A Day at Playgroup
West End Playgroup is a free flow, free play setting that encourages independence and promotes a child's self confidence. Children learn best when they feel secure and happy. We follow a range of themes and topics throughout the year and these are broken down into weekly topics and daily activities some of which are adult led and some of which are child led.
Mornings at Playgroup from 8am to 11.30am
Drop off for our morning session starts at 8am and concludes at 8.30am at which point we gather the children for circle time and registration (a great opportunity to learn numbers). At circle time we get the children involved in the topic of the week, through discussion, songs and poems. This is also the time to explain all about the wonderful activities that will be on offer during the session and to find out what exciting things your little ones might want to tell the group.
After circle time the children are free once more to explore the various learning through play activities that have been set up for them each day. From dressing up, playing with paint and play dough, to riding a bicycle or doing a jigsaw, we are a free flow, free play setting with a range of child lead and adult lead learning opportunities.
Fine motor skills are developed at the mark-making table through fun, creative activities.
The morning session concludes as parents arrive to collect their children from 11.15am - 11.30am and the afternoon session starts.
Afternoons at Playgroup from 11.30am to 3pm
After lunch the play continues with small group games, cooking and maybe a kick about with some balls on the village green or a trip to Garson's Farm. Afternoons usually finish with story time and a drink and snack before pick up time. Parents collect from 2.45pm to 3pm.
Forest school, our woodland nursery, runs every afternoon throughout the year (subject to demand) and is a fantastic opportunity for all children, from two years old, to reap the benefits of outdoor play and learning. We start our session with register and a safety talk, before heading out to walk to our site, which is just a short way from the village hall.
We love to stop and explore all the different things that we find on the way, from tadpoles turning to frogs in the spring and leaves turning from green to orange and red in the autumn. Once at forest school we sit on our logs and have our packed lunch.
Lunch is followed by tree climbing, bug hunting, fire building and lots more. The benefits of forest school are now well known but for further reading please see our section on forest school.
A note about toilet training
Children are generally ready for a pre school environment once they have some self care skills such as being able to use the toilet. Whilst we do not exclude children in nappies we would recommend having a chat with us about this before registering. For advice about potty training please click the following link: NHS potty training
"An early breakfast club drop-off, followed by a morning session at Playgroup and an afternoon at forest school gives my son a wonderfully varied day. It is also long enough for me to go to work. I couldn't find this combination of varied activities on offer anywhere else."
"West End have helped to pave the way for my son to start school in the most supportive way and for that I will always be very grateful"