Our staff

There are three 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

It is lovely to meet you all! I am Zoe Poulton and so excited to be part of this wonderful team as the new Manager. I have worked in Early Years since I was 16 and have over  11 years of Management experience. Joining me is my daughter Ivy who is settling in so well alongside your lovely children. Watching my own child grow has added to my love of this job, the development of their understanding and communication amongst their peers, adults and in their play is wonderful to watch- children are such little sponges!

Zoe Poulton

Hello, I’m Emma. I have been working at Playgroup for 5 years having started as a student and slowly making my way up. I am the Deputy Manager and I have 3 children who have all attended the Playgroup and thoroughly enjoyed themselves – it was what motivated me to want to join the team. I love the teaching and learning aspect of my job – learning through play is such an enjoyable experience and incredibly rewarding. I enjoy problem solving, whether that is encouraging a child to finish a jigsaw puzzle or helping a child to understand their feelings and their behaviour.

Emma Carney

Hello, I am Tina! I have been with the Playgroup for 21 years, I knew the Playgroup when it was a small setting located in the village. I love the outdoors and nature and love to encourage the children to be mucky and inquisitive. The calming influence of being outside and a bit of fresh air can solve most problems when you are under 5! I also love to introduce maths into many activities – it is an area of learning that many find tricky but can easily be added into the simplest tasks, meaning the children are learning without knowing it.

Tina Robins

My name is Rachel! I have a long history with Playgroup as this is the setting I attended when I was 3 as well as my Mum working here for many years! I love that my boys will also be coming here, the Playgroup means so much as a community based charity and has a very special place in the village and surrounding areas. I have worked in Early Years since I left school and am looking forward to sharing the experiences and knowledge I have gained from other settings with the team. I love encouraging the children with their sensory play, we can learn so much by observing and building on their experiences with the addition of some mud, flour, water- whatever they like!

Rachel Dwyer

The committee

Chairperson:  Carrie Gadsby
Treasurer:  Maebh Booth
Enrolments Officer :  Maebh Booth
Secretary :  Carly Jackson
General Members:  Olwen Grant, Kate Skelhorn, Richard Skelhorn, Hannah King, Rachel Dwyer

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.