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.
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.
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:
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:
Autumn Term 2019
A very warm welcome to all our new families!
We hope that your time at Woodlands Playgroup will be a very happy one. We have been amazed at how quickly the children are settling in! Some of our older children from morning Nursery have extended care in the afternoons and they enjoy supporting the little ones in the afternoons who are new to our setting..
This term we are focusing on the Prime areas of Learning- These are: Physical Development; Social and Emotional and Language and Communication. We provide lots of opportunities to develop gross and fine motor control in our play and in our adult led activities every day. For example, swinging on the monkey bars outside helps to develop those muscles that we use for pencil grip and control. Playing with a variety of construction sets helps develop hand/eye coordination and fine motor control. We provide lots of opportunities for mark making in a variety of ways, from chalking outside to drawing pictures at the graphics table.
We have singing and stories every day with lots of repetitive rhymes in order to develop language and communication and we use puppets and visual aids to help children who need support with spoken language. We play games together and encourage turn taking and sharing in order to develop social skills. Role play provides fantastic opportunities to develop relationships and encourage speech and language. Role play occurs not just in the home corner, but everywhere, from the outdoor roadway to the cosy little space under the tunnel!
Once the children are all settled we will begin our topic of All About Me. We will talk about our families and about our similarities and differences and read books together such as My Funny Family which celebrates diversity. We will look at ourselves in mirrors and talk about what we look like, take photos of ourselves and draw and paint ourselves. We will talk about what our bodies can do and learn to move in different ways.
We will have lots of fun!