The Playgroup is part of Play 2 Learn Childcare Ltd and Annette Rahman is director of this company. The day nursery in Cranford is Play 2 Learn and is also part of the company, more information about this setting can be found on www.play2learncranford.com
You are joining a Playgroup with an enthusiastic team of dedicated staff, parents and children. We have an excellent reputation built up over the years for working in partnership with parents, children and their families. The service that we provide is constantly reviewed and updated to provide you and your children with quality care and education.
Ethos and Approach At First Step Playgroup we believe that we should see things from a child’s point of view so that the playgroup is welcoming, fun and stimulating environment. We strongly believe that every child is a capable learner and we aim to build close partnerships with parents and the community. We plan for each child’s development by observing their interest and then extending their learning by offering activities that interest them. All children are observed on a daily basis by each practitioner these observations are then recorded either in writing, photographs or using the child’s own work. This then forms the basis for their next steps in learning and allows children to become highly involved in activities supported by the qualified key person.
We also take a very creative approach to learning with lots of activities available everyday such as painting, sticking and gluing, play dough, clay, gloop play, music, dancing and drawing. In this way the children are able to express themselves and have fun at the same time.
The environment is designed so that children are given the opportunities to explore, investigate and move freely between each activity of their interest.
The curriculum we use is the Early Years Foundation Stage which all settings must follow who are registered with Ofsted. The curriculum sets out learning outcomes for children aged 2 years to 5 years and is the same curriculum used in school nurseries and reception classes. We believe that the most important factor to enable your child to be successful both academically as well as socially is that they are confident and secure individuals. Therefore a lot of time is spent on building relationships with parents, key workers and the other children. Once children are happy and settled we are then able to build on what they know and extend their knowledge.
We strongly believe that children need to know how to take part in all activities, to make friends and to have social skills such as please and thank you. This will serve them well not just in school but in life in general. Children also need to be able to communicate what they would like and we support their emergent language with signing. This is especially important for those children with English as a second language as it allows them to take part and not get frustrated. In order to encourage children’s language we sing nursery rhymes, read books look at words around us and spend time speaking and listening to them.