Parklands Learning and Care Centre opened in October 2000 after receiving a grant from the New Opportunities Fund, which is supported by the National Lottery.


Our aim is to provide quality childcare in a safe and friendly environment. We are open both before and after school and all day during school holidays and on teacher training days. At the centre our emphasis is on "fun for all".

PLACC was officially opened by Michael Underwood from Children's BBC. Other visitors to the centre have included Sally Keeble MP, Tony Clarke MP, Professor J Allan Patmore CBE representing the New Opportunities Fund and Kate Hoey MP who was at the time the Minister for Sport.


In 2004 Parklands Learning and Care Centre was one of the chosen lottery funded projects to take part in an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the National Lottery. The centre's story was included in a "virtual maze" that the many visitors to the exhibition could explore.

Give us a call:

01604 495937

​Our Staff

Bev Kirk

I am the Manager of PLACC and have been since 2011. I have worked in childcare for over 16 years now and throughout that time I have gained a level 3 NVQ Qualification. I work with a dedicated team whose sole purpose is to create a home from home atmosphere where children can socialise, play and
be children in a safe environment.


Working at PLACC is challenging but very rewarding, seeing children happy and in a social environment helps towards their development and it is preparing them for their future schooling. Even if unaware of this being happy children will have a positive impact on their schooling.

We are always improving with an extension been built and plans for our outdoor equipment I look forward to the future at PLACC. We also work hard with the local council and fundraising which helps us towards raising funds.

Tirth Bassan

I am the Assistant Manager at PLACC and have been in this role now since 2011. I have been working with PLACC since 2006 and over this time I have built up good relationships with staff, parents and children.


I have gained my NVQ level 3 Qualification, I enjoy expanding my knowledge and have always liked a challenge. My own children have attended this setting throughout the years. I have worked as a lunchtime supervisor at Parklands Primary School now for over 15 years. I am very creative enjoying arts and crafts and in my spare time I like to do henna hand paintings at local events.

Craig Dobson


I have been working at PLACC now as a Play Worker since 2011, Since then I have taken on more responsibilities and have gained knowledge and understanding of what it is like to be working within a childcare setting. I was at College while I started working at PLACC gaining my Level 3 In Childcare. I have built up strong relationships while working at PLACC with my colleagues as well as the children that attend and their parents/carers who pick them up.


In my spare time I enjoy dancing working as a Zumba and Clubbercise instructor which I manipulate into creating all sorts of physical activities for the children to take part in.

Carole Earl


I am employed as a Playworker at PLACC and have been in this role now since 2014. I am involved in setting up activities and creating an environment where they feel safe and secure. I have gained my level 2 in children’s and young peoples workforce while being at PLACC which I enjoyed being a part of. I have also worked as a class room assistant which I did for 6 years and currently I am also employed as a chef which I have gained my Level 3 Health and Hygiene through.


We are a small team of people who work together very well. We all have our own strong points which all help to create a great place for children to come to learn and play.

Julie Horne

I work in PLACC as a Playworker and have been in this role now since 2014. I have spent now over 17 years in the education sector working as a teaching assistant for 8 years, spending over 2 years as a receptionist at Parklands Nursery and previous to this working in a similar role for 6 years.

I find that working with a good team of staff and making PLACC a relaxing place helps the children learn and play in a safe environment.


My two children have both been through Parklands Primary School with my youngest child now just about to finish university. In my spare time I like going out for meals out with my friends and attending shows at the cinema.



We are open for key workers!

Mar 2020


We will be closed for the Whitsun half term.


Apr 2020​

Thank you to everyone for sponsoring us over the last year. Everyone at PLACC says THANK YOU!

Jan 2020

Want to be part of the team? PLACC is looking for Parent/Carer volunteers to be a part of the committee at PLACC. Click below to read more.

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