Martine Lamb

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

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

Hannah Wood

Deputy Manager, Level 3 Early Years Practitioner & Fire Officer

Key Person of Blue Group

Hi my name is Hannah, I have worked at Abbeydale Playgroup since 2006. I was an active member of the committee before joining the staff team. I love my job, I feel honoured to be trusted with your children and to be part of their growth and development and love playing too! Family is very important to me and we enjoy spending quality time together. 

Qualifications: NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development, Special Educational Needs and Development, First Aid and Safe Guarding.

The Committee

Claire Drew

Additional Education Needs & Disability Coordinator, Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Key Person of Yellow Group

Hi my name is Claire, I live in Abbeymead with my family. Both of my boys came to Abbeydale Playgroup. I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere so much I became chair on the committee then was lucky enough to get the position as Yellow group Key Worker. I love spending time with my family, especially cosy nights in, cuddling and watching T.V. We like eating out and working out as a family.

Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education,  Special Educational Needs and Development, First Aid and Safeguarding


Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

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

Trainee 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 newly appointed Green group Key Person and currently working towards my level 3 NVQ.

Qualifications:  Paediatric First Aid and Child Protection

Jen Russell

Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Play Assistant

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.

Karen Hendry

Business & Finance Administrator/Data Protection Lead

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.






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 : Rob Mayo
Vice Co Chair : Jolanta Hall

Vice Co Chair : Lynette Docksey
Treasurer : Lyndsey Megarry
Secretary : Amy Mace
Fundraiser : Carrie Smith

General Committee Members :

Vicky Thomas

Gemma Jones

Kerry Powel

​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!

Telephone:07775890544   Email: playleader@abbeydaleplaygroup.co.uk

Abbeydale Playgroup take data protection seriously and is compliant with GDPR 2018 (General Data Protection Regulation).  Our data protection policies are available on request.

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