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

Natasha Melton – Supervisor

“I enjoy working with children as I love the aspect of teaching the children new things as well as furthering their current knowledge in the different areas of learning. I love helping young children to grow and develop into individual people and help them with the transition of starting school from preschool.  I have recently joined ABC in June 2017 as the preschool and after school club supervisor which supports this passion of working with children. Outside of ABC, I have an interest of taking part in exercise classes with my friends and enjoy socialising doing Zumba and park run every week.”

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 

“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 a Ba (Hons) Early Learning and a Playwork qualification which has developed my knowledge to work with the children in both rooms at ABC childcare.

I am currently working towards a Master in Childhood studies at the University of Suffolk which I chose to undertake because I enjoy learning and developing my knowledge on how I can support children more.  My aspirations are to achieve the Masters in Childhood studies by October 2018 and to attend other courses that may help me develop skills to support the children further.

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.”

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

“I have been involved in ABC since September 2012. I have achieved FdA in CCLD and completed BA (Hons) in Early Learning. I am currently studying Masters in Childhood Studies at University of Suffolk. I love being a part of the ABC team and have a particular passion for working with the preschool children as I find it very rewarding watching and supporting children to gain skills and learn.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.”

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.”

Emma Hunnibell – Free time Play worker

“I have been working at ABC freetime club for the past 4 years. I also work as a teaching assistant at Britannia Primary school in lower keystage 2. I enjoy working with the children and helping them to reach their potential.  In 2012 I graduated from The University of Surrey with a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology. Whilst being at ABC I have also trained as a qualified paediatric first aider.

In my spare time I volunteer as a leader of a Girl Guide group. My main hobby is Ballroom and Latin dancing in which I compete a few times a year. As a creative person I love anything crafty and spend most of my weekends in the kitchen baking anything from cupcakes to birthday cakes.”

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.”

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!”

Rob Pickett –  Free time Playworker


Emily Chiverton – Free time Playworker

“I have been working at ABC childcare for over two years and at Britannia Primary for the last three years since graduating from university. I studied BSc Psychology however I always knew I was more suited to working with children, therefore I am now combining my two passions by studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy. I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to express themselves, whether through words or play, and be listened to. I hold this view in any situation I am in, taking a caring and supportive approach to my work as well as setting necessary limits when appropriate. As well as this, I love running and am currently training for my first half marathon.”

Angelica Maldonado – Practitioner and Free time Playworker

“I am working at pre-school and free time clubs at ABC childcare while I am studying at University Suffolk (BA HONS) Early and Primary Education Studies. The main purpose to be at ABC childcare is to collaborate in the development of every child who stays with us because as early years practitioner my goal is to support children to learn different experiences while playing, reading books or doing any activity. My aspiration is to keep learning to provide children the best education. At the same time, it is important for me to encourage them to grow independently.”

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!”