Yorkley Playgroup

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Lydney Road, Yorkley, Lydney, GL15 4RR


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Yorkley Playgroup

Welcome to Yorkley Playgroup

  1. Who's Who

Who's Who

Welcome to the Yorkley Playgroup Staff.

Sophie Thorne 








Hi I am Sophie Thorne and I am the manager of Yorkley Playgroup and Parkend Early Learners.

I have worked in childcare since I was 18 and hold the Early Years Teacher Status. I started my journey at Yorkley Playgroup in November 2015 with Amanda Mason, following on from this I was given the opportunity to manage Parkend Early Learners in November 2019. 

I enjoy spending time with my dogs, and taking them for walks, exploring different places. I enjoy going on holidays when I can to explore different parts of the world. 

Amanda Mason

Deputy Manager

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Deputy SENCO





Hi my name is Amanda and I am Deputy Manager at Yorkley Playgroup. I started my journey at Yorkley playgroup alongside Sophie in November 2015 after working at a private nursery for 13 years.

I have always wanted to work in childcare so started my  dream career at the age of 16.

I am married and have 2 boys, and enjoy autograss  motorsport on the weekends with my family.

I enjoy working with children to gain and flourish in their development while they are with us and love to see them grow in self confidence and blossom as they learn through play.

Kelly Powell

Play Worker





Hello my name is Kelly and I have worked at Yorkley Playgroup since 2017.

I live in Whitecroft with my Husband Bradley, my 3 Children Ella, Finley and Iris and our very active dog Nala. 
In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, walking my dog and going out with friends. My favourite things to do is spending time with my family making memories.
Activities I enjoy the most at Playgroup are Physical Education and Messy Play the messier the better!! 
I find inspiration everyday through working with children and knowing I am part of their first education experience. I have such passion in my job finding new ideas to make learning and development as fun as it can be. 


Laura Norton

Play Worker





Hi my name is Laura, I am married and have 2 young girls of my own. I have always worked within childcare and have 10 plus years of experience working within a childcare setting and also working on my own as a nanny.I enjoy spending time with my family and taking our dog Rocky out in the woods.I hold a level 3 childcare qualification and have completed many training courses to continue to extend my knowledge.

Lauren Smith

Play Worker





Hi I am Lauren Smith I started off my journey at Yorkley Playgroup as a play assistant apprentice back in Janaury 2016. I have 2 children of my own Roman and Arabella. In my spare time I spend it with my family going on holidays and making memories. 

I have always wanted to work in childcare, and very lucky to be part of the Yorkely Playgroup family.

Lucy Childs

Play Worker





Hi I am Lucy and I have worked in childcare for over 20 years. I am married with two daughters. In my free time I like to travel and spend time with my family and friends. I have a bubbly personality and love to join in with dancing and singing, also messy play and crafts with the children,

Kelly Barclay

Trainee Play Worker





Hi I am Kelly Barclay and I joined the Yorkley Playgroup team in September 2022 following on from doing some volunteering work. I have 4 children of my own 2 boys and 2 girls and have always lived in Yorkley, also attending Yorkley Playgroup and Yorkley School. 

You may have seen me at the local baby group which I run on a Friday morning at the local community centre.