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Meet the team Rosehil Playgroup

All staff are experienced and work cooperatively together to aid the running of each session. All required training is up to date and staff development is actively encouraged, supported by annual appraisals.

Regular staff meetings enable all staff to be involved in the playgroups organisation and improvement. Evaluation of the effectiveness of activities is ongoing. 

The playgroup staff have a positive attitude and approach towards diversity. Staff work closely with parents, liaising with other childcare or health professionals if required, to ensure children with any additional needs receive appropriate support at an early stage. Children from a variety of cultures attend the group and several speak English as an additional language.

Staff establish trusting partnerships with parents and two-way communication is encouraged, which promotes children's welfare and continuity of care.



Position Held




Sandy Thayer

Key Person

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for children and young people’s workforce

Melissa Plumb

Manager & Senco

Bachelor of Arts degree in childhood studies – UEA

Helena Farthing

Key person

Level 3 Diploma for the children and young people’s workforce

Elaine Gardner

Key Person & Deputy Senco

Level 2 Diploma for the children and young people’s workforce

Deena Tye

Key Person

Sophie Overton

Key Person

Tanya Cowley

Key Person

Diploma in Nursery Nursing

Ruth Gray Key Person

Level 2 Diploma for the children and young people’s workforce

Amy Howlett

Key Person

Level 3 Diploma in childcare & education


Jo Hunt


Administrator &  Finance Officer


  BTEC Diploma in Business & finance

Sharon Pettman Kitchen Asst & Lunch supervisor Food Hygiene Certificate

Gail Richardson

Playgroup Cleaner  

Rosehill Playgroup, St. Bartholomews Church Hall, Newton Road, Ipswich IP3 8HQ,

Tel: 07778 452 890 Mobile

Tel 01473 725437 Land Line


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