Meet The Staff

Michelle Mills

Hi, my name is Michelle, I am the Manager here at Abbeymead Under 5's. I joined the team in May 2019 and I am thoroughly enjoying it! I have worked in childcare for over 20 years and manager for over 8 of those years.


Qualifications - Level 5 in Leadership for Children and Young Peoples Workforce, Level 3 in Early  Years Care and Education, Safeguarding, First Aid (plus other relevant qualifications)

Designated person for Safeguarding.

Deputy person for SENDCo


Playgroup Manager

Nicola Cooper

Hi, I am Nicola. As soon as my daughter started Abbeymead under 5's two years ago, I loved everything about it . I volunteered as Treasurer for a year and now I'm so happy to be a member of staff. 


In my spare time I enjoy spending precious time with my family, knitting, reading and doing all things crafty

Qualifications - CACHE level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator ) Designated person for SENCO

 Deputy Manager - Pre School Lead
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Clare Godding

Hello, I'm  the Senior Early Years Practitioner at Playgroup here at Abbeymead under 5's. I have always worked with children and gained my qualification in 2003. Since then I have had 3 children of my own. I joined the team in 2011 and have never looked back.... we have so much fun, all I can say is messier the better!!


Outside of playgroup I enjoy family time and days out. I am also a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Qualifications - NVQ3, Safeguarding, First Aid (plus other relevant qualifications)

Senior Early Years Practitioner / Rising 3's Lead
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Katy Avent

Hello, I'm Katy and  I started doing my placement here in 2011 as part of my course and in July 2012 I gained my childcare qualification and volunteered in schools to gain more experience and put my learning into practice. I enjoyed doing my placement here at Abbeymead Under 5’s so much I decided to come back and undertake voluntary work. By January 2013 I was taken on as part of the staff team to cover Maternity. I love working here and I am so pleased that 


In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends

Qualifications - Diploma Level 3, Safeguarding, First Aid (Plus other relevant Qualifications

Early Years Practitioner
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Heather Plant

Hello, I’m a Early Years Practitioner here at Abbeymead Under 5’s. I feel like I’ve been here forever as all my five children have been through the playgroup, beginning in 2001. I couldn’t imagine not being here, so  after my youngest child went to school I helped out as a volunteer. Since then I have gained my child care qualification and have been part of the official team since February 2011.

In my life outside Playgroup I enjoy camping, walking and spending time with my family. I also enjoy researching my family history (and anybody else’s who wants me to) – as my husband would tell you, I’m a bit obsessed with it!

Qualifications - NVQ3, Safeguarding, First Aid (plus other relevant qualifications)

 Early Years Practitioner
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Kerry Bonser

Hi, I'm Kerry.  Both of my children have been through Abbeymead Under 5's and I am delighted to be part of the team after volunteering and being a lunchtime supervisor. 

Outside of Abbeymead Under 5's my boys keep me busy with their football & rugby activities! I have played netball for the last 19 years and I still enjoy playing on Saturdays so my weekends are always pretty busy!

Qualifications - Diploma Level 3, Safeguarding, First Aid (plus other relevant qualifications)

 Early Years Practitioner
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Mandy Stokes 

Hello, I am Mandy. I first joined AU5's as supply staff in July 2018 but I enjoyed it so much I soon became a permanent member of the staff.


I have over 20 years childcare experience with being a registered childminder and running toddler groups. I am also a children/youth leader at a local church and a unit helper at a local girl guide unit. 


Outside of playgroup I  like to spend time with my family and having my 4 grandchildren visit. We enjoy walking my dog and camping. 



Qualifications  -  NVQ 3, First Aid, Safeguarding 

Pre-school Assistant 
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Beth Porter

One to One Support
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