Meet our pre-school team

All our members of staff are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment for all the children that attend our pre-school. 

All our staff members are fully DBS checked, and trained in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding Children.


  • Natalie - Manager

    Natalie has worked at the pre-school since 2009. She joined as a Play Assistant and then progressed to Play Leader.

    In July 2015, Natalie was awarded her Foundation Degree in Early Years from the Open University.

    Natalie took on the role of Manager, in September 2015.

    In addition to her Foundation Degree, Natalie also has a Certificate in Early Years Practice (Level 5) and a NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare and Education (0-8 years).

    Natalie is our Safeguarding Officer. She is currently on maternity leave.

  • Katrina - Deputy Manager

    Katrina joined the pre-school in 2017 and is one of our Early Years Practitioners and more recently, deputy manager.

    She has an CACHE NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing.

  • Megan - Deputy Manager & Deputy SENCo

    Megan joined the pre-school in 2014 as a Play Assistant.

    She has a Level 4 in Childcare and Early Years Education.

    Megan took on the role of SENCO in November 2015, she is now deputy SENDCo in addition to deputy manager.

  • Sarah - SENDCo

    Sarah joined the pre-school in 2017 and has taken on the role of SENDCo after attending relevant training.

    She has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

  • Lucy - Early Years Practitioner

    Lucy joined the pre-school in 2017 and is one of our Early Years Practitioners.

    She has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

  • Arifah - Early Years Practitioner

    Arifah was our student last year and has now officially joined our staff.

    She has an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an introduction to early years education and care (and is currently working towards her Level 3 in setting).

  • Ruth - Pool Staff

    Ruth graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA (Hons) in Children's & Youth Ministry.

    Since graduating, Ruth also gained a BTEC national diploma in Early Years.

  • Lauren - Early Years Practitioner

    Lauren recently moved from Colchester to Ipswich and has joined our team as an Early Years Practitioner.

    Lauren has BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development.

  • Lena - Early Years Practitioner

    Lena has worked in Childcare for over 12 years and has a NNEB diploma in Nursery Nursing.

    She joined the team as an Early Years Practitioner in 2017.

  • Mary - Administration & Finance Assistant/ Early Years Practitioner

    Mary joined the pre-school committee in 2006 as a parent helper and in 2007 took on the role of Fees Officer. In 2012 she was employed as an Administration Assistant at the pre-school.

    In February 2015, Mary took on the role of Administration & Finance Assistant. She has a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

St John's Playtime Pre-school, St John's UR Church, Cowper Street, Ipswich, IP4 5JD

Tel: (01473) 716831     Registered Charity: 1027030     Ofsted Registered: 251650