The Playgroup is open to every family in the community. A child can be admitted from the age of 2 years, but this will normally be during the school year in which they become 3 years old. Places are offered, at the end of the summer term, by letter, to those on the waiting list at the time and priority will be given in the following order:-
- Children with Special Educational Needs
- Continuing children
- 3 & 4 Year old funded children
- 2 Year old funded children
- Fee Paying
- 9.30am to 12.30pm – 3 hours (£24 per session)
- 8.30am to 2.30pm – 6 hours (£48 per session)
Half a term’s notice in lieu of fees is required before withdrawal of child, whether funded or fee paying.
All parents of children registered for entry in September are invited to the New Parents/Carers Evening, prior to the start of term, where full information regarding all aspects of playgroup is given.
A notice is put in the Parish Newsletter, which is delivered to 4,000 homes in the local area, inviting anyone interested in finding out about the playgroup to come and visit us.
The Playgroup Parent Handbook is given to parents before their child start. All the information is also available on our website https://osterleyplaygroup.org.uk which is kept up to date with any revisions and news. You can also subscribe to updates on our website.
New children will be introduced over a period of three weeks beginning with the oldest. On the first day of new children starting, the parent/carer can stay if they wish. Their keyworker will show them around and answer any questions. The parents are invited to stay for the first week. If both parents and child are happy to be parted earlier than this, parents may leave and/or come back after a while if they wish to.
A happy introduction to the Playgroup is most important. On the first morning, your child will probably fell shy and strange, so please be prepared to stay for 1 hour only. Being there will give them confidence in their new surroundings and they may soon be happy to let you go home and leave them. Your child’s keyworker will help you with this.
If after the first week a special strategy is thought necessary this will be worked out with the parent/carer.
Each child and parents’ individual needs will be taken into account.
As your child progresses the new extended hours are open to you.