Pucklechurch Community Center
Telephone Number 07790683311 or 07736713730
Ofsted no:136060 Charity no:1032634
Pucklecurch playgroup is based in the Community Center on Abson road.
This prospectus is designed to give you information about our Playgroup and should answer many of your questions.
Pucklecurch Playgroup aims to:
- Provide high quality care and education for children below school age
- Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
- Offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity
- Follow the curriculum for the Foundation stage, which covers Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication Language and Literacy,
Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development.
As a member of Pucklecurch Playgroup, your child:
- Is in a safe and stimulating environment
- Has the chance to join in with other children and adults to play, work and learn together
- Is helped to extend learning by building on what they already know and can do
- Is helped to establish the basis of pre reading and pre writing through well chosen stories and songs rhymes and games
- Is helped to learn listening, Sharing and concentration and to take pride in their achievements
- Has a key worker who monitors your child’s progress
- Is in a playgroup where a partnership with parents helps children to learn and develop
The service we provide:
- We are open for 36 weeks of the year
- We are closed during school holidays and on inset days
- We are open 5 days each week, Monday , Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- We offer sessional care between 9.15 and 12.45
- We provide care and education for young children between the ages of 2½ and 5 years
We have a pre-school session on Wednesdays afternoons for children that are getting ready to start school. This runs from 9.15 to 3.15. This session is designed to encourage children to socialize with their peers, turn taking, and to develop more independence, and extend their listening, literacy and concentration skills. It will also give the children more challenging activities which are adult directed.
The fees are currently£9.00 per session payable termly. Fees must still be paid if children are absent for a short period of time. If your child is going to is absent over a long period of time please discuss this with the playgroup leader. For your child to keep their place at playgroup you must pay the fees.
If you have any difficulty paying your fees please let us know and we will do our best to help.
Each term many children are eligible to receive Educational vouchers from the Early years and childcare department. Our treasurer will contact parents when their child is eligible for childcare vouchers. A declaration form must be completed and a birth certificate provided to check date of birth. Parents can claim a maximum of 15 hours per week. Any extra sessions attended must and be paid for by the parents.
Working together for your child
The staff at Pucklechurch playgroup will:
- Give time and attention to each child.
- Talk with the children about their interests and activities.
- Help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide.
- Allow children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
The staff working at Pucklechurch Playgroup and their qualifications
Position Name Qualification
Manager Georgina Wynter NNEB First Aid
Qualified Assistant Daisy Colling NVQ 3
Qualified Assistant Claire Bright NNEB
Assistant / Accounts Fiona Hanney
Assistant Kerry Whiltshire
Maternity Cover Beth Rawlins B.E.D HONS
We aim for all staff to undertake courses run by The Early Years Development & Childcare Partnership, Pre-school Learning Alliance training and Children’s Play Link and other bodies.
Staff training is essential to keep up to date with current best practice. All staff are encouraged to attend training whenever possible.
How parents take part in Playgroup
Pucklecurch Playgroup recognizes parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff sees themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child.
Parents can take part in making playgroup a welcoming and stimulating environment by:
- Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with playgroup staff
- Helping at sessions
- Being part of the management of playgroup
- Taking part in events and fundraising activities
- Joining in community activities which playgroup takes part in
- Building friendships with other parents at playgroup
How you can help
Parents are encouraged to join in whenever they can. If you would like to help during a session or can offer help at regular sessions please add your name to the calendar on the playgroup notice board.
Helping at playgroup enables you to see what day to day life at playgroup is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.
Helping at playgroup is not the only means of taking part. You can offer to take part in a session by sharing your interests and skills with the children. Do feel free to drop in to playgroup and share your skills with us.
Records of achievement and Key workers
Playgroup keeps records of achievement for each child. Your child’s record of achievement helps us to ensure we are providing the steps your child needs to develop and progress when at playgroup.
Your child’s key worker will record information in the record. At playgroup we use the Foundation stage-tracking document provided by the early years education department. This document is then passed on to school and it provides valuable information about your child to the teacher. Your child’s key worker will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key worker to identify your child’s stage of progress and then enable them to help your child move on to the next stage.
