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.

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) and also group activities where the children are provided with more focused activities. The children are able to access rolling snack from 10:00am, we use this as a valuable learning experience where the children are encouraged to pour their own drink and use tongs and equipment to serve themselves. We feel that it is also a time where children can develop their language skills through conversation. Throughout the session activities are taking place which will enhance your child’s understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We also have use of the School gym for play with balls, hoops, keep fit with music and large climbing apparatus to encourage them to keep active and aid their physical development.

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

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.

This is available as a rolling snack over a period of time. Children are provided with a drink of milk or water and a variety of healthy, balanced snacks including toast, crackers, plain popcorn, rice cakes, oat cakes, raw vegetables, dried or fresh fruit.

We do provide aprons 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, so 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.

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

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

Key Groups

Each child is assigned a Key Person whose role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs. They help the child settle into Playgroup routines and offer a settled relationship for the child. They are also the primary point of contact for parents and carers, keeping parents up to date with their child’s progress. Our key groups are identified by minibeasts: Bumble Bees, Ladybirds, Caterpillars and Snails.

Home/Playgroup Diaries
We give each family a home diary, this is for families 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.

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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