Established in 1971, we care for and educate children from 2 years old until they start primary school. Our aim is to encourage the development and education of these children through play in a safe, stimulating environment; developing their ability to co-operate and share; teaching them to treat others with kindness and respect; encouraging them to become independent learners, to make friends and to have fun.
The playgroup is a registered charity (no. 1147197) run as a non-profit making organisation. The operation of the group is overseen by a voluntary committee of parents/carers. Our playgroup manager is Dawn Grainger who heads a team of six highly experienced and well trained staff. In addition, Dawn is also a Leading Practitioner for North Yorkshire, supporting other playgroup settings in the area and improving standards of learning and teaching by sharing best practice. We operate a key person system which means that one member of staff will take a special interest in a small group of children, helping them to settle in and monitoring their progress.
We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and are registered with and inspected by Ofsted. Our latest report can be found on the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk.
We have recently completed a project to build our own purpose-built playgroup building within the grounds of Alne Primary School. This has enabled us to extend the service we can provide to local families.