Wylam Pre-School Playgroup is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA). The Playgroup is a charitable company limited by guarantee and has a memorandum of association which is displayed on the notice board in the Falcon centre.
Wylam Pre-School Playgroup is registered with OfSTED (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/) as a provider of sessional day care. As such we must adhere to the sessional day care regulations and guidelines and are inspected by OFSTED every 3 years.
Playgroup was inspected in June 2015 and was found to be offering a good standard of provision. The inspection report is available at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY437872
The playgroup can accept a maximum of 30 children; one of these places may be allocated by the Health Visitor. The staff: child ratio is 1:4 for under 3 year olds and 1:8 for 3 year olds and above.
Location of Policies
A full list of Wylam Pre-School Playgroup Policies is available at every Playgroup session should anyone wish to see it. This includes information on the playgroup's Health and Safety, Special Needs and Complaints Procedures.
If you need any further information from OFSTED or have any complaints that the Staff or Committee have not been able to resolve then you are able to phone the OFSTED general helpline for further assistance on 0300 1234 234.
Children learn through play and exploration, doing and talking about their ideas and experiences. At playgroup we provide a wide range of opportunities which enable children to make progress in all 7 areas of the Early Years education programme.
We assess how children are learning and developing by observing them frequently while they are playing, taking part in activities and interacting with other children. As we believe that parents know their children best, we ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about your child and his or her achievements. Information is recorded in an ongoing Record of Achievement, which outlines progress children have made.
Between the ages of 24 and 36 months we are required to provide parents and carers with a short written record of their child’s development in the three Prime Areas. Your child’s Key Person will carry out this check using information from ongoing observational assessments, discussion with parents and carers and contributions of any other professionals involved.