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Meet the Team

Ben Rhydding Pre-school Playgroup’s team has a wealth of experience and qualifications.

All children are welcome at our pre-school. Our team is pleased to support children with special educational needs, disabilities and children who speak English as an additional language (and the agencies working with them).

Our team has a wealth of experience and qualifications and many of the staff have worked here for a number of years.

Our Leader Tricia has worked here since 2001 and has a Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School practice.

Helen, our Deputy Leader, Imy our Early Language Lead Practitioner and Jill Kealey  are all Primary School Teachers with Degrees and PGCE’s between them.

All our other Practitioners have Early Years qualifications:

Katie and Janelle have recently completed Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning & Child Care training, (2015).

Hannah has a Level 2 in Child Care and development.

Helen is our Administrative Assistant and joined us in April 2013 and is thankfully a wiz at Excel!  She has a fantastic business and admin background and helps out with the Admissions & Treasury roles for the Committee.

Our Domestic Practitioner, Chris, has been with us since 1993, and Lana, who has been with us since 2002 helps out in a variety of roles at the Pre-school from admin to sorting and domestic duties, baking and gardening.

Our minimum ratio of one adult:four children under the age of 3 and one adult:eight children 3+ (not volunteers) means we can pay individual attention to promoting your child’s development, education – and fun!

If you’d like to contact any member of our team, click here.


About the Staff

Playgroup Leader & SENCO

Playgroup Leader & SENCO

Miss Patricia Darlow

Diploma in Pre-school Practice (DPP) level 3

First Aid

Basic Food Hygiene

Child Protection

Health & Safety Level 2


Playgroup Deputy Leader

Playgroup Deputy Leader

Mrs Helen Tear

Diploma in Pre-School Practice Level 3

B.Ed (Hons) Level 6

Moving & Handling

First Aid

Child Protection

Basic First Aid


Playgroup Practitioner

Playgroup Practitioner

Mrs Hannah Lyons

NVQ Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning & Development

First Aid

Child Protection

Food Hygiene


General Assistant

General Assistant

Mrs Lana Saveska

Primary school teacher in Macedonia

Certificate in Pre-school Practice (CPP) Level 2

Basic Food Hygiene

Child Protection


Playgroup Practitioner & ELLP

Playgroup Practitioner & ELLP

Mrs Imy Gurney

B.Ed (Hons) Level 6

First Aid

Child Protection

Food Hygiene


Playgroup Practitioner

Playgroup Practitioner

Mrs Katie Sido

Level 3 Diploma, Early Learning & Childcare

First Aid

Child Protection

Food Hygiene


Domestic Practitioner

Domestic Practitioner

Mrs Chris Reynolds

Basic Food Hygiene

First Aid

Child Protection


Playgroup Practitioner

Playgroup Practitioner

Jill Kealey

PGCE Primary Teaching


Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Helen Northway

HND Business Management


Playgroup Practitioner

Playgroup Practitioner

Janelle Hein

Marketing

Level 3 Diploma, Early Learning & Childcare

First Aid

Food Hygiene

Child Protection

Level 3, Childcare & Development


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