playgroup, pre-school

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A registered childcare facility that offers sessional care—usually two to three hours, for children between the ages of 2½ and 5. Pre‐school playgroups are commonly organized by a committee of parents and staffed by a qualified and experienced supervisor with a team of staff who are additionally supported by parents helping on a voluntary rota basis. Playgroups are required to register with Ofsted to meet national standards, which specify the suitability of carers, premises, and record‐keeping. There is an annual inspection. Playgroups can be in community centres, schools, church halls, leisure centres, or youth and sport facilities, often sharing a building with a range of community groups. The maximum number of children in a group is normally 26, but this will depend on the size of the room and the building facilities. The staff ratio is one adult to four children aged 2 and one adult to eight children aged 3–5. Playgroups provide children with pre‐school experiences such as art, craft, and construction activities, music and movement, large physical play, books, and stories. Pre‐school playgroups are required to provide teaching and care which complies with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for all children aged 1–5.

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