Our Staff

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Bella – Play Centre Manager

Staff photo Bella

Bella is a Key Person for Purple Penguins (Reception- Bumblebees). 

Bella joined AGOSC in 2004, became Deputy Playcentre Manager in 2007, and was appointed Playcentre Manager in 2015. She has a Diploma in Playwork and a Foundation Degree in Early Years, Bella has over 17 years of childcare experience and has taken many courses including Safeguarding Disabled Children and Safer recruitment and epilepsy.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Cats
  • The Gym
  • Photography
  • Aldi Special buys
  • Food

Best thing about AGOSC “The dress up days in the holidays, the children and staff.”

Hayley – Administrator

Hayley joined AGOSC in 2018 and has completed her AAT qualifications.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Running
  • Cycling πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
  • Eating

Best thing about AGOSC ” Friendly staff .”

George D – Administrator

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Our Senior Management Team

Lauren M – Deputy Playcentre Manager

Staff Photo Loz

Lauren is the Key Person for the Red Roosters (Year 1- Apple).

Lauren has a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years, Foundation Degree in Playwork and a BA (Hons) Degree in Education and Childhood studies. Lauren has also undertaken other relevant training such as: Safeguarding, Health and Safety and inspiring leadership. As well as being the Deputy Playcentre Manager for Key Stage 1.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Dancing πŸ’ƒπŸ»
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Running
  • Movies

Best thing about AGOSC “The Children and staff, opportunities for under privileged families.”

Lauren P – Deputy Playcentre Manager 

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Lauren is the Key Person for the Green Gorillas (Year 2 – Sycamore).

Lauren joined AGOSC in 2009 and became Deputy playcentre manager in 2019. Lauren mainly works over at old chapel park (KS2 site).Lauren has completed numerous childcare courses over the years and has completed a Childcare and Education Cache course at Level 3 and is First Aid trained.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Flowers
  • Skittles
  • Socialising
  • Walks
  • Camping πŸ•οΈ

Best thing about AGOSC “Team work, Wellbeing and Positiveness.”

Gemma – Deputy Playcentre Manager

Gemma is a Key Person for the Red Roosters (Year 1 – Cherry). 

Gemma joined AGOSC in 2018. Gemma has an Undergraduate Degree in Early Years, a Level 3 qualification in Forest School and is PGCE Qualified.  She also has undertaken other training such as child protection, First Aid and GDPR. 

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Aldi Special buys
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Story writing
  • Plants
  • Pets

Best thing about AGOSC “Forest school especially fire cooking and Ricky the lizard.”

Charlotte – EYFS Senior Playworker

Charlotte is a Key Person for the Purple Penguins (Reception- Caterpillars). 

Charlotte joined AGOSC in 2018.  Charlotte holds a BA (Hons) in fine Art and a Level 2 Playwork qualification. She is also trained in First Aid and safeguarding. Charlotte is also one of the leaders of our of Green Club, co-planning and running activities for the children. 

Interests Hobbies:

  • Travelling ✈️
  • Harry Styles
  • Music & Theatre
  • Plants
  • Art

Best thing about AGOSC ” The People, The Place and The Parties.”

Jake – KS2 Senior Playworker

Jake is a Key Person for the Green Gorillas (Year 2 – Oak) & Orange Octopus (Year 3). 

Jake joined AGOSC in 2018. Jake has over 2 years experience volunteering in a sporting environment with children and holds a Level 3 Diploma in sports coaching and performance development as well as a BSc (Hons) in Sport, Fitness and Coaching. He also holds qualifications for Paediatric First Aid, Administering Medicine and Makaton.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • The Gym ( Especially Spin πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ )
  • Technology πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»
  • Playing Sports

Best thing about AGOSC ” A good atmosphere with fun staff and great children.”

Amber- KS2 Senior Playworker

Amber is a Key Person for the Green Gorillas (Year 2 – Rowan). 
Amber is mainly based at the Old Chapel Park site. She has a level 2 in Playwork and a level 3 in Health and Social Care. She has trained in Food Safety and Health and Safety.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Comics
  • Gaming
  • Music 🎢
  • Cinema
  • Wildlife
  • Photography

Best thing about AGOSC ” Fun team building, relationships formed, making a difference and shaping lives.”

Alice – Forest School Lead & EYFS Senior Playworker

Alice is a key person for the Purple Penguins (Reception- Butterflies). 

Alice joined AGOSC in January 2023, she has a CACHE level 3 in Childcare & Education and a Foundation Degree in Early Years. Alice has 12 years of experience working with children and has taken many courses over the years including forest school, story telling, basic makaton, experimental cookery, autism awareness, speech and language and safeguarding.

Interests and hobbies:

  • Nature
  • Eating
  • Music
  • Reading

Rosa – Forest School Lead

Rosa is a Key person for Forest School (KS2). 

Rosa joined AGOSC in 2023 as a Forest School lead. With a creative background and a BA (hons) degree in Photography, Rosa has been working within education and childcare for 5 years. With her love of the outdoors, Rosa is currently studying for her Level 3 forest school qualification as well as undertaking various training such as safeguarding, teaching assistance and autism awareness. 

Interests and hobbies:

  • Cats
  • Baking
  • Nature
  • Foraging

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Our Play-workers


Martin – Playworker

Martin is a Key Person for the Purple Penguins (Reception- Ladybirds). 

Mart has worked at AGOSC for just over three years. He holds qualifications in safeguarding children, health and safety, fire safety, food safety and first aid.
He has also completed the training courses in Child psychology, equality and diversity and mental health and bullying along with various other courses to do with working in a childcare setting.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Gaming
  • BCFC 
  • Cinema
  • Food and Drinks
  • Dogs

Jade – Playworker

Jade is a Key Person for Red Roosters (Year 1 – Elm). 

