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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.
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
Autumn Term 2017.
Welcome to all our new families. This term sees the introduction of the Government's new 30 hours funding, which we are very pleased to be taking part in. It means that as well as our new Playgroup children, we will also have some new morning Nursery children staying all day. When we have older children mixing with our younger ones, we find it to be a very positive experience for the younger children as they bring their skills and expertise which enhances their learning and experiences.
This term we will be concentrating initially on Social and Emotional Development so we will be learning to make friends, to share and take turns and to get used to the Playgroup routine. We will be learning some new songs and reading stories about families and ourselves and learning about our similarities and differences, such as our different cultures and ways of celebrating. We will be learning to use the resources in the classroom and will be developing our fine and gross motor skills, both indoors and outdoors. We will be having lots of fun!