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3 November 2017–  A lovely Friday 🌟

Our youngest children went to the park in Betsy Bus with Fiona and Karla. They loved having the space to run and explore, and especially loved to climb the big hill in the park area. They ended up a little soggy because of the rain, but returned to enjoy hotdogs cooked on the fire as our token towards bonfire night. Delicious hot dogs, cooked by the children themselves, and then served with yummy baked beans and bread. You can’t beat Autumnal food 🍂 🌭

In the afternoon a piano arrived, which has been given to us by a local care home. Thank you very much Coxbench Hall and thank you to MBE Build for delivering the piano to us.

The children have already loved exploring the beautiful sounds a piano can make and we will be extending this area to introduce basic musical language and knowledge while also using it to sing songs or dance together

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2 November 2017- We’ve had a busy morning with lots of new families looking around, while the children have been busy role playing in the garden. They made an aeroplane from large construction, with tickets and seatbelts and then went on a journey to the beach. After our lunch the children chose to go to the park… of course, we should have known they didn’t really mean the park! They meant the swampy, muddy, sloppy puddle in the middle of the field…

Our wonderful children, showing us that when life gets busy, stand in a cold, muddy puddle and love every moment 🌟

#childhood #earlyyears #letthemplay #curiosity #happychildren

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31 October 2017-  We made a rope swing in the woods! It was so much fun swinging through the trees 🍂

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20 October 2017- Precious moments finding bugs 🐞 and insects 🕸 in the woods with our confident little explorers. Super fun as it was EXTRA muddy due to the heavy rain 💦

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15 October 2017- Wild Child

“They caught the wild children and put them in zoos,

They made them do sums and wear sensible shoes.

They put them to bed at the wrong time of day,

And made them sit still when they wanted to play.

They scrubbed them with soap and they made them eat peas.

They made them behave and say pardon and please.

They took all their wisdom and wildness away.

That’s why there are none in the forests today.”

– Jeanne Willis, “Wild Child”

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13 October 2017- A morning of potion making in the mud kitchen for some, and an afternoon of serious body painting for others. We aren’t kidding when we say we’re a messy Playgroup! Imagine the feeling as a child to have the freedom to really see what paint does, to feel it, to use it and to explore what our bodies are capable of doing too: magical 🌟 Thankfully we are well practiced at kitchen sink baths, and keep a stock of shampoo and bubbles for such occasions… 🎨 #aweandwonder #childhood#reallearning

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12 October 2017– A morning of preschool photographs (the proofs are back already and looking gorgeous!) and an afternoon in the woods. Mud painting, woodland doll making, stick decorating, bubbles, pirate fighting, hill climbing and worm wriggling fun! #outdoorclassroom #outdoorplay

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10 October 2017– We were donated a disused bed sheet this week, and being a setting who will use just about anything as a resource we got to work making prints on the fabric. The children selected flowers and leaves to hammer and made beautiful patterns on the fabric. We’ve stuck a piece in our reflection book so we can look back another day and see our creations. We’re going to collect some sticks to make picture frames for the printed fabric, as we ran out of time today, and then we will hang them on the walls or in the garden. 🍃🌿🍁🌷🌸🌺

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8 October 2017- I am lost for words when I read online from parents who’s 2, 3 or 4 year old are disengaged and unhappy because somewhere they are not being allowed to ‘just be’. Children who no longer want to write because they are made to do it in school, and as homework, and without any of the purpose or love they once had. Children who are not being allowed to experience all consuming play, because they are at school, and at school they do work. There are those who are failing to see that play is the real work of childhood- they are learning, and they do not need worksheets or handwriting practice to show for that. We are proud of our play based setting, but what happens once our children leave us? I urge all of you to get involved with FB groups and campaigns such as;

The way to lead change is by standing together, and parents, if we have any hope of change, it will only be with you by our sides.

“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean”.

