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Our staff

The majority of Plantpots staff are qualified early years
practitioners level 3 or above, with years of experience and
knowledge of working with children in the early years. All
staff adhere to government DBS checks and undergo
regular in-house training to enhance their professional

The Plantpots team

Tamasine opened

Plantpots in 2014 for the

residents of Great Park,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

before expanding into

Jesmond in 2018.


She has 26 years' experience of working with children and managing settings all over the world. Qualified to a level 3 in childcare, she has also completed Montessori teacher training.


A firm believer in the Montessori approach to early years education, Tamasine was inspired to open both Plantpots locations using these teachings as their foundation.

Tamasine believes that building good relationships with the children and their families is key to the success and smooth running of Plantpots.  She is always on hand to address any concerns parents or carers may have.

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Tamasine McQueen

Plantpots Owner

Lizzy Pescod 

Nursery Manager


Claire Robson 

Deputy Nursery Manager


Katie McGeechan

Early Years Teacher

Beth Burton

Preschool Room Leader


Lauren Davison

Preschool Room Leader


Libby Wyatt

Early Years Practitioner

Libby started at Plantpots in December 2020 and is a qualified level 3 Early Years Practitioner. She is very keen to plan and implement her ideas, providing an effective learning environment for all the children.


Ashley Marsden 

Early Years Practitioner

Ashley joined the team in April 2021 and is a qualified level 3 Early Years Practitioner. She is very enthusiastic about her role and is keen to widen her knowledge and experience further while working at Plantpots.


Louise Hayles

Support assistant

Louise has worked at Plantpots across both our Great Park and Jesmond settings for the last three years, where she has built up her knowledge and understanding of the early years framework and enhanced her skills, providing many stimulating and educational learning opportunities.







Lisa Houghton

Early Years Practitioner

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