About Us

Our Curriculum

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We work towards the "Early Learning Goals" as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (www.foundationyears.org.uk).

Our programme is planned to support each child in their learning journey towards and beyond these goals.


Our curriculum enables the child to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding in these areas of learning:

— The prime areas:

     – Personal, Emotional and Social Development,

     – Communication and Language,

     – Physical Development.

— and these specific areas:

     – Mathematics,

     – Literacy,

     – Understanding the World,

     – Expressive Art and Design.


The morning includes creative activities, play with various construction sets, outdoor play, enjoying stories, role play, puzzles and games, playdough, talking about and listening to the children's news and ideas, singing, playing on bikes, bouncing on the trampoline, and climbing on the wooden play frame.


The programme includes listening games, science sessions, music and movement, percussion, sand and water play.

  

Through play, children will be developing skills across all the Prime and Specific areas of learning, working towards achieving the Early Learning Goals.

In our secure environment, with effective adult support, children will be able to:

  – explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world,

  – practise and build up concepts, ideas and skills,

  – learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules,

  – be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk to rehearse their feelings,  

  – take risks and make mistakes,

  – think creatively and imaginatively,

  – communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems,

  – express fears to relieve anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.


 Occasional visitors to the group talk to the children about a particular subject (e.g. a country, road safety, fire safety, a musical instrument).


The "Cats" have 'project time' for a short period each morning, which involves developing pencil control;  writing; recognising shapes and patterns; counting; recognising and writing numerals; linking sounds and letters; and learning about themselves. The purpose of 'project time' is to prepare the children for the type of adult-led experience they will encounter at school.

Dedicated Staff

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Our staff are all mums, almost all of whom are qualified to Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education.

Every staff member has the Safeguarding Children Certificate and the Paediatric First Aid Certificate. Their certifications are regularly updated.

Our Mission

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At Laleham Church Playgroup we aim to work with parents and carers and provide a caring Christian environment in which each child will be stimulated to develop — socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, linguistically and spiritually — through play.

A Typical Morning

09:00 — 09:45

  CATS: Main Hall activities and outside play.

  KITTENS: Small Hall activities.

09:45 — 10:30

  CATS: Small Hall activities (including 'Project Time').

  KITTENS: Main Hall activities and outside play.

10:45— 10:55

  ALL: Bible story and choruses.

10:55 — 11:00

  ALL: Wash hands; enjoy a drink, fruit, and a biscuit.

* 11:15 — 11:45

  ALL: Outside play-time (if wet we split into two groups: parachute play, balls, races in the Main Hall, and Kim's Game. singing, music etc in Small Hall.

11:45 — 11:55

  ALL: End-of-morning Story

11:55 — 12:00

  ALL: Goodbye Song and giving out art and craft made today


* Once or twice each week Music & Movement will take place, with half the children going in the garden and the other half staying inside for dancing, and then swapping over.

Changes to timetable made between January and July

— Between 10:40 — 11:00

    A staff member will take a group of up to 6 older children to participate in extension activities away from the rest of the children.

— The “Cats” and “Kittens” will have separate end of morning stories. 

Term Dates 2019/2020

AUTUMN TERM

5th September 2019

18th December 2019


Half term week:
28th October - 1st November 2019

Spring Term

8th January 2020

3rd April 2020


Half term week:
17th February - 21st February 2020

Summer Term

20th April 2020

17th July 2020


Half term week:
25th May - 29th May 2020

Term dates 2020/2021 [TBC]


Autumn Term 2020


5th September 2020

— 

18th December 2020 


Half term week:

28th October - 1st November 2020



Spring Term 2021


6th January 2021

3rd April 2021


Half term week:

17th February - 21st February 2021




Summer Term 2021


20th April 2021

17th July 2021

Half term week:
25th May - 29th May 2021


Information

Ofsted

URN 522042
Registration Number 120089

Report: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/120089
 

Registered Charity

Registered Number 1135064

Our Church

All Saint's Church,  Laleham. http://www.allsaintslaleham.org.uk.