Who We Are

Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup is a small playgroup that has been established for 30 years in the village. Originally, we started running from a children's home which is now Hatley Court residential home for the elderly.

Once the children's home was due to be taken over for residential care, a group of parents got together and formed the first committee which worked tirelessly to obtain the building that we are currently housed in. The portacabin was originally 3 offices from when the Grafton Centre was built in Cambridge.

The playgroup has also moved, albeit only a small distance, when Hatley Court extended their building in the late 90's, with help from soldiers based at the army barracks in the village.

We are run by a highly experienced team of staff. The staff team comprises:

Wayne Badcock - Playgroup Leader

Wayne has worked at the playgroup since 2003, taking on the role of Playgroup Leader since September 2004. He also has a number of roles within in the setting, including: ENCo (Equalities Named Co-ordinator), SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Child Protection Officer, PANCo (Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator) and Behaviour Management. Wayne holds a Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (NNEB) and Level 4 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Lesley Moxon - Deputy Playgroup Leader

Lesley has been part of the staff team since 1997. She is also the main SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) within the setting. Lesley holds an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Patricia Palmer - Playgroup Assistant

Patricia is our longest serving member of staff, with over 26 years experience, starting in 1987.

Gina Clark - Playgroup Assistant

Gina has been at playgroup since 2008. She is also our second Child Protection Officer on the staff team. Gina holds an NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Laura Manzur - Playgroup Assistant

Laura joined the team in 2011.  Both of her own children attended the setting and she now works with us one day a week.


The Playgroup is managed by a committee of volunteer trustees.  Officers for 2016/2017 are:

Chairperson: Katy Thompson

Secretary: Emma Buckler

Treasurer: Vikki Ashcroft

Financial Administrator: Julie Wentworth

Communications Officer: Jo Crick

General Trustees:

Jessica Kitt

Sarah Maunder

Sam Upchurch

Hannah Cons

Sarah Edwards

Catriona Shipp

Katie Stephen

Lis Fenn

The Committee meets at least twice a term and is responsible for the management of the Playgroup, setting fee levels and Fundraising.  It is a great way to get involved in your child's Preschool experience and meet other parents.  A new Committee is formed each year in September at the Playgroup AGM.  However new parent members are welcome to join at any time during the year.  

Please contact any of us, or the staff, if you would like to become a trustee of the charity.  You do not have to be a parent of a child attending the setting and we welcome volunteers with a wide range of experience.