The past twelve months has seen the playgroup in Grindleford change radically into a family focused, child centred place to send your child. Under the leadership of the management committee and the Supervisor Rebecca Stephenson, numbers have risen so dramatically that new staff members are needed!
Extended opening hours, carefully considered routine and the fantastic forest school have all contributed to the changes, plus dedicated staff mean that it really is ,’a very happy place’ and ‘my child looks forward to coming every day’ say two of its parents.
‘I am delighted that we are able to offer each child, a unique start to their education. That starting point is to value each and every child. We are very much about meeting the child where they are, as opposed to forcing set ideas onto them. I believe that the pre-school years are for play! To make friends and gain an understanding of themselves and their surroundings’ says Rebecca. ‘We are so fortunate, that the local community is very much behind us-ranging from ladies from the WI baking with the children each Monday, to running events alongside the village shop.’ The forest school is supported by playgroup staff, trained forest school leaders and regular volunteers.’My child cannot wait for Wednesdays, and asks me each morning if today is the day!’ is a common statement from parents.The allotment has been a huge success, along with local crafts people coming into playgroup to work with the children. Local potter Madeline Gay said during her recent visit, ‘I wish this playgroup had existed when my children were small. They would have loved coming here! It is such a lovely place!’
The Friday Mud Kitchen, is also a highlight of the week for many. Between the hours of 1000-1130hrs, mud kitchen toddlers operates alongside the normal playgroup session. This is an opportunity, for parents to see how things have changed for themselves in recent times. Plus eat toast,drink tea and meet other families!
‘My vision for playgroup, is one where children feel safe, secure and loved- so then they are free to get in with the serious business of learning through play’ says Rebecca.
If you would like any further information about GRINDLEFORD AND EYAM PLAYGROUP please either contact the Supervisor on 07812425561 or use our contact form.