Kesgrave Playschool is a small, friendly and welcoming playschool working in partnership with families and carers to nurture each unique child's learning and development so they become competent learners who are resilient, capable, confident and assured.
An experienced and professional staff operate from a large room in Millenium Jubilee Hall, Millenium Way, Kesgrave, with an outside play area, (both of which children can use at will and flow freely through) and associated kitchen and toilet areas, to provide an emotionally supportive, secure environment within which each child can (through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities) develop in his/her unique way at his/her own individual pace.
We are a voluntary business operating with a management committee and 6 paid staff. The committee is responsible for making sure that the Playschool runs efficiently, safely, within the law and meets the needs of the children and the parents that use it. In addition we have a fundraising committee whose sole purpose is to raise money for the Playschool and raise awareness. We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA). Our constitution is a PLA and governs how we operate.
We employ 6 staff who work directly with the children. We have a wealth of experience between us with our childcare qualifications ranging from a level 3 to level 6. Our staff have been with us for a number of years ranging from 2 years to 15 years. Our manager has been a constant and works at Kesgrave and Martlesham Playschool. Within our staff team we have a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator).
We run our sessions on a term time basis according to SCC dates and are open from 09:00 to 12:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, plus 12.00 to 3.00 on Tuesday and Thursday. We run a lunch club on Mondays and Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 subject to demand only. We are building our numbers, ensuring that children receive a fun, enjoyable and safe experience. All resources are suitable for the children who attend. There is an adequate range available to promote children's learning. They are at child height and labelled to help children self select their chosen activity.
We plan for our children using the EYFS development matters as a guide to development. Staff members support the children's development by forming trusting relationships which gives a secure base from which to promote each child's learning journey. Each child has a designated 'Key Person', who will develop a relationship with the child and the parents/carers. Each staff member is responsible for planning for their key children. Staff observe children to see what their interests and capabilities are which inform what they plan for the week. Planning is also spontaneous and responds to children's enjoyment. Parents/carers are fully involved in the process we value their contributions and recognise that they are the main educator for the child and the person that knows them best.