Background and Message From The Management Team

We would like to thank you for the interest you have shown in Playworks Early Days Nursery, a nursery that we are all very proud of.

Playworks Childcare

Playworks Early Days Nursery Bedwas Ltd (formerly Bedwas House Private Nursery Ltd) , is the latest addition to Playworks Group. Playworks Childcare Ltd was established in 2004 by Katherine Watkins who saw a vision to set up childcare facilities primarily for schools needing out of school childcare (after school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday clubs) for children aged 3 – 11 years. Our clubs are mainly based on school premises and operate from early in the morning through to mid evening. Please see our website

Our Head office and management team  is based on Western Industrial Estate, Caerphilly with our out of school clubs being based over 8 local authority areas and employs over 100 staff.

Playworks One

At Playworks, we have helped to set up and run a number of Out of School clubs. For schools looking to establish their own after school, or Wrap Around club, we are happy to talk about how that could work for their school. We’ve learned what works – and what doesn’t, and we provide advice and support via our trading arm called Playworks One.

Our main service is payroll support for around 80 providers.  We also provide consultancy support for a number of childcare settings and can also assist to train staff in different areas such as Paediatric First Aid and Emergency First Aid. Playworks One details can be viewed on

Playworks Early Days Nursery Bedwas Ltd

Katherine Watkins, Director, purchased the Nursery from Karen and Gordon Pritchard in July 2017.  The nursery, which was formerly known as Bedwas House Private Nursery Ltd, was a long established nursery and registered with CIW to care for 71 children.

For Playworks as an experienced provider the aim was to apply our skills to a day nursery setting.  Within 2 months of owning the nursery we have made significant changes to the nursery.  This has included making a larger and more staff and child friendly baby room.  We have introduced a large play area at the front and improved the rear garden.

Our aims are to become a registered Early Years setting, working in conjunction with Caerphilly County Borough Council.  This facility will build on the already operating Flying Start provision and to compliment the Flying Start provision we now can offer part time playgroup sessions from 9am – 11.30am daily for 2 and 3 years olds.

Playworks Early Days Nursery Bedwas will aim to excel in all areas and become a very high standard childcare setting.

The Management Team

The Playworks management team which ensure the Nursery runs smoothly and who oversee the management of the nursery consists of the following colleagues.

Katherine Watkins  

A qualified chartered accountant who prior to setting up Playworks Childcare in 2004 worked for Caerphilly Council as an Internal Auditor of schools. Prior to this Katherine worked as an External Auditor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Accountants.

Katherine is registered with CIW as a Responsible Individual (RI) for the nursery (CIW require settings to have a nominated Responsible Individual to work with the nursery manager to ensure the minimum standards are maintained and that we work within the law).

Sarah Gardner

Sarah is joint Responsible Individual (RI) and is NNEB qualified and holds additional qualifications – Level 4 ADCE Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education, Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management, Level 5 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management. Sarah has worked for Playworks for 11 years and prior to this has managed two day nurseries. Within Playworks Sarah’s role is the Senior Childcare and Development Manager providing support to club managers and to other settings which Playworks provides consultancy support to.

Laurie Davies

Laurie provides the support to manage the nurseries finances on a day-to-day basis. Laurie is AAT qualified with 12 years experience within Playworks. Laurie is responsible for the Playworks day to day finances and ensures that’s all fees are collected for all our settings including some settings which we provide consultancy support to.

Other colleagues

Other colleagues are involved on an adhoc basis and include Haydn McKay (Management Accountant) and Tracey Tucker (HR)


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