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.
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.
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 https://www.hace.ac.uk/ to book an assessment, enrol or simply find out more.
Without support, families can feel alone or isolated. Home-Start is a local charity which can offer compassionate and confidential support to families with children under 5 in the Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.
They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of the support include improved health and wellbeing and better family relationships.
Families could benefit from Home-Start’s help if they are:
feeling lonely or isolated in your community, have no family nearby and are struggling to make friends.
finding it hard to cope if your child is ill or because you are ill.
have been hit hard by the death of a loved one.
struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having a baby, young children, twins or triplets. under the age of 5 years
Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow are currently offering:
Regular telephone support through co-ordinators and volunteers whilst the home-visiting service is on hold.
Someone to talk to and emotional support during these uncertain and isolating times.
Support for challenges like financial worries, relationship issues or living in poor housing.
Guidance on parenting in the early years.
Ideas and activities to keep children active at home
The detailed risk assessment have been made alongside the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.
The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision. If driving DO NOT park on the church driveway, the parking restriction in only between 10am – 12noon.
Shielding or Self Isolating within the Home
Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding/self isolating or changes to your home circumstances regarding this within your home. No children are to attend if they or a member of their household has any symptoms of the coronavirus and the setting MUST be informed immediately.
The detailed risk assessment can be downloaded here and the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education can be provided on request. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.
The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.
Shielding within the Home
Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding or changes to your home circumstances regarding shielding within your home
Procedures for Drop off and Collection
Staggered drop off and pick up times have been arranged to avoid crowding during these periods. Please ring the bell for the Main Hall to drop off and collect.
If your drop off is 8.30am you can arrive between 8.30 am – 9am.
If your drop off is 9.30am you can arrive between 9.15am – 9.45am.
If you collect at 12.30pm you can collect between 12.15 – 12.45pm.
If you collect at 2.30pm you can collect between 2.15 – 2.45pm.
To keep children safe during this time it is essential that Parents and Carers do not enter the building, however we will be flexible if your child is upset and only one parent/carer to bring your child. Therefore a practitioner will sign any children in and out. All Parents and Carers MUST social distance at all times when outside the building.
Playgroup is now closed temporarily due to the spread of the Corona Virus. We will re-open as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
In the mean time if you would like to enquire about a place for September please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent an application form. Tours of playgroup will be available when possible.
We had a lot of children stay on or started on 3 year funding which meant we were already only getting £13 per session for these children but we filled up with 30 children per day the by summer term with 6 staff and three 1-1 workers for three children who went onto school with statutory assessments (used to be statements). We were charging £20 per session for 2 year olds. SEN workers were paid by inclusion funding.
We paid our staff at least the National Living Wage as of 2014 and had to start the new pension. Our main focus last year was to try and put in place 30 hours to start in September 2017. It was not easy to work out as the government didn’t give any information out until the summer. We had to get all staff on board with extra hours, work out the hours and ask for extension of the hall hire. We had to have a meeting with the hall committee, then the vicar. Then it had to be passed by the Standing Committee and the PCC. We now have a contract until September 2018 of £600 pw for hall hire. The vicar is leaving which may cause changes. Continue reading →