Special Educational Needs
As part of the playgroup policy to make sure that the provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs, which a child may have.
The playgroup works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000). The playgroups Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Georgina Wynter.
Copies of the Playgroups policies are available to view at playgroup, please ask a member of staff if you would like to see them.
The playgroup’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by playgroup is high quality and that being a member of playgroup is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and their parents.
The staff, committee and parents work together to adopt the policies and to make sure that the policies are enabling the playgroup to provide a quality service to its users.
Management of Playgroup
A Management committee whose members are elected by parents manages the playgroup. The election of the committee takes place at the playgroups Annual General Meeting that is held each year. The committee is responsible for:
- Managing the playgroups finances and arranging fundraising events
- Employing and managing staff
- Making sure the playgroup has and works with the policies to provide high quality provision.
- Making sure that the playgroup works in partnership with parents.
The AGM is open to the parents of all of the children who attend the playgroup. It is the forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and shaping the coming year’s activities.
Playgroup encourages parents to join the committee and help the playgroup in whatever way they can.
It is important that parents attend the AGM as we value the opinions of all the parents and the playgroup rely’s on these opinions to enable it to move forward and elect new committee members.
Playgroup’s timetable and routine
Pucklechurch playgroup knows that care and education are equally important in the experience, which we offer children.
The routines and activities that make up the playgroup sessions are provided in ways that:
- Help each child to feel that they are a valued member of playgroup.
- Ensure the safety of each child
- Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
- Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning
The playgroup organizes sessions so those children can choose from and work at a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to work through a task and complete it. The children are helped and encouraged to take part in adult led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills. This also helps them to learn how to work with others.
Playgroup has space inside and outside so that the children can enjoy physical play activities. These activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.
A typical session will generally follow this pattern:
- Free play & craft activity small group time
- Singing time
- Snack time
- Large group time
- Physical activity
- Story time
Playgroup provides aprons for the children when they play with messy activities. Please send your child in clothes, which you do not mind if they get messy.
Playgroup’s policy for taking children to the toilet is that the child must tell a staff member if they would like to go to the toilet. A staff member who is CRB checked will take the child to the toilet. If a child wets themselves the child will be treated with sympathy and understanding. If you have any concerns please speak to a member of staff.
Playgroup makes snack time a social time at which children eat together.
The snack we provide is healthy and nutritious usually fruit and raisins.
We also provide milk or water for the children to drink. Please tell us if your child has dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.
We will celebrate a child’s birthday at playgroup. We would welcome some small cakes for the children to share. If for any reason you do not want your child’s birthday celebrated, please tell a member of staff.
Starting at Pucklechurch playgroup (Admissions)
Your child’s name may be placed on a waiting list. We maintain our waiting list by the date your child’s name was placed on it and spaces available according to age. Places will be offered to the children at the top of the list.
Any places not taken will then be offered to the next child on the list until all places are full.
The first days
We want your child to feel happy and safe at playgroup. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work closely with you to decide how best to help your child to settle into playgroup.
If you would like an extra session at playgroup please let the leader know.
Weather you would like a permanent or temporary session we will try to help. Fees must be paid for any extra sessions.
Links with Pucklechurch Primary School
We try where ever possible to arrange visits to the school. The older children visit school twice before they are due to start in the summer term. The reception teachers also come to playgroup to visit the children during a playgroup session.
Playgroup can not register your child for school. Registration forms are available from the school office at the school of your choice. The form must be filled in and sent to the Education Department at Bowling Hill Chipping Sodbury. The deadline for registration is the middle of October in the year before they are due to start school. If you are unsure please ask a member of staff.
Pucklechurch Playgroup hopes that you and your child enjoy being members of our playgroup and that you find taking part in out activities interesting and stimulating. The staff team is always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions. We hope your child has a great time at our Playgroup.
Pucklechurch Playgroup Committee.