The Playgroup keeps a learning journal for each child in its care. Staff and parents work together on their children’s Learning Journey with parents being encouraged to add to the journal. Parents are always welcome to look at their child’s Learning Journey at anytime to help celebrate his/her achievements and also work together to provide for the needs of the child.
Barcombe Playgroup policies are available for parents to read on request. The policies are written and adopted by the staff and parent-led committee and are reviewed annually to make sure that we continue to offer a quality service.
The Playgroup works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000). It is part of our policy to make sure that we are fully inclusive and can meet the needs of each individual child. We take account of any special needs a child may have.
We recommend that parents make several familiarisation visits to the Playgroup with their child before they actually start. We want your child’s first experience of Playgroup to be a happy one and rely on your help in settling your child in. It may be necessary for you to spend some time with your child once he/she has begun to make this settling in process successful. You are welcome to stay for as long as it takes him/her to settle. The staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child settle into the Playgroup.
Snacks and Drinks
We aim to make snack time a social time and children and staff sit and eat together. We feel that children learn such a lot from sharing together. Snacks will usually consist of fruit, milk and water. Each day we have something different to go with our fruit e.g. sandwiches, toast, pasta, popcorn. Sometimes it may be just a biscuit. Do please tell us about your child’s dietary needs and any allergies so that these needs can be met.
What your child will need
Some of our activities can be very messy and although plastic aprons are provided, please send your child in clothes that you will not mind getting dirty. Please also note that items such as dungarees and braces do not promote independent toileting and shirts with long buttoned sleeves cannot be easily pulled up for hand washing.
Should you child wish to bring in an item from home “to show” to the group, they are quite welcome. We have a “Show and Tell” box for the children to leave their items in so that they do not get muddled or lost amongst playgroup toys.