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Our Wonderful Staff

Our staff have many years of experience not only as Early Years Practitioners but also as parents themselves.

Led by Lynne Selby, our Playgroup Leader, and supported by Rosie Walker, Deputy Leader, here is a little bit about them!

Lynne Selby: Playgroup Leader

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"I achieved Early Years Teacher Status in July 2015. This followed a BA (Hons) in Educational Leadership- Children's Workforce in 2014. I became Panda Playgroup Leader in January 2017 starting my career in childcare in 2000. First as a childminder. Moving onto Preschools as my children moved on to school. I have done various courses in childcare including Cache Level 3 in childminding practice, NVQ in Children's care, Foundation Degree completed in 2013 followed by BA and EYTS.

I have done a wide range of courses in special needs including Speech and Language, Autism, Disability Awareness, Portage, Sensory Impairment and Forest Schools. I enjoy helping the children learn new things and love to celebrate their achievements. I am dedicated to give the children in my care the best possible outcome. I continue my own professional development to keep up to date with the latest learning and development.

Being the playgroup leader I am responsible for supporting the staff team in their development and learning. As a team we deliver a high quality provision where the children are at the heart of everything we do."

Rosie Walker: Playgroup Deputy Leader

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Foundation Degree in Young Children's Learning and Development. Level 5.

"I began working in childcare in 2004, when I studied a BTEC national diploma in early years, from this I continued in childcare working as a nanny and then in day nurseries with children aged 0-5, alongside this I completed a foundation degree. I took a break from studying in 2013 after having my first child, followed closely by my second in 2015. I graduated in 2018 with a first class BA hons in educational leadership. I thoroughly love working with children and parents to ensure their children have the best possible start in their journey through pre school. In my spare time I love nothing more than family days with my partner and children!"

Anna Brooke

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Level 3 Early Years Assistant

"I am a Mum to Oliver (12) and Erin (8). I am level 3 qualified and previously worked at Woodthorpe Playgroup. In my spare time I enjoy reading and football (watching!)."

Dani Walsh

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Level 3 Early Years Assistant

"I'm level 3 qualified and have over 10 years childcare experiance. I am Mum to Grace (2) who also enjoys time at Pandas. In my spare time I enjoy walks with Grace and catching up with friends and family."


Photograph of Lesley

"I've worked at Woodthorpe School for 8 years in a variety of roles, walking bus, M.S.A and afterschool care. I have two children, Georgia, 17 and Michael 13, and two loopy dogs and I work at Pandas and Sticky Mitts as relief, as and when needed."