Safeguarding and Complaints

Any child can potentially be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their gender, ability, religion or ethnicity. Our primary role in child protection and safeguarding is to recognise and react to signs of abuse or concern related directly to a child.

Brierley Playmates management and staff teams work in partnership with our parents and carers to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children are able to feel secure and free from harm. Our close relationships help us to recognise when a child is acting in a way that is not their usual emotional or physical self; any concern will be immediately acted upon to ease a child's distress. In most cases we will always discuss our concern with the parent or carer, we may also seek advice through our Barnsley Safeguarding Children's Partnership or report directly to them depending on the concern.

Parents and carers are always welcome to speak with us about any concern they have for their child; we will always do our utmost to help and support. We are able to draw upon external services who specialise in child development and child protection. We will always keep Ofsted informed of any potential risks to children.

Get in Touch

If you have anything that you would like to discuss with us, or if you have a complaint about our service or a staff member please refer to the area of concern and contact:

Brierley Playmates – 01226 713889
Child Protection/Safeguarding Lauren Devoy and Natasha Delaney
Accident or Incident Lauren Devoy
Individual Staff Member Lauren Devoy
Member of Management Alison Gaddes
Child Development Lauren Devoy and Natasha Delaney
Playmates Service

Lauren Devoy and Alison Gaddes


Local Authority/Governing Bodies

Barnsley Safeguarding Children's Partnership

Opening hours 8.45am – 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8.45am – 4.30pm Friday

Assessment Service
01226 772423

Disabled Children's Team
01226 774050

Emergency Duty Team for urgent referrals during out of office hours
01226 787789

If you have concerns about people who work with children, as employees, students volunteers or carers, please speak with Ruth Holmes the Local Authority Designated Officer 01226 772341
Early Start and Family Information Service 0800 034 5340

If your enquiry or complaint relates to a funded free entitlement place please contact:
Sue Bramall ( or telephone 01226 774513

Ofsted are our regulators. You can contact them on here or telephone 0300 123 1231


Brierley Playmates Pre-school Nursery, Brierley Community Pavilion, (off Holgate View), Brierley Park, Brierley, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S72 9HN.
Reg. Charity # 1036606 - Ofsted URN:302824