Southgate West Playgroup is a community run playgroup and was started about 1970 by parents that had connections with Southgate West First and Middle Schools. The playgroup is controlled by a committee of parents that are elected every year, who with the staff, run the group as a non-profit making enterprise for the benefit of the local community.
We are registered with the Charities Commission (No. 1022363) and all the fundraising profits are used to support the group and improve its resources.
Children can start at Southgate West Playgroup from the age of 3 years old. Sessions are held Monday to Friday mornings from 9.00am-12.00pm, and the afternoon sessions are 12.30pm-3.30pm. We are situated in the grounds of Hilltop Primary school in our purpose-built accommodation. In the building, we have a large classroom, kitchen, office, and toileting facilities (for children and the disabled). We have disabled access and secure entry doors. In our fenced outside area, we have a hard standing with a canopy and grassy area.
We are members of the Pre-School Alliance and are registered with Ofsted for 26 children per session. There are always four members of staff on duty at every session, one Supervisor and three assistants. Our supervisor and Assistant Supervisor are trained to a level that complies with registration requirements, and all our assistants have at least one relevant qualification.
Our aim is to enhance the development and education of the children under the statutory school age, in a parent involving community based group, and provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment. We know that parents/carers are the first most important educators of their young children, and children learn better when their parents are involved. Therefore we run a parent-rota system at playgroup where parents/carers (grandparents) can put their names down to help at a session that their child is attending.