On starting Goslings Playgroup each child will be assigned a key worker who will monitor the child’s progress, maintain detailed records of their achievement and communicate with parents and carers.

Key workers build strong links with children and quickly develop their relationships throughout the induction process.

Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines are followed to plan the activities for our sessions and to help children progress in their learning and development.

Goslings playgroup has a team of 12 staff, who are experienced in working with young children:

Sarah PearsonPlaygroup Leader, SENCOEarly Years Care and Education NVQ Level 3 - September 2000
Alison SearleDeputy Playgroup LeaderChildrens Care, Learning and Development NVQ Level 3 - March 2009
Ginette OatenSenior Playgroup AssisstantChildrens Care, Learning and Development NVQ Level 3- July 2010
Cheryl WilsonPlaygroup AssistantEarly Years Care and Education NVQ Level 3 - July 2002
Kathleen BrandonPlaygroup AssistantEarly Years Care and Education NVQ Level 3 - July 2002
Alice GricePlaygroup AssistantEarly Years Care and Education NVQ Level 3 - October 2000
Smita ChandaranaPlaygroup AssistantAdvanced Certificate in Child Care and Education National Assoc. for Maternal and Child Welfare 1997
Ruth FletcherPlaygroup AssistantChildrens and Young peoples Workforce NVQ Level 3 - July 2013.
Sonia NellisPlaygroup AssisstantNNEB - July 1994
Gayle FitterPlaygroup AssistantChildrens and Young peoples Workforce NVQ Level 3 - June 2013.
Claire ParkhousePlaygroup AssistantChildrens and Young peoples Workforce NVQ Level 3. May 2015
Angela LanePlaygroup AssistantIn house Training completed.

Staff Facts:

  • Induction process focuses on quickly developing adult and child relationships
  • Staff trained on a regular basis
  • Support children who speak English as an additional language
  • Dedicated staff for Child Protection
  • Dedicated staff for supporting children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and to ensure full involvement within the educational programme
  • Staff familiar with the special education code of practice

Occasionally other professionals may attend our playgroup including Health Care Workers and Educationalists and College Students on placements for Child Care and Education courses.

What do Ofsted think?
Teaching is good. Staff have a thorough understanding of how to promote children's learning and development through observations, assessments and planning. They use effective teaching strategies, such as open-ended questioning to encourage children's thoughts and ideas