Meet the Staff

Ellie McCombie-EYFS Teacher and Manager


Hi my name is Ellie McCombie and I am the Early Years Teacher and Manager at Kings Stanley Playgroup.  I live in Coaley, near Dursley and have 2 adult daughters called Lauren and Alice.


I am passionate about working with early years children and supporting them to make the progress they deserve and need ready to start school.  It has been proved that learning through play, with active, engaging and relevant activities provides the best and most consistent results for this age group.  I enjoy the team feel of planning such activities with other early years professionals, so that we can come up with ideas together, that we know our children will enjoy and learn from.


I gained Qualified Teacher Status in July 2007, following a four year primary teaching degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol.  My degree specialism was Early Years so I have received in depth training on how to teach and support children within the Early Years age group and how the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum relates to this.  I also have many years’ experience of teaching children using the Early Years Framework both in schools and in children’s centres in Gloucestershire.


Kings Stanley is a beautiful village and very close to where I live.  I feel excited by the challenges that being the teacher and manager at the playgroup will bring. Although there is obviously a lot to do, being able to create a playgroup that best serves the local community is a unique and inspiring opportunity and I am very much looking forward to meeting you all and your children when it reopens! 


Vicky Davis-Level 4 Practitioner Deputy Manager



My Name is Vicky Davis. I live in Bussage with my husband and three children.


I have an NNEB qualification which I gained in 1999 at The Norland College. I have many years of experience working in early years, as a nanny, in nurseries and my previous post as a Play leader in a local playgroup.


I am very passionate about the well-being of the children and really enjoy working in the early years. I feel privileged to be caring for your children, seeing them grow and develop.



I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming part of such a dedicated team.

Bryony Clements-Level 3 Practitioner and SENCO


Hi everyone, my name is Bryony and I’ve lived in Leonard Stanley all my life as well as my parents, I also have an older sister and 2 cats that complete my family.


I have been at Kings Stanley playgroup for multiple years and have had the privilege of being a key person to some lovely children and have loved every minute. I’m looking forward to meeting some new faces, seeing some familiar faces and getting to know everyone.


Danielle Trotman-Level 2 Practitioner


Hi, my name is Danielle and I have previously been the key person to red group at the Playgroup


It has always been my dream to work with children, and i have been lucky enough to work at Kings Stanley Playgroup since I left school in 2016. Previous to that, I also carried out my work experience and volunteer work at the Playgroup too.


In the 3 years which I have worked at the playgroup, I have been lucky enough to complete my Level 2 apprenticeship which I received my certificate for in May 2018.


I look forward to welcoming back some familiar faces and meeting some new ones too.  

Caroline Freem-Level 3 Practitioner

My name is Caroline and I live in Farmhill with my Husband, 2 Children; Tom &

Lola and our dog Toby. I have a level 3 qualification in Early Years and have

worked in Playgroups, Children Centers, main stream and special education schools in Gloucestershire for the past 9 years.


I am extremely passionate about giving the children in my care lots of fantastic

experiences to help them learn and develop building them a strong foundation for their futures.


I’m very excited to be joining King Stanley Playgroup and getting to know the children and their families and working with the strong established team here.

Melissa Belton-Deputy Manager

Currently on leave

Bank Staff

Julie Wynn-Level 3 Practitioner


Hi, my name is Julie Wynn


I live in Nailsworth and bought my children up in Coaley, I have 3 lovely grownup children and 2 lively grandsons aged 9 and 6yrs. I was an accredited Childminder as my children grew up and our home was always full of children, fun and laughter.


I am NNEB qualified with over 40yrs of experience working in childcare and my experience has taken me down many different paths. I have run many playgroups and been a Room Supervisor in a Children's Centre. I've also been a Private Nanny to many families nurturing their children from birth to school and beyond. I have kept in touch with most of my charges and it is wonderful to watch them grow.


I am now looking forward to joining this new team to reopen King Stanley Playgroup and to meet you all and welcome all the children.