Admissions

 

Reddingmuirhead Playgroup welcomes children who live in Reddingmuirhead and surrounding areas. An enrolment application form must be completed before children are allocated a place at playgroup, these can be downloaded from the web-site, collected from playgroup or emailed / posted to you on request. Children may visit with parent or responsible adult prior to taking up their place to make sure they are happy with the service. Playgroup is open to any pre-school child aged from 2 years old. We encourage parents to leave their child as soon as possible and we are happy to discuss this to overcome any concerns. All children develop at different rates and we accept that many 2 year olds (and older) may still be in nappies or training pants. We are happy to discuss procedures with parents / carers and continue their methods at playgroup as much as possible. Any personal discussions will, of course, be in confidence.

 

Sessions

 

The playgroup operates 4 mornings a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, during school term.  We do not operate on Public Holidays or School In-Service days.  You may enroll your child for any number of sessions providing places are available.  Sessions start at 9.30am and finish at 11.25am.  Please make sure you sign your child in and out on the ‘Sign in sheet’ as this is used for health and safety purposes, in the event of fire etc.

 

Committee

 

The parents of the children attending run our playgroup.  A committee is selected at the Annual General Meeting.  Any parent or guardian can join the committee and would be very welcome to do so.  Meetings are held monthly and parents are encouraged to come along to share ideas and concerns, any criticism is constructive as it helps us to reflect on our practices and procedures thus enabling us to provide the best care possible.

 

Responsibilities

 

Fundraising

 

From time to time you will be asked to help raise funds for the playgroup through organized activities.  This is because the playgroup relies solely upon fundraising to function (pay bills such as rent and wages) and also to replace equipment and to pay for parties or outings.  It is extremely important that you offer help and support in any way you can.  This help is always greatly appreciated as it allows us to plan a better program of activities for the children.  The playgroup also has a charitable status and is therefore eligible to apply for small grants.

 

Rota

 

Up to 15 children can attend in any one session.  The legal requirement is that there must be 1 adult to every 5 children (aged 2 yrs – 3yrs) and 1 adult to every 8 children (aged 3-5yrs).  It is important that parents enrolling their children understand the Parent Rota system and agree to adhere to it.  This is not compulsory, however rota duty can be an interesting opportunity for you to see your child playing with other children, enjoying and choosing from the wide range of stimulating materials on offer.  Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Childminders are all encouraged to take their turn on rota duty.  Babies and toddlers are very welcome to attend with duty helpers, however they must be well supervised by their carer.  The rota will operate on a 4 weekly cycle, each parent will have a copy of every participating parents phone number should unforeseen circumstances prevail.  Rota helpers should arrive at 9.15am prompt to assist in the setting up of the playroom.  Playgroup staff will advise you of your duties.

 

Settling In

 

We appreciate that all children are different and that some require a longer time to settle into sessions than others do.  We therefore encourage you to stay for as many sessions as it takes for your child to settle in.  When it is time for you to leave your child, please make sure that you always say “goodbye” and that you return on time.  If you have any doubts about whether your child is ready to be left, please discuss this with the playgroup staff.

 

Collection of Children

 

Children should be brought to and collected from playgroup by a responsible adult who is known to the child.  If you, or a member of your family, are unable to collect your child, you should ensure that other arrangements are made and that you inform staff who it is that will be collecting your child.  The playleaders will not hand over any child to anyone unknown to them or not authorised by you to collect them.

 

Clothing

 

Please send your child to playgroup in comfortable, old clothes so that he/she can play freely without worry of spoiling his/her clothes.  There are spare clothes kept at playgroup should your child have an accident.  Please ensure these clothes are laundered and returned to playgroup as soon as possible.  A gym bag is provided and we request that you supply a pair of plimsolls, slippers or indoor shoes for your child to wear during play sessions.

 

Snacks

 

Your child will be offered a healthy snack, which will vary but would normally consist of milk or water, fruit and vegetables and other healthy options.  You should inform playgroup staff if your child has any food allergies or special dietary requirements.

 

Illness

 

If your child is unwell during a session, every effort will be made to contact you or their emergency contact (number provided by you on enrollment).  If emergency medical assistance is required, and contact cannot be made with you, your child may be taken to the local health centre or accident and emergency department.  Please DO NOT send your child to playgroup if he/she is unwell.  Children with infectious/contagious illnesses should not be returned until they are fully recovered.  Please check with your GP to ascertain when your child’s illness is no longer infectious/contagious and when it is safe for your child to return to playgroup.  If your child has a sickness or diarrhea bug the please do not return them to playgroup until 48 hours after the last occurrence.

