Our staff

The majority of Plantpots Jesmond 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 development. 

The Plantpots Jesmond team

Tamasine McQueen 
Lesley Collins

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.


Lesley is the Manager of Plantpots Jesmond and a Level 3 early years

teacher.  She is an experienced educator having worked with primary school age children for 10 years before moving into early years education in 2015.


She has worked at our sister nursery in the Great Park since May 2015, taking on the role of manager of Plantpots Jesmond from March 2019.


She plays an essential role in the children's development, providing high quality early education, and is keen to help children achieve their ambitions. Lesley works closely with our Plantpots families to bring the best out in the children and is always here to listen to their thoughts.


Rebekah Thompson

Rebekah is a level 3 practitioner with 7 years experience in Early years. Rebekah has worked in her previous role with her own group of children, developing their Literacy and numeracy skills in preparation for school and is very keen to implement this within Plantpots in preparation for the transition from early years. Rebekah Joined our Plantpots team in January 2021, initially at our Great Park setting before transferring her skills across to our Jesmond branch in January 2022


Rachael Smith


Rachael is a Level 5 

practitioner with

11 years experience of

working within a


Rachael  joined

Plantpots in January 2018.

Hannah Dyson

Hannah is a qualified

early years and primary school

teacher and joined

Plantpots in September


Hannah is very passionate

about working with young children, developing their teaching and learning from a very young age.

Onelia Gonzalez 

Onelia joined the team in April 2021 and has recently completed her level 4 Montessori accredited qualification. Onelia is a qualified Spanish teacher and has worked in the early years for the last 9 years, developing her knowledge and experience. Onelia has previously worked in a forest school setting and has experience planning and implementing the EYFS within the outdoor natural environment .

Jessica Thompson - Nursery Practitioner. Jessica started at Plantpots in November 2021, she has recently completed her level 3 in Early years and has a real interest in working with children and a passion for helping them to develop in the EYFS. Jessica is looking forward to the opportunity to further her career, skills and knowledge at Plantpots

Brogan Iredale-  Early years Teacher

Brogan started at Plantpots in November 2021, she has worked as an early years teacher in nurseries with Preschool children and has lots of experience with the Jolly phonics, teaching through play. Brogan is enthusiatic about the montessori learning approach and linking this with her experience preparing children for school