(Credit to KEYU fb group for the links)


7 October 2017- *Warning lots of mess!*

Fun and frolics in the garden on Friday. The children began using their wellington boots to stamp in the paint, then the bikes to make marks and leave tracks, and then their own bodies. Process art at its finest 🎨

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5 October 2017- This morning we were busy planning our afternoon. One of our children wanted to make pumpkin soup, and seeing as the pumpkins we already had were either hacked to pieces or covered in paint and glitter, we thought it best to go and get a new one. And so our adventure began! A train to Belper to visit the green grocers was on the cards, timetables checked and outing bag packed, we set off to hunt down the perfect pumpkin. We tried the green grocers and the co-op but neither had any pumpkins in yet! “Not to worry” we said, “we can make a different soup”. Carrots, coriander and onions were purchased, with everybody helping to count ten carrots. We also visited the pet shop to buy Acorn a yummy treat (guinea pig banana popcorn no less!) and then went for a rock hunt/run around in the memorial gardens before our train home. Thanks to our fantastic walkodile we are able to get out and about more easily and safely 😄 #childled #moments #autumn #learningthroughplay#curiosity #aweandwonder

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4 October 2017- Such a busy day today!

One child ‘found’ a sweet corn still in its jacket. This sparked the idea of cooking corn on the cob, which happened over the open fire. This then led on to preparing food, which turned out to be leak, potato and broccoli soup which the children prepared all by themselves. We then moved on to the tools used on or with fires… sticks were whittled and marshmallow toasting sticks were made. Unfortunately we only had half an hour left of the day, and a lack of marshmallows, so we settled for toasting an orange over the fire, seeing as we had no time to walk to the local shop. These tiny moments lead on to so much. Children have the most wonderful ideas and the enthusiasm to follow them through. It’s up to us as grown ups to let these ideas happen and to enable high quality learning to shine through #inthemomentplanning #childled #aweandwonder#whynotapproach #outdoor

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2 October 2017- Lots of excitement as Peppa Pig from #belperrocks made an appearance through our letterbox this morning! Some very excited children- we will be going out to re-hide Peppa tomorrow, as well as adding some of our own.

If you haven’t heard of Belper Rocks before it’s a brilliant idea where rocks are decorated, and hidden all around Belper (and the outskirts) for others to find, keep or re-hide. Take a look at the group for further information

Happy rock hunting!

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1 October 2017- Some inspirational pictures, showcasing the wonder of childhood and the limitless possibilities 🍂

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28 September 2017- This afternoon we joined in with ‘Belper Rocks’ and re-hid some that had been found already, as well as added a few of our own. I wonder who will find them? If you’d like to join in with Belper Rocks take a look at their Facebook group- it’s great fun and the children love hunting for them. Ambergate toddlers may find one as well as a visitor to Shining Cliff Woods!

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27 September 2017– The children are brilliant at independently making their own playdough, and exploring the different scents or colours to add. We provide provocations to explore, of which are usually natural or found, upcycled or repurposed resources. Today saw the addition of blackberries, conkers and other beautiful autumnal provocations. Here you can see we used the blackberries to add colour to the playdough, then we realised it smelt amazing too! We explored how the conkers and acorns made lovely patterns and that the leaves could be pressed onto rolled out dough to leave an impression. We need to collect more blackberries though, as one of the children ate the ones we hadn’t used yet! Wonderful, child led, all consuming, explorative and engaging play 🍂 #play #earlyyears#childled #aweandwonder #naturallearning #learningthroughplay

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20 September 2017– Risk! It is so important for children to take risks. It helps brains to develop, leads to resilience and develops decision making skills. We should allow children to take their own risks, to risk assess their own environment, and to make their own decisions about what they can do. Children will not go beyond what they deem safe and possible, and it is our job as adults to allow them the freedom to discover their limits. That’s why we use risk/benefit assessments at Ambergate and find that the benefits of a resource or activity by far outweigh any possible risks.

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20 September 2017– A few of the children chose to make autumnal sun catchers today. They look beautiful against a window or light 🍂

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19 September 2017– It started out as a bit of paddling…it ended up being a mud bath! A brilliant afternoon with our fabulous children who are always ready to get stuck in (and filthy!) If you can’t have the freedom to throw yourself into muddy water as a child, then when can you? Thank you to all of our ever good spirited parents/relatives for always being happy to see the fun the children have had, instead of the mess! #earlyyears #outdoorplay#childled #adventure #whatevertheweather #inthemoment

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9 September 2017- We are looking for indoor and outdoor potted plants to add an additional depth to our environment. If you can help us we would love to hear from you! Our reasons are because plants naturally purify the air, as well as help to create a calm environment, and can also be used as resources such as creating cozy nooks. Thank you in advance! 😀

