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.


sharon st michaels playgroupMrs Sharon Jackson, Playgroup Manager

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 have been a school  governor at a local school in St Albans but after 7 years and my children  moving on have now resigned from this post. This has given me a good insight  into the workings of a school and the Education system. 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.



juliaMrs Julia Paton, Deputy 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 school aged  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 am an assistant  Brownie leader and I enjoy playing the piano and walking my dog in Batch Wood.

Qualifications include: NVQ level 3 CCLD, Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), Safeguarding, Paediatric first aid, Food hygiene level 2.


chloeMrs Chloe Fitzgerald, Playgroup Assistant

Mrs Chloe Fitzgerald, Playgroup Assistant

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: Safeguarding, CYPW Level 2 and Level 3 in Early Years and Paediatric first aid.



ginaMrs Gina Kellett, Playgroup Assistant

Hello, my name is Gina. I started out as a helping mum at St Michael’s when my son was attending the playgroup. I joined the team in January 2013. I live in St Albans with my husband and two children. In my spare time I enjoy pottering around the garden and going to the theatre.

Qualifications include; Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 (Cache), Paediatric First Aid, British Sign Language Level 2 and Safeguarding.



alison st michaels playgroupMrs Alison Perrin, Playgroup Assistant

Hi, my name is Alison. I live in St Albans with my husband and 2 boys. I enjoy doing regular cover work at St Michael’s Playgroup and I also work at the ABC Breakfast Club at Margaret Wix School. I worked as a nursery nurse in a school for twelve years until I had my own children.

Qualifications include: NNEB, First Aid & Safeguarding.




suzanneMrs Suzanne Long, 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 Keyworker, 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.

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