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Frequently Asked Questions

1 - What are your opening hours?

Croft Playgroup is open from 8am to 6pm.

Our core sessions operate between the hours of 9am and 3pm. We offer morning sessions from 9am to 12pm, afternoon sessions from 12pm to 3pm or all day sessions from 9am to 3pm.

There is an early breakfast club session which starts at 8am and an after playgroup session which runs from 3pm to 6pm. These sessions are chargeable unless you are eligible for 30 hour funding.

We are open during term time only.

Term dates and our inset days for this academic year are in the Useful Information section of our website. Please take a look and if you cannot find what you are looking for do contact us.

2 - What is the age my child can attend?

Croft Playgroup is a preschool for 3 and 4 year olds to attend before they start school.

Each child receives government funding from the term after their 3rd birthday. Children can start as soon as they are 3, however parents/carers would need to pay for their sessions for the first term.

3 Do you have a catchment area?

Yes, we do have a catchment area. Please take a look at the Admissions Policy

It covers all of Old Town and some of Lawns.

4 - Does Croft Playgroup have a uniform?

We do not have a uniform so that you and your children are free to choose whatever feels best. We do have 'Croft Playgroup' t-shirts which some of the children enjoy wearing. You are welcome to purchase these from us at Reception.

5 - What is the best way to support your child's learning at home?

We know that play is the most vital part of children's development in their earliest years and at Croft playgroup it is at the heart of everything we do. We recognise that play helps both the child and the parent whilst underpinning attachment.

Play helps your child to:

  • Understand and care about his peers and the external environment
  • Develop their confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop good physical coordination
  • Develop focus, creativity and independence
  • Prepare themselves for adulthood
  • Discover their talents and passion
  • Communicate their feelings
  • Make decisions on their own

Play Helps you as parents to:

  • Understand their child's interests, feelings and thoughts
  • Impart values that influences their children's attitude at home, school and his peers
  • Communicate to their child
  • Learn how their child reacts to success, failures and obstacles
  • Determine the learning style that works best with their child
  • Develop a special bond with their children
  • Creating a Conducive Environment

You can help support your child's development at home by playing with, listening to and communicating with your child. All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child's learning as they progress through school. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child's confidence as a young learner.

  • Read them stories
  • Sing to them
  • Talk to your child at every opportunity
  • Cook / Bake with each other
  • Plant seeds / Bulbs and watch them grow
  • Explore the community at different times of the year
  • Play with them (at their level with your full attention)

6 - Are you affiliated with any local schools?

Croft Playgroup is an independent preschool. We work closely with our local schools but are not part of any school or organisation.

7 - If my child attends Croft Playgroup will it ensure automatic acceptance into a primary school?

This is a subject that often causes confusion but unfortunately the preschool your child attends does not affect the school your child goes to.

All applications for primary school are dealt with by Swindon Borough Council and decisions are made entirely on the catchment criteria of the chosen school. It is largely to do with wear you live.

Please pop in for a chat if you still have questions or concerns about this.

8 - How do you manage children with nappies and using the toilet?

We generally expect that children will be toilet trained by the time they start playgroup. However, this is not always the case and we would never turn anyone away who needed extra help. Whilst we encourage independence in using the toilet we are more than happy to help children and always ensure that several members of staff are available to support them and remind them to wash their hands etc.

9 - Does my child have a designated key worker?

Yes. When your child starts at Croft Playgroup, one of our staff members will be assigned as your child's key worker. They will be responsible for your child's specific needs, encouraging and recording their development through the EYFS curriculum.

10. What is the Educational Strategy Partnership?

The Educational Strategy Partnership offers a group of like minded educational settings the opportunity to collaborate with each other to improve the outcomes for children within the community and whilst keeping our own individual ethos, values and status. For more information please click on this link.


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