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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 - Plantpots owner
Lesley Collins - Nursery Manager

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.

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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 started at our sister nursery in Great Park in 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.


Charlie Jamieson  Forest School Leader

Charlie joined the team in February 2023 as a forest lead. Charlie has previous experience preparing and planning activities as part of the outdoor curriculum, she has an understanding of how to adapt activities accordingly based on each individuals age and stage of development


Rachael Smith

Rachael is a level 5 

practitioner with 11 years'

experience of working within a

nursery. Rachael joined

Plantpots in January 2018,

 and currently supports Lesley as assistant Manager.

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 sector for the last nine years, developing her knowledge and experience. Onelia previously worked in a forest school setting and has experience planning and implementing the early years framework within the outdoor natural environment.

Brogan Iredale 

Brogan is our Early Years Teacher. She started at Plantpots in November 2021. She has a wealth of experience with preschool children, the Jolly phonics method and teaching through play. Brogan is enthusiastic about the Montessori learning approach and linking this with her experience preparing children for school.


Caoimhe Mills

Caoimhe joined the team in September 2020 as a Nursery Assistant. Caoimhe is very creative, providing lots of opportunities for the children to develop their senses through play, exploring our sensory materials and expressing themselves within our craft area.

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