Our Day

Our sessions are open to children from 2 years. We offer a choice of sessions, either morning or afternoon, (with the option to add a lunch session to either) or combining all three to give a full day. Morning and afternoon sessions follow the same structure.

Morning and afternoon sessions begin with self-registration: children are encouraged to find their own name card and stick it on to the registration board.   Children are then able to free flow through the building and outdoor area as they wish.

During the session the children have the chance to access a range of activities both inside and out (whatever the weather). They will also take part in small groups where staff support  children in more focused activities. All activities are carefully planned by our staff team to support each of the seven areas of learning. Our team also get to know their key children well in order to make sure that we can plan activities that appeal to their individual interests and inclinations. For example, for children who love to be active outside we make sure that there are opportunities and appealing resources that support literacy and mathematics alongside their physical development.

A healthy snack is available from 10am in morning sessions and from 2pm in the afternoon. We typically offer a choice of fresh fruit and salad vegetables along with a healthy carbohydrate. We view snack as a valuable learning experience where the children are encouraged to pour their own drinks and use tongs and other equipment to serve themselves. We feel that it is also a time where children can develop their social and language skills through conversation with adults and with each other.

After helping to tidy up, the session ends with a quieter time on the carpet which includes stories, songs and rhymes.

We also offer specific activities in some sessions:

  • Monday morning has a trip to the local library every 3 weeks to choose books and enjoy a story with library staff,
  • Tuesday mornings our rising 5s go to Forest School,
  • Wednesdays are our messy days with additional messy activities
  • Thursday morning staff take all the children to use the school gym (Sticky Kids work out, parachute games, apparatus, ball games, movement ribbons etc)
Our main room is light and airy and provides freeflow access to the garden.

Our main room is light and airy and provides freeflow access to the garden.

Key Groups

As soon as you register your child with Playgroup, they are  assigned a Key Person whose role is to make sure that the care they recieve is tailored to meet their individual needs. The Key Person will help your child settle into Playgroup routines and offer them a settled relationship. They are also the primary point of contact for parents and carers, keeping you up to date with your child’s progress. Our Key Groups are identified by minibeasts: Bumble Bees, Caterpillars, Butterflies and Stag Beetles.

Home/Playgroup Diaries
We give each family a home diary. Families can use this to let us know what children have been doing outside Playgroup: family trips, celebrations, or exciting news that you think your child would like to share with us. Your child’s Key Person will also write notes for you in the diary from time to time, especially if you do not come in to Playgroup regularly.

Aprons are available for messy activities, but accidents do happen, so we encourage you to send children in old clothes. Also children sometimes need to get to the toilet quickly: to encourage independence we ask that there are no jumpers over dungarees, tights under trousers etc. Spare clothes are available in case of accidents. During gym sessions socks and shoes have to be removed so “velcro” fastenings are helpful to the children. As part of registration, each child will be given a playgroup T-shirt, further T-shirts and sweatshirts with the Playgroup logo on are available to order if you wish.

In the colder, wetter months we ask families to leave waterproofs and welly boots at pre-school in the wet-weather bag that we provide. This ensures that children can use the garden whatever the weather, keeping warm and dry.

In hot weather we ask parents to send in sun hats and suncream and that children wear shoes that are suitable for climbing (no crocs, flip-flops or jelly shoes). We do not allow sunglasses for safety reasons.

Children have access to our large well-appointed garden throughout our sessions.

Children have access to our large well-appointed garden throughout our sessions.



Parent Rota
If you would like to join us for a session, you are very welcome to sign our parent rota on the notice board.


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