Our staff

There are five very dedicated members of staff, the majority with children of our own.  We are registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted, and as a member of the Pre-school Leaning Alliance we regularly review and update our skills and undertake any relevant training.

We have an child:adult ratio of 4:1 for the 2 to 3 year olds and 8:1 for 3+ year olds.

In order to ensure the quality of the day care, a childcare development worker from the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership visits us on a regular basis and offers help and advice in all aspects of the pre-school.

An Early Years co-ordinator is also available to offer advice on the curriculum.

Our team

Hello, my name is Jenny and I am the manager here. I have 24 years experience in child care and have 2 of my own children. I have worked in several other child care setings and I adore the job that I do. I am very lucky to work in such a rewarding environment and love seeing how children grow and develop throughout their time here with us.

Jenny Ciepkiewicz

Hello I am Sam. I am the Deputy Manager at Pangbourne Valley Playgroup.  I have my NVQ Level 3 in childcare and am working towards my Level 5 qualification.  I have 2 school age children and love working with children.

Sam Allwood

Hello my name is Evelise  I am NVQ Level 3 qualified and have been working in childcare for over 15 years. I began my career in Brazil before moving to England in 2001. I have a little boy who attended playgroup before moving onto school and we love being out and about. My favourite part of the job is seeing how much progress a child can make in such a short time.

Evelise Rocha

Hello my name is Tina. I am NVQ Level 3 qualified and I have been at Playgroup for 16 years. I live in the village and have 2 of my own grown up children and a Grandson.

Tina Robins

Hello my name is Emma. I recently completed my NVQ Level 3 as an Early Years Educator. I have been at Playgroup for over 2 years and have 3 of my own children.

Emma Carney

Hello I am Megan. I have been working at Pangbourne Valley Playgroup for about a year. I have my NVQ Level 3 in childcare.

Megan Grant

The comittee

Chairperson Kelly Mullenger
Treasurer Sarah Tram
Enrolments Officer Maebh Booth
Secretary Becky Peates
Fundraising Officer Emma Carney
General Committee Members Becky Elkin, Jackie Simpson

A parent management committee – whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend the playgroup – manages the playgroup. The elections take place at the Annual General Meeting, which is held in the Autumn Term each year. The committee is responsible for:

1. managing the playgroup’s finances
2. employing and managing the staff
3. making sure that the playgroup has, and works to, policies which help it to provide a high quality service
4. making sure that the playgroup works in partnership with the children’s parents.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all of the children who attend the playgroup.  It is their forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and shaping the coming year’s activities.

The committee works on a completely voluntary basis. There must be a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary who are the “officers” of the Committee and a minimum of 3 and maximum of 9 other members.  All members are required by Ofsted to have health and police checks.  The playgroup has an inspection by Ofsted where the premises and the general running of the playgroup are inspected. All staff members also have the above-mentioned checks. It is the responsibility of the Committee to ensure that the playgroup adheres to all new regulations and guidelines.

The committee is also responsible for ensuring the financial security of the playgroup and organising fundraising events.

Being on the committee means that you have a chance to have your say and contribute to the running of the playgroup.

At this important early learning stage, we encourage parents to participate in all aspects of pre-school life. There are many opportunities in which to be involved from joining the committee to helping with fund raising events.  Please remember that the parents run the playgroup.

Health and Safety

The health, safety and welfare of everyone in the group are paramount at all times.  All staff are familiar with the safety procedures regarding illness and accidents.  All accidents and incidents, however minor, are recorded on an individual accident or incident sheet which parents are asked to sign and date.  We ensure that at least one first aid trained staff member is present at each session.

Interested in working for Pangbourne Valley Playgroup?

If you are interested in joining our friendly team, please contact us about any current vacancies.  We are an equal opportunities employer.