Staff

All our staff are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and regularly undergo training. Our staff are friendly and very approachable and provide a very loving family environment.

Meet our five members of staff

Kerry Jones: Manager

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“Hi all, I am Kerry Jones. I have been at the setting for over twenty years, and became manager in 2009. My qualifications are a level 3 and 4 in Early Years Childcare Learning and Development. I am 50 years old, married to Steve. We have been living here for 30 years. We have two fantastic children and one dog. Both of our children attended the playgroup and I actually started working there when our daughter was there.”

  • First Aider
  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner
  • Behaviour Management
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • Prevent Duty Officer

Sarah Smith: Assistant Manager
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“Hello, my name is Sarah Smith and I am 49 years old. I have worked at Southery Playgroup for 9 years and in that time completed NVQ Level 3 and Level 4 qualification in early years. I have completed family support process training. I moved to Southery in 1994 and married a local farmer in 1997, we have two sons and 1 dog.”
  • First Aider
  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner
  • Behaviour Management
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • Risk Assessment Co-ordinator

Sarah Downes: Playgroup Assistant

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“Hi, I’m Sarah Downes and I have been working at playgroup for 4 1/2 years. I have completed Level 3 and Level 4 (Distinction) in Early Years Childcare Learning and Development.  I have completed an Open University (Open Learn) course in The Autism Spectrum: From Theory to Practice. My partner and I have lived in the area since 2008 after returning from several years living in Swaziland. We have a Primary School age son who attended Southery Playgroup before I worked here.”
  • First Aider
  • Safeguarding Lead Practitioner
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • Diversity and Inclusion Lead
  • British Values Officer

Gemma Bell : Playgroup Assistant

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“Hello, my name is Gemma. I’ve been working at Playgroup for 4 1/2 years as a Playgroup Assistant. Before that I worked in many childcare settings all across Europe. I have levels 3 and 4 in Childcare and Development. I have lived all around Europe but have lived in Norfolk 19 years and now settled down with my husband and son.”

  • First Aider
  • Southery Playgroup Health and Safety Adviser

Jodie Robson: Playgroup Assistant 

IMG_1158“Hello, my name is Jodie. I am currently studying BSc Health and Social Care at City University of London. I have level 3 in Health and Social Care. I have been a part of this fantastic team since 2015. I have lived in Southery for 20 years and have a crazy sister!”

  • First Aider
  • Prevent Duty Officer
  • Risk Assessment Co-ordinator
  • C.O.S.H.H