Manager: Lucy O’Connor
Lucy has been with Playgroup since March 2004 when she started as the Assistant Playleader. Having gained her SVQ level 3 in Childcare and Education she was promoted to Play Manager in July 2008. Over the years she has gained qualifications in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Child Protection, amongst many other courses.
Lucy holds many qualifications and is extensively experienced in supporting children with additional needs. She now holds and SVQ4 in Childhood Education and is studying towards a BA in Childhood Practice and has gained a HNC in Social Care. Lucy has an Enhanced PVG and is registered with the SSSc.
Senior Early Years Officer: Mandy Nicol
Mandy joined our team in 2009, before this she worked at Kettle Playgroup. She holds a SNNB and a HNC in Social Care, First Aid and Child Protection, amongst others. Mandy holds a quali- fication in Autistic Spectrum and has spent time at John Radcliffe school gaining experience working with children that have additional needs. Mandy has an Enhanced PVG and is SSSc registered.
Early Years Officer: Belinda Greenhill
Belinda completed the main team in 2011. Whilst with us she has completed her SVQ 3 in Childcare. She also has an Enhanced PVG and is registered with SSSc. She has completed many training courses over the years and holds qualifi- cations in Food Hygiene, Child Protection and First Aid; amongst many others.
Early Years Officer: Vikki Cuthbert
Vikki has worked with us since 2014 and has successfully completed her SVQ3 in Childcare. Vikki continues to develop her skills and knowledge as she grows more confident in her role.
Trainee Early Years Officer: Laura Boyter
Laura started with us in August 2017, as a ‘playfriend’ to support a child with additional needs and decided to stay with us as our relief worker whilst she completes her SVQ3.
Volunteers, Students & Trainees
From time to time we have people who choose to spend time in Playgroup, in order to gain knowledge and skills in the work place. We believe this provides a rich and valuable experience for both the adults and the children as everyone brings with them their own values and ideas. All adults working in Playgroup hold a current Enhanced Disclosure Check though the new Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme.