Survey for Parents

Early Years Alliance

The Early Years Alliance would like to gain a better understanding of how easy or difficult it currently is for parents to find, access and afford the childcare and early education services they need.

They have issued a brief survey on this important issue for parents and carers to help inform their ongoing conversations with government ahead of this year’s Spending Review.

The survey link is

The survey is completely anonymous, and will close on Friday 6 August

If parents/carers have any queries about the survey, please contact

Thank you for your ongoing support – it is greatly appreciated.

The Early Years Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. As a registered educational charity, it represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

Free Support Sessions for Parents

The Early Years Alliance is offering a number of exciting programmes aimed at supporting parents and families with children aged 0-5. Each programme is FREE to join and sessions will take place online.

Details on how to book can be found below and on the Early Years website here.

Let’s get ready for school

A three-week virtual Zoom programme for children due to start school in September 2021. Each session will last 30 minutes and there will be one session per week:

  • Week 1 – independence
  • Week 2 – fingers and tools
  • Week 3 – my first day at school

Dates and times

Programme 1
13th – 27th of July
4.00pm – 5.00pmBook here

Programme 2
19th August – 2nd of September
9.30am – 10.30amBook here

Let’s learn together at home

A six-week virtual family learning course in supporting children’s learning and development in the home environment 

  • Week 1 – an Introduction to supporting home learning 
  • Week 2 – making music with the kitchen band 
  • Week 3 – creating awe and wonder through science 
  • Week 4 – promoting emotional wellbeing 
  • Week 5 – no garden gardening  
  • Week 6 – physical fun

Dates and times

Programme 1
7th June – 12th of July
1.00pm – 2.00pmBook here

Programme 2
9th June – 14th of July
10.00am – 11.00amBook here

Parent connect sessions

An opportunity to connect with other parents and carers, learn about topics relevant to families with children aged 0-5 years, and share ideas in how to support each other.

Supporting children’s emotional wellbeing

Help your child to recognise their emotions and explore with us ideas for how you can support children’s positive emotional wellbeing.Thursday 10th June: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Let’s talk about behaviour

In this session we try to define behaviour and look to delve into some of the influences and functions of children’s behaviour. Finally, we round things up with a discussion around addressing some behaviour concerns.Thursday 17th June: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Supporting your child’s speech and language development

In this session we explore the importance of speech and language development and how you can support communication.Thursday 24th June: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Process over product

 ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the glory of the ride’ Join us as we explore what this means for children in their play.Thursday 1st July – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Outside fun

To explore and discuss activities and ideas for outdoor play, and to learn about the many benefits that this has for childrenThursday 8th July: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Five ways to wellbeing

This session includes simple exercises and ideas that can be used by families as well as ideas families can go on to use to further support their mental health and wellbeing.Thursday 15th July – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Importance of play

Together we consider what play is, explore play-based learning and take a closer look at how play shaped our own childhoods.Thursday 22nd July: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Free Business and Employment Courses

Hounslow Adult and Community Education are running various free online course that can help individuals to prepare for work, find work or improve their career prospects

These courses are beginning in June and last from 1 week to 6 weeks. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Advanced Course in Online Selling
  • Advanced Course in Digital Marketing
  • Turn Your Idea (or Hobby) Into a Business
  • Create a Business Website Easily (No Coding Skills Required)
  • Grow Your Business Through Online Advertising
  • Into Work- CV, Cover Letter and Interview Skills
  • Introduction to Business Administration

Please ask the interested individuals to contact Hounslow Adult and Community Education on 020 8583 6000 or visit for more details.

Free Family Activities over Half Term

As restrictions are now being relaxed, Let’s Go Outside & Learn CIC have shared details of a series of free activities that have been planned at Donkey Wood, Feltham TW14 0HD . They are currently open for bookings and are seeking your assistance to promote the activity. They require participants to let them know in advance so that they can make the sessions as safe as possible. 

They have also planned a special activity for the kitchen garden at Chiswick House on 3rd June 2021 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. They are only able to register 10 families for this activity so suggest families let them know as soon as possible if they would like to attend.

Kids Matter Parenting Programme

Research has shown that the most effective, early intervention to help children is group based parenting programmes. Kids Matter charity engages local churches to provide highly effective parenting programmes which equip parents and carers in the community who are facing disadvantages with confidence, competence and community, enabling their children to thrive. 

The programme is meant for parents and carers of children aged 0-10 and lasts for 6 weeks. It usually consists of small groups of 4-8 parents and is led by someone from the local community working together with their user-friendly & evidence-informed booklets. The sessions are planned as follows

  • Taster – Come and see what it’s like to be a Kids Matter Group
  • Session 1 – Being a strong family 
  • Session 2 – Loving our children well 
  • Session 3 – Play, encouragement and listening 
  • Session 4 – Routines, choices and rewards 
  • Session 5 – Family rules and consequences 
  • Session 6 – The bigger picture 
  • Booster – Checking in 3 months later

Free breakfast and crèche facilities will be provided at every session

The next Kids Matter Taster session will be on 7th June 2021 at 9:30 am at St Mary’s Church, Worton Road, Isleworth TW7 6ER.

To book your place contact Rachel on 07939 472323 or

COVID-19 Policy

This COVID-19 policy details COVID-19 arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at St. Mary’s Osterley Playgroup. This Policy addendum is effective from February 2021 and will be reviewed regularly.   Download in pdf


This addendum of the St. Mary’s Osterley Playgroup Safeguarding, and Child Protection policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements in the following areas:

Content Table

Context 2

Key contacts. 3

Vulnerable children. 3

Attendance monitoring. 4

Designated Safeguarding Lead. 4

Reporting a concern. 5

Safeguarding Training and induction. 5

Safer recruitment 5

Supporting children who are not attending. 5

Considerations for closure of our early years provision. 6

Recording confirmed coronavirus cases. 6

Managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the setting. 6

Notify Ofsted. 7

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Last Year

We recently held playgroup’s Annual General Meeting online. Below is a summary of the year and the full year end report and accounts can be downloaded (pdf). If you would like to find out more about becoming a trustee please get in touch.

Supervisor’s Report

After we had locked down on 20/03/2020, I was so happy to be able to reopen playgroup on 01/06/2020.  Thank you to Joanne who had lots of paperwork to complete, COVID guidance and extensive risk assessment which all had to be sorted before we could open.  We then had to convince the Church to open the hall and that we could operate safely.  This involved a lot of emailing (by Joanne) and the waiting for responses from the Vicar and Warden. We filled the long risk assessment which the Vicar had to be involved in and the church produced another risk assessment and both risk assessments had to be agreed on before we could reopen.

The staff needed to be convinced into coming back as well.  On the 27/05/2020 Joanne and myself met with the staff in the garden at the hall.  They were not happy but in the end all agreed to come in on June 1st 2020.  Thank you to all the staff for their dedication to opening up for the children whose parents wanted them to come back.  Joanne emailed all the parents to let them know about the reopening and the response was slow and a few did not respond at all, but in the end all the children were invited to come back.  We did open with strict COVID safety measures in place and we successfully stayed open until the Summer holidays.  We averaged around 11 children per day and even stayed open for lunch with around 5 children attending. 

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Free Digital Skills for Adults

Hounslow Adult and Community Education (HACE) provide a wide range of courses to help adults discover their full potential. Breaking through learning barriers, we continue to offer an extensive range of great online learning opportunities for you.

Whether you are looking for personal development, how to support your child’s education, improve your health and well-being or seeking to change your career prospects, we are confident that we have a course for you.

HACE are offering new Free Digital Skills courses they are offering for residents from January – all of which are online.

Essential Digital Skills – FREE Qualification course – Entry 3 and Level 1 – Initial Assessment required

Digital Skills for Employment courses on Saturdays

Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe Online

Families who may be interested can call 020 8583 6000 or visit to book an assessment, enrol or simply find out more.

Starting School this September?

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and
31 August 2017 you will need to apply for a Reception
class place.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.
Please read the ‘Starting School in Hounslow in September 2021.’
brochure carefully before completing your application.

Hounslow residents must apply online at

For advice and guidance contact the admissions team on:
020 8583 2721 or

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