We are currently seeking an enthusiastic Playgroup Assistant to join us in September 2021, to work as a key person and as part of the small staff team, providing safe, high quality education and care to meet the individual needs of the children.

The job is for a minimum of 17 hours a week, term time only (up to 39 weeks a year), consisting of weekday mornings, plus the opportunity to work one extra afternoon session a week. Hours are likely to increase from January 2022 with the expectation of working an afternoon session to support our regular outings.

This role would suit an experienced practitioner, but for the right candidate we would be willing to offer a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship. The Playgroup is committed to supporting staff with their Professional Development and provides opportunities to undertake training, online and, where feasible, in person.

Pre-booked visits to the Playgroup are welcome.
For more information, a copy of the job description, person specification and application form (MS Word or PDF)please contact the Playgroup Tel. 01903 767513 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application deadline: June 18th 2021

**** Due to Covid-19, our outings had to stop, although we continued to open on a Thursday afternoon, providing the children with alternative activities, such as playing a variety of board games, utilising our large physical equipment and fun phonics games. Depending on Government Guidance, these outing sessions may have to change in 2021, meaning that we have to go out in smaller groups and not incorporate the bus and train journeys or visits to school, for the safety of the children. However, we will endeavour to continue to provide opprtunities for the children to get to know and be involved in their local community.***  (August 2020)

During your child's last two terms with us (Summer and Spring terms before starting school), they will be invited to join our afternoon outings, which usually take place on a Thursday afternoon during term time. Most children attend all day on a Thursday, bringing a packed lunch with them, which we sit and eat together before going out.

Initially our visits tend to be short, local ones to the Church, Post box and local sensory garden, but we gradually increase them to include the beach, lots of local parks, the shops and bus and train journeys to Brighton, Shoreham, Southwick and Worthing.

These outings provide us with the valuable opportunity to observe the children outside the setting and engage the children with their local community. Many children may not have travelled on a bus or train before and these experiences will widen each child's understanding of the world and community in which they live.

Previously, visits have included Shoreham Lifeboat Station, Brighton Railway Station, Worthing Museum, Splashpoint Park, Marlipins Museum, local shops and libraries, the vet, Wot a Mess, helping Keep Lancing Lovely with a litter pick at the beach and most importantly, we try and take the children to visit Seaside Primary School several times, so that the children become familiar with the Reception classrooms and play areas before starting school.

Even if your child is not planning to attend Seaside Primary, it is still good for them to experience a school environment, which is why we encourage all our older children to attend these sessions, if possible.

We spend some Thursday afternoons at the hall and may have visitors in such as Boogie Beat, or use the afternoon to provide specific school readiness activities, focusing on phonics, maths and physical skills. Our summer Sports Day afternoon is usually a big hit too, with a variety of team games and races, including the egg and spoon, relay races, dressing up races and tray carrying races! The staff and children get very competitive over which team will win!




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Penhill Playgroup
Guide Hall
5 Penhill Road
West Sussex
BN15 8HA
Tel. 01903 767513/Mob. 07305 061428
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Our policies and procedures tell you about how Playgroup is run and what it should do in specific situations. They are available here so that you know what to expect from us and can be used to ensure that everyone is treated fairly.

Just click on a link to download the policy. We also have a policies and procedures folder on site, which is available to view on request, or we can email or print out specific policies if wanted.

The policies have all been agreed by the Management Committee and are all reviewed and updated at least annually, or more frequently, if needed.

Additional Support Needs Policy
Admissions Policy
Behaviour Policy and Physical Intervention Risk Assessment
Complaints Procedure and Policy

Diet Policy
Early Years Pupil Premium Spending Policy
Emergency or Temporary Closure Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy
Funding and Fee-Paying Policy
Fire Drill Procedure
Health, Safety and Hygiene, Accidents and Medication Policy and Procedure
Lost or Uncollected Child Policy
Outings Policy
Record Keeping, Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notice
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedure
Selecting Toys, Equipment and Resources Policy
Settling in Policy
Social Media Policy
Staffing, Employment and Development Policy
Students Policy
Sun Protection Policy
Working with Parents and Carers Policy
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Risk Assessment