About our Playgroup and Pre-school
Our aim is to help the development of all children under compulsory school age by working within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
- To enhance the development and education of children under compulsory school age in a parent-involving, community-based group.
- To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
- To work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.
We offer your child:
- A specially tailored curriculum leading to approved learning outcomes.
- Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children.
- Fun and friendship with children and other adults.
- The support of a personal key person, whose role it is to build a special relationship with both child and parent, and to be the first point of contact should any queries or problems arise.
- Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the activities of the group and in your own child’s progress.
We are an inclusive setting and welcome every child in the very best way possible.
We are open for the academic year which runs for 38 weeks in line with Leicestershire’s school term-time.
Our sessions run as follows:
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We offer lunch club for all children daily from 12.05pm to 1.05pm. It is optional and is charged at the current hourly rate per session, although funding can be used if eligible. The children bring their lunch box with them and register at the door. We ask that the children bring their own nut-free lunch and a drink.
Our Playgroup and Pre-School Facilities
We have a large spacious hall and outside area, which are used by all children throughout the session on a free flow basis. Within this space we have a snack bar where the children have a mid-morning drink and snack provided by playgroup.
There is also a smaller room, which is used for classroom time, where smaller groups of children have focused activities with peers. This allows us to facilitate development activities around the children’s needs.
We are a pack away setting that shares the Church Hall with local community groups.
Outside Play Area
Within our fully enclosed and safe outside area we have a built-in sandpit, wooden pirate ship, climbing equipment and mud kitchen along with access to multiple resources on request. Each day we change the equipment in use to fit with our learning goals for the day.
How to find us
The hall can be accessed via the church main drive or via the footpath off Kilwardby Street adjacent to Churchside Walk. We would ask you to note that there is no car access or parking on Churchside Walk as this is a private drive.
Our postcode is LE65 2FG
Learning through play
We adopt a ‘learning through play’ philosophy, which has been shown to motivate, stimulate and support children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisitions/communication skills and concentration. It also provides opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and to demonstrate awareness/use of recent learning, skills and competencies, and to consolidate learning.*
The Early Years Foundation Stage ‘Development Matters’ guidance is used to plan and provide a range of play activities that help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.
* Welsh Assembly Government. 2008. Play/active learning: Overview for 3- to 7-year olds.
Records of achievement
A record of achievement is produced and maintained for each child – known as the child’s Learning Journey. Staff and parents working together on their child’s Learning Journey is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of progress and together you will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.
Your child’s Learning Journey helps us to celebrate together their achievements.
SEND – (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
As part of our policy to make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs and disabilities a child may have. We work to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The SEND Code of Practice Sept 2014.
Our SEND Co-ordinators are always available to discuss concerns or answer any questions that you may have.
Copies of the our policies and procedures are available for you to see at the setting – located on the table in the entrance.