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Welcome to Woodlands Playgroup! We want this, the first step of your child's journey in education, to be as positive an experience as possible. Our team of highly qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners recognise the importance of working together with parents and carers, in order to achieve the very best for your child. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum based on the Early Years Outcome Framework and plan activities which are appropriate to each child's needs, while providing challenges for all the children. Our environment is safe and secure but also stimulating and inviting, both indoors and outdoors. In our most recent Ofsted Inspection we were judged to be Outstanding in all areas. The full report can be accessed below.
Our Team: Each child has a designated key worker who works with families to ensure that we manage each stage of transition in a careful, sensitive way. Our key workers are an important link between home and school and help each child to feel safe and secure. They are responsible for their children's Learning Journals, carrying out frequent observations to ensure that our planning is relevant to each child's individual next steps.
Most of the Playgroup team also work in the morning Nursery, which makes for a smooth and happy transition when the time comes for your child to move onto the morning. Every member of staff has regular child protection training and also holds a current paediatric first aid qualification.
Session Hours: The Playgroup is open every day from 12pm until 3pm. Children can attend from the age of two years nine months and every child receives fifteen hours per week of free education from the term after they turn three. Families with children under the age of three who are on low incomes, may be eligible for funding. Log onto to apply for funding. For those under three who are not eligible for funding the fees are ten pounds per session.
At Woodlands Playgroup we are committed to to working together with our families to provide equal opportunities for each child, whatever their needs and abilities. We work within the framework of DCSF code of practice for children with SEND, ensuring that identification and provision for children with SEND is undertaken as quickly as possible.
Please click here to read our Local Offer which outlines the provision specific to Woodlands Playgroup. We have achieved the Herts Quality Standard , which is a benchmark for high quality provision
Visits to our setting are welcome. Please make an appointment via the school office.
For further support on how to apply for a playgroup place, refer to the admissions page.
Playgroup Summer 2019 Newsletter: /docs/PLaygroup_Newsletter_April_2019.pdf
Watering our vegetables Chinese Dragon dance. Jumping along the number line Hide and seek!
RECENT OFSTED REPORT 2016
Woodlands Playgroup was Ofsted inspected on Friday 29th January 2016. The inspectors judgement was "Outstanding" in all areas.
Click to access full report :/docs/FINAL_INSPECTION_REPORT_WOODLANDS_PLAYGROUP130547__2.pdf
Summer Term 2019
Welcome back! We are welcoming two new families into our Playgroup this term and we hope their time with us will be very happy.
This term our topics include: People who help us; Growing; Animals and Summer. We are beginning with People who help us and we have turned our home corner into a doctors surgery where there are lots of treatments being carried out with a variety of instruments! We have a Fire Station outside where some fire officers have been answering the phone and writing instructions while the others have been racing round with hoses putting out fires.
We have already planted some some vegetable seeds in our raised beds so we are excited to see how quickly they will grow. When we come to do our Growing and Summer topics we will be planting beans and sunflower seeds in pots and learning all about how plants grow.
Later we will be learning all about animals in preparation for our summer trip to the zoo. We will also be helping to prepare the children for their transition into morning Nursery class in September.