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 8 September 2017- Our environment today! We’re always looking to improve and develop playgroup, and our environment changes daily in response to the children’s needs and ideas. Our long term journey has seen us move from lots of tables and chairs, plastic toys and few authentic resources. Now we use real, authentic resources (yes real food and tableware!!) in so many areas, and we are still continuing our journey to replace others. We create spaces using natural and found resources, and add fabrics to make them communication friendly, relaxing and inspiring. We actively encourage critical thinking and ensure children can access all creative resources at all times, both in and out. Here they pour their own paint, make their own play dough and colour the water. We’ve started adding real instruments, rather than ones marketed as children’s toys, and in the short week we’ve been back we’ve seen such a jump in our children’s musical skills and importantly, their interest in music. Water and sand are presented together, where children can select resources and combine them, celebrating their own ideas and concepts. We are by no means where we want to be, but we are proud of the opportunities we offer our children, and we are prouder still for their ideas and inspirations to make it just so. (Please excuse the background noise of our staff team having a morning coffee before the children arrived!)

27 July 2017- You have probably heard news of early years settings being frustrated by the new 30 hours scheme that is coming in from September, or sadly in some cases where they have closed. There are many reasons why providers are facing difficulties at the moment, but this interactive tool is a clear way to show what little movement we have in this sector. At the end of the slides you are able to join the supportive plight to secure appropriate funding for our youngest children. Further information can be found by googling the ‘champagne nurseries on lemonade funding’ campaign. Help us to ensure that our youngest children have access to high quality early education!

21 July 2017 – Today was a little less adventurous in comparison to the previous few days. We’ve some very tired children after such a busy week and half term. We opted for lots of large physical play at playgroup. This was ideal as our hall has been cleared (in preparation for the holidays) so children had the space and freedom to move in lots of ways. Sadly we were let down by an ice cream van this afternoon, but Danielle came to the rescue and returned with everything we would need to make our own. A lovely end of term, afternoon treat

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20 July 2017- Today we got the train to Belper! We had our snack in the Memorial Gardens where the children were really interested in the memorial monument. They asked a grown up to read the names to them and we talked about what the monument was for. A few of the children were able to tell us about grandparents who grew up in the war. We then continued into Belper Parks where we had a fantastic time in a stream, splashing, balancing on rocks and logs and throwing sticks into the water. A picnic lunch and a change into dry clothes later, we did some tree climbing. Belper Parks is fantastic for tree climbing- the trees are just right! We then had a gentle walk back to the memorial gardens for a play with some bubbles before heading to the train station. A very busy day- but the rain didn’t stop our fun

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19 July 2017- We had a wonderful time in Matlock Bath today with our small group of children. The day started by taking the train from Ambergate, playing in a park with a huge pirate ship, a delicious flapjack snack at a lovely cafe, who were very kind and welcoming to us all, a few two penny pieces disappearing and then the train back to Ambergate. The children were impeccably behaved and we are very proud of them.

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19 July 2017–  Yesterday we spent the entire day at Shining Cliff Woods, enjoying snack and a picnic lunch. We were all totally shattered by the end of the day, but wow what a day it was! At Playgroup we fully embrace the importance of taking risks and tackling challenge, and this is just one of the reasons why we encourage tree climbing 🌳

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17 July 2017– We have a busy week planned as we are out every day, doing lots of wonderful things with the children. Today we were at ‘Bluebell Woods’ where the children made this fantastic den. It even had fern leaves added to give it some added waterproofing!

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11 July 2017- A huge thank you to J C Balls of Ambergate for helping us to keep the children safe while we are out and about. We used one of our walkodiles today, while taking the older children up to school for a transition morning. They are fantastic pieces of equipment and help to keep us going out and about with the children 🐊

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10 July 2017- We had a fantastic time at Ambergate Carnival on Saturday! Playgroup won 3rd prize and an amazing £530 was raised through the evening party and our stall on the day. Thank you so much to all who worked so hard to make the event happen and to everybody who helped make decorations etc. The children had an amazing time (photo credit goes to James Corbett & Ambergate Carnival Facebook page)

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30 June 2017– Yesterday, in the pouring rain, we ended up cooking vegetable soup on a fire. This all happened because one child wanted to paint a potato! Potato painting happened, the adults then extended this by cutting shapes into potatoes for printing. The children then had a go at cutting shapes into them, then a few children began chopping the potatoes into pieces and told us they wanted to cook with them. We provided them with chopping boards and clean knives etc so they could continue chopping. We added a few vegetables from our supplies and then a group of children went into the garden to pick some of our home grown vegetables. Not many were ready for eating just yet, but we still managed to pull up a few small carrots and a broad bean. The children turned it into soup, adding a selection of dried herbs and some fresh mint. We asked how they would like to cook it and they said “fire”! This one moment ended up lasting two hours, with children engaged and involved. We had some soup with our lunch, yum!

