We provide a staffing ratio in line with and where possible, above the Welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention and to
guarantee care and education of a high quality.
Each child’s dedicated Key Person will be on hand to record your child’s achievements and share them with you at regular intervals. Your child’s Key Person will shadow them to ensure your child is involved in a variety of activities throughout the day. They structure your child’s day through regular planning with all members of our qualified team and make staff aware of any special needs your child may have. We are confident that our staff provides the very best care for your child at all times and are totally committed to their development. All of our Key Persons are fully qualified; peadiatric first aid, safeguarding trained and together has over 55 years of combined Childcare experience. We have experienced Makaton and Wellcome speech therapy trained staff, which enables us to offer each child a holistic approach to their learning. This was noted in our most recent Outstanding Ofsted report.
Liz Llewellyn – Manager
I was first introduced to the playgroup when my eldest Oliver and then Thomas, progressed from playgroup through to school. I started working at the Playgroup in 2012 and am qualified to NVQ3 level in childcare, have attended an Advanced Safeguarding children course and am the Designated Safeguarding Person and Officer. As with all our team members I am a qualified paediatric first aider which is renewed every 3 years by attending a 12 hour course. Alongside Jo Collins I am Wellcome speech therapy trained.
Sharon Etherington – Deputy Manager
I joined the Playgroup in 2013. I enjoy my role and love working with the children. I have an NNEB Nursery nurse qualification and have used this to travel to some amazing countries as well as working as a nanny and within nursery settings. I am a mum of two, a girl and boy and they have both who attended Bengeo School. I have attended an advanced safeguarding children course and am the Designated Person in Liz’s absence. I am also a qualified paediatric first aider.
Jo Farley – Key Person
I am a Mum of two children and have over 10 years experience of working with children. I worked in my previous job in a Nursery and was the room leader, which was graded as Outstanding. I am qualified to level 3 in childcare, have attended a safeguarding course and am paedaitric first aid trained.
Lin Skidmore – One to One support
I was a childminder for 12 years before starting at the Playgroup in September 2008. I live with my husband and we have a grown up daughter. In my spare time I like to keep fit and took part in the Race for Life to help raise funds for cancer research. I am qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Childcare and have attended both a basic and advanced training course on safeguarding children. I am a qualified paediatric first aider and have attended an advanced makaton course which I put into practice at each session.
Casey Bennington – Key Person
I joined the Playgroup in 2012. I work for the playgroups sister company – Busy Lizzies Kids Club, providing breakfast and afterschool provision and so am therefore well known to the children. I am studying for my NVQ 2 in childcare and I am a qualified paediatric first aider.
Shelley Balaam – Key Worker
I joined Bengeo Playgroup in January 2019 initially as a relief staff member and have a vast amount of experience working with children as I have 5 of my own! I am now qualified to NVQ level 2 in childcare. I have lived in Bengeo all my life with my children having attended Bengeo Primary and therefore know most of the parents as well as the children. A lot of you will know that I am Mrs Pearce's daughter so I have had a great mentor in helping children.
Kerri McNeil – Key Worker
I am NVQ level 3 qualified in childcare and have 12 years of experience working in the early years sector. I have attended various courses throughout my experience and hold safeguarding certificates and am paediatric first aid trained. I have a 5 year old boy who keeps me busy but I always enjoy coming into work to have fun with the children and watch them grow and develop during their time with us.