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“My children thoroughly enjoyed their time at Laurel Way Playgroup. I liked the way they were encouraged to learn through play, work as a team and respect each other, but were still treated as individuals with differing needs and interests by the fantastic and well led team of staff.”
—Neeta B. (Parent)
Thank you for your interest in Laurel Way Playgroup. We are registered with Ofsted to take children from 2-5 years of age but this is dependent on staff ratios and the development level of your child/children. Places for the Under 3’s are therefore discretionary. Our current staff ratios are 1 to 5 for all ages to ensure the best care for your child. In addition, all staff hold relevant qualifications and continue professional development.
Our curriculum is based on the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). The EYFS sets the standards which help us ensure that children learn and develop well and they are kept healthy and safe. The EYFS also promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s “school readiness” and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that will provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
We as a group believe that “through good quality play children learn to listen, concentrate, persist, create, discriminate, cooperate and to deal with materials, situations and other people. These are all attributes necessary for learning both now and in the future. It has been substantiated, “that too early an approach to formal learning disadvantages many children and turns them off schooling to such an extent that they may become failures and drop outs in adolescence.”
It is well to remember that a happy and secure childhood is the most valuable thing that we can give our children. It will determine to a large extent the outcomes for our adult lives.
Please take the time to read our website. We are pleased to welcome prospective parents and children and to show you our happy school.