Equal Opportunities

Tejveer Dooa is our Equalities Coordinator. We aim to produce an environment where children can develop free from prejudice and discrimination.

Admissions

ball playThe 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, in order of age. If there are insufficient places for all children who are the correct age, priority will be given to the oldest. Families with summer birthday children who have not already been given a place will be invited to the annual ‘New Parents Evening’ and places may be booked then.

Priority may be given to children with special needs.

Families

The Playgroup recognises that many different types of family successfully love and care for children.

Curriculum

All children will be respected and their individuality and their potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities and the use of play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination. Opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and others.

All aspects of Playgroup life will aim to give children a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the rich diversity of our multi‑racial society. Positive images of children and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds will be used and activities will be chosen to show that all children are equal regardless of their religion and culture.

No Smoking

This playgroup has a ‘No Smoking’ policy.

Special Needs

Liz Leonard is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

The wide range of special needs of children and their families will be respected in the Playgroup. The Playgroup aims to work closely with parents to identify and support children with special needs and to work with any professionals already in contact with a child. The playgroup aims to give them the opportunity to explore and learn in a happy, relaxed and stimulating environment alongside other children, and to help each child to develop to their full potential. Being sensitive to their needs the playgroup will seek advice from specialised agencies where it is thought necessary, following the DfEE Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs. The Playgroup can create links between families and a range of organisations which can also support them.

We have policies and procedures in place that is followed by ALL staff so that if necessary we can access the Early Intervention Team.

Staff

The Playgroup believes that bi/multilingual staff are an asset and they will be valued and their languages recognised and respected. The Playgroup will appoint suitably qualified persons on the grounds of ‘suitability for the job’ only.

Festivals

From time to time Playgroup celebrates festivals from different religions and cultures. Parents are invited to come and share their special knowledge of their own cultures with us all by perhaps preparing some special food, telling a story or helping us with a relevant activity.

If for any reason you wish to withdraw your child from any of these celebrations please let us know and some other appropriate activity will be provided for them. The dietary needs of a child’s religion will be respected, as also will any religious dress or ornaments.