At Playpen pre-school we want to make your child’s first steps into the outside world without you as happy as possible. It will be a big step for your child to get used to being away from you for the first time in the pre-school environment. All the Staff at Playpen understand this and want to make your child feel safe, secure and happy. The settling-in process is very gradual, some children settle immediately whilst some will take longer as they build up confidence and trust in the new situation. If your child has trouble settling we may ask you to stay with your child, gradually increasing the time you leave him or her. 
In the first few weeks we will get to know your child – their likes and dislikes, interests and skills and particular ways in which he or she needs special support. Try not to convey to your child any anxieties you may have about leaving them, children often do cry at first when their parent leaves, but once they learn that you will always safely return, they quickly move on to enjoy their time at pre-School. We have a Guide to starting at pre-school to help make the first days as easy as we can for you and your child. 


Two Year Old Funding 
Up to 15 hours a week for parents who are receiving some forms of support including income support, income based job seekers allowance and Tax credits with an annual income under £16,190 before tax 
3 - 4 Year Old Government Funded Education 
All 3- 4 year old children are able to access up to 15 hours per week free early years education from the term after their 3rd Birthday 
Once a child receives their 3 – 4 year old funded education we charge a voluntary fee to cover the costs of snacks, certain consumables and visits. 



Over the past few years we have had one pre-school intake in the Autumn term. Our waiting list is arranged in date of birth order and when we are oversubscribed we take into account the following criteria: the vicinity of your home to the pre-school; if you have had a sibling attend Playpen previously and the date your child was registered on the waiting list. 
When your child is offered a place at Playpen we will invite you and your child to one of our open afternoons so your child can have fun and you can meet the staff and other new parents. 
If you are interested in sending your child to Playpen, please contact us to arrange a visit. During your visit a member of staff will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. 
We advise you to look at other early years settings so you have an informed choice about where you feel is right for you and your child. 

Download the Waiting List Application Form 


Each child has a key person who uses a continuous process of observation, assessment and planning to ensure that all children, including those who may be disadvantaged or those with SEND make significant progress at Playpen from their starting point. The setting records an online ‘learning journal’ for each child and encourages parental contribution, working together, sharing views and information about what and how their child is learning. 
Each child is given generous care and attention because of our high ratio of staff to children, over and above the statutory ratios. Children are helped to take their learning forward by building on what they already know or can do and from our knowledge of each child and the communities in which they live. 


To request pricing and availability, please contact us for further information. 


The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage September 2021 sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. Alongside the guidance for learning and development we have a set of robust policies which guides our practice in the safeguarding and welfare of the Playpen community.* 
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