Our Staff

At Abington Vale Playschool we have highly experienced, qualified staff members who are all committed to the care and development of young children. We ensure that all our team have been checked by the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring service. 
We have 7 members of staff within our Playschool, who are all extremely motivated and constantly updating their training in order to maintain our high standards. 
Within our Playschool we operate a key person approach, this gives each member of the team responsibilities for a small number of children and ensures that each child will have a special member of our team to relate to. The keyperson oversees each child's individual learning and development, they will also maintain links with the child's parents/carers through twice yearly consultations. Abington Vale Playschool staff warmly welcome any parents who would like to come in to discuss your child’s learning. Please don’t feel that it is restricted to parent consultations as our doors are always open. Working closely with parent/carers ensures that children reach their full potential, growing and developing at their own pace.
To enable us to provide a high level of care and individual attention to the needs of each child, we operate with a high adult to child ratio, which is above the legal requirements for early years. 
Natalie Fleck
Manager
Mandy Goodrich Deputy Manager

Katie Murphy

Practitioner 

Shante Elston 
Practitioner

Natalie Martin

Assistant 

Becky Williams

Assistant 

Tiah Vu

1:1 Support  

Natalie Fleck

Manager

Safeguarding officer Lead 

SENCO

First Aider

Keyperson colour-Green

Natalie has been with us since September 2007, she is our playschool manager.

Natalie has a passion for her role as the settings SENCo, she has an Accredited Level 3 Early Years SENCO Award, which only 20 other people have completed in Northamptonshire. 

Natalie holds a level 3 Diploma in preschool practice (Early learning and childcare.)

Natalie also holds an up-to-date certificate for safeguarding.  

Amanda Goodrich

Deputy Manager

Safeguarding officer lead 2

First Aider

Keyperson colour-Orange

Mandy has been with us since January 2017 and she is our Deputy Manager.

Mandy loves to teach the children about the world around them and enjoys her time in the outside space!! Mandy loves to explore the tuff trays and helps the children discover their love of messy play. 

Mandy holds a level 3 diploma in preschool practice (Early learning and childcare.) Mandy will be undertaking a portage workshop qualification and holds an up-to-date certificate for safeguarding 

Katie Murphy

Practitioner

First Aider

Keyperson colour-Purple

Katie has been with us since December 2017 and she is a practitioner. Katie is passionate about supporting the children with there speech and language needs and she coordinates our speech and language program. Katie enjoys working with the children and loves to explore all aspects of our playschool. 

Katie holds a level 3 Diploma in preschool practice (Early learning and childcare)  

Katie also holds an up-to-date certificate for safeguarding. 

Shante Elston

Practitioner

First Aider

Keyperson colour-Blue 

Shante has been with us since September 2018 and she is a preschool practitioner. 

Shante particularly likes exploring a variety of art and craft materials, such as junk modeling, painting and lots of glitter, so let’s get creating with Shante!!

Shante holds a level 3 diploma in preschool practice (Early learning and childcare) and an up-to-date safeguarding certificate. 

Nat Martin

Assistant 

Keyperson colour-Red 

Nat joined us in February 2020 as a preschool assistant. She has a very caring nature and is excited to start in her new career at playschool. Nat is working towards her level 3, to become an early years educator. She has completed safeguarding training and a paediatric first aid course. 

Becky Williams

Assistant 

Keyperson colour-Yellow 

Becky joined us in January 2020 as a preschool assistant. She has a passion for reading and loves to read to children. She is working towards her level 3, to become an early years educator. Becky has completed her safeguarding training and a paediatric first aid course. 

Tiah Vu

1:1 Support  

Tiah joined us in November 2020 as a 1:1 support. She is a caring and nurturing person who is passionate about the care of children with special educational needs. We would like to welcome her to our team.