 

 

 

 

What my child will be doing

 

The playgroup is planned to give groups of children a chance to play together under careful adult supervision.  There is a wide range of toys, and scope for the children to chose their own activities.  These are geared towards the development of language, social and emotional, physical and creative skills together with an awareness of the world around them.  All of which can be learned through play.  At the same time, he/she will become more independent and prepared for school.  Playgroup is a place where pre-school children come to play, have fun, socialize and be happy.  Children learn, through play and experimentation, within a well planned and stimulating curriculum.

 

This is provided through:-

 

  • Play dough
  • Imaginative play
  • Dressing up
  • Painting
  • Junk and collage
  • Table top and floor toys
  • Books
  • Sounds and music
  • Visits and annual events

 

Discipline

 

There will be no form of physical or humiliating punishment, nor will children be excluded from the playroom.  Unnecessary comparison and direct criticism will be avoided.  We aim to promote positive behavior, there are clear rules, which will be explained to the children and applied consistently.  The rules aim to help the children to develop self-discipline and respect the needs of others.  Positive methods of guidance for children will be used.  In the event of a behavioral problem arising, the following procedures will be applied:

 

  • Anticipation and removal of potential problems
  • Re-direction
  • Positive reinforcement and encouragement
  • Early consultation with parents regarding any areas of concern
  • Consultation, with parents permission may be sought from other agencies, i.e. health visitor

 

Parents are not permitted to, or threaten to, smack or use negative derogatory language whilst at the playgroup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fees

 

Fees are set at £5.50 per session.  You will be invoiced one month in advance on the 1st day of the month, with all fees payable by the 15th of the month.  All banking will then be done by the last day of the month.  Invoices will be given in an envelope, which the fees should be returned in, stating clearly on the front the child’s name, date and amount enclosed.  All fee envelopes should be given to a playleader or the treasurer.

 

You pay for your child’s place at playgroup, i.e. fees will continue to be charged whilst a child is sick or on holiday.  Arrears will be pursued.  There is also an annual registration fee of £10, payable at the beginning of the playgroup year, or on enrollment.

 

If you are having difficulties with payments, we may be able to offer assistance with fees for families in receipt of benefits.  All information will be treated confidentially.

 

Insurance

 

The playgroups insurance covers:

 

  • Public liability
  • Personal accident
  • Employer’s liability
  • Loss of money
  • Contingent motor liability
  • Equipment

 

Equal Opportunities

 

All children are treated equally, irrespective of sex, race, colour, religion or disability.  Children with special needs may require additional support at playgroup.  If you have a child with special needs, please speak to our playleaders who will make every effort to provide this to you. Children subject to any sexist, racist or any other harassment of this nature will be supported and comforted immediately and the incident followed up with the rest of the group including staff.

 

Child Protection

 

Reddingmuirhead Playgroup follows all child protection legislation issued by the Scottish Government and guidance issued locally.  These documents/guidance are what we base our child protection policy and procedures on.  Any parent wishing to view any of the child protection information incl. Falkirk Council Inter Agency Child Protection Guidelines, can do so by contacting a member of staff. If anyone has any concerns about a child protection issue they should contact either: Falkirk Council Social Work Dept, Meadowbank Office on 01324 503883 or Central Scotland Police Family Unit on 01324 678884.

 

Absences

 

If your child is unable to attend playgroup on their normal attendance day, please text or phone us on the playgroup mobile (07512140258) prior to or on the first day of absence to let us know.  Please also keep in contact with us to let us know when you expect your child to return to playgroup.  This is in accordance with Child Protection Procedures as recommended by the Care Commission.

 

 

Complaints Procedure

 

We hope that you have no cause for complaint at Reddingmuirhead Playgroup.  Should there be any cause for complaint, the staff will be only too happy to discuss any problems that may have arisen.  If the staff cannot resolve a complaint, there is a formal complaints procedure in place, a copy of which can be found in the policy folder on the signing in desk.  Please contact a committee member who will aim to rectify problems promptly.  If you are unable to take up your complaint with the staff or committee you may contact the Care Commission, Stirling Resource Centre, Springfield House, Laurelhill Business Park, Stirling, FK7 9GQ.  Tel No:01786 406363.

 

Fire Drill

 

All playgroup staff are familiar with the Fire Drill and will practice it with the children on a regular basis.  All rota helpers should familiarize themselves with it.  Fire notices are posted throughout the playroom and adjoining rooms.

 

Policies and Procedures

 

All policies are in the policy folder on the signing in desk in the cloakroom.  It is in your interest and the interest of your child that you familiarize yourself with these.  You will find our Insurance details on the notice board in the cloakroom.  We ask that you thoroughly read these and we will require you to sign a form to say you have read and understood them, together with the information in this welcome booklet.

 

You will receive regular newsletters to update you on the latest issues.  We welcome your comments (good or not so good), these allow us to reflect, review and improve our service.  Please address any comments you have to the Management Committee.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this Information/ Welcome Booklet, we do hope it helps you to understand how we operate.