Staff Profiles

Dave Martin


Hi my name is Dave, I am currently the station staff officer at 29 Regiment RLC South Cerney. I have previously been a Chairperson at another preschool. I've been chairperson at Duke of Gloucester Playgroup since May 2014. My hobbies include diving over seas as well as dog walking.

Carole Mercier


Hi I am Carole Mercier, Playgroup Manager at Duke of Gloucester Playgroup. I have worked here since September 2002. I have 2 lovely daughters, Georgia and Freya and live in Cirencester. I have numerous qualifications in Childcare and have completed my Professional Managers Programme as well as my NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

Freya Mercier

Deputy Manager & SENCO

Hello, I am Freya I have worked at The Duke of Gloucester Playgroup since November 2016. I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator) alongside many other qualifications that I have completed to support my Deputy Manager's & SENCO role. I am also the Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator; my passion is to support all children who have any other additional needs. My interests include going to the gym and attending various exercise classes.

Sara Kewley

Deputy Manager

My name is Sara I am married with two daughters, I have worked with children for over 22 years. My qualifications include a BTEC Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and many other qualifications to support my Deputy Manager's role. My hobbies include spending time with my family and going swimming and walking.

Jo Carpenter

Early years Practitioner

Hello, I am Jo Carpenter. I live in Crudwell, Wiltshire and have worked at Duke of Gloucester Playgroup since May 2009. Alongside my NVQ Level 3 I also have a diploma in Pre-school practice.

Carolyn Wilkinson

Early years practitioner

Hello, My name is Carolyn. I have worked at The Duke of Gloucester Playgroup since November 2015. I live in Cirencester with my partner Ash and my young son Ruben. My hobbies include baking.

Rebecca Isles

Early years practitioner & Financial Assistant

Hello, my name is Rebecca. I have lived in the local area for 10 years. I live in Cirencester with my husband and 3 children. I have been at The Duke of Gloucester playgroup on and off since 2010. I was a parent volunteer  and on the committee as a Treasurer whilst my youngest children attended the pre-school. I have now returned  as the financial administrator and have completed my Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Child Care.

Alison Duke

Lunch Time Assistant (unqualified in Early Years Childcare but First Aid Trained and Safeguard Trained)

Hi I am Alison, I started volunteering at the Duke of Gloucester Playgroup in February 2017. I am now employed as the lunch time assistant. I live in Cirencester with my husband and my son and daughter. I enjoy gardening, travelling and spending time with my family. 

Caroline Park

Early Years Practitioner (currently training in Level 3 Child Care)

Hello, I am Caroline. I live in Cirencester with my husband Ian and my two little girls. I am currently doing my Level 3 Qualification in Early Years Child Care. I enjoy doing family activities such as baking and being outside. My hobbies include reading and making memories with my family and friends. 

Becca Jenkins

Early Years Practitioner

Hello I am Becca, I am the newest member of the team and joined in September 2019. My husband is currently a serving member of HM Forces at 29 Regiment. I have 2 sons who are 10 & 11. I have worked in child-care for 17 years and hold a CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare Pathway) Child-Care and numerous other qualifications to support my role. In my spare time I enjoy running. 

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