At St Mary’s we aim to be as flexible as possible due to us recognising that one size does not fit all, and one method does not suit every child. We pay close attention and develop caring relationships with the children and their parents, allowing for the adaptation of curriculum to meet the needs of everyone’s play and learning. We also try to do this with our session format but unfortunately at times we do have to run like a business in order to ensure the sustainability of the playgroup. We are open Monday to Friday during term time with a range of sessions running from 8am to 6pm. You can pick and choose whichever sessions suit you across the days and sessions below, but the sessions do need to be booked for a minimum of half-term. We apologise if this means your needs cannot be met.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities which are suitable for the children in the setting.
In doing so, they develop the ability to select a task and work through to its completion. These can be small or large, adult-led but are generally child-initiated. We have a wide range of toys and equipment. Many of the activities take place in our private garden, which is used daily, contributing to the children’s health, physical development of their knowledge of the world around them. We have a carpet time at the end of our two school day sessions, that contains a story or group activity like singing or musical instruments, which introduce your child to new experiences and encourage them to develop new skills, while learning to work with others.
Currently the playgroup accepts 15 hours funding for all 3 to 4 year olds as well as 2 year olds if eligible. Depending on availability, we also accept 30 hours funding for those 3 to 4 year olds who are eligible. Availability depends on the number of spaces available .
We also run a Before and after school club for 4 to 11 year olds from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. It provides a wrap around care service for 2 to 4 year olds of playgroup too.
Please watch this space as we are hoping to set up holiday clubs very soon!
Session times and Prices
Breakfast club for 2 to 11 year olds
£6.50 – School Children (7:50am – 8:50am)
£7.00 – Playgroup Children (7:50am – 9:00am)
Non-Funded School Day for 2 to 4 year olds*
£30.00 – 2 year olds (9:00am – 3:00pm)
£26.00 – 3 to 4 year olds (9:00am – 3:00pm)
Non-Funded Playgroup session for 2 to 4 year olds**
£15.00 – 2 year olds (9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:00pm – 3:00pm)
£13.00 – 3 to 4 year olds (9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:00pm – 3:00pm)
After school club for 2 to 11 year olds
£12.00 – School Children (3:30pm – 6:00pm)
£11.50 – For Siblings (3:30pm – 6:00pm)
£15.00 – Playgroup children (3:20pm – 6:00pm)
All-Day childcare for 2 to 4 year olds
£50.00 – 2 year olds (7:50am – 6:00pm)
£46.00 – 3 to 4 year olds (7:50am – 6:00pm)
*Optional extended 20 minute session from 3:00pm – 3:20pm for £3.00 as this can be more convenient for parents.
**With the morning sessions you can pay an extra £3.00 for them to have lunch after their session running from 12:00pm – 12:20pm. Please note their lunch should be provided.
A snack is provided each session consisting of at least one fruit and/or vegetable as well as savoury or sweet option for a small charge of 25 pence.
Breakfast is provided at the breakfast club but is put away for children who arrive after 8:40am.
Dinner is provided at the after school club between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. Thus if your child is leaving before 4:00pm, they will not have had dinner. Please make staff aware if you wish for your child to eat after collection but do realise they will have to watch the other children eat.