We aim to provide a friendly and secure environment in which all children can learn, thrive and develop friendships through play. We want all our children to be happy and fulfil their potential. We also offer children and their parents and carers a setting that promotes equality and values diversity.
We have a versatile indoor play area and a secure garden where the children can access a wide variety of play equipment, all chosen for its ability to provide enjoyment and learning potential.
- To enhance the development and education of children under the statutory school age.
- To provide safe, secure and stimulating external and internal environments.
- To operate within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.
- To recruit, employ and retain appropriately qualified staff and to support staff in their individual professional development needs.
- A specially tailored curriculum leading to the Learning Areas.
- A high ratio of adults to children, allowing us to meet individual children’s needs.
- The opportunity for your child to share fun and friendship with other children and adults.
- Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the activities of the group and your child’s progress.
Parents and Playgroup:
We believe that parents are the first educators of their children. The aim of the Playgroup is to support this essential work. We will therefore:
- Use our website to inform all new parents of current activities, newsletters, upcoming events, fundraising events, policies and procedures.
- Encourage parents to play an active part in the management of Playgroup, for example by joining the Committee, helping in the organisation of social/fundraising events and helping on outings.
- Welcome parents who wish to support their child in a settling in process, while following Disclosure and Barring Service guidelines.
- Ensure that parents are informed on a regular basis about their child’s progress and are involved in shared record keeping.
- Ensure all parents have an opportunity to contribute their own skills, knowledge and interests to the activities of Playgroup.
- Display information for parents on the Playgroup noticeboard or include relevant topics in the newsletter.
- Hold meetings in venues that are accessible and appropriate for all.
Within the Playgroup, all children are supported in fulfilling their full potential at their own pace. We deliver a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child. This is delivered on a daily basis through appropriate play activities, and when needed, a high level of adult input.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children progress through 3 Prime Areas of Learning and Development and 4 Specific Areas areas of Learning and Development.
Areas of Learning and Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Play is a vital component of children’s lives, without which their potential for healthy, mental and physical development is undermined. Play helps children;
- Be whole people
- Be physically healthy
- Be physically co-ordinated
- Be mentally healthy
- Co-ordinate ideas
- Deal with feelings and relationships
Children are allocated a key person when they start Playgroup. Our key person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for record keeping and planning for a number of children. The key worker provides an extra link with the child’s parents/carers, ensuring that their learning and development at Playgroup builds on what they already know and can do.
Key persons keep records of all children’s progress. Records will include notes from observations, examples of work produced by the child and may also include photographs of activities at Playgroup. Parents will have access to their own child’s records, but no others.
Staff plan structured and unstructured activities together and care is taken to ensure that children receive a broad and balanced curriculum, encompassing all areas of learning and development. Planning for the day is displayed on the board outside the entrance of Playgroup. There is also a weekly summary emailed to all parents which details what the theme of the week has been. What snacks and particular activities the children have been enjoying.
Special Educational Needs:
Specific individual needs of each child in the group will be identified through key working and observations. Any special educational needs which may be identified by staff will be discussed in a sensitive manner with parents/carers. With their approval and consent the child may then be referred to appropriate professionals in order to meet their individual needs. On going consultation and support from parents/carers is considered an essential part of our ways of working.
Children already identified as having special needs may be admitted to Playgroup after consultation with parents/carers and relevant professionals. Such a partnership allows us to meet their specific needs. If one-to-one support is required Playgroup is committed to seeking funding to employ a suitable person.
Playgroup is registered with OFSTED who ensure we are working in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We are delighted that in our most recent inspection report we achieved a good result. The full report can be viewed online at www.ofsted.gov.uk or you may request a copy from Playgroup.
We also are a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) and work with the Early Years and Childcare Service as well as other professionals such as health visitors and speech therapists.
The provision for children’s development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The Foundation Stage is the first part of the National Curriculum and a key component of the National Primary Strategy, focusing on the distinct needs of children up to the age of five years. Early Years settings in receipt of Government funding for eligible three and four year olds, are required to deliver the Foundation Stage Curriculum through planned play activities. Play is an integral part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. It is recognised that through supported play children can explore, develop and use their curiosity and imagination to help them make sense of the world in a secure environment. They practice skills, build ideas and concepts, think creatively and imaginatively and communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.