Why Choose Us

What makes The Gloucester Road Playgroup the best choice for your child’s pre-school education?

  • We are Ofsted-regulated and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum – the children enjoy a varied programme of activities in a caring and nurturing environment
  • Places available for children aged between 2.5 and 5 years – we prepare your child for a smooth transition into primary school
  • You can chose the time and number of weekly sessions for your child and, unlike other pre-schools, your child does not have to attend Playgroup every day – allowing you to ‘phase in’ your child’s attendance
  • The minimum staff to child ratio for pre-schools is one staff member to every eight children – at one staff member to every five children our staffing ratio is 60% better than the minimum requirement
  • We have an established team of dedicated, experienced and hard-working employees – staff development is a key priority and our staff are trained in the latest teaching and childcare methods
  • Our large, safe garden is unique to schools in the neighbourhood – the children enjoy playing in the wooded area and on the high-quality equipment
  • We are a registered charity and a not-for-profit organization – any extra income is reinvested back into the Playgroup
  • We keep fees for non-funded children to a minimum – the Playgroup is committed to providing accessible and affordable childcare (fees applicable to children aged 2.5 – 3 years. From the term after your child turns three, there is no cost to you)
  • The playgroup is run by a voluntary management committee – parents are given a direct say in their child’s pre-school education
  • We are part of the wider community – we organise themed parties, fairs and fundraising events for both the Playgroup and other charities and we have strong links with local primary schools and other voluntary and community organizations

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