Holy Trinity Playgroup

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Holy Trinity Play​​g​roup​​​ is a ministry of Holy Trinity church.​
 
The Playgroup is open Monday to Friday 9am until 3pm, term time only. Playgroup has sole use of the rooms at the back of church and can be found by following the path around the left side of the church, through the attractive Playgroup garden and in by the side, red door.
Shirley Corfield along with all the other staff will be happy to welcome you and your family to the group.
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Playgroup offers a warm, caring, safe and stimulating OFSTED registered environment where all children have equal opportunity to reach their full potential. All areas of the curriculum are provided using the children’s own likes and interests so ensuring their emotional, physical, educational and social needs are nurtured and met whilst learning through play.
 
Sessions run 9-11.30am and 12.30-3pm with an hour lunch club in between.
If you would like any more information please contact the Playgroup staff on 01743 241195
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A Letter from Shirely Corfield, Holy Trinity Playgroup Manager
 

We welcome you to our Playgroup established for over 21 years. It is a not-for-profit organisation, run by qualified staff and part of Holy Trinity church.

​Our faith, qualifications and experience means we offer day care and sessional care in an environment where we can encourage what is important to you and your child. Whilst you as parents are the primary role models in your children’s lives, we also wish to support you in this role. We wish for them to feel happy, confident and secure, to be sociable, kind and caring to others, to be independent with a clear sense of right and wrong, be eager to learn and have lots of fun experiencing Jesus’ love in action.

​We are situated close to the town centre in the community of Belle Vue, near to Coleham Primary school. We offer a stimulating outdoor area for every child to access each session as we believe outdoor experiences are as important to children as indoor.

​Each child is allocated a Key Person who will liaise with you and record your child’s development but all our staff are eager to welcome you and discuss your child’s interests and achievements.

​Although we are a Christian based group, all children and their families are welcome at Holy Trinity regardless of their faith and culture.  Everybody here, adults and children, welcomes you into our friendly group.

Shirley Corfield
Playgroup Manager


LOCAL OFFER
 
At Holy Trinity Playgroup we welcome all children and endeavour to ensure that appropriate provision is made to cater for their needs, providing an ‘enabling’ environment.
  • All children with SEND play a full part int he daily life of the setting and are encouraged to join in all activities.
  • The entrance is ramped and wheelchair users can access the main classrooms and toilet for the disabled.
  • Parents will always be kept infomred of any additional or different provision being iven and invited to contribute to and attend any review meetings about their child.
  • Children who make slower progress will be gtiven carefully differentiated learning opportunities to help them progress with regular and frequent careful monitoring of their progress, which will involve the parents/carers and children in working in partnership with the setting.
  • All children will receive a broad and balanced curriculum, relevant to the needs of the individual.  Access to the curriculum is therefore facilitated by whatever means necessary to ensure that success is achieved.
  • We aim to recognise strengths as well as weaknesses and try to involve all children in the activities of the setting.
  • We endeavour to give the appropriate enrichment programme to extend the more-able and gifted children in our care.
  • Early identification assessment and intervention are recognised as the key to meeting the needs of the individual child.
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  • WHAT THE PLAYGROUP PARENTS HAVE TO SAY:
Too much to say…
Holy Trinity is a very special, unique setting filled with love and learning.  Play is very important, the most important thing, and the children learn without even knowing it.  Shirley and her staff are equally special and I feel they really care about the children.  It’s also a very honest, endearing place.
 
 
It’s quite clear that the children’s welfare and development is the primary focus. My child is very happy and in his own words ‘loves going to nursery’. Everyone involved is very caring. Whole setting is so personalised and all staff know my child.  We wouldn’t have put him in nursery anywhere else.
 
 
Home away from home environment and lots of creativity.
Open and honest communication – I so enjoy the daily feedback I get from the staff and how excited and enthused they are about my child’s achievements.
The variety of tasks, toys and activities available to the hildren as well as the flexibility to do things and make ‘stuff’ at the children’s request. As a parent I really appreciate and enjoy the fact that both of my children have been allowed to explore their own quirks and passions at Playgroup! I really enjoy as a parent the feeling that despite however many children attend Playgroup, I feel that my child’s needs are fully met and considered and that they are special, loved and important when I’m not there.
 
The energy of the staff – it’s infectious. The variety of the activities the children are involved in – it keeps their interest. The playing of music in the background creates a wonderful atmosphere. Forest School – my child came home buzzing about it. Very accommodating, caring staff – how could I ask for more?
 
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GENERAL INFORMATION
 
It is important for parents and staff to work together to help your child to feel confident and secure in the group.
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Key Person system

Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for a small group of children, ensuring that each child has at least one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group much easier.  The Key Person will also maintain links with the children’s home setting, working with parents through shared record-keeping to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.

