Welcome to the Chislet and District Playgroup
Why Chislet and Hoath Playgroup
We are a small, traditional setting offering quality childcare in the heart of the village. Our British values underpin everything that we do. We have a highly trained staff managed by Paula – qualified teacher of 10 years. We have an on-site trained SENCO, Early Talk Boost Practitioner and all staff are trained in Phonics. We have a high adult ratio to children ensuring our children receive the utmost support and encouragement in all areas of their learning. We take great pride in our Playgroup to ensure the children’s needs are the forefront in everything we do.
We believe if children can see the wonderment in an activity, they will develop a love of learning, resilience and sheer determination to achieve.
Indoor Play Areas
We provide a rich range of activities that are created to captivate children’s interests and provide them with awe and curiosity of the world. Each activity is centred around the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum.
Our Indoor area is set up into focussed areas for the children to self- select their chosen activities thus encouraging independence in all areas of the curriculum.
Outdoor Play Areas
The outdoor area is an enclosed area that is set up all year round. Every day a rotation of activities is put out to ensure all areas of the EYFS curriculum are met. Within this provision we have a mud kitchen, equipped with pots/ pans and cooking utensils, a bike area, play house, construction area, garden plants in raised flower tubs along with a bug area for digging and finding lots of worms! We also have whiteboard and blackboards to encourage mark making and a lovely reading corner to sit, relax and enjoy a good book.
We are fortunate to have access to the village recreation ground just a short walk away, the primary schools outdoor area and countryside walks that surround the playgroup. We can often be seen out and about throughout the village.
Forest School Leaders from Hoath Primary School provide a weekly session to our children; teaching them survival skills, how to use tools safely and … By the Summer Term our children are confident enough to go to Ross Woods and put all their learnt skills into action within a real wood setting. These sessions provide opportunity for all, especially those who flourish in the outdoors. Children learn essential life skills, self –esteem, confidence and the ability to keep on trying and never give up.
Every week the children go for a walk in the community. Digging worms in the Farmers fields, collecting leaves and vegetation from the countryside. Meeting horses and animals from the surrounding farms. Fruit picking and fortnightly walks to the mobile library are just a few things we offer on a regular basis to all of our children.
We are having a new extension to our wonderful playgroup that is on track to be finished by May 2020. This will allow us to have two separate rooms to ensure we cater for all the individual needs of our children. This extension will provide us with a 2 year old room and a 3+ 4 year old room as well as a separate sensory and lunch room. We will have large double doors that open straight into the garden providing free flow across the playgroup. A canopy will also be used to cover a large amount of the outdoor space, enabling outdoor play to continue in all weathers.
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our Playgroup helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
The guidance divides children’s learning and development into seven prime areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
- Communication and Language;
- Physical Development;
- Understanding the world;
- Expressive Arts and Design.
For each area, the guidance sets out early learning goals. These goals state what most children should know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.
We ensure all of our children progress while they are with us. This will lead on to future learning and their move to school.
Our children settle into the playgroup routines and we offer a secure and encouraging environment. Staff support children’s learning by providing the tools they need to lead their play and allow them time to use their imaginations.
Your children’s education and wellfare are our main priorities