Our Team

“Children form warm and caring bonds with their key person, other staff and each other. They give children lots of praise in recognition of their achievements and teach children to be kind and have respect for each other. As a result, children behave very well.” Ofsted 2015


Wendy and Katrina enjoying the water fun
Wendy and Katrina enjoying the water fun

All staff are employed by the management committee to run the groups on a day-to-day basis.

All staff are registered with OFSTED and meet the requirements of the Children’s Acts 1989 & 2004.  All staff are DBS checked and trained in Safeguarding and First Aid.



Pat (Manager & Lead Practitioner)

Pat’s time is split between the children and her office upstairs, her roles and responsibilities include:

  • Day-to-day management of all the groups
  • Implementing and maintaining the Key Person system
  • Curriculum/activity planning
  • Lead Practitioner for the Every Child a Talker program
  • Co-ordinator for Equality within the setting
  • Dedicated Safeguarding Officer

Pat completed her Early Years Foundation Degree in 2012.

“The manager is a good role model and effectively motivates the staff to work together as a team.”  Ofsted 2015

Wendy (Deputy Manager & Lead Practitioner)

Wendy works in the Pre-School and the Out of School & Holiday Groups.  She is qualified to Level 3 in both Early Years and Playwork and has also completed the one-year course ‘Communication Matters’.  Wendy’s roles and responsibilities include:

  • SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)
  • Planning and Record Keeping
  • Health and Safety Officer
Helen (Bud and Seedlings Room Leader)

Helen joined us as a volunteer in 2007. She joined us permanently in 2010 and is qualified to an NVQ level 3. She became the under three’s room leader in 2016.

Other staff members are:

  • Sam joined us in April 2001 and is qualified at level 3.  Sam works in the Pre School Out of School & Holiday Groups.
  • Katrina joined us in September 2009 and is qualified at level 3. Katrina works in all of the rooms and Out of School & Holiday Groups.  
  • Laura joined us September 2010 and is qualified at level 3. Laura works in all of the rooms and Out of School & Holiday Groups.
  • Lois has been with us since June 2014. She has a level 3 qualification and works in all of the rooms and Out of School and Holiday groups.
  • Rachel has been volunteering for us for many years and officially joined us in April 2010 as an Administrator. Rachel also covers for staff holidays and sickness.
  • Sharron is our intrepid cleaner and works meticulously each day and faces all kinds of mess! She is an invaluable member of our team.
  • Phil works with the older children in the Out of School & Holiday Groups.  Phil is  our resident cook, preparing delicious home cooked food and he’s also our handy man.
  • Fenella is level 3 qualified and has been with us since last Summer and joined us a permanent member of staff in September 2017. She works in all rooms.
  • Kim helps us out regularly when she’s home from university and she works in all the rooms.
  • Emily is providing cover for maternity leave and works in all of the rooms.



Bacton Under Fives is committed to helping young people train in Care and Education and has students join the team on a regular basis either from YMCA training, West Suffolk College and Suffolk New College in Ipswich.  We also welcome High School students on work placements.

Parental Involvement.

The group actively encourages parents to become involved in the setting and we value the contributions that they can make. We do appreciate that not all parents have the same opportunities to become as involved as others but we welcome all contributions equally.


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