Our Team


Debbi Scobell 

Play Leader

Debbi has been play leader at Uplands Playgroup since 2013 – Previous work experience has included running a busy childminding business, working as a teaching assistant and in retail management. She is also a member of girl guiding and a Brownie leader. Debbi lives in Uplands and both her children attended Uplands Playgroup. Debbi lives with her husband and two children and a small fluffy dog called Wicket. Debbi's favourite thing to do at Playgroup is getting messy with art projects – the sparklier the better!

NVQ Level 3

Child Protection training

Paediatric First Aid

Special needs coordinator

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Sharon Pace

Deputy Play Leader

Sharon has worked at Uplands Playgroup since 2008 and has many years’ experience working in early years.  She has 4 children and a dog and really enjoys spending time with her family and holidays in the sunshine.  Sharon’s favourite thing to do at Playgroup is going on our trips.

National Diploma Level 3

Child Protection training

Paediatric First Aid

Deputy Safeguarding Lead


Jane Elgharbawy

Play Assistant

Jane has worked at playgroup since 2015 and has worked in a variety of early years settings and children’s centres.  She has 3 grown up children, 2 grandchildren, 2 dogs and lots of guinea pigs! Jane is very much a hands-on Nana and loves getting messy and playing with her grandchildren.  Jane’s favourite thing to do at Playgroup is dancing during our disco time.

NVQ Level 3

Child Protection training

Paediatric First Aid

SEN trained


There will be a minimum of two members of staff present at each session. In the case of unplanned staff absence, such as sickness, we will attempt to arrange cover but on the rare occasion this is unsuccessful it may be necessary to close playgroup.

We provide care and education for young children between the ages of two years nine months and four years. We open term time only, five days each week, and we are closed on bank holidays and we usually share INSET days with Uplands School. Exact term dates will be issued at the start of the academic year.

The regular times we are open are:

Monday–Wednesday 09:00–15:00

Thursday–Friday 09:00–12:00