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Our Staff

Playgroup Manager: Kelly Evans-Barret 
Kelly has worked at the Long Hanborough playgroup since 2013, and was promoted to Manager in 2017. Kelly is a Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner, mother of 3 children, and particularly interested in child development in an outdoor setting. Kelly can be contacted at

Deputy Manager - Tamsin Bramley

Tamsin is a qualified teacher and is a Deputy Manager at the Long Hanborough Playgroup. Tamsin enjoys forest rangers and hopes to develop further skills within this aspect of playgroup. She also helps to run a singing group in the local community for babies and toddlers.


Deputy Manager - Rachel English

Rachel is level 3 qualified and has an Early Years Foundation Degree. Rachel has joined the team as a Deputy Manager. Rachel has returned to early years education after a career break.

Nursery Practitioner: Toni Wyatt

Toni has worked at Long Hanborough playgroup since 2016, having previously been a parent helper. Toni became Level 2 qualified and completed her first marathon in May 2017, and started her Level 3 childcare qualification in September. Toni is our resident champion of healthy, active living!

Nursery Assistant - Hollie Coles

Hollie has joined the team at Long Hanborough with extensive experience as a child minder. Having previously worked for the playgroup Hollie has settled in really well; it is like she never left. Hollie is a local mum of four who loves spending time with her family enjoying the local woods, going to soft play with her younger children and keeping in touch with old friends from school.  



"Parents are respected and valued as the first educators for their children. Committee groups promote working in partnership with parents through participation and membership. Volunteering can improve your CV, build your confidence, introduce you to new friends and create more fun in your life."

The Playgroup Committee

Long Hanborough Playgroup is a charity run provision managed by a committee that has been a part of the community since 1984.  The committee is made up of parents and local residents wishing to contribute to the community.  The committee members bring a variety of skills and perspectives. There are always more committee tasks than there are people to deliver - don't be shy - if you think you may be interested, contact the chair

The committee is responsible for ensuring that the statutory responsibilities of an early years setting are met.  We hold regular committee meetings and welcome new members.  All committee members are subject to DBS (Police) and Ofsted checks.   Our annual general meeting, at which the committee for the following year is selected, is usually held in October.

The committee with the support of the manager and staff are responsible for the pre-school policies, finances and the recruitment and appraisal of staff.  We support  the staff in their professional development to ensure that they are up to date with relevant policies and training to afford them the opportunity to provide the highest standard of care and education for the children attending the Playgroup. As a charity the committee relies upon fundraising to supplement the grants we receive.  Parents are encouraged to support our fundraising events.


ChairPerson: Megan Sayers

Megan has been Chair of the Playgroup
since December 2016, is a qualified social
work team leader and children's guardian,
runs a safeguarding consultancy business which includes work with Oxfordshire Early Years Team providing support and training to other pre-school committees.

The chair can be contacted at

Treasurer: Kerry Simpson

Kerry is the Treasurer for Long Hanborough Playgroup, a qualified book keeper and has her own accountancy business.  Kerry has strong family ties to the Long Hanborough community and has two small children. 



The treasurer can be contacted at 

Secretary: Elly Griffiths

Elly is our Secretary. The secretary keeps the committee functioning: updating and distributing documentation and forms, maintaining parent/child contact information, managing the newsletter, meetings and agendas.


The secretary can be contacted at