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- ​01763 208055
- LadybirdPlaygroupThriplow@gmail.com
- School Lane, Thriplow, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 7RH
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CIO Registered Charity Number 1162435 | Copyright Ladybird Playgroup Thriplow 2017

About Us

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.

 

Playgroup Activities

 

​​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 Wild-Space

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 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.

 

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.

 

If you would like to join the Committee, please do contact us as we would love to hear from you.

Committee members

Jules White

Meghan Bonner

Kate Noble

Sabrina Walston

Clare Joghee

Caroline Short

Elinor Schneider

Sarah Wells

Fernanda Dias Novaes

Tracey Dervish 

Sharon McGinty

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Policies & Procedures

 

OFSTED Outstanding Playgroup and Pre-School - January 2017

 

We are extremely pleased and proud to say that Ladybird Playgroup was awarded a rating of Oustanding in our January 2017 OFSTED inspection! Download the new report here.

Update in September 2017 - Ladybird Playgroup has just changed their structure to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and as part of this process we have had to re-register with OFSTED.

 

 

Meet Our Staff

 

Sharon McGinty - Playgroup Manager & Senior Playgroup Worker

Sharon has enjoyed working at Ladybird Playgroup for 19 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.  We operate under a Nominated Deputy System where, if required, the name of the nominated Deputy will be displayed on the day in Ladybirds

Michelle Fairweather - Deputy Playgroup Manager

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

Vacancy - Playgroup Worker

Alice McGinty - Playgroup Worker

This is Alice's first position since leaving school.  Qualifications include Level 2 Childcare, Child Protection Food Hygeine and Paediatric First Aid. Alice also is our Health and Safety Officer

 

Georgie Sims - Playgroup Worker

Georgie has returned to the Early years now her own children are at school.  She is qualified to Level 3, with Emergency Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygeine

 

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.