We aim to be flexible during our Playgroup sessions in order to accommodate spontaneous opportunities. However, in general our sessions include the following:
Indoor Free Play
A variety of planned activities are set out around the Playgroup such as craft making. The children are encouraged to join in with these activities, there is also adult support available. These activities are selected to meet differing objectives of the curriculum.
There are many dressing up outfits, a train track table, reading corner and plenty of toys. We are very pleased to offer iPads with child friendly games and educational activities. Time on these is restricted and other physical play encouraged.
Water is available to drink throughout the session and children are able to come to choose from a selection of healthy snacks.
Children are encouraged to join in with a variety of activities such as stories, singing, music making, games, action rhymes, dancing and group discussions. We encourage parents to send in news from home through the use of post it notes in the book bag. These are shared with the other children and then posted on our sharing tree.
Outdoor Free Play
We are lucky enough to have an all-weather outside area so children are encouraged to enjoy fresh air every day. We have a variety of outdoor activities such as bicycles, hoops and climbing equipment.
There is a muddy kitchen for children to explore and raised beds for growing a number of plants and vegetables. The children love to help with planting and watering.
Children leaving after the morning session put on their outdoor clothes and are given their belongings (treasures, paintings, etc.) to take home. Children attending lunch club are seated separately to those returning home. They are provided with an activity to occupy them while the other children are being collected.
Parents of children attending lunch club may either provide their child with a packed lunch (which should be placed in a thermos container with an ice pack) or may purchase a hot lunch provided from the school canteen at a cost of £2.50 per day. The children are encouraged to unpack their lunch box and eat the more nutritious foods first. Staff ensure they have a lunch time drink and help re-pack their lunch boxes.
Parents will be given detailed information of any proposed outings and asked to give written permission for their child to attend. Where an outing does not involve leaving the school grounds, for example a visit to the school, parents will be advised verbally.