Parents & Carers of Nile Grove Playgroup

Playgroup gives parents and carers the opportunity to meet other local families and to be involved in helping to support this great community resource. Please see below some useful information for both new and existing parents.

Start of term

We are aware that settling into a new environment can take time and that sometimes after a holiday children can become unsure about returning to playgroup. During the first week of term at playgroup, the play leaders are happy for parents/carers to remain with their child for the first few sessions if there is any difficulty settling in. Children can bring a special toy or comforter to playgroup if they wish during the settling in period.

Medical information and emergency contacts

On the first day that your child attends playgroup you will be asked to complete a Medical and Contact form, an All about me sheet and a permission to share contact details sheet. Please inform the play leaders of any subsequent changes immediately. Each term you will be asked to review the information we hold and update as necessary.

Clothing

We provide overalls to protect clothes when the children are painting or playing at the water tray but we do ask you not to dress your child in their best clothes. The playgroup keeps a supply of children’s clothing in the event of accidents but we recommend you bring a change of clothes and leave them on their peg if you feel they may need them. Please note that wellington boots should not be worn inside the playgroup. On sunny days, please bring in a sun hat and apply sun cream at the start of playgroup.

Nappy Changing

At Nilegrove playgroup we welcome children who are in nappies and are happy to assist you in the transition to using the toilet. If your child is still in nappies please bring a bag with spare nappies, wipes and nappy bags to be left on your child’s peg. Whilst toilet training, please make sure to inform the play leaders and ensure you provide us with spare clothes for your child.

Birthdays

On or near your child’s birthday we will celebrate their birthday in playgroup. We make healthy birthday muffins or scones with the children during the morning and then eat them at snack time. The birthday girl or boy can sit in the special birthday chair at snack time, wear the birthday hat if they would like to and we will sing happy birthday to them whilst they blow out their candles. Please check at least a week in advance that we have your child’s birthday written in the playgroup diary so that we don’t miss it.

Protection of children and young people

You are required to let the playgroup know if anyone other than the regular carer is collecting your child. A collection form is provided for you to sign.

As practitioners it is our duty to act on any suspicions of child abuse. Where there are suspicions of a child being abused while in the groups care (by a member of staff or parent/carer), the chairperson will be notified and this will be referred to SCSWIS and the police.

Parental Involvement

We are an un-funded community run playgroup and as such we require and value the involvement and support of all parents. We need help with donations and fundraising. We legally require parents to join the committee to keep our charity status. If you feel you can give us some time and take on a role please speak to the staff. All parents/carers are required to do duties each term.

When playgroup staff are on training courses or off sick, the committee needs to be able to call on parents or carers to provide emergency cover. If you could be available at short notice, and do not have accompanying siblings or charges, please inform the play leaders.