Our Staff

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

Natasha Melton – Supervisor

Joined ABC in April 2017. Natasha has BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Rik Margereson – Practitioner

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

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)

Annemarie Brinkhoff – Early Years Practitioner / Play worker 

Joined ABC in 2010.  Completed a Foundation Degree in Childcare Learning and Development in July 2013 and 2014  achieved a BA (Hons) Early Learning at UCS.

Feriede Sergil – Pre-school Deputy / Early Years Practitioner / Playworker

Joined ABC as a volunteer in 2012, whilst undertaking a Foundation Degree in Childcare Learning and Development.  Feride achieved FdA in July 2014, and went on to complete her BA (Hons) Degree in Early Learning at UCS.

Racheal Gooding – Early Years Practitioner

Joined ABC in January 2014.  Racheal qualified as a Level three practitioner in 2016.

Emma Hunnibell – Play worker

Joined ABC in July 2014.  I am currently working within the local school as a teaching assistant and in my spare time help to run a guides group.

Jack Rudland – Play worker

Joined ABC in July 2014.  Jack is qualified to level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development and also working as a teaching assistant within the reception and key stage 1

Becca Sparrow – Play worker

Joined ABC in November 2015.  Becca is qualified to level 3 in Childcare learning and Development and also working as a teaching assistant at the local school.

Jade Watson – Early Years Practitioner

Joined the team in February 2016 and qualified as an Early Years Educator ( Level 3) August 2017.

Nikki Singh – Early Years Practitioner / Playworker

Joined the team in April 2016 and is currently working towards Early Years Educator level 3

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 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 became involved in ABC back in 2002. In 2004, I was elected as Chairperson on the Parent Management Committee. In 2006, I became administrator/co-ordinator. During that time I have undertaken a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification in Early Years (completed in 2008), Level 3 transition award in Playwork (completed in 2009). I am also Suffolk Accredited Special Education Needs Coordinator (level 3) (2010). I completed a Foundation Degree in Childcare Learning and Development in 2012. In 2013 I completed BA (Hons) Early Learning and in 2014, I completed my Early Years Initial Teacher Training and gained the Early Years Teacher status.