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Meet the Team

Jane Beard


NNEB, RSH, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Level 3, Basic Food Hygiene

Jane qualified at Norland Nursery Training College in 1981 and worked for many years as a private nanny for families both in the rural counties and abroad. When she had her own son Samuel, she set herself up as a childminder, which continues to this day; when the chance arose to start a new preschool Jane took up the challenge and the Beehive is her opportunity to provide first class care for the children from the local community.

Stuart the Buckland Beehive bee

Tara Gawman

Deputy Manager

NVQ3, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Level 3, Designated Safeguarding Officer, Basic Food Hygiene

Tara grew up in Tavistock and once qualified worked in a local children's nursery for many years before having her own children. Tara is married to Alan and has two children called Izzie, and Zak. She worked in the community with the elderly before deciding to return to the childcare sector once Zak started Primary School. Luckily, this was at the same time that the Beehive was recruiting!

Stuart the Buckland Beehive bee

Angie Walker

Assistant Playworker

BSc (honors). Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Level 3, Basic Food Hygiene, Designated SENCO Officer

Angie passed her degree with the Open University in Child Psychology and Sociology and she is a qualified Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Buckland Monachorum for a number of years and has two boys at St. Andrews Primary School. After spending a year being a Volunteer at the preschool, Angie agreed to join us in September 2018 as a member of Staff! She will be a very welcome addition to our team as well as being a familiar face to the children.


Assistant Playworker

Qualifications NNEB, BA (ed), Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Level 3, Basic Food Hygiene

Debbie joined us in September 2019, she lives in Horrabridge with her partner and has a son.  Debbie was a Primary teacher for over twenty years before taking early retirement.  However, she found that she missed the contact with the children and welcomed the opportunity to join the Beehive. 

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