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Art 🎨
  • Gaming
  • Cinema
  • Socializing

Best thing about AGOSC ” Inclusive, themed activities and colleagues.”

Queenie – Playworker

Queenie is a key person for Red Roosters (Year 1 – Beech). 

Queenie joined AGOSC in 2022. She has A Levels in Psychology, Biology, English, and Maths and was elected Head Student at school, organising various sporting events as well as prom. She volunteered at AGOSC for 4 years before becoming a permanent member of the team.

Interests and Hobbies: 

  • Team Sports
  • Running
  • Reading & Writing
  • Looking after her Guinea pigs (Astrid and Ponyo) & Dog (Dilys)

Tina – Playworker

Tina is a Key Person for the Green Gorillas (Year 2 – Maple).

Tina joined AGOSC in 2012. She is mainly based at OCP. Tina has a level 3 in Playwork and is trained in First Aid, Health and Safety, Child Protection, Positive Handling, Autism Awareness. Makaton and positive body image.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Aqua Zumba
  • Gardening 🏑
  • Dog walking
  • Meeting friends

Best thing about AGOSC “the children, and being able to watch them grow and flourish”.

Claire – Playworker

Claire is a Key Person for the Orange Octopus (Year 3). 

Claire joined AGOSC in 2013 and also joined Ashton Gate Primary School in 2006 and has worked in years 1-6 mainly on a 1:1 basis with children needing additional support. Many children find it reassuring to see a familiar face both in school and at AGOSC. Claire did a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature with the Open University. She is also chair of North Street Traders association.

Charlotte – Playworker

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Charlotte is the Key Person for the Blue Bumblebees (Year 4). 

Charlotte joined AGOSC in 2009 and holds a Level 3 in Playwork,  level2 certificate in child counselling services and Level 2 qualification in Understanding Autism. She also holds qualifications in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Celebrating Cultures with Food. Charlotte enjoys running fundraising projects and projects with the children such as crochet and paper mache.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • History
  • Reading πŸ“š
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Family

Best thing about AGOSC “It feels like family.”

Mel – Playworker

Mel is the Key Person for the  Yellow Yetis (Year 5).

Mel Joined AGOSC in 2021 and holds a Level 2 Playworker qualification. Mel is a member of the Forest School team, is well know for her creative activities and her amazing fancy dress outfits.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Eco friendly pursuits
  • Being in Nature πŸ‚πŸ
  • Interior design

Best thing about AGOSC “Connecting with the children and being part of a great team.”

Laura – Playworker

Laura is the Key Person for the Pink Pandas (Year 6).

Laura is based at the Old Chapel Park site. She has a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years and a BA(Hons) Primary Education in Early Years Degree. Laura is trained in First Aid and has taken many courses including safeguarding, ADHD, inspiring leadership, Food Hygiene and Health and Safety.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Dog Walking 🐢
  • Family Days
  • Caravanning
  • Backstreet Boys

Best thing about AGOSC: β€œGreat staff and great Kids”

Sarah B – Playwoker

Sarah joined AGOSC in 2023.

Sarah holds a BSc (Hons) in Social Policy. She is also trained in food safety and has completed a range of online safeguarding and mental health courses. Sarah is one of the Playworkers at AGOSC and is involved in running the Green Club.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Communal meals
  • Crosswords
  • Crafting
  • Mushrooms

Harvey – Playworker

Harvey joined AGOSC in 2021, and has recently passed a BTEC level 3 sports and fitness qualification at college.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Bike Rides
  • Skateboarding
  • Fixing things
  • Socialising with friends
  • Dog walks

Best thing about AGOSC: “AGOSC is a different experience every day, it is always really good fun and the children never fail to make me laugh”.

Arthur – Playworker

Arthur joined us in 2021. Arthur is currently studying Art and Design at college and holds a qualification in safeguarding. He also completed work experience with us during the Summer Holiday.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Bike Rides
  • Skeeting
  • Fishing
  • Dog walks
  • Trips to Cornwall

Best thing about AGOSC: “Being able to have fun with children the same age as my younger sisters”.

Joe D – Playworker

Joe joined AGOSC in 2021.

Sonny – Playworker

Sonny joined AGOSC in 2021.

Lucas – Playworker

Lucas joined AGOSC in 2021.

Stella – Forest School Playworker

Stella Joined AGOSC in 2023.

Stella has recently moved back to Bristol after graduating university where she studied BA English & Film Studies in Leeds. Many years ago, she attended Ashton Gate Primary and also went to AGOSC. She thought what could be more interesting than returning to AGOSC to work as a forest school play worker!

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Camping and campfires
  • Animals
  • Cooking (and eating!)
  • Going to the cinema
  • Listening to music

Sarah T – Playworker

Sarah joined AGOSC in 2021.

Sarah is passionate about art and design and currently is studying interior design at uwe.
She loves using this background to create activities and craft with the children.
She holds a BAFA ( French) diplomat which translates to a childcare aptitude certificate for activity leaders on holiday camps.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Baking
  • Hiking
  • Dancing

Lizzie – Playworker

Lizzie joined AGOSC in 2013 and has a Diploma in Playwork and has trained in Safeguarding and outdoor Paediatric First Aid . Lizzie has a Level 3 forest school qualification and she leads the Thursday Forest school session. Lizzie is also a children’s yoga teacher.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • The Outdoors
  • Yoga
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Cooking and Baking

Best thing about AGOSC “Forest School.”

Ricky – Emotional Support Lizard

Ricky Joined the team in April 2021.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Eating crickets
  • Taking a bath
  • Watching the staff

Best thing about AGOSC ” The staff and children.”