About Us

Amberley Playgroup is a thriving community Playgroup, that is situated in the village of Amberley, near Stroud (Gloucestershire).


Both our Playgroup sessions and our Toddler Tuesdays are run by friendly, professional and fully qualified staff, supported by a voluntary committee of parents, who are involved in the management of the group. The playgroup is registered with Ofsted, to provide care from the age of 2 years 6 months until they start school.


Meet Our Staff

Cathy Brown

Previously a Health Visitor, Cathy has worked at Amberley since 2007. She manages the day-to-day provision and does lots of admin behind the scenes! She is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Key Person for Elephant Group. She has two children.

Karan Hoskins
Joint Playleader
/Admissions Coordinator

Karan is the longest serving member of staff, she’s been with us since 2002! She holds an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. Karan looks after the Lion Group as well as her young family having returned after having twins! She has another child at school.

Andrea Glover
Playgroup Assistant

Our musical maestro has been with us since 2006 having previously worked as a Nanny/Nursery Nurse(NNEB) for many years including time at a nursery in London looking after royalty, the rich and famous! She loves art and craft and produces our wonderful shows. She is the Key Person for Monkeys Group. She has three children.

Clare Atherton

A qualified teacher (B.Ed), Clare was Chair of the Committee before becoming the pre-school teacher in 2011. She plans our exciting Pre-School sessions, enables smooth transitions to school and is the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator. She is an Early Years Lead Practitioner for Gloucestershire. She is a Key Person for Tiger Group. She has two children.

Michelle Hawkins
Playgroup Assistant
Michelle joined us in September 2019, She qualified as a Nursery Nurse and has had many years experience of working and managing early years settings. Michelle joins Karan in the Lion Group. Michelle enjoys being outdoors and has 2 children. Michelle is our gardening Guru!

The Playgroup employs staff who all hold advanced child care or teaching qualifications and have many years of experience in a wide range of settings.


Each session runs with a high staff to children ratio in excess of that required by legislation, to enable a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities to take place. The Playgroup staff follow the practice guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage and comply with all statutory requirements regarding the children’s learning, development and welfare.

Outstanding in All Areas

The last four inspections by Ofsted rated the playgroup ‘outstanding’ in all categories.

Our Setting

We are incredibly lucky with our setting in the Parish Rooms under the Church in Amberley, surrounded by National Trust common land.

The Parish Rooms Space

Our setting is spacious and well equipped for everything we do at Playgroup. We divide the space into specific areas to encourage familiarity, but with play areas that change each session, for variety. 

Outdoor space

We are very lucky to have full access to Amberley Playground within our setting, with an array of play equipment, planting areas and a playhouse for role play. Features include a mud kitchen, swings, two slides, a balance trail... all safely within an enclosed perimeter with shady areas if needed.