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Mandy Powell

Early Years Educator


14 years at Sandcastle Playgroup, Mother of 2 children, also helped at Place Farm Primary School with reading and swimming.


Training in Child Protection Awareness – Haverhill 2002

Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders – Haverhill 2004

Introduction to Autistic Behaviour and Management Intervention – Haverhill 2004

Cache Level 2 Certificate in Pre-School Practice – Haverhill 2005

Early Year 1st Aid (St Johns Ambulance) – Bury St Edmunds 2005

Allergy Awareness (Childcare Environment) – Haverhill 2005

Epi-Pen Training – Haverhill 2005& December 2012

Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene – Haverhill 2005

Modules 5 & 9 SENCO – Haverhill 2005

Speech and Language Workshops – Haverhill 2006

Child Behaviour Management Workshops – Haverhill 2006


Safeguarding Children – Haverhill 2006

EYFS Training – Haverhill 2008

P.E.A.L. Training – Haverhill Oct 09

First Aid Training- Haverhill Jan 2012

Makaton Training 1,2,3,4- Haverhill 2012

I Can Training – Haverhill March 2012

Safeguarding Children- Bury St Edmunds March 2012

CRB Check – Enhanced Disclosure – 2003

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce – October 2012

Astma / allergy /epi pen training – Haverhill – December 2012

Manual Handling – Haverhill – March 2013

Working in Partnership with Parents – Haverhill – March 2013

1st Aid (incl Paediatric) – Haverhill November 2014

Staff Profile

I was born locally in 1966. In 1989 I met my husband Christopher and we married in 1999. We have two grown up children; Annie and Todd. I have lived in Haverhill all my life and went to local schools; The (old) Cangle, Chalkstone Middle and Samuel Ward Upper. When I left school I worked in a local shop where I had been a Saturday girl. I worked there for 14 years before leaving to have Annie and 3 years later, Todd.

Both Annie and Todd came to Sandcastles when they were small and loved it here, Annie being the outgoing performer and Todd being shy and quiet. Opposites to each other but both being cared for in a way that suited their developing personalities. They both have lovely memories of their time here. I also gained some new friends in Janette and the ladies and thought of them as kind, caring and genuine people.

Annie and Todd went on to Place Farm School where I began doing voluntary work, reading and helping with outings. I also worked at a local Chiropractors for a short while, but found the hours too much and decided to stop. It was then that Janette spoke to me about an opportunity to join the playgroup team. I was initially apprehensive; worried I would let her down after my experience at the Chiropractors. However, a chance meeting and chat with Jane made me realise this was a wonderful opportunity for me to do something really enjoyable, ‘play with children’ and work with a group of ladies who I knew were great.

I gained a Level 3 qualification and I have attended numerous appropriate courses and workshops. I also had the privilege to care for children with additional needs, giving one to one support.