Meet the Team

At St. Cuthbert’s our staff are Playgroup’s greatest asset. The Committee work hard to recruit and retain the highest calibre of staff from the local community. The staff all go over and above for the Playgroup, giving free time to support the Committee with fundraising etc.

Staff Team

Pre-School Leader Rachel Sidwell
Assistant Pre-School Leader Zonia Sykes
Pre-School Assistants Wendy Maya, Rachel Downey, Claire Grant and Sally Groves

Who to Contact and When

During Playgroup sessions, staff can be contacted on 07999 886739.

Out of Playgroup hours please call Rachel Sidwell on 01889 563382 or Zonia Sykes on 01889 564156.

Members of staff are usually available when children are being dropped off or collected and are happy to discuss anything in relation to your child’s progress or to arrange a mutually convenient time to talk further.

Staff Training

We pride ourselves on recruiting and retaining high quality staff and maintaining a high standard of staff training. A summary of staff training can be found below, all are recognised by Ofsted. The high standard of staff training ensures a high standard of care for your child.

Name Highest Qualification
Rachel Children’s Learning and Development NVQ Level 3
Zonia Foundation Degree in Early Years;  BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies
Wendy Diploma in Childcare and Education
Sally Certificate of Higher Education in English and Education Studies
Claire NVQ 3 in Hospitality Management.  Currently working towards NVQ Level 2 Children and Young People Workforce Development
Rachel Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NVQ L2.  Currently working towards Level 3 Childcare Early Years Educator Diploma

Training is an ongoing process.

All our staff are encouraged to attend training courses both mandatory and those relevant to your child’s individual needs.

The Committee is voted at the Annual General Meeting held every September. At September 2016 the Committee was voted as follows:

Position Name
Chair Selina Edwards
Secretary Angela Fearne
Treasurer Jane Griffiths
Fundraising Coordinator Claire Foster
Committee Members Paula Hallsworth
Caron Day
Staff Representatives Zonia Sykes
Rachel Sidwell