Taunton Opportunity Group


All staff at TOG are, or are training to be at least level 3 qualified in child care development and are also highly skilled in supporting children with a variety of special educational needs including physical and medical disabilities. We use a Somerset total communication approach which includes signing and the use of photos and provide a stimulating environment, planning for each childs individual needs in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“Children form strong attachments with all staff, particularly their key person'. (OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT April 2014).

Early Years Practitioners:

Allison Brayshay

Team Leader and Multi-Sensory Specialist
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Helen Charles

Deputy Leader and Student Mentor

Jessica Jacobs

Play Leader
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Julie Farmer-Labbe´

Play Leader and Lunch Club Leader

Ellie Watch

Play Leader and Lunch Club Assistant
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Charlotte Johnson

Play Leader and ENCO

Administrative Roles:



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Ann Bell

Housekeeper Swimming Club Leader

Caz McCormack


Volunteer Play Assistants:

Rhona Turner

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Val Winter



We also have students on placements with us throughout the year. All our students have their suitability verified by their College or School and are supervised during their placement by Helen Charles.

TOG’s Management Committee

TOG is a registered charity and is run by a Voluntary Management Committee. We warmly welcome and actively seek Parent representatives on the Committee so that Parents can help drive forwards the services we provide.

An AGM is held every November to which all Parents/Carers are invited and if any parent is interested in joining the Committee then please speak to Sandy, Ann or Feah. Meetings are held once every half term and usually in the evenings.

TOG Committee Members – April 2013:

Malcolm Turner


Richard Brown

Vice Chairman

Rhona Turner


Bill Tregillis


Allison Brayshay

Lead Practitioner

Hannah Thomas


Lindsay Ireland


Margaret Austin


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