It is important for children to meet and play with others.It develops confidence and social skills, and is an enjoyable experience.In
preparation for nursery, young children benefit from a little more independence from their parents and experiencing a little
more structure to their day.
Ferryfield is an under-5 Playgroup and accommodates children from age 2
years 6 months to 5 years.
is a child-centred environment run by parents for their children.We value input
from parents as this ensures playgroup continues to be a positive experience- we encourage parent and carer direct involvement
with their child’s learning.
to Playgroup enables each child to establish an identity for him or herself and gain increased confidence and a better understanding
of the world around them.
be supportive of your playgroup.Help encourage and ensure its continuing success.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLAYGROUP?
·QUALIFIED STAFF – staff hold appropriate qualifications as required by the Scottish Social Services
Council and attend regular training / information sessions to keep up to date.
·QUALITY ASSURANCE – whilst the emphasis at Playgroup is to have fun, the continuous monitoring by Care
Commission, Fife Council and HM Inspectorate ensures the same curriculum provision as found in Nursery. We also carry out
regular evaluations of our service.
·PARENTS’ INPUT IS ALWAYS WELCOME – Playgroup gives parents / carers the opportunity to be involved
in their child’s early years experience. There are many ways you can be involved.
·MAKING FRIENDS – children make new friends at Playgroup and parents and carers also have the opportunity to meet
other families. Many friendships formed through Playgroup involvement are long lasting.
·FAMILY SUPPORT – If you have any issues or concerns, Playgroup staff are happy to discuss
these with you immediately before or after each session. We can access any information
or support services you may require.
AND OBJECTIVES OF FERRYFIELD PLAYGROUP
1.To create a safe and
stimulating environment in which children feel happy and secure
2.To create opportunities
3.To support and extend
children’s learning and development through play
4.To enable children
to develop at their own rate
5.To apply appropriate
methods of observing, recording and assessing children’s development and learning
6.To provide a balanced
and relevant range of learning experiences
7.To encourage the emotional,
social, physical, creative and intellectual development of children
8.To recognise that children’s’
play should be encouraged by informed and understanding adults and not be directed or restricted unnecessarily
9.To promote the welfare
10.To encourage positive
attitudes to self and others and develop confidence and self-esteem
11.To encourage children
to explore, appreciate and respect their environment
12.To provide opportunities
to stimulate interest and imagination
13.To encourage children
to have a positive approach to living in a multi-cultural society
14.To extend children’s
ability to communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of ways
15.To respect parents
as the prime educators of their children
is a parent-run organisation and every parent is asked to contribute to making it a success by taking part. You can take part
in the following ways:
Committee – ALL Playgroups must have a committee
in order to stay open. At Ferryfield most of the Committee’s workload is carried out by our Admin. Manager but the Committee
are responsible for the way in which the group is run.
Rota Duty – A system is in place
where you are required to assist during the playgroup session approximately 2 to 3 times per term. These duties can be carried
out by a nominated family member or childminder (see Duty Rota page for more information).
Raising – this is an essential part of the running of
all Playgroups. Fundraising events are normally held each term and the proceeds are used to provide resources for the children
or are put towards running costs. Any fundraising ideas are welcome.
are welcome to spend time at Playgroup sharing any skills or talents you may have.
would be grateful if you would provide your child with soft shoes or slippers for playgroup.
ensure your child does not bring toys or sweets to playgroup.
cannot be left at playgroup before and must be collected no later than 11.45 for insurance purposes.
fire drill is practised once every month.
safety checks and risk assessments are carried out at appropriate intervals.
and exit to the premises are controlled by an electronic entry system. Child safety gates are in position inside the front
door and at the kitchen door. Please ensure that you close them after use.
Playleaders have current First Aid Certificates.
child ratios are set by the Care Commission and are adhered to at all times. These ratios include staff and rota parents.
child’s well being is paramount and we have a duty to report any concerns regarding their care and welfare to the appropriate
authorities. Staff have undertaken child protection training.
form of punishment is used in Ferryfield Playgroup. Staff introduce the children into a caring environment and encourage them
to consider the effect of their actions on others. We aim to help the children to develop a sense of self-discipline and consideration
has all the written policies and procedures required by the Care Commission. These include:
of these policies are held in Playgroup. It is important that all parents/carers take time to read them. If you would like
to have your own copies of the policies, please speak to the Admin. Manager who will arrange this for you.
For more information, please download the Parent/Carer Guide on the link below: