Our Staff

Bella – Play Centre Manager

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

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
  • Eating

Best thing about AGOSC ” Friendly staff .”

George D – Administrator

Lauren M – Deputy Playcentre Manager

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

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
  • 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 Red Roosters (Year 1-Apple).

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

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

Gemma – Deputy Playcentre Manager

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

Gemma has a Undergrad 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.”

Layla – Senior Playworker

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Layla is a Key Person for the Green Gorillas (Year 2 – Rowan & Oak).

Layla is one of the Lead Forest School playworkers and holds a Level 3 Certificate for Forest School leaders, BA(Hons) in Creative Expressive Therapies, PGCert in Health and Wellbeing and currently working as a trainee Play Therapist.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Cooking
  • Kickboxing
  • Animals

Best thing about AGOSC ” The children as well as the inclusive environment for staff and children.”

Charlotte – EYFS Senior Playworker

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

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

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

Jake – KS2 Senior Playworker

Jake is a Key Person for the Orange Octopuses (Year 3).

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. Jake is studying towards a degree in Sport, Fitness and Coaching with the open university and holds qualifications for First Aid, administering medicine and Makaton.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • The Gym
  • Technology
  • Playing Sports

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

Georgia – Playworker

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

Georgia helps to run Monday and Wednesday Forest School. Georgia has just completed an MA in Environmental Humanities and is trained in First Aid, Fire Safety, Safeguarding, H&S and Administering Medicine.  Georgia is one of the leaders of our of Green Club, co-planning and running activities for the children. 

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Cooking Vegan Food

Best thing about AGOSC ” The constant good vibes and opportunities to work and play outside with a great team and great kids.”

Jo – Playworker

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

Jo is based at the Caretakers house and she is studying a Degree in Social Psychology with the Open University. 

Rob – Playworker

Rob is a Key Person for Red Roosters (Year 1-Elm).

Rob joined AGOSC in 2019, he holds a Post Graduate certificate in Play Therapy and a BSC in Psychology,

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Dog walks
  • Music and Dancing

Best thing about AGOSC “The best thing about AGOSC is the freedom children have to be creative, experiment and the playworkers.”

Harvey – Playworker

Harvey is a Key Person for the Red Roosters (Year 1- Beech).

Joe D – Playworker

Joe is a Key Person for Red Roosters (Year 1- Apple)

Jade – Playworker

Jade is a Key Person for Green Gorillas (Year 2- Sycamore).

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Art
  • Gaming
  • Cinema
  • Socializing

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

Martin – Playworker

Martin is a Key Person for the Orange Octopuses (Year 3).

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

Claire – Playworker

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

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.

Amber – Playworker

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

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.”

Lizzie – Playworker

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

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.”

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.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Working on a Go Global Eco-book with children
  • Eco friendly pursuits
  • Being in Nature
  • Interior design

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

Charlotte – Playworker

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

Charlotte joined AGOSC in 2009 and holds a Level 3 in Playwork,  level2 certificate in child counselling services and Level 1 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
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Family

Best thing about AGOSC “It feels like family.”

Tina – Playworker

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

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 and Autism Awareness.

 Michele – Playworker

Michele joined AGOSC in 2015 and also works at Ashton Gate Primary School.

Laura – Playworker

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.

Agie – Playworker

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Alex – Playworker

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Alex joined AGOSC in 2020 after finishing her degree. She is also a theatre workshop facilitator for young people across Bristol, working with communities and outreach projects through the Bristol Old Vic and The Egg theatre. She loves doing arty creative activities with the young people!

Sonny – Playworker

Sonny joined us in 2021

Arthur – Playworker

Arthur joined us in 2021.

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.”