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About Us
The Playgroup Setting & Activities 

The Playgroup Setting


Our modern, purpose-built Playgroup provides excellent indoor and outdoor play facilities for children aged from two years and three months to school age. We are located in a beautiful rural setting, within the grounds of Thriplow Primary School.

What Happens at Ladybird Playgroup?

Playgroup Activities


The Wild-Space

The children love the outdoor space behind Ladybird, where there are lots of areas to investigate with logs to step on, hills to climb, Bugs to hunt, a mud kitchen to create in and our wooden house to explore.

Activities for pre-school year children

To help children in the pre-school year prepare for the transition to school, we do 'stepping up' activities to Thriplow C of E Primary School, which include watching school plays in the school hall and having story time in the 'Ants' reception classroom.

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We focus on different topics, chosen to reflect the interests of the children. As well as providing learning opportunities to help support them with their individual Next Steps.


The usual weekly activities are interspersed with a range of special events such as local outings, family days for parents and visits from interesting people such as the fire service, Dentist, Nurse or a vet, for example.


Meet The Team


Sharon McGinty - Lead Practitioner

Sharon has enjoyed working at Ladybird Playgroup for over 25 years. Prior to this she was a Civil Servant.

Qualifications include Level 3 Childcare; Paediatric First Aid; Child Protection DP; ENCO/SENCO DP; Food Hygiene, and Designated Behaviour Member of Staff.  

Alice McGinty - Deputy Practitioner

Alice has worked at Ladybird Playgroup for over 9 years.  Qualifications include Level 3 Childcare Qualification, 2nd SENCO DP, Child Protection, Food Hygiene and Paediatric First Aid. Alice also is our Health and Safety Officer.


Georgie Sims - Deputy Practitioner

Georgie holds a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years, with Emergency Paediatric First Aid, 2nd Child Protection DP, Food Hygiene. 

Karen Brogan - Early Years Helper

Karen has worked as a helper at Ladybirds covering staff for a number of years. 

Rachael Bray - Early Years Trainee

Rachael joined us as a new member of staff in june 2024. 

Angela Mulholland - Playgroup Administrator

Angela has previously been been Administrator of the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend Committee after being a Paramedic for over 10 years, has Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Food Hygiene.

All Ladybirds Staff have also completed their Safeguarding, Prevent, FGM Training and are kept up to date in all areas through regular Staff meetings, 1 to 1’s, Annual appraisals, peer on peer observations and several publications.


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Meet the Parent Committee

Ladybird Playgroup is run by the management, a voluntary parent Committee and a great team of qualified staff. The Committee is involved in planning and running fundraising events, reviewing/agreeing the Playgroup's policies and procedures and much more besides.  It is a great way to meet other parents at Playgroup and also be involved in supporting the Staff on site. 


If you would like to join the Committee, please do contact us as we would love to hear from you.

Committee members

Diane Eichelesheim

Julie MacGiffin

Heather Bell

Natalie Barker

Jules White

Pedro Pinheiro

Sharon McGinty

Chair Person​



Committee Member - Policies

Committee Member 

Committee Member - Recruitment

Committee Member

Committee Member

Playgroup Leader


OFSTED rated Good Playgroup and Pre-School - January 2020


We are extremely pleased and proud to say that Ladybird Playgroup was awarded a rating of Good in our January 2020 OFSTED inspection! Download the new report here.




Policies & Procedures

The Playgroup Setting
Meet The Team
Meet the Parent Committee
Policies & Procedures
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