If you are thinking of sending your child to Much Hadham Playgroup, you will want to be sure that you are leaving your child with teachers with the right qualifications, skills and experience. People who can make your child feel secure and happy.
Pre-school children learn through play, and our aim is to provide an environment where activities are carefully planned to encourage purposeful play, so that children are able to develop to their full potential, at the same time as having plenty of fun.
Playgroup Leader - Jetty Murthi
The Playgroup Leader is responsible for the training and discipline of the staff, monitoring quality standards, overseeing the planning of the children's activities according to the 'Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage' and all other aspects of the day-to-day management of the playgroup. She is the person with overall responsibility for the well-being and safety of your child. She is always available to answer your concerns about the playgroup, so don't hesitate to call her if you have a question.
The Deputy Playgroup Leader is responsible for assisting the Playgroup Leader. She shares in planning the curriculum, offers administrative support, is aware of all important decisions taken and is ready to stand in for the Playgroup Leader at any time.
We have one full time, and three part time playgroup assistants to help our full time Playleader and Deputy Playleader. All our staff are carefully selected, and are continuously assessed, with regular opportunities taken for training and development. We try to mix age and experience with youth and fresh ideas, so that your children benefit from the best care possible. One of our playgroup assistants has had 30 years experience in childcare, and is retired Playroup leader.
Each child is allocated to a certain member of staff. That member of staff will take a special interest in your child, and will liaise with you to help you understand your child's routines and to ensure that your child's needs are recognised and fulfilled. This is the member of Staff who will get to know your child best.
Special Educational Needs
The Playgroup has a designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Staff liaise with the Special Needs Co-ordinator if they are concerned with a child's development. In co-operation with the child's parents, the staff will implement an individual education plan to help in areas where there is concern. If you have concerns about hearing/vision or emotional/social/physical aspects of your child's time with us that you would like to discuss, feel free to talk to us, as co-operation and communication is in the best interests of your child's happiness and development.
Health and Safety
The Playgroup has designated Health and Safety Officers. Between them, they are responsible for general and food hygiene, and the safety and suitability of the Playgroup equipment and premises.
All our staff undergo regular training on child protection issues. The Playgroup also has a designated Child Protection Officer in keeping with Ofsted requirements.