How you can help your child at home

Supporting your child’s Personal and Social Development

Helping Build Confidence:

  • Listen carefully to what your child is telling you.
  • Show your child that you respect their views and their efforts. (Take interest in and comment on their paintings, drawings, models etc.)
  • Show your child that they are special to you.

Supporting Behaviour:

  • Be consistent in how you expect your child to behave.
  • Try not to be overly hard or overly indulgent with your child.
  • Remember to give praise and attention to your child’s good behaviour .

Aiding Independence:

  • Encourage your child to be personally independent (e.g. dressing, washing, toileting).
  • Give your child choice in his/her daily routines (e.g. choosing which cereal for breakfast, clothes to wear, which walk to take).
  • Give your child choices in how he/she uses his/her time at home.

Developing Social Skills:

  • Allow your child to meet and socialize with other children during the week.
  • Invite other children to play with your child at home.
  • Visit other people’s homes.

Encouraging Tolerance and Interest in others:

  • Help your child learn about the similarities and differences of others (e.g. from people within your neighbourhood , books, pictures and television).
  • Talk to your children about celebrations important to your family and festivals celebrated by others.

Encouraging care for the environment:

  • Help your child care for growing things (e.g. through having his/her own patch of garden/window box, providing food for the birds, helping him/her care for a pet).
  • Help your child become responsible for keeping the environment tidy (e.g. picking up litter in the park, at the seaside).

Above all, show your child that you really enjoy being with them. Unconditional love is the greatest gift you can give your child, and it costs nothing!

Keeping In Touch

To keep you fully informed, we have the following ways of passing on information:

NoticeBoard - This is regularly updated and contains a copy of our Registration Certificate, Liability Insurance details, the latest newsletter, notices, themes etc.

Newsletter - Issued regularly and at least each half term, this gives details of news, themes, events, fundraising activities and term dates. If you would like it emailed to you, please let us know. The latest newsletter can also be accessed on the website click here

Website -This contains copies of recent newsletters, term dates and other useful information.

Facebook - Gives details of activities and events and our theme for the week, along with photos of some of our activities and crafts. The comments are turned off, except during the Coronavirus closure, when it is open and monitored twice a week.

Open Sessions - We hold one open session each term, which gives you the opportunity to come and spend time with your child in the setting, seeing what they get up to and being able to look through their Leaning Journal and have the opportunity to contribute to your child's learning journey. Staff are also on hand to discuss any issues or concerns you may have and to talk through your child's development with you.

Parents Folder - This is available every day the setting is open, for parents to look through. It contains information about the setting, copies of staff qualifications, all the setting's policies, details about the committee, as well as useful information and leaflets about children's development in all areas of learning, which you may find useful, in order to support your child at home.

Getting Involved

We hold open sessions for parents and carers each term, as well as our annual Christmas songs and story morning. Our regular newsletters will keep you advised of events as they occur and these can be accessed on our website.

Parents are always welcome at playgroup and we appreciate help with special projects and fund raising events.

We would like to encourage you to join the committee as new ideas are warmly welcomed. There is an Annual General Meeting each Autumn, when the committee members are elected and this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my child is unwell?
If your child is unwell and will not be attending, can you please let us know on 01903 767513. In cases of sickness or diarrhoea we would ask that you keep your child at home until they have been free of symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours. Children with conjunctivitis will not be allowed to attend, as the condition is highly contagious. Head lice can be a problem from time to time. If you find nits or lice in your child’s hair please let us know so that we can watch out for signs of it in other children (and staff!). We do have details for a mixture that can easily be made at home.

What if my child needs an inhaler, epi-pen or other medication?
If your child uses an inhaler or epi-pen, it needs to be put in a named bag and handed to a member of staff. We will also need a letter of consent to administer the inhaler or epi-pen for our records. Where a child is taking a limited course of medication e.g. antibiotics, it would be expected that this will be administered by the parent at home. However, if a child is ill and is prescribed antibiotics, the full course should be completed before the child returns to the group.

What clothing should my child wear?
We take the children outside to play whenever possible, so please ensure that their coats, hats etc are marked with their names. Biro on the label will do – there’s no need for expensive nametags. We have many “messy” activities during our sessions, old clothes are best! Also, we have a climbing frame so suitable shoes are essential. If your child wears earrings, studs are preferable, as they won’t catch when the children dress up. 

Penhill Playgoup t-shirts, sweatshirts and legionnaire's hats are available for sale in a selection of sizes. There are also some second hand items for sale, please speak to a member of staff if you would like to look at these.

What if I neeed someone else to collect my child?
If someone other than the named person is to collect your child, let a member of staff know when you drop your son/daughter off or call us on 01903 767513. We will not let your child go with someone we don’t know .

What if I am going to be late collecting my child?
If you know you’ll be late collecting, let us know as soon as you can on 01903 767513.

What happens if there is an emergency?
In the event of an emergency, our place of safety will be either the Empire Club or Youth Centre in Penhill Road. 

Do I have to pay when my child is absent?
Playgroup fees still have to be paid even if your child is away. 

If you have any other questions, please ask one of the staff.