What We Do
"Hagley Playgroup is a wonderful setting with very caring and experienced staff. It is a fun and stimulating environment with a child centred ethos. Learning and development is woven subtly into everyday play and activities. We love it and cannot recommend it enough.". Alexis' Mummy
Our 3 prime areas
We use three main areas to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, as well as build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These areas are:
• COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE – we provide a rich language environment, enabling children to develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves, speaking and listening in a range of situations.
• PHYSICAL – we provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, developing co-ordination, control and movement, including weekly Yoga sessions. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
• PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT – we help children to develop a positive image of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. Also, how to understand appropriate behavior and to have confidence in their own abilities.
4 Specific Areas of Learning
We also support children to progress onto the four specific areas of learning:
LITERACY - we encourage children to link sounds and letters and give support to begin to form recognisable letters. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest and participate in regular Storytime sessions at the library.
MATHEMATICS - we provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD - we guide children to make sense of their physical world and community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS & DESIGN - we enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings. This is done through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, design and technology. 'Little Kickers' hold regular ball skill sessions and the 'Yoga Tree' design movement workshops for the children. We also organise weekly rhythm time sessions with the 'Rhythm Time' company.