Prospectus

Our prospectus will provide your family with information to help you make the right choice for nursery education for your child.

We strive to provide the best care in nursery education and to establish a close partnership with parents and carers.  We provide a bright and exciting environment for children to thrive and have a wide choice of equipment and activities for children aged 4 months – 5 years.

Our staff recognise that each child develops at his/her own pace and staff at our playgroup  are trained to understand that the development of children in their early years is of prime importance.

Our ethos is the recognition that childhood is not simply a launching pad for further stages of life, but a unique and precious time to be experienced and valued for itself.  We take a child centred approach to learning and all children are encouraged to contribute and integrate through play.

We offer adult led and child led activities which enable children to develop in the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  These include Personal, Social and Emotional; Communication and Language; and Physical development.  As a result they become more independent and more importantly they learn to enjoy the experiences offered to them.

We also provide elements of Forestry schooling where the children are able to engage in   opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment.

We have a good relationship with the local school and our children make regular visits to the schools classrooms, wildlife areas, den areas and timber trail.

We hope that you find our prospectus helpful and that it gives you an insight into our playgroup.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family.

History

Tick Tock Playgroup began around 1981 and over the years has gone from one classroom and an outside toilet to having a massive play space with separate areas for 6 months – 2 years, 2 – 3 years and 3 years upwards. We also have a separate area especially for breakfast, lunch and snacks. We have our own dedicated SEN area which is run by our SENCO manager and we have disabled access and disabled facilities for children and adults.

The main play area is where there is a sandpit, water tray, computers, craft tables, writing tables, construction toys and painting easel. We also have play houses and ride on toys inside with a separate area for the children to ride on them

We are currently landscaping our garden area, so the children are unable to have free flow into this area, but all children have time outside on a strict 2:1 ratio while the garden area is being worked on. We are hoping to have the garden finished by September 2020.

The playgroup is a bright and exciting environment for children to learn and thrive.

Our aim is to offer safe and stimulating play in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.

If you would like to book a visit please contact Gemma on admin@ticktock-playgroup.co.uk

Our Mission Statement

Tick Tock is committed to providing a secure, happy, caring, inclusive and stimulating environment which meets the needs of all the children.

We believe that parents/carers/guardians and families have the most influence in a child’s life and by working in close partnerships we develop respect, trust and self-confidence to provide an establishment where learning can take place.

Our professionally trained staff are able to guide children through their learning and development.

Our Playgroup focuses on the whole child providing a quality education and care for children from 6 months to 5 years.

Key Working in Playgroup

Your child will be assigned a special person to work with your child through their time in our playgroup.

This key person will be your main point of contact within the setting.

The key person will help your child become settled, happy and secure.

The key person will be responsible for your child’s care development and learning.

The key person will also be making observations on your child’s progress and sharing this with you.  They will be able to give you ideas on how to help your child at home.

We suggest that you try to speak to your key person once your child starts within the session as often as possible about what he/she has been doing and what they have enjoyed.

If your child is in the Forest room you will be invited to parent’s evenings and you will expect to receive a report 3 times a year to update you on your child’s progress and what next steps your child is working towards to progress in their learning.

If your child is in the jungle room you will be invited to parent’s evenings and your key person will give you a written summary of how your child is progressing.  The key person will also conduct a progress check before your child reaches 3 years of age.  With parental permission this information will be shared with your health visitor or any other professionals who can use it as part of the health and development review.

General Information

Tick Tock strives to be a nut free playgroup – please ensure that when your child starts with us that you do not put nuts in lunchboxes – thank you.

Meal times

We provide breakfast for those children booked into breakfast club, a morning snack for all children and an afternoon snack for those children booked into After club. Parents need to provide a lunch box for lunch time and dinner for those children who are attending after 4.30pm (we do have the facilities to warm up meals at either lunch time of for After Club).Please make sure there are no glass containers in lunchboxes, as this can be a health and safety issue if they get broken.

From September 2020, we will be providing hot meals at lunchtime. A hot meal costs £2.00 per day, and can be booked via the office. You are still welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Welcome Pack

You will receive a welcome pack along with a starting letter the term before your child is due to start with us.

Birth Certificate

The full birth certificate will need to be viewed before you are able to leave your child at our playgroup.

Home Visits

A home visit may be encouraged as part of our welcome pack to build positive relationships.