Taunton Opportunity Group


All staff at TOG are  level 3 qualified in child care development in the Early Years 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 have fun learning and staff help them to gain skills to prepare them well for their next stages of development'. (OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT October 2017).

Early Years Practitioners:

Allison Brayshay

Team Leader and Multi-Sensory Specialist
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Helen Charles

Deputy Leader and Student Mentor
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Julie Farmer-Labbe´

Play Leader and Lunch Club Leader

Ellie Watch

Play Leader and Lunch Club Assistant

Caz McCormack


Bee Barrington

Play Leader

Hayley Hooper

Supply staff

Helen Ingham-Cooke

Supply staff

Bank Staff:

We are lucky enough to have level three trained bank staff that we can call on as and when needed, please see TOG reception board or phone TOG if you would like more information.


We have some lovely ladies who give up their time to volunteer to come and help out and play with the children.  For more information on who volunteers at TOG please get in touch or see our reception board.


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 – November 2017:

Malcolm Turner


Jennifer Bird

Vice Chairman

Margaret Austin


Bill Tregillis


Allison Brayshay

Lead Practitioner

Rhona Turner


Richard Brown


Lindsey Ireland