Starting Playgroup

Enrollment

If you are interested in enrolling your child at Playgroup, please get in touch to discuss the sessions you are interested in and availability.

Comberton Playgroup current operates during term time only, for early risers, morning, lunchtime and afternoon sessions. Please see here for our session times and fees. We work with local childminders to provide before and after hours care, and holiday care. Some of our members of staff are registered childminders, providing continuity of care with familiar faces. Please ask a member of staff for further details.

We cannot offer inside visits at the moment, but please see photos of our setting here, or we can arrange a video tour by zoom. We can also arrange to meet you and your child in the outside playground.

Download a registration form here.  We do not currently charge any registration fees.

Settling in – the first few days

A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents and playgroup staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. We are happy to accommodate shorter settling in visits. Unfortunately at present, due to coronavirus, parents and carers are not able to enter the building.

Snacks, drinks and lunch

Children are provided with milk or water, and a fruit and/or savoury biscuit snack, every morning and afternoon session. Dietary needs and allergies will be taken into consideration. Drinks are freely available throughout the sessions. Children are encouraged to sit together at a table and to help serve the snacks. We rely on generous donations from parents and carers for fresh fruit and snacks.

Lunch is supervised in the Fun for Ones and Twos room. Children bring their own pre-prepared packed lunches and drinks, and sit together at tables. Parents are asked to provide packed lunches for their child in containers that can be easily stored. All containers must be clearly marked with the child’s name.

Our lunchtime supervisors assist with opening packets, and encouraging children to eat. We regret we cannot heat any food. All waste is returned to you so you can monitor what has been eaten! We encourage parents/carers to provide a healthy lunch for their child. Children are encouraged to eat the healthy items in their lunch boxes before any treats. Fizzy drinks are actively discouraged.

What to wear

In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes, which are easily washable or not too new.

It is good for children to practice the skills which will make them independent. Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to, and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without needing help.

We use our outdoor areas as much as possible. In fine weather it is important that your children have named hats and sun cream, which we can apply. In poorer weather, welly boots, gloves or mittens, winter hats and a coat may be necessary. All named to avoid confusion, thank you.

Learning to use the toilet

We accept children who use nappies, and provide changing as required. We ask families to provide their own nappies for this.

We are happy to support you in teaching children how to use the toilet. We have potties and child sized toilets which help this process. Many children are encouraged to learn to use the toilet when they see their friends doing so.

Collecting your child from playgroup

Parents/Carers are asked to sign a child collection book in the corridor giving details of any other adult who will be collecting their child. If an occasion arises and your child needs to be collected by someone that you haven’t given details of in the collection book then you must telephone the playgroup and speak to your child’s room leader. This book must also be signed by the collecting adult and the time of departure logged.

If your child is to be collected on a regular basis by another adult this can be entered on the child’s registration form and will not have to be entered in the child collection book each session.

We cannot send a child home with anyone other than the Parent/Carer without consent.