28 June 2017- ‘Flower petal pancake soup’ was made in the rain yesterday! The children wanted to write their recipe down so Kate helped with the process.

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28 June 2017- We have growth! Now I’d like to see somebody else evenly divide the first ripe strawberry between twelve!

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28 June 2017- Ahoy there! Pirates have been spotted in the Ambergate area! Superman appears to have turned to the dark side, and is assisting the grog drinking crew on their quest to find gold!

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20 June 2017- Some of the children created this beautiful woven hoop today. We collected flowers and leaves and wove them in and out of the string. The children were naming the flowers that they knew, and we helped to name those they didn’t. They particularly enjoyed smelling the lavender flowers. We also spoke about the plants that we wouldn’t be picking such as ivy and nettles.

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18 June 2017- Talking Point have published an easy to use communication and language progress tool for parents and practitioners to use. Please follow the link to complete it if you would like to

16 June 2017– We had a great time at Sports Day today! Thank you to Ambergate Primary School for having Playgroup join in.

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15 June 2017– Yet another wonderful session at the woods today. The children are always so excited to be here and we see them at their most involved and engaged. We yet again followed the children and ended up creating forest people using anything could find, created stories using natural items as props, ran down hills, had stick races, played hide and seek, drew in the mud, made music on trees with sticks and to top it all off we had ice creams from the local shop while passing. Our children, as usual, behaved outstandingly well and we are very proud of our confident little explorers.

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14 June 2017- Our self service play dough area is now fully embedded into our environment. The children have access to flour, salt and water in order to make their own play dough and we add enhancements to the area according to their interests and ideas. Some examples of these enhancements are the addition of vinegar bottles containing colouring, herbs and scents. The children follow a simple recipe, displayed in a picture frame but they are also free to explore their own combinations. We are all about the process and not necessarily the end product and this is just one example to show how we allow our children to think critically and explore for themselves. You can see just how popular this area is in the photographs!

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13 June 2017- We had such a busy afternoon today! The children wanted to make a giant pancake, so sure enough we followed their interests and supported them by providing the opportunity to do so. It was also a great opportunity for Fiona who hasn’t built a fire with us before. The children as usual played a part in managing any risk. They collected water into containers in case we needed it, and arranged crates to act as seats. The giant pancake was delicious and some children even had thirds!

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11 June 2017- We had a lovely time on Friday with Wellington boots and paint. The children explored colours, experimented with paint mixing, using their feet to do so and watched as they created different sized foot prints according to shoe size. A super simple, yet effective activity, that kept them busy and engaged.

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25 May 2017- A fantastic day spent playing in a paddling pool and a very messy mud kitchen!

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15 May 2017- What a fantastic morning in the woods. Despite the rain we built dens, read stories, made stick mobiles, painted sticks and had a picnic snack. The rain was quite relentless, so we spent the last hour drying off in Ambergate Baby and Toddler Group (thank you very much for accommodating us all!). We finished the session by singing songs with the toddler’s before a short walk back to our meeting point.

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11 May 2017- We had a very busy day today! First of all we went to the park where we climbed trees, hunted for bugs and ran running races. Then we supported a charity cake sale where we joined residents of Ambergate to eat delicious cakes. The children loved talking to everybody and it was a lovely social experience, sitting in the sunshine while eating a little treat. Then, the afternoon children went back to the park for some more fun. We are sure to have worn them all out. It’s lovely having the freedom to explore and engage with our local community. The children thrive on these experiences to build on their understanding of the world.

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10 May 2017- Our lovely new prospectus is now back from the printers 😀 A full version is available on our website to download should you wish to view it there, alternatively visits are welcome to the setting or we will happily send one via the post/email.

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8 May 2017- Thanks to our smartie tube collections we have been able to purchase a couple of new toys for the children. We now have a shop and puppet theatre! Both are already much loved 🎭

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3 May 2017 – From September 2017, eligible 3 and 4 year old children will be able to access 30 hours of provision per week. Playgroup will be open for 24 hours per week, while the funding can be split across up to two settings.

