Our Staff

Our staff all share the ethos of ABC, to be committed to providing your child with the best opportunity to fulfil their utmost potential.

All ABC staff complete regular training in First Aid, Food Safety and Safeguarding Children.

We appreciate the value of trained staff and believe that all staff should be given the opportunity to improve and be kept updated by new developments within the areas of Early Years and Playwork training.

All new staff undergo a recruitment process which includes enhanced DBS checks and a thorough induction process.

The Team

Annemarie Brinkhoff – Supervisor

“I joined the ABC team in 2010, I enjoy my different job roles here and find it a rewarding experience to be a part of supporting children to learn and grow.  I have achieved an MA in Childhood Studies which has developed my knowledge to work with the children in both rooms at ABC childcare.

In my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts, baking, Latin ballroom dancing and music. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.”

Wendy Thorrington – Pre-school Deputy / Early Years Practitioner / SENCo

Joined ABC since July 2005. Prior to this I was a student volunteer whilst gaining an Early Years Qualification (Certificate in Pre-School Practice Level 2), and gained Level 3 Childcare, Learning & Development (2010). I am also a Suffolk Accredited Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Level 4)

Rik Margereson – Practitioner

Joined ABC in February 2001.  During this time he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge of child development and an understanding of how children learn.

Racheal Gooding – Early Years Practitioner

“I am an early years practitioner level 3, I have three children who all attended ABC Childcare which has encouraged my passion to work in childcare and education to help children to grow and develop. In the future I hope to continue doing the best I can in my job and further my own learning.”

Jade Watson – Early Years Practitioner

“I am a qualified level 3 early years educator. I am also currently working towards my qualification to become a play worker. I find it very rewarding being a part of helping children to learn, develop and progress. It’s lovely to watch each child grow, from when they start at 2/3 years old, to when we start getting them prepared for school life!”

Jasmine Platten – Early Years Practitioner

“I started working at ABC in May 2019, I have a BA hons in early childhood studies and have been working in childcare for over 10 years.  I am passionate about helping children to grow and develop.
In my spare time I have lots of fun with my 2 children and spend time with family and friends”

Deanne Buckley-Clarke – Early Years Practitioner

“I recently joined ABC in May 2019 as a level 3 Practitioner and Play Worker. I love working with the children and knowing I am apart of helping them to grow and develop. I find the job very rewarding.
In my spare time I am usually getting messy, imaginative or exploring with my 4 year old son, as well as spending as much time as possible with my family and friends”

Christina Suckling – Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner with BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies

Prabhjyot Kaur – Early Years Practitioner

I have a BTEC (Level 3) Children’s Care Learning & Development qualification and started working at ABC in March 2019

I have worked with children between the ages of 6 weeks to 8 years old, which has developed my passion for working with children.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, once a month my husband and I support the homeless by donating food and clothes.

Emma Quinton – Working towards an Early Childhood Studies Degree

Natalie Prodger – NNEB

I began working in childcare in 2004 when my daughter started school.  I have undertaken many different roles during this time.  Away from work I have a daughter and two stepchildren and enjoy spending time with my 3 grandchildren.  Often at weekends you will find my husband and I watching motorsport.

Jack Rudland – Free time Play worker

” I’m a play worker for  Free time clubs whilst also working as a TA in reception class.  I hold a  level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development.  I am a big football fan and I support Ipswich Town.  I have a dog called ‘Bruno’ who I enjoy taking for walks.

Becca Sparrow – Free time Play worker

“I started working at ABC childcare in February 2016 whilst also working as a teaching assistant in the local primary school since September 2014. I hold a Level 3 diploma in Children’s and Young People’s workforce as well as being paediatric first-aid trained. In this time, I have built up a wealth of knowledge regarding children’s well-being and behaviour. I believe it is vitally important to build a positive relationship with all children who attend ABC childcare, as this can support children and help them become more responsible. I take into account the interests and hobbies to better my understanding of planning future activities. Outside of work I enjoy socialising with family and friends, travelling, reading, music and baking.”

Kaci Armstrong – Free time Playworker

I have been working as a Free time Playworker since April 2019 and I have loved getting to know the children. I am currently a student at Suffolk One and I am planning on studying Psychology at university. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar and singing and also reading.

Melissa Spurling – Free time Playworker

I joined ABC as a Free time Playworker in January 2020.  I am enjoying getting to know all of the children and my role is becoming very rewarding.  I have worked with children before, in my previous job, at a local primary school in Ipswich.  I am a mum to three boys and I love spending time with my family and friends.  I enjoy travelling, gardening and interior design, all of which keeps me busy but I would not have it any other way.

Jane Keveren – Childcare Manager

“I have been involved with ABC since 2003, originally as a parent helper then, due to my background in banking, I volunteered to become the Treasurer of the Parent Management Committee. Since starting work at ABC, I have completed my level 3 qualification in Playwork (2009), worked through early years training, levels 2 to 6, to achieve my BA Early Learning (2012) and Early Years Professional Status (2013). I have also completed a certificate in Managing Voluntary Organisations.”

Amanda Goldsmith – Childcare Manager / SENCo

“I first became involved with ABC in 2002 when my daughter started.  In 2004, I was elected onto the Management Committee as Chairperson.  Following my time as Chair I wanted to know and work more closely with the children.   I now have BA (Hons) Early Learning and Early Years Teacher Status.  I am also Suffolk Accredited Special Educational Needs Coordinator and hold a Certificate in Managing Voluntary and Community Organisations.

When I am not at work, I enjoy nothing more than going out with my dog, running and just spending time with the family.  As my children have grown up I have started to enjoy travelling too!”

Beccy Quinton – Administrator

I became involved with ABC when my eldest son started the Preschool in 2013.  I joined the Committee and volunteered to be the Treasurer as I had been a PA / Bookkeeper in my previous employment.  In September 2018 I was employed by ABC to be an Administrator.

Outside of work I love nothing more than spending time with my family and friends.