Organisation of sessions

Our group accepts children from the age of 2 onwards.  Children attend by session and your child may attend whichever and as many sessions as you would like, providing that there are spaces available.  Should you wish to alter the sessions your child attends or pick up further sessions then please approach a member of staff who will write your request in the Message book and you will be advised if the request is successful.

Record-Keeping

Each child has a folder and Observation book into which both staff and parents are invited to contribute items about what activities the children are enjoying and what achievements have been made.  We will also keep an Assessment Profile of your child’s achievement, which are available for viewing at any time.
 

What to wear

In order for them to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable or not too new.  It is good for children to practice the skills which will make them independent.  Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to, and to put on and remove their outdoor clothes, supporting their independence.

Links with schools

Holy Trinity Playgroup is very fortunate to be situated close to Coleham Primary school and enjoys a good relationship with the school.  At the appropriate time we offer a visit to Coleham School to give the opportunity of new experiences including play time in the playground.  We do cater for children intending to attend other primary schools and aim to make their transition to school just as secure.

Links with Home

​Parents are welcome to come into our group and work, on a voluntary basis, with the staff and children once they have had a CRB check.

​Holy Trinity Toddler Group

Held every Tuesday 9-11am term time only children from birth to 3 together with their parents/carers are welcome.  The session starts with an Assembly at 9am which Playgroup children also attend then toddlers move on to their own room for activities, singing etc.  Coffee/tea and snacks are provided and staff are available to chat or discuss any questions you may have.
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SESSIONS & FEES
 
Sessions​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 
Monday – Friday    9.00-11.30   &  12.30-3.00
 
Lunch Club
​​​​​​​​Monday – Friday    11.30 -12.30
 
Fees
– Day Care 9am-3pm       £23 under funded age​​​​​​​​​​​​
– Sessions                        £9.50 under funded age
– Lunch                            £4.00 *​
 
  • All fees are payable at the start of each month upon receipt of an invoice from us.
  • Payment may be made by cash or cheque made payable to Holy Trinity Playgroup.
  • Fees are reviewed annually in September.
  • When you child is eligible for funding you will be required to complete a form.
  • Any additional hours to those funded will be invoiced/paid for separately.
  • Holy Trinity Playgroup operates in line with Shropshire L.A. and is not open on Bank holidays, P.D Days and annual school holidays.
* Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch, clearly labelled with child’s name.
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OUR AIMS AND ETHOS
The ethos of Holy Trinity Playgroup is our motivation for all our work. It is to work together to extend Jesus’ model of the Kingdom of God on earth by living out a lifestyle of love, truth, justice, mercy and forgiveness, according to his teaching. We are inspired by his message, life and example through which God’s unconditional love for all people is expressed.
 
Our ethos is given life through our relationships. The way we work together and behave with one another and those we seek to serve demonstrate and authenticate our ethos. It is through these relationships, with each other and those whom we seek to serve, that we practice our ethos.
 
Our ethos or motivation, and therefore our relationships, are rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ and in his love, which compels us to serve others. This faith directs and influences both our internal relationships as well as our work with those whom Holy Trinity Playgroup is seeking to serve. Our activities are an outworking of our faith. The link between who we are and what we do cannot be broken.
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Newsletter – Summer Term 2018

Return for Summer term………………………………………………………………..Monday 16th April
Toddler group return……………………………………………………………………Tuesday 17th April
Briarfield Residential Home – Singing………………………………………..Wednesday 25th April
May bank holiday-No playgroup………………………………………………………Monday 7th May
Parents Evening……………………………………………………………………..Wednesday 23rd May
Half term……………………………………………………………………..Monday 28th-Friday 1st June
RAF Cosford Visit…………………………………………………………………………..Monday 4th June
Sports day…………………………………………………………………………….Wednesday 13th June
Leavers celebration………………………………………………………………………Sunday July 15th 
School visit for September starters…………………………………………………Tuesday 17th July
Last baby/ toddler group for summer term……………………………………….Tuesday10th July
Baby/Toddler group toy cleaning session-all welcome……………………..Tuesday 17th July
Carding Mill Valley trip…………………………………………………………………..Monday 23rd July
Induction Morning……………………………………………………………………….Thursday 19th July
Last day of Summer Term……………………………………………………………..Tuesday 24th July
 
 
FOREST SCHOOL
Forest school continues through the term at Coleham School for the blue and red groups at a cost of £3 per session.
Thank you to all who supported our Easter celebration and wedding there are some lovely photos on our face book page please take a look.
Congratulations to Vicky, Darren and family on their forth coming wedding 29th May in Skiathos we wish you every happiness and much love in your future together
Sadly we have to say goodbye to Sam our treasurer who is leaving playgroup soon as our treasurer, but will be staying as our friend. Sam has worked in playgroup for 4 years and is been a lovely friend and colleague. She has had to wear many hats in her role and we are very grateful for this. Thank you Sam, we know we will keep in touch and already look forward to coffee and catch up. Sam is increasing her hours at Percy Throwers garden centre, so please look out for her there.
 
REMINDER TO PARENTS
Please, please, please do not open the door when leaving playgroup. A nominated person will let you out. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes but it helps to keep the children safe.
Thank you.
 
This term we will be looking at AIR to coincide with the Belle vue arts festival
Subjects covered will be;
Gardening( please watch out for gardening workshop days)
Frogs(tadpoles are changing fast in the playgroup tank)
Butterflies(caterpillars on their way, watch out for the net in playgroup)
Air in our bodies(watch out for sports day)
Letter and sounds of the week and Number of the week
16th April p/oo number 13
23rd   Ii/ng number 14
30th  Ll/ue number 15
7th May Qq/qu number 16
14th Yy/ou number 17
21st Zz/oo number 18
 
LUNCH TIME SUPERVISION
Please speak to Shirley if you can help with lunch time supervision
 
PARENTS EVENING
Parents evening has been planned for Wednesday 23rd May 6-8pm.
This meeting is an opportunity to discuss your child’s next steps and how we can work together.  Please speak to your key person if this appointment is not convenient and please remember that you can chat with any of the staff at any of the sessions about your child’s development, likes and dislikes and next steps.
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EARLY LEARNING GOALS
 

All children between the age of three and their first term in Year One at school are classified as being at the Foundation Stage, thus this is a period usually covering not only their time at playgroup, but also the reception class in a primary school.  The government has set out a series of early learning goals made up of outcomes, that the majority of children are expected to be able to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage (not on leaving Playgroup)!

​Dependent on the number of sessions a week your child attends, they will be covering some or all of the government Early Years Foundation Stage Outcomes, which consist of the following learning areas:

​The three prime areas for learning:

1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These goals focus upon a child learning to work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond the family.  They cover important areas of personal, social, moral and spiritual development, including the development of personal values and an understanding of self and others.

2. Communication and Language
These goals cover important aspects of language and development.  Children must be helped to acquire competence in English as soon as possible, making use, where appropriate, of their developing competence in talking and listening.

3. Physical development
These goals focus upon children’s developing physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environments.  They include establishing positive attitudes towards a healthy, active way of life.

​The four specific areas of learning:
1. Understanding the world
These goals focus upon children’s developing knowledge and understanding of their environment, other people and features of the natural and man-made world.  They provide a foundation for historical, geographic, scientific and technological learning.

2. Mathematics
These outcomes cover important aspects of mathematical understanding and provide the foundation for numeracy.  They focus on achievement through practical activities, and on using and understanding language in the development of simple mathematical ideas.

3. Literacy
These goals focus upon children’s learning and competence in being read to and beginning to read and write and these skills must be supported and extended. 

4. Expressive arts & design
These goals focus on the development of children’s imagination and the ability to communicate and to express ideas and feelings in creative ways.


POLICIES

​​Special Needs Policy​:

​We aim to have regard to the DfE Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs, and to provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunity for all children.

 
Supporting parents with a child with SEND:
  • We will approach all parents with sensitivity.
  • We will share all information with parents in an open and honest manner – when specific incidents need further discussion we will provide a comfortable private environment in which to do it.
  • Parents will be involved in agreeing and setting strategies for support in the setting and how they can support these strategies at home.
  • Parents’ confidentiality will be respected at all times.​
Equal Opportunities Policy

We believe that the group’s activities should be open to all children and families, and to all adults committed to their welfare.  We aim to ensure that all who wish to join, work in, or volunteer to help our organisation have an equal chance to do so.

Diet Policy

We respect the fact that some families have differing beliefs, and some children have special needs, regarding food and drinks.  We will endeavour to provide refreshments that are suitable for your child and would be grateful for as much information as you can provide on the subject as soon as possible.

​Attendance Policy

Allocated sessions will be invoiced for regardless of attendance (unless prior agreement has been arranged with the manager). Should you wish to alter your child’s sessions in any way, please approach the manager.

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We were delighted with our most recent visit from Ofsted, they have rated Holy Trinity Playgroup as ‘OUTSTANDING’. Every single member of our team has played a part in achieving this rating as well as all the families whose children attend the Playgroup. Thank you for your support!
 
If you would like to view our current report please CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
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FOREST SCHOOL
 
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees.
 
Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning.
 
To download a Forest School Outings Form CLICK HERE