The Saplings Playgroup
The Saplings Playgroup

We are there for your child and you

Our work has one clear focus: your child's individual needs. In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we employ people with different educational training backgrounds. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work - ideas that will also benefit your child!


Hi my name is Alison Duerden, I have owned and managed this playgroup since 2006, where I enjoy working alongside the staff and get to know who your child is and help support them to learn and develop into indepentant individuals.  My main aim is for the children to be happy, having lots of fun during their time at The Saplings.


In 2011, I gained my Early Years Foundation Degree (BA) and my Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).  Prior to taking over the playgroup I was a childminder and therefore gained a lot of years experience.  


In 2018, I gained my Forest School Leader (Level 3) qualification where we provide Forest School Activities at the setting in our outdoor environment and we also go into a  local school, joining in with the EYFS/Reception children in their woodland area.

Hi, my name is Lucy I joined the Saplings in September 2014 where I volunteered whilst completing my final year at University gaining a Degree in Education Studies. In September 2015 I joined the team and become the Deputy Playgroup Leader. As my knowledge and experience has grown I now support the setting with any Safeguarding issues.  

In 2019, I gained my Forest School Leader (Level 3) qualification to help support Alison in providing Forest School activities within the setting.

Hi, my name is Andrea and I joined the Saplings team in October 2017,  I have previously worked with children at another setting. My knowledge and understanding of playing with children and seeing how engaged they are in their experiences and learning through play. I have my NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care & Education. My knowledge and experience has grown and I am now the settings SENCo.

Hi, my name is Katie, I joined the Saplings team in April 2018, I have previously worked with children within a nursery environment. My knowledge and understanding of playing with children and how they learning and development through their play experiences. I have my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare. My knowledge and experience has grown and I am the Settings Well-beings officer.


Hi, my name is Tracey, I have been with the team since January 2014, I initially volunteered supporting a child within his play and learning.  I joined the team in 2015 and gained  my Level 2 qualification in Childcare. I am very creative and I decide those crafty experiences for the children. I am currently working with the two year old children in a small group environment to nurture them into a group setting and allowing the children to have that consistency of a warm, caring and familiar adult. 

Hi, My name is Laura, I am a volunteer helper.

Hi, My name is Maria, I am a volunteer helper.


01455 442678 (Outside Session Times)

0770 9950973 ( During Session Times)


Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

9am - 3pm

Wedesday & Friday 9am - 12. noon


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The Saplings Playgroup

Barwell Methodist Church Hall
Chapel Street

Barwell LE9 8DE 


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