We take children from two years of age. Our policy is to accept children for a minimum of two sessions a week – this is just enough to make a regular routine for your child and so we can get to know him/her too. We register and book sessions for children primarily by date of birth. Please see our admissions policy for further details. We are also registered to take Funded Twos – please see below for further details.
We work with Parents to help their child settle in as easily as possible. Some children are happy to be left quite quickly; others may need longer before their parent/carer can leave them for a whole session. We treat each child individually and work with you to make your child’s transition into playgroup as easy as we can. We offer a home visit to meet both parent and child, to chat about your child’s stage of development, registration details etc. We also ask parents to make one or two settling in visits before they start – where they stay with their child at Playgroup for part or all of a session. Also please see the ‘Rising Two’s/New children’ section in Sessions and Fees.
We also have a booklet we ask you to complete with your child when starting with us so we know his likes and dislikes etc [All About Me]
Please note your child does not need to be toilet trained to attend Playgoup.
A completed registration form is needed when you wish to register your child at playgroup.
We also ask for a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate [we can do this] ready for the future grant application. We also ask for a voluntary contribution of £15 [or £20.00 for twins] towards admin costs when your child starts with us.
About twice a year we will ask for the registration form to be re-written, so all details are up to date [If your contact details etc. have not changed just let us know] Do please keep us informed of any change to your e-mail address.
Please note: if a mobile phone number is given as an emergency contact number, please ensure it is not switched off while your child is at Playgroup unless you are at home and we can contact you there.
Funded Twos: children eligible can access up to fifteen hours per week if Parents are in receipt of any of the following:
Income-based job seekers allowance
Income-related Employment and support allowance
Child tax credit [provided you are not also entitled to Working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit.
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999