About Us

Mission Statement

Playpals is committed to:-

• Providing a homely, family ethos of genuine care for each individual child to be happy and comfortable, to learn, to grow, to develop and to progress to reach their potential.
• Providing our parents with information and support.
• Providing all our staff with continuing professional development, so they achieve high levels of qualifications in the profession of Early Years childcare and education.


Mrs Lynne Townend E.Y.P.S. P.G.C.E. B.Sc. (Proprietor)


Hi my name is Lynne. I am the nursery owner. I have worked in Early years education since 1988, initially as a school teacher. In 1996, whilst expecting my first child, I made the move to join my parents at Playpals Childcare Centre and in 2007, following their retirement became the proprietor. During this time I have returned to university to achieve my Early Years Professional Status, which I felt built on my previous maths degree  and P.G.C.E. qualification. My roles at nursery are varied, and this is what I enjoy about Playpals. I never know what excitement a day holds!

Mrs Johanna Ponter BTEC Dip. Childhood Studies, NVQ Mgt (Manager)


Hi my name is Jo, I am the Manager at Playpals and also the room leader in the Sunflower Room. I completed my childcare qualification in 1997 and this was when I joined Playpals. Since then I have also gained my NVQ in Management and worked in many of the Playpals settings, gaining experience of all ages. I have 3 children of my own . They have all been at Playpals and still enjoy coming back to holiday club or just to visit.