St Michael’s is a community based playgroup with charitable status. It is run by the staff and a parents committee. Every parent is eligible to become a member of the committee and we appreciate any help or participation. We need new committee members every term. The committee meets once a term. If you would like to find out more about becoming a committee member, please speak to a member of staff. We also hold a file in playgroup telling you all about the role which you are more than welcome to look at.
To view the Trustee Role Descriptions, click here (PDF).
To view the Trustee Code of Conduct Document, click here (PDF).


Here is our team at St Michael’s Playgroup. Your child is allocated a member of staff as their Key Worker who they will get to know very well.

Hi, my name is Sharon. I joined St Michael’s Playgroup in 2004 as a playgroup assistant and then became Deputy in 2007 and finally becoming Manager in April 2013. I live in St Albans with my four children. I am a school governor at a local school in St Albans, this gives me a good insight into the workings of a school and the Education system. I am also an assistant leader at my local cubs and a volunteer for St Albans Gang Show. I enjoy spending time with my family and like to read in my spare time.

Qualifications include: NVQ Level 3/4 in child care and early years, Safeguarding designated person, Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), Level 2 Food Hygiene, and First Aid

Mrs Sharon Jackson

Playgroup Manager

Hi, my name is Julia. I began working at St Michael’s in 2007, originally as a special needs carer then two years later I was very pleased to become a permanent member of the team. In 2010 I completed my NVQ level 3 in Children’s care, Learning and Development and in April 2013 I became Deputy Manager. I am married with three teenage children who keep me very busy. We have lived in St Albans since 2003, when I took a career break from the Civil Service and I enjoyed working at St Michael’s so much that I never went back! In my spare time I enjoy playing the piano, helping my daughter with her horses and walking the dogs.

Mrs Julia Paton

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Chloe. I started out as a helping mum at St Michael’s when my son was attending the playgroup. I joined the team in April 2010 for observation cover, then became a full team member a year later. I live in St Albans with my husband and two children.

Qualifications include: Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce – Level 3 (Cache). Paediatric first aid, safeguarding and Food hygiene – Level 2.

Mrs Chloe Fitzgerald

Playgroup Assistant

Hi, my name is Suzanne. I really enjoyed being a “helping mum” when my youngest son attended St Michael’s Playgroup so much so that from September 2013, I joined the team as a volunteer for 2 mornings a week. From September 2014 I became a one to one Key-worker, then a full team member from September 2015. I live in St Albans with my husband, 3 children and Dylan the dog.

Qualifications include: Level 3 NVQ in Psychology, Level 3 NVQ in Early Years, Safeguarding and Paediatric first aid.

Mrs Suzanne Long

Playgroup Assistant

Hi my name is Karen. I started my career working in retail for the John Lewis Partnership then after having my son I took a career change and have worked as an Early Years Practitioner for the last 14 years. I completed my NVQ level 2 in Childcare and Education in 2005 and my NVQ level 3 in Learning and Development in 2006. I began working at St Michael’s in April 2018. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and in my spare time I run a Beaver group and volunteer at the St Albans Scout and Guide Gang Show.

I love cooking, gardening, spending time with my family and friends and walking my chocolate Labrador ‘Mollie’.

Mrs Karen Connell

Playgroup Assistant

Hi, my name is Alison. I live in St Albans with my husband and 2 boys. I work at St Michael’s Playgroup as a playgroup assistant. I worked as a nursery nurse in a school for twelve years until I had my own children.

Qualifications include: NNEB, First Aid & Safeguarding.

Mrs Alison Perrin

Playgroup Assistant

Hi my name is Annette and I have been working at St Michael’s since September 2016. I joined to work on a one to one basis with children with special needs. I live in St Albans with my husband and two teenage children. Outside of St. Michael’s I am also a registered childminder and enjoy the theatre and helping with my local Scout Troop.

Qualifications include Safeguarding and paediatric first aid.

Mrs Annette Adkins

Playgroup Assistant

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