Our Setting

Saint George and the display boards! We are a small, friendly Playgroup with an outstanding reputation and an “OUTSTANDING” Ofsted rating.Through the skills, knowledge and expertise of our friendly and caring staff, children follow a structure of learning, development and care which enables them to learn through a range of activities and experiences.We ensure that children in our care learn through play and develop to their potential. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in our planning.

Your Child’s Learning

The three prime areas of learning are:

  •  Personal, social and emotional skills – through helping your child to develop a positive sense of themselves and others they will be able to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. They will develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.Music time
  • Communication and Language skills – Children learn the importance of communication (verbal and non-verbal) and how it is the key stone to all the other skills they will learn. We follow 2 Warwickshire County Council initiatives-
    1. Letters and sounds programme, this introduces the children to phonics and early reading skills
    2. Time to Talk – Communication skills. This language enrichment programme also develops their vocabulary and understanding of the spoken word
  • Physical Development – The children learn through exploration and fun, how their bodies work and how we are able to keep them healthy and fit. They learn about healthy eating and about exercise. This we hope will encourage children to make good food choices and enjoy exercise.

We are aware that not all children learn in the same way, so we prepare the environment for effective learning;

Outdoor play equipmentWe want the children to play and explore – engaging them in activities of their choosing so that they will:

  • Find out and explore
  • Play with what they know
  • Be willing to ‘have a go’

We want the children to be active learners – to be motivated to learn, we will support them to:

  • Be involved and concentrating on tasks
  • Keep trying
  • Enjoy achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – supporting them to learn how to think for themselves, by listening and respecting;

  • Them having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Opening Times and Session Fees

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CUBS
2 ½ -3 yr group
8:45-11:45am
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
9:00am-12:00pm
CUBS
2 ½ -3 yr group
8:45-11:45am
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
9:00am-12:00pm
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
9:00am-12:00pm
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
12:15-3:15pm
inc lunch
(to be brought in)
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
12:00-3:00pm
inc lunch
(to be brought in)
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
12:15-3:15pm
inc lunch
(to be brought in)
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
12:00-3:00pm
inc lunch
(to be brought in)
BEARS
3 – 5 year group
12:00-3:00pm
inc lunch
(to be brought in)

Government funding (known as Nursery Education Funding or NEF) is given to children the term after they are 3 years of age and is equivalent to 15 hours of free sessions per week. Playgroup will provide the paper work when the time comes. We are keen to ensure our facility is accessible to all, so we keep our session fees to a minimum. Each non-funded session is £14.50 for three hours.

Uniform/Clothing

We promote independence and wearing clothes that the children can manage without help gives them independence and nurtures confidence and self-esteem. With this in mind, we expect children to wear the Playgroup sweatshirt or t-shirt. This gives the children the opportunity to explore the learning environment without the worry of dirtying their own clothes. The children are involved in physical activities daily, so it is important that they are not restricted by the clothes they wear. No other clothing policies are in force, although experience has taught us that children are more comfortable in leggings or trousers.  Uniform can be purchased from Playgroup at very reasonable prices.

Sweat jumpers: £7.00                 T Shirts: £4.50                   Red ‘Book Bags’: £3.50

Working with Parents and Carers 

We work closely with you as parents and carers and ensure you are kept up to date with your child’s progress. Each term you will be invited to a Progress Meeting with your child’s Key Person and the Playgroup Manager. You are also welcome to come in after a session to look at your child’s learning journey at any other time.

Joining Us 

We welcome children from the age of 2 ½ years to 4 years until they reach school age and, although we are a village Playgroup, we accept children beyond the village boundaries. We welcome and strongly encourage visits to see us in action!  However, please phone for an appointment, as we do not accept cold callers for safeguarding reasons.