Our staff

There are five members of staff – Sophie Swarbrick and Julie Pascoe are the Joint Play Leaders assisted by Sarah Bracken and Kate Philby (Childcare Workers) and Amanda Peet (Playgroup Assistant). During each session a minimum of four members of staff are present.

All of the staff have attended relevant Childcare Courses including NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Education, PLA Foundation Courses/Diploma in Pre – School Practice in addition to a number of day-care workshops to keep their skills up to date.

Approach to childcare

We provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for all of the children within our care.

Equality and diverstiy

We are all different, but in many ways the same. It is our differences which make us unique and special. Children are unique and special as developing individuals and it is important that we recognise the individuality of each child, and take positive action to eliminate discrimination in all areas.

Special needs

The Playgroup promotes equality of opportunity for children and their families with additional support needs and all planning will take into account their needs.


Bilingual and multilingual children and adults are an asset. They will be valued and their languages recognised and respected in Playgroup.

Behaviour management

We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to provide a stimulating range of experiences and activities for children to make sense of their world through play. By providing a happy, well managed environment the children will be encouraged to develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

However from time to time, all children display unacceptable behaviour. This is a normal part of a child’s development, and with careful guidance, behaviour can be modified, so that a child can realise his or her own potential. We aim to encourage the child’s development of a sense of right and wrong. Unacceptable behaviour will be discussed with the child at the time it occurs, in a language that the child will understand.

If distraction and diversion are not successful, the child will be asked to leave the activity for a short time and an alternative activity will be offered to the child. Sometimes ‘time out’ helps, with a cuddle from an adult to reassure. Occasionally a consistent method of dealing with an individual child’s needs is agreed through discussion between staff and parents. We do not use corporal punishment or any other sanctions that negatively affect the self-esteem of the children in our care.

Adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs and respond appropriately.