Children start playgroup sessions the term of their 3rd Birthday. Children are able to stay at playgroup until they are due to move on to nursery school.
All children are entitled to their 15 hours free entitlement, the term after their 3rd birthday.
We are registered to accept 25 children per session for playgroup. We operate on a minimum staff ratio of 1 adult to 5 children.
Every child is assigned a key person who will record the children’s play and learning and put this information in the individual record books. These books are available to parents at anytime.
What do children learn at Playgroup?
At Queens Road Playgroup we work inline with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. (EYFS) The EYFS framework states that every child has the right to the best possible start in life and has been put in place to help young children achieve.
In playgroup children make lots of new friends and learn new skills through their play. Our aim is to extend this learning process by providing many pleasurable challenging play activities that will extend your child’s overall development.
We plan for the indoor and outdoor environment, providing children with the opportunities to explore and progress in each of the seven areas of learning and development.
We have a two year rolling program, which is based on a ½ termly topic and then broken down into weekly themes with in this. Equipment related to these themes and topics is available for the children to explore during free play in the session, as well as songs, stories and craft activities.
During the session children take part in a small group activity (group time). This lasts about 10 minutes and has a weekly focus to develop different skills. Group time planning is planned for based on the children’s interests and next steps and adapted during the week it is being carried out if needed.
Depending on spaces available, a child will be offered a playgroup place in the term of their 3rd birthday. If we have a waiting list, children will be offered a place in the order in which they appear in the waiting list book.