Rosehill Playgroup was established in 1970. It is a registered charity offering sessional day care provision. The pre-school is run by an elected management committee made up of parents whose children attend, or have attended, the pre-school. It operates from three rooms in Saint Bartholomew’s Church Hall in east Ipswich, Suffolk. There is level access to the premises and an accessible toilet is available in the lobby. Children have free access to a small secure outdoor play area and the use of the large church garden.
The pre-school is registered by Ofsted on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. A maximum of 32 children, all in the early years age group, may attend the pre-school at any one time. The playgroup is open term time only. Session times are from 9.00am until noon and from 12.30 until 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Children can attend for a variety of sessions. Those who stay for both morning and afternoon sessions bring a packed lunch and join the lunch club. Most children come from the local area, although there are no catchment restrictions, all children are welcome. The playgroup supports children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and children who speak English as an additional language.
The pre-school employs 8 main members of staff. 6 of the staff hold appropriate early years qualifications to at least NVQ Level 3. The playgroup is a member of the Early Years Alliance and receives support from local authority advisory staff.
The Children are happy, and settle well, at this stimulating and welcoming playgroup. They enjoy a broad variety of interesting play and learning experiences. The playgroup has a positive attitude to diversity, our committed staff work well as a team to meet children’s needs. Trusting partnerships are established with parents and comprehensive documentation and procedures in place to promote children’s welfare. Ongoing self-evaluation and liaison with local authority advisors promotes good quality in all areas and supports continuous development.