role in school.


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. 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 and over 30 years’ experience in childcare she is a 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.


Zoe is a supply member of staff and joined us in June 2020 to help out with staff shortages due to Covid-19. She is a recent college leaver and brings youthful enthusiasm to our team. She has fitted in as if she had been with us for years.