Our setting aims to:

  • provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;

  • work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;

  • add to the life and well-being of the local community; and

  • offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

We aim to ensure that each child:

  • is in a safe and stimulating environment;

  • is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers;

  • has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
    is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;

  • has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;

  • is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; 

  • and is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn."

How parents can get involved!

Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

  • exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;

  • helping out at sessions as a parent Helper each half term or more regularly;

  • sharing their own special interests with the children;

  • helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities;

  • being part of the management of the setting;

  • taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting;

  • joining in community activities in which the setting takes part; and

  • building friendships with other parents in the setting.


The parents' rota

One parent/carer of every child will be asked to help for at least two mornings per term. Parents are asked to sign a rota each term, and if you find you are unable to be on duty on your morning, we ask that you do find someone either to swap with you, or to stand in for you, and to let us know in advance that you have done this. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of the setting is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.

Joining the rota is not the only means of taking part in the life of the setting. Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children. Parents have visited the setting to do drama, singing, cook with the children (We have had Kenyan, Polish and German recipes taught to us), give us surplus plants and help in the garden, and show the children newts, guinea pigs, baby rabbits and a puppy....or just play with us in the woods, helping us to identify plants, birds and wild life tracks. We welcome parents to drop into the setting to see it at work or to speak with the staff

Parents are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:

  • valued and respected;

  • kept informed;

  • consulted;

  • involved; 

  • and included at all levels.

As a community based, voluntary managed setting, we also depend on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep going. Membership of the setting carries expectations on parents for their support and commitment.

Following a recent review, we have a full library of updated policies and procedures.  Please click here to access these documents.

"I feel very lucky that my son is able to attend such a wonderful playgroup setting - every session is filled full of creative ideas, and each of your play workers continue to be caring and thoughtful for the needs of each and every child..."

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Email: nbu5s@btinternet.com

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