Martine Lamb

Playgroup Manager - Level 6 Early Years Practitioner & Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Hi my name is Martine, I live in the Forest of Dean with my family.  My early years experience started over twenty years ago.  I have been fortunate enough to work in early years, primary and secondary settings.  I have a genuine interest in children's well being.  I take pride in each child's achievements and encourage them to flourish and grow.

Qualifications: Batchelor of Arts in Early Childhood (Level 6), Paediatric First Aid, Safe Guarding

Paula Harding

Deputy Manager, Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Key Person of Yellow Group


Hi, my name is Paula. I live in the Forest of Dean with my large family. I have had over twenty years early years experience. I enjoy all aspects of the job, I love watching the children grow and bloom into confident caring little people.

Qualifications - NVQ level 3 in childcare & education. Special Educational needs & development. Pediatric first aid, safeguarding & behaviour management.

The Committee

Karen Hendry

Business & Finance Administrator/Data Protection Lead

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Hi, I'm Karen. I have predominately worked in administration and finance in the past but I am also Level 3 qualified to work with children. Having chaired my children's local playgroup I then worked there for 4 years as a Keyworker. I have two very active boys and as a family we lead a very active lifestyle.

Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education,  HND Business & Finance


Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Senior Key Person & Key Person of Red Group


My name is Rebecca Harris. I live locally to Abbeydale playgroup. I have three children Maddie , Freddie  and  Millie. I  have worked   at Abbeydale Playgroup since 2015. I am the key person for Red Group. I have over 15 years of  experience working with children and I went to Stroud college and completed my NNEB.

Qualifications: NNEB, Paediatric First Aid and Child Protection 

Amy Harris

Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Key Person of Green Group


Hi my name is Amy. I live in Abbeymead with my husband and two children. My daughter came to Abbeydale Playgroup and had a wonderful time here. I have worked here since 2017 and am happy to have been appointed Green group Key Person having completed my level 3 NVQ.

Qualifications:  Paediatric First Aid and Child Protection

Jen Russell

Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Key Person of Blue Group


Hi my name is Jen. I have worked in childcare for 5 years now and have been with Abbeydale Playgroup since October 2015. I have a Level 3 Qualification. I love the job and enjoy seeing how the children learn through play in the setting. Also how they change to be ready for school when they leave. Out of work i have two children of my own who keep me busy!​

Qualifications: City and Guilds level 3 CYPW, First Aid and Safeguarding.

Kirsty O'Donnell

Play Assistant

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Hi my name id Kirsty and i live in Abbeydale with my partner and 2 children, Josh and Mia.  I have worked at Abbeydale Playgroup since November 2018 and before that i was Chair for 2 years. 

I love working at playgroup and enjoy playing with all the children and watching and helping them grow during their time with us.

Qualifications: Level 3 in Childcare and Education





Abbeydale Playgroup is a committee run playgroup. The committee work along with the staff to give the best possible care for the children. We value everyone's skills, as everyone has something different to give. Meetings are currently held in the evening once a term.  We also appreciate any other help you can offer, i.e. shopping, collating paperwork, providing skills such as ICT, HR or any other skills you may have that may be useful.
​Please consider becoming a committee member, without a committee there will be no playgroup for your children to attend.


Current Committee

 Chair : Amy Mace
Treasurer : Tiffany Hodges
Secretary : Sarah Callaghan

Fundraising Team:

Carrie Smith

Sarah Turley

General Committee Members :

Sarah Turley

Charlotte Grant

Tiffany Hodges

Michelle Cockling

Martine Lamb

Carrie Smith

​If you would like any further information then please email:

​We are always on the look out for new committee members, if you feel you could donate a little of your time, please feel free to attend any of our meetings.
Everyone is Welcome!