The link below provides lots of information and tells you how you can check to see if you are eligible. Please take a look 🙂


29 April 2017- We would like to wish Bethany (our deputy manager on maternity leave) and her partner the most wonderful of congratulations on the birth of their beautiful daughter Ayda Iris. Mummy and baby are both doing really well

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27 April 2017– Just a reminder that we are closed on Monday as it is bank holiday, and also Thursday 4th as the hall is being used as a polling station.

26 April 2017– It’s here! Kate took it out for an empty spin today 💪🏻

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23 April 2017- We’ve been creating some ‘spaces for one’ over the holidays and this super simple idea is ready for the children tomorrow. All free, made from an old cot, some silk fabric woven between the bars and a couple of hinges. ‘Spaces for one’ are ideal for young children to retreat to when they need to rest or think. They provide them with a space, that only they can use at the time, to call their own, which is important for their emotional wellbeing.

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23 April 2017- Teddy has been supervising the set up of Playgroup in comfort this evening 🐾

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19 April 2017- We have something very exciting arriving next week! Thanks to our wonderful fundraising efforts and donations we have been able to purchase ‘The Tank’. We think the children will love it!

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3 April 2017– We are all about critical thinking and problem solving at Playgroup, which is why we have begun to introduce a self service playdough area. Whilst the final set up will include dry cereal dispensers for the flour and salt, the general idea can be seen already. It’s all about the process! Giving the children ownership of their resources, and the opportunity to be independent, enables the development of mathematical thinking and problem solving ⭐️

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3 April 2017– Giant chalks and paper today! Thanks to the parents of one of our children for the photography backing paper 😄

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1 April 2017- A massive thank you to all of our parents/ grandparents/ families/ committee/ children (you get the idea!) for an amazing turn out at our Sponsored Welly Waddle! We enjoyed ourselves so much and the children had a wonderful time too. We will let you know how much we have raised for Playgroup once all of the sponsorship money has been collected over the next week.

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31 March 2017- It’s been a fiery week at playgroup, as we lit up again this morning to cook our snack. We made scrambled eggs (fresh, from one of the children’s farms) and toast- both cooked on the fire and then eaten in the garden. It was the first time taking part in an activity like this for some of our newer/younger children and they fully embraced it. By the afternoon, the fire was completely out and the remaining wood was cold, so we then used it as charcoal chalk and drew some brilliant drawings on the patio. Creative resourcing at it’s best!

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27 March 2017– Today a group of children began to talk about ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ while outside in the garden… staff spotted an opportunity to extend the children’s learning by suggesting we make some porridge. We did this over an open fire in the garden and it was wonderful! The children were included in the building of the fire, they risk assessed their own environment and we discussed fire safety before lighting… this then led on to such an in-depth learning activity, observing weights/capacity, changes as we cooked, re telling the story of Goldilocks, where porridge oats come from, using manners when serving up the porridge, trying different or a new food and then eating our porridge around the outdoor snack table. So much learning, all through play, and all completely child initiated, with a touch of adult help to make it happen. We especially love the extendable spoon!

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23 March 2017- A truly wonderful afternoon was spent at the local park. They had a quick play on the slides and swings, handed staff copious amounts of lovingly picked daisies, and ran up and down the hill a few times, but this giant puddle was just too irresistible for our confident explorers! We splashed, ran, jumped and fell in to this wonderfully muddy mess. We were also lucky enough to find some frog spawn in a section of the puddle which fascinated the children and sparked some amazing conversations around growth and change. They have asked to return soon to check on the frogspawn and to see if we can spot any tadpoles. Child led learning at it’s best!

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22 March 2017- This beautiful sun catcher was made independently by one of our children today ✂️

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9 March 2017- The children loved making lots of fizzy potions today using lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda!

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7 March 2017- This morning, this simple tuff tray kept a group of children busy for almost two hours! They used different vehicles to transport the cereals around the tray.

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7 March 2017- The children had a wonderful time washing our cars this afternoon! Lots of bubbles made it great fun and they did a wonderful job.

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8 February 2017-Today some of the children made vegetable soup. All of the vegetables were prepared by them and the only help we had to give was with the very hot part and a bit of potato peeling. It tasted fantastic and they enjoyed it as their snack 😀

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6 February 2017- The children enjoyed a story while they ate their snack in the woods today.

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6 February 2