The Playgroup Setting & Activities
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?
We focus on different topics, chosen to reflect the interests of the children. We have recently enjoyed exploring our senses, all around the world adventures and our numbers and shapes.
The usual weekly activities are interspersed with a range of special events such as local outings, family days for parents and visits from interesting people such as the fire service, Dentist, Nurse or a vet, for example.
The children love the new outdoor space behind Ladybirds, lots of areas to investigate with logs to step on, hills to climb, our mud kitchen 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.
Meet The Team
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 3 Childcare Qualification, Child Protection, Food Hygiene and Paediatric First Aid. Alice also is our Health and Safety Officer.
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 Hygiene. Georgie is working towards her Level 3 in Childcare Qualification.
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 Hygiene.
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 appraisals, peer on peer observations and several publications.
Meet the Parent Committee
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. It is a great way to meet other parents at Playgroup and also be involved in supporting the Staff on site.
If you would like to join the Committee, please do contact us as we would love to hear from you.
Committee Member - Policies
Committee Member - Fundraising
Deputy Playgroup Leader
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.
Policies & Procedures
Admissions Policy (April 2021)
BabySitting Policy (Jan 2021)
Behaviour & Discipline Policy (Jan 2021)
Breakfast Club Policy (Jan 2021)
Capability Procedure (Nov 2020)
Child Development Policy (June 2021)
Children's Records Policy (Jan 2021)
Code of Conduct (Parental/COVID)(Nov 2020)
Code of Conduct (Parental)(Nov 2020)
Complaints Procedure (Nov 2020)
Confidentiality Policy (April 2021)
Data Protection Policy (Jan 2021)
Equality & Diversity Policy (Nov 2020)
Equipment & Resources Policy (April 2021)
Fee Policy (Jan 2021)
Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation Policy (April 2021)
Food & Drink Policy (Nov 2020)
Health & Safety Policy (Jan 2021)
Information Sharing Policy (Jan 2020)
Intimate Care Policy (Jan 2021)
Lost/Missing Child Procedure (July 2020)
Lost Child Procedure - Outings (Sept 2018)
Mobile Phone, Camera & Internet Policy (Jan 2021)
No Smoking Policy (Nov 2020)
Non-Collection of Children Policy (June 2021)
Parental Involvement Policy (June 2021)
Provider Records (June 2021)
Outdoor Policy (April 2021)
Recruitment & Selection Policy (March 2020)
Reserves Policy (Jan 2021)
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy (Nov 2020)
Settling In & Key Worker Policy (June 2021)
Special Educational Needs & Disability Policy (July 2019)
Staffing & Employment Policy (May 2020)
Staff Sickness & Absence Policy (Jan 2021)
Student Placement Policy (June 2021)
Transfer of Records Policy (June 2021)
Whistleblowing Policy (June 2021)
Working in Partnership with other Agencies Policy (April 2021)
Wildspace Fire and Safety (Nov 2020)