At Christ Church Playgroup, your child will be encouraged to learn through play in a warm and friendly setting with dedicated and qualified staff. Located in the beautiful Angel Room, inside Christ Church Highbury and right next door to Highbury Fields, the playgroup takes full advantage of the amazing resources in our local area. We have a stimulating schedule of regular weekly events as well as special trips and activities through the year ensuring that your child will grow and develop, build friendships and make a lasting connection to their local community.
A welcoming parent community sits at the heart of what makes us special. The playgroup thrives with active parental contribution to fundraising and enriching the children's experiences. Your child will thrive because you are involved in their very first steps in a lifetime of learning, and families thrive by making the deep and lasting friendships that underpin a caring and connected Community.
Our Playgroup Team
Amanda McFadden Deputy Manager Amanda holds a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (N.V.Q.) in childcare and has been working with children for over 15 years in various roles, including nursery nurse and teaching assistant. She has worked for the Playgroup since September 2017. Amanda's other roles include being the playgroup's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Equal Opportunities Officer. She is also a Key Person and a qualified First Aider.
Zarah Bishop Early Years Practitioner Zarah holds a Level 3 N.V.Q. in Childcare. Zarah is the playgroup's Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is also a Key Person and qualified First-Aider and has been working at the setting for 16 years.
Sharon Marcellin Early Years Practitioner Sharon is embarking towards a Level 2 CACHE Diploma Children's & Young Peoples Workforce. Sharon is the playgroup's Health & Safety Officer. She is also a Key Person and qualified First-Aider and has been working at the setting for 10 years.
Our Playgroup Committee
Playgroup is governed according to our constitution (download a copy here). Oversight of the Playgroup is through a volunteer-led Committee that is a sub-Committee of the Parochial Church Council (the body that oversees running of the Church). Committee members are a mix of past and present parents, and parishioners; they work closely with the Playgroup Manager to support the day-to day running of Playgroup, support engagement with the Parent Community, and work alongside the Church Council to support the continued development of the Playgroup as an integral part of the Parish and the Highbury Community. Our Committee Members are: