What are we learning this term? planning for parents Sept/Oct
30 hour funding begins in September – You MUST get your code now if you want to claim for than 15 hours! Check the Childcare Choices page now to see if you’re eligible.
Autumn is always a busy term, see below for upcoming events, check our weekly update on our Facebook page and our Newsletter for all the latest information
Thank you to all who donated to our MacMillan appeal – you helped us raise £52 for this good cause!
View latest Online Safety advice for parents of preschool children: Early Years Issue September 2017 Parents
Let’s Talk More Everywhere:
TERM DATES 2017/18
|HOLIDAY CLUB EVERY TUESDAY DURING SIX WEEK HOLIDAYS|
|AUTUMN TERM 2017||Tuesday 5th September|
|Half Term w/c 23rd October|
|Friday 15th December 2017 Last Day|
|SPRING TERM 2018||Tuesday 2nd January 2018|
|Half Term w/c 12th February 2018|
|Thursday 29th March 2018 Last Day|
|SUMMER TERM 2018||Monday 16th April 2018|
|Half Term w/c 28th May 2018|
|Friday 20th July 2018 Last Day|
DATES FOR DIARY
Sat 14th Oct – Exmouth Carnival – after much deliberation, Playgroup have decided not to enter this year. We have a young group of children and the new Exmouth Carnival Committee are facing a lot of challenges in their first year. We’ll be back bigger and better next year though – it’s a Playgroup tradition!
Wednesday 18th October – Tempest Photographer in Playgroup all morning
Tues 31st Oct – Halloween Party – everyone welcome to join in (including non-Tuesday children) 1-3pm
Wednesday 1st November – Bag2School Collection – donate your unwanted textiles and shoes by 9am
Sat 2nd Dec – Christmas Fair 10-12 – including our ‘Elf workshop!’
Friday 15th Dec – Last day of term and NATIVITY in church from 1.30pm
BREAKFAST CLUB – Open from 8am. £4 per child. Drop off at any time between 8-9am, arrival by 8.15am to ensure a healthy breakfast is included (cereal/toast/juice/fruit).
We are open during term time only and children must attend a minimum of 2 x 3 hour sessions (9-12) per week with the optional addition of bringing a healthy packed lunch and staying until 1pm, or all day until 3pm.
The majority of our new children will start with us in September each year. If children are not funded until January or Easter it is not always possible to guarantee a space, however, there is an option to pay for two sessions per week until funded. Please telephone for more information. We operate a waiting list. We accept 2 year old funding from the term following their second birthday, non-funded two year olds from their second birthday.
Information on Early Years Entitlement (15 hours funding from 3 years)
Our aim is to be accessible to all and so we keep our prices as low as we can. Children who are not yet eligible for funding, or are in excess of 15 hours a week are charged at £4.00 an hour, invoiced termly. We also accept childcare voucher schemes (where childcare is taken directly from your pay pre-tax).
We have a very dedicated and experienced team of staff lead by Supervisor Janet Hemmins. Our Deputy (and Administrator) is Alison Cooper. Most staff are trained to level 3 and hold a current paediatric first aid qualification. Our safeguarding officers are Janet & Alison, and Lucie from our committee. Emelye is our apprentice, having a day a week at college to complete her qualification.
Top row from left: Lydia, Emelye, Tamsin, Debbie
Front row from left: Becky, Janet, Alison
We are a registered charity managed by a volunteer committee of parents who are elected annually in September. They organise many excellent fundraising events in order to subsidise outings and buy new equipment and toys. We are, therefore, able to keep our fees as low as possible to ensure we are accessible to everyone. All our parents and carers are VERY welcome to join our fundraising team throughout the year, and are eligible for election at the AGM annually. Parents and carers are also encouraged to help out on trips or come and talk to the children if you have an interest or occupation to share!