The Playgroup Setting & Activities | Committee | Policies & Procedures | OFSTED Outstanding | Staff
The Playgroup Setting
Our modern, purpose-built Playgroup provides excellent indoor and outdoor play facilities for children aged from two and a half years to school age. We are located in a beautiful rural setting, within the grounds of Thriplow Primary School.
What Happens at Ladybird Playgroup?
Each week, we focus on a new topic, chosen to reflect the interests of the children. We have recently enjoyed Welly Week, Elmer the Elephant Week and Numbers and Shapes Week.
The usual weekly activities are interspersed with a range of special events such as local outings, family days for parents etc and visits from interesting people such as the fire service, Dentist, Nurse or a vet, for example.
French Club for pre-school children
We have offered French Club in the past and are investigating the possibility for the future for children in the pre-school year. The sessions are very interactive, with children learning French songs and having great fun whilst learning. Please note, there is a small charge for this activity.
The children love the new outdoor space behind Ladybirds, lots of areas to investigate with logs to step on, hills to climb and our new shed to house our equipment.
Activities for pre-school year children
To help children in the pre-school year prepare for the transition to school, we introduce PE lessons with Johnny and Max from JH School of Sport and a weekly library book for each child. We do 'stepping up' activities, which include watching school plays in the school hall and having story time in the 'Ants' reception classroom.
Ladybird Playgroup is run by the management, a voluntary parent Committee and a great team of qualified staff. The Committee is involved in planning and running fundraising events such as the Christmas Party; reviewing/agreeing the Playgroup's policies and procedures and much more besides.
If you would like to join the Committee, please do contact us as we would love to hear from you.
Policies & Procedures
Admissions Policy (April 2019)
BabySitting Policy (Jan 2020)
Behaviour & Discipline Policy (Jan 2020)
Breakfast Club Policy (Jan 2020)
Capability Procedure (Nov 2018)
Child Development Policy (May 2019)
Children's Records Policy (Jan 2020)
Complaints Procedure (April 2019)
Confidentiality Policy (March 2019)
Data Protection Policy (Jan 2020)
Equality & Diversity Policy (Sept 2019)
Equipment & Resources Policy (March 2019)
Fee Policy (Jan 2020)
Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation Policy (March 2019)
Food & Drink Policy (Sept 2019)
Health & Safety Policy (Jan 2020)
Information Sharing Policy (Jan 2020)
Intimate Care Policy (Jan 2020)
Lost/Missing Child Procedure (July 2019)
Lost Child Procedure - Outings (Sept 2018)
Mobile Phone, Camera & Internet Policy (Jan 2020)
No Smoking Policy (Sept 2019)
Non-Collection of Children Policy (May 2019)
Parental Involvement Policy (May 2019)
Provider Records (March 2019)
Outdoor Policy (March 2019)
Recruitment & Selection Policy (April 2018)
Reserves Policy (Sept 2019)
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy (Sept 2019)
Settling In & Key Worker Policy (May 2019)
Special Educational Needs & Disability Policy (July 2019)
Staffing & Employment Policy (Sept 2018)
Student Placement Policy (May 2019)
Transfer of Records Policy (March 2019)
Whistleblowing Policy (May 2019)
Working in Partnership with other Agencies Policy (January 2019)
Parents Privacy Notice (March 2019)
Staff Privacy Notice (March 2019)
Ladybird Playgroup Website Privacy Notice (Jan 2020)
OFSTED rated Good Playgroup and Pre-School - January 2020
We are extremely pleased and proud to say that Ladybird Playgroup was awarded a rating of Good in our January 2020 OFSTED inspection! Download the new report here.
Meet Our Staff
Sharon McGinty - Lead Practitioner
Sharon has enjoyed working at Ladybird Playgroup for over 20 years. Prior to this she was a Civil Servant.
Qualifications include Level 3 Childcare; Paediatric First Aid; Child Protection; ENCO/SENCO; Food Hygiene, Child Protection and Designated Behaviour Member of Staff.
Michelle Fairweather - Deputy Lead Practitioner
Michelle has previously worked at Sawston Nursery
Qualifications include Level 3 Childcare; Paediatric First Aid; Child Protection; Food Hygiene. Designated Child Protection Member of Staff, ENCO/SENCO 2nd. Michelle is working towards her level 5 in Childcare Qualification
Alice McGinty - Early Years Practitioner
Alice has worked at Ladybirds Playgroup for several years now. Qualifications include Level 2 Childcare, Child Protection Food Hygeine and Paediatric First Aid. Alice also is our Health and Safety Officer. Alice is working towards her Level 3 Childcare Qualification
Georgie Sims - Early Years Practitioner
Georgie has returned to the Early years now that her own children are at school. She is qualified to Level 2, with Emergency Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygeine. Georgie is working towards her Level 3 in Childcare Qualification.
Sarah Williams - Early Years Practitioner
Sarah joined the team in early 2020, having previouly worked in childcare. She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid.
Angela Mulholland - Playgroup Administrator
Angela has previously been been Administrator of the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend Committee after being a Paramedic for over 10 years. Angela also works as a "one to one" with children who have medical needs and has, Emergency Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Food Hygeine.
All Ladybirds Staff have also completed their Safeguarding, Prevent, FGM Training and are kept up to date in all areas through regular Staff meetings, 1 to 1’s, Annual apprasals, peer on peer observations and several publications.