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Together our fantastic staff bring over 50 years of childcare experience to Box Pre-School Playgroup.


Yvonne, our playgroup supervisor has lived in Box for 25 years with her husband Mark. Her two sons went to the local primary school in Box. Yvonne is qualified to NVQ Level 3 and completed her PGCE (secondary school) at Bristol University. She previously worked at playgroup when her younger son was there and subsequently managed another nursery. In her spare time she enjoys walking, reading and cooking. Yvonne has been playgroup supervisor for 13 years and loves her current role at the heart of the community.


Sarah started working at Playgroup when her daughter started school, where she has worked happily as part of the team for more than 10 years and is qualified to NVQ Level 3. Sarah's background is in both arts and sports. She completed her Fine Arts Degree at the Royal College of Art in London after which she began a further qualification in Sports Science and Physiology. Sarah worked as a personal trainer at a gym in Bath before having her daughter. She continues to enjoy running and other sports and tries to find time for artistic pursuits.


Sarah-Jane has 30 years of childcare experience and is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Educator having gained her NNEB in 1991. Sarah-Jane has three children and a granddaughter. Sarah-Jane loves her job and watching children grow in confidence and have fun.


Jess has been working in Early Years since 2017 and has been with us since 2023. Jess is a qualified level 3 Early Years Educator. Jess lives with her two young boys. Jess enjoys supporting all children to reach their full potential.


Caroline lives in Corsham with her husband Ian, and three children. Two of her children have attended the local primary school. When Caroline is not working at playgroup she is often helping at school with fundraisers and in the classroom.


Isabel is a local mum, living in Box since 2005 with her husband, and two children who go to Box school. Isabel previously trained as a teacher in Spain and is currently studying for her NVQ level 3 in Early Years and Childcare.


Katie lives in Box with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Katie has lots of experience working with children and also works for Box Kids After School Club. Katie enjoys all aspects of early childhood education but she is particularly enthusiastic about craft and story telling.


Bank Staff

Ali lives in Box with her husband Mark and two children. Both Ali’s children attended playgroup and the local Primary school. Ali’s whole career has been working with children and she holds her NNEB qualification. Ali has set up her own business, “Duck Ruby” and helps out at playgroup as bank staff.


Parents and Pre-School Playgroup Committee

The Playgroup staff are employed by a committee which is made up of parents and friends of the group. A list of the current committee members is on the notice board in the Playgroup and can also be found below. If you are interested in joining the committee (new members are always very welcome!) please speak to the chairperson. Meetings are very informal, usually once every six weeks and fundraising is often the main item of business. The AGM is held annually in the Autumn Term. We are self-financing and therefore constantly on the look-out for new fundraising ideas, so please let us know if you have any! 


Chair Emma Baylis
Treasurer Amy Stennett
Book Keeper Melanie Heavey
Secretary Hannah Tape
General Committee Members Sally Weymouth, Lorna Stone, Caz Hazell Best, Chloe Pinheiro, Marilyn Tye
Ofsted Representative Yvonne Jenkinson


Our Playgroup Chair is the main support and contact for YvonneOur Treasurer/Book Keeper and Secretary are legal roles to any committee and our Advertising and Marketing positions are essential to inform our parents of any news and to promote Box Playgroup further afield.

This year's committee team are a dedicated, hard-working and fun group of mums. They strongly believe in the ethos of Box Pre-school Playgroup, fully support the working team and are committed to help making Playgroup the best start that the children can get before Primary school.