Badingham Playschool first opened in 1973 and we celebrated our 45th birthday in 2018. All senior staff at Badingham have childcare qualifications and have years of experience and ongoing training. Most staff have children of their own. We strongly believe in developing skills and knowledge of new members of staff and they receive in house training as well as working towards nationally recognised qualifications.
Playschool is open during state school term times every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Friday we run an open play morning. We open at 08:30 and close at 16:30 and offer flexible sessions between these times. We offer holiday playschemes during school holidays. We are Ofstedregistered and cater for up to 31 children, from three months to five years. Grant funding is available for two to four-year-olds.
We aim to work in partnership with parents and carers to provide the best for each child. Before a child comes to playschool, we offer a home visit where we come and discuss the child's needs, routines and preferences, fill in paperwork, and get to know your child a little before they start. This visit really helps the child to settle into playschool, remembering the day we came to their house.
Parents and carers are welcome to stay as long as they wish and share activities. We respect and value your ideas and views. It is important for your child to see you relaxed in the setting to build their sense of security.
At Badingham, children exercise freedom of choice about activities they do to encourage their independence in preparation for the future.
We believe that each child is an individual and will grow and develop at their own pace. Children learn through the opportunities to play provided by our carefully planned curriculum. They gain knowledge, skills and understanding through fun and exciting experiences in a safe environment. We feel it is important for young children to interact well with adults and other children, to communicate and express themselves confidently. We hold the ‘Every Child A Talker Standard’ which is a Quality Award held by a few settings in Suffolk. We were a participant in the 'two's count here' project as we believe that children at 2 years old have specific needs that need to be taken into account when planning provision.
Each child’s needs are met during the day through free-play, snack time, adult led activities, lunch-time, quiet times and outdoor play. Routine is important to help the children understand time and build familiarity, security and stability however we always remain flexible to take opportunities for unplanned activities e.g. looking at a rainbow, exploring in the snow or walking the village footpaths on sunny afternoons.
Open Play Morning
Open Play Morning is for parents and carers with their pre-school-age children, and families expecting a baby. The Playschool session runs as normal and visitors join in with our morning. Sessions are run on Fridays during school terms from 09:30 to 11:30 in the Village Hall. We ask for a donation of £2 per family. A healthy snack for the children is included as well as tea or coffee for the adults. Please check the blog for our latest news as we sometimes go on trips.