Your child will need the following Playgroup essentials:
a pair of indoor shoes to wear in the hall
a pair of wellies to wear in the garden
a spare set of clothes
nappies if required
We advise that your child doesn't come to playgroup in their best clothes as we like to have lots of messy fun. The best way to learn is through play, which may result in the odd item needing a wash after the session.
Please label your child's belongings to avoid confusion especially shoes and jackets.
Registered play leaders run our sessions with a ratio of 1 adult to 5 children (including one parent volunteer per session pre-Covid)
We welcome all children to take their first steps in learning away from home, by creating inspirational play experiences within a safe and friendly environment.
Children are at the heart of everything we value at St Devenick’s Playgroup and children’s interests influence all our decisions.
To deliver high quality childcare which meets all our children’s needs and evolves with updated guidance.
To maintain a safe and inspiring child focused environment, both indoor and outdoor, with exciting activities and loose parts play.
To build open, honest, trusting relationships with families and children.
To celebrate and respect diversity every-day, because children are unique individuals.
To provide friendly approachable passionate staff, with big welcoming smiles, who always prioritise time to listen and are they themselves happy, valued and heard.
Curriculum for Excellence
At St Devenick’s Playgroup we follow the Pre-birth to Three framework and guidelines laid down by the Scottish Executive in the Curriculum for Excellence (CFE).
The CFE aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work.
It aims to develop four capacities, helping children to become:
As part of the CFE requirements, we maintain a Learning Journey for each child at Playgroup. This is a folder of observations and information about the child and their development, which is kept up to date by their key worker. You are free to look at your child’s learning journey at any time, and we encourage you to do so.
Valuable Parent Help
Our Playgroup is a non profit making charity, which relies on parents volunteering their skills and time in order to help raise funds. These funds then contribute to our running costs and allow us to keep our fee's down. In the past we have had many fun and successful fundraising events including Race Nights, Ceilidh's, Halloween Fairs, Quiz's and Raffles. These events are also a great way to build friendships.
Pre-Covid, in order for our Playgroup to run smoothly and economically, it was necessary for all parents to take a turn at Playgroup duty, depending how many sessions their child attended. This was a great opportunity for parents to see their child enjoying all the various activities on offer and having fun with their friends. Duty usually involved helping with snack and playing with the children. Duties will recommence when government guidelines allow.