Meet The Staff

Nicola

Hi, I am Nicola. As soon as my daughter started Abbeymead under 5's in 2015, I loved everything about it . I volunteered as Treasurer for a year and then gained my Level 3 qualification and joined the fantastic staff team.  I am passionate about supporting all children to reach their full potential and feel we do this very well at Abbeymead Under 5s.

 

In my spare time I enjoy spending precious time with my family, reading, gardening and going for long walks in the great outdoors.

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

Level 5 Management and Leadership in the Early Years

 

  Manager 
SENDCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Kerry

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 (plus other relevant qualifications)

 Deputy Manager
Early Years Practitioner - Preschool Lead
Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Clare

Hello, I'm the Senior Early Years Practitioner here at Abbeymead Under 5s.  I 

have always worked with children and gained my qualification in 2003.  Since then I had three children of my own.  I joined the AU5s team in 2011 and have never looked back......we have so much fun, all I can say is the messier the better!!

Outside of playgroup I enjoy family time and walking my two dogs.  I am also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Qualifications - NVQ3, Safeguarding, First Aid

Senior Early Years Practitioner - Rising 3s

Heather

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 (plus other relevant qualifications)

 Early Years Practitioner - PreSchool
Health and Safety Lead
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Mandy

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 5 grandchildren visit. We enjoy walking my dog and camping. 

 

 

Qualifications  -  NVQ 3, First Aid, Safeguarding 

Early Years Practitioner - PreSchool
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  Kay

Hi I'm Kay, I relocated to Gloucester from Oxfordshire in 2020 with my family.  I have a son and daughter and three dogs.  I have been working in childcare for the last 10 years.

In my spare time I enjoy going for walks with my dogs.

Qualifications - NVQ Lvl3

Early Years Practitioner   - PreSchool

Katy

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've been part of the team ever since.  

 

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

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

Early Years Practitioner
(Bank Staff)
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  Natalie

Qualifications - NVQ Lvl3

Early Years Practitioner   - Rising 3s