Meet Our Team

Gemma Mackridge – Playgroup Manager

Hi my name is Gemma, I have many years of experience in Early Years and have a BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies. I also run the Toddler group here at the church hall on a Monday afternoon. I live locally with my husband and three young children. I am the designated Safeguarding Officer and I am paediatric first aid trained.

Rebecca Potts – Playgroup worker

Hi my name is Rebecca, my most recent experience is working within a local primary school as a teaching assistant, working across a varied range of age groups and abilities. I have also been teaching forest school once a week, this is something I have a real enthusiasm for and look forward to bringing this to life within St Thomas More playgroup. I am a local Brownie leader. I also live locally with my husband and two young children.

Sarah Birchall – Deputy

Hi my name is Sarah, my most recent experience is working as a breakfast club assistant and lunchtime organiser at a primary school where I am responsible for giving care to children ages 3-11. I am paediatric trained and hold a BTEC national qualification in Early Years. I volunteer at the Angel project in Middleton. I am a Mum to two young children and enjoy spending time and caring for them.

Kirby Hoyle – Playgroup worker

Hi my name is Kirby; I was a volunteer at the previously owned St Thomas More playgroup where I worked while undertaking my qualification in Early Years. I live locally with my partner and four young children. In my spare time I look after my horses and teach children how to ride.