Morning Session 0900-1200
Afternoon Session 1230-1530
All Day Session 0900-1530
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Whitehouse Playgroup began in 1972. It was started by a group of parents who felt that their Pre-School children needed a Pre-School experience. They wanted a local setting with a “learn through play” ethos and found other like-minded parents to help as volunteers and with fund-raising to purchase equipment. Life began in a classroom within Heycroft School. Soon the school required the use of their classroom, we were given a piece of land within the school grounds. An enterprising group of parents constructed a ‘temporary’ building which is still in use by the playgroup today. Though the facility has been considerably improved in that time, including new flooring, a revamped kitchen area and considerable improvements have been made to the garden improvements were made in 2008 with grants from Southend Voluntary Services, together with the pre-school’s own funds. We now offer care and education to almost 60 children. One of those original organisers still works at the playgroup, along with many other parents (now grand-parents) who have continued to bring their children to Whitehouse. We have many ‘children of children’ attending today, and the parents and grand-parents remain strong supporters of the playgroup today. These early organisers joined the PPA (now PSLA) for support and assistance.
We offer Early Years Education to children aged 2-4 years, following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Our role is to help children to make progress across all areas of learning so that they are well equipped, eager and have a positive transition which enables the children to continue learning when they get to school.
Our activities are planned around the children’s interests on a daily basis. Our framework is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which covers a child’s education and development from birth to the end of the reception year at school. The EYFS is the early year’s equivalent of the National Curriculum, there are seven areas of learning and development, all of which are important and inter-connected. These areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.