Our Staff

We have 3 very experienced and dedicated members of staff. Shaw Ridge Playgroup is registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted and as a member of the Pre-school Leaning Alliance, staff regularly review and update their skills and undertake any relevant training. Staff hold a range of appropriate Early Years qualifications and all have been policed checked via a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. All of our staff are currently First Aid trained. Shaw Ridge Playgroup operates a Key Person system. This means that your child is placed with a ‘Key Person’: a member of staff who will take special care of them, record their developments and liaise with you. Your child’s Key Person will be the member of staff who works with you to make sure that what the Playgroup provides is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the Playgroup their Key Person will help your child to benefit from the Playgroup’s activities.

Emma Gunston


Qualifications: NVQ 2 & 3 in Childcare and Education, Child Protection Intermediate, Safer Recruitment, Working with Neglect, Sexually Harmful Behaviour Awareness, First Aid, Asthma training, Food hygiene.

Responsible for: Safeguarding Officer, Behaviour Management, Health and Safety Officer, Deputy Fire Safety Officer, Deputy SENCO.

The children say: “She loves pink things”  “She does funny things”  “She writes in my book”

Alison Pope

Deputy Supervisor

Qualifications: NVQ 2 and 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Foundation Child Protection, First Aid, Asthma training, Food Hygiene.

Responsible for: Safeguarding Deputy Officer, Behaviour Management, Deputy Health and Safety Deputy Officer, Fire Safety Officer, SENCO, Library Books, Staff minutes.

The children say: “She likes red”  “She gets the playdough out”  “She gets the snack”

Jacqueline White


Qualifications: NVQ 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development, Safeguarding Children Senior, First Aid, Food Hygiene.

Responsible for: Snack Shopping, Cleaning and Equipment Maintenance, Eco Officer, Physical Co-ordinator.

The children say: “I love Jackie’s exercises”  “She is very funny”  “She plays the shark game”