About Us: 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:

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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.

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Angela Impey - Deputy Playgroup Leader

Angela is our newest member of the staff team, joining us in September 2020. Angela has a Level 3 Diploma in Chaild Care and Education (NNEB) and has over 20 years experience of working in Early Years. Angela works every day at Playgroup.

Diane Hurst - Playgroup Assistant

Diane joined the team in 2017.  Diane holds an NVQ Level 2 and is also our designated person for Child Protection. Diane works 3 days a week.

Keri Walsh - Playgroup assistant

Keri joined the team in February 2018.  Keri holds a NVQ Level 2 and works 3 days a week at the setting.

Lesley Moxon - Bank Playgroup Assistant

Lesley has been part of the staff team since 1997. Lesley holds an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

The Playgroup is managed by a committee of volunteer trustees.  Officers for 2019/2020 are:

Co-Chairpersons: Joanna Hall and Wayne Badcock

Secretary: Hannah Veja

Treasurer: Fernanda Cathcart

Financial Administrator: Julie Wentworth

General Trustees:

Alison Ash

Hannah Cons

Maria Carruthers

Hayley Biddle



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.