Aims and Activities

Our aim is to provide a warm, friendly and stimulating environment in which each child can learn through play and a place where children know their opinions and beliefs are important.

Playgroup activities are designed to meet the seven areas of learning and development identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are provided with experiences and support, which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. There is support for children’s emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and what they can do.

Child reading with staff member
Communication and language
Children learn to listen and ask questions about books and to express themselves effectively. They also learn to follow instructions.
Children are supported to understand simple sentences, to develop phonic knowledge and to write words.

Child doing a jigsaw
Children are supported in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. There are opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence.
Child playing with water
Understanding the World
Children are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Their learning is supported through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations; undertake practical ‘experiments’; and work with a range of materials.

Child playing with tentsPhysical Development
The physical development of children is encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. They are supported in using all of their senses to learn about the world around them and to make connections between new information and what they already know. They are supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

Expressive Arts
Children’s creativity is encouraged by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play. They are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, for example, through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, mathematics, and design and technology.