We are lucky to have a great team of experienced and dedicated staff at Croft Playgroup. We have a range of backgrounds and expertise which means that we have much to offer the children in our care. We strive to work together to ensure the children receive the best possible care.
Some members of staff have an area that they are responsible for (such as SENDCO, English as an Additional Language Coordinator and Fire safety officer). They will access further training to support their role. We encourage staff to develop their areas of interest and expertise so that our practise is continually developing and improving.
Most importantly, we work at Croft Playgroup because we believe in the importance of play and the early years and in providing children with a loving and enabling environment so that they can flourish and develop to their full potential.
"I am passionate about the environment we provide for the children in our care, so that it is inclusive, well-resourced and consistently developed to ensure that the children are able to freely play, learn and explore in a safe and welcoming environment."
"I am passionate about Early Childhood Development and the importance of allowing children to explore, develop and express themselves through play. I enjoy supporting children and their families emotional well-being so that they can flourish and achieve their full potential."
Anna (Finance Manager)
Jenny (Deputy Manager and Oak Room Leader)
"I believe that building partnerships with parents and carers helps to provide a warm and gentle approach in supporting children to settle into playgroup. I believe that children will learn and develop at their own pace. I enjoy storytelling."
Mel (Willow Room Leader)
"I enjoy sharing stories and teaching the children in my care basic signalong."
"I believe that every child does the best they can do in the moment and love to do research on neuro development. I believe strongly in learning through play, movement and an enabling environment, encouraging the children to take part in new experiences and building strong relationships with their peers and adults."
"I have a passion for supporting children's personal, social and emotional development not only from a key workers point of view but also as a parent. It is important to me that the children feel settled and safe at playgroup."
"I enjoy supporting children with additional needs, promoting helicopter stories and singing action songs with the children."
"I make circle time fun by introducing new games and leading by the children's interests!"
"I love to see children enjoy messy play particularly in the garden area. I feel it is important for children to understand how food is grown, from seeds to vegetables or fruit as this encourages healthy eating."
"I enjoy baking with the children, celebrating world celebrations and festivals, giving children new opportunities to be creative and explore using their senses. I have a good understanding of children with SEND and children whom speak another language."
"I enjoy nurturing children's development, helping them to settle into their new environment, sharing stories with each other and supporting early mark making."
"I like exploring the outdoors with the children and seeing them connect with nature which is essential for their healthy development and understanding of the natural world."
Our wonderful pre-school is run by a voluntary committee of parents and carers.
The Committee is responsible for settling Pre-school's policies, managing and engaging staff, fundraising and organising social events. It is not responsible for the day-to-day operations: that responsibility lies with the staff, however the range of responsiblities that the Committee deals with has become more complex and demanding as each year has gone by.
We need as many parents as possible to join in with the committee's work, either as a full member or just by volunteering to help out at individual events (celebrations and fundraisers, for example)
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in the Autumn term. At the meeting our Committee is formally voted in and we review the previous year as well as discussing our priorities for the year ahead.
Please see the board in the entrance at Playgroup to see the photographs and names of our current Committee.