The Team

The pre-school is owned and managed by Thea Arthur and Susan Raftery. Thea is the on-site manager, Susan deals with the finance and administration, including admissions.

Thea Arthur
Co-owner & Pre-School Manager
Although I have spent most of my adult life in Guildford, I moved around a lot as a child, going to variety of schools. I take great delight that my 3 ( now adult) children have grown up in one house, attended all local schools, sitting A levels with friends they've had since Child's Play. I have a strong love - hate relationship with exercise and my treadmill. I adore holidays, America , Elvis Presley and Batman, and working with your children !
Susan Raftery
Co-owner & Business Manager - BSc (Hons)
I live in Guildford and have three children (all of whom went to Child's Play) and a black Labrador called Poppy. That all leaves me with little free time! But I try to find time for long countryside walks in the local area - my favourite is Puttenham Common. I am proud of Child's Play and love working with all the families who come through our door.
Diane Crowe
Deputy Manager; Level 3 qualified; First Aid
Hi, I'm Diane. Each of my children started their formal education here and I have been here ever since! I honestly think children in this age group (2 to 5 years) are the best: they are their own person; they're funny, accepting of everyone and just a delight. In my spare time I like to read, to garden and, like everyone, to cook and to eat. I enjoy walking our dog, Dylan, and love the seaside. But I hate having my photo taken!
Natalie Day
Deputy Manager, Level 3 qualified; First Aid; Forest School Leader & SENCO
I am a busy Mum of twin girls. I am very family oriented and we spend most of our free time with our extended family and friends - we love exploring outdoors and taking woodland walks. My favourite place is beside the sea - I hope to live on the coast one day! My hobbies include going to the Theatre and concerts, as I love music. I go to Rock Choir once a week to have fun and unwind. I am a fan of books - I love to read and get lost in a world of imagination!
Kim Phillips
First Aid; SENCO Support
I love spending time with my family and enjoying time in and around Guildford. When at home I love to bake and try out lots of new recipes. I enjoy running and Pilates, as well as following my local team from home on the Wirral, the mighty Tranmere Rovers!
Inderjit Dhami
Level 3 qualified; First Aid
Hi I'm Indi, I have 2 boys and a girl who keep me very busy. I enjoy going on walks along the canal behind my house. I spend most of my time socialising with my friends and family.
Corrinna West

My name is Corrinna and I am a lifelong Guildford resident. I have three children aged from 9 to 25, and a Cocker Spaniel called Cosmo. I was a midwife prior to joining Child's Play and have a passion for child development and learning, and the well being of children and families. I enjoy reading, music, dancing, yoga and the outdoors. My spare time is spent having fun with my extended family

Gemma Plant
Level 4 qualified; First Aid
I have worked with children for 15 years in a nursery setting and as a Nanny. I have always lived local to Guildford. I like to do crafts and in my spare time I like to bake, cook, socialise with friends and family and visit my niece and nephew who do not live locally to spend quality time with them.
Katy Duquenoy
First Aid
Hi, I'm Katy, I'm married and the mother of 3 boys and owner of 2 spaniels. My youngest, Ben, is here at Child's Play now. In the spare time I get with all of those I enjoy baking, taking long walks with the family and dogs and eating out. I also enjoy catching up and relaxing with friends. Over the last 9 years, I have become a dab hand at building complicated train tracks and constructing massive lego installations and know far too much about every Fireman Sam and Paw Patrol episode than a person possibly should.