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About us


About our playgroup

Who we are

We are a friendly and caring playgroup, located in Welling, with over 40 years experience.

We are a Christian setting overseen by St John's Church, but we welcome children from all backgrounds.

What we offer

We offer stimulating and fun sessions for children between the ages of 2 and 4 years. 

Our staff comprises a highly qualified team, who always strive to educate and care for your child. 

We are registered to have up to 32 children per session. The ratios are: one adult to four 2 year olds, and one adult to eight 3-4 year olds.

All of our staff are qualified in Paediatric First Aid.

Find out more

If you'd like to find out more about our sessions, please head over to our Information page, where you can also find out how to apply.

Aims, Achievements & Values


The overall ethos of the group is Christian and we run under the direction of the church. However, we embrace all children and families from different cultures and faith backgrounds.

Key Workers

Each child is assigned a key worker, who is responsible for daily assessments and observations. Your child's key worker will put together an online Learning Journey that you can take with you when your child leaves our playgroup.

Equal Opportunities

Our policy is that no child will ever be rejected on any grounds, including gender, class and culture.

We welcome all children to our playgroup and strive to make them feel cared for in an environment of love, friendship, faith and happiness.

We do whatever we can to ensure safe and appropriate inclusion of any child with SEN. We encourage you to talk to us if you are concerned about your child's needs.

Our team

Here at St John's Church Playgroup we have a warm and friendly team ready help your child develop and learn to their fullest potential.

In addition to our permanent staff members, we also have a number of casual team members and volunteers, who help to make sure that we always have enough adults to look after your child.


Keep reading to find out a little bit more about us!

Julie Stedman - Manager

Julie Stedman - Manager

QTS Level 6 Child Protection Behaviour Management Staff appraisal reviews Admissions

Jayne Stedman - Deputy

Jayne Stedman - Deputy

SENCO Level 3 Fundraising coordinator Events manager

Lucie Brasova

Lucie Brasova

Playgroup Assistant Level 6 Display/language in environment

Cheryl Port

Cheryl Port

Playgroup Assistant Level 3 Faith coordinator

Louise Mahoney

Louise Mahoney

Playgroup Assistant Level 3 Enabling Environments

Lauren Bennett

Lauren Bennett

Playgroup Assistant Level 3 Meerkat Leader

Kath O'Connell

Kath O'Connell

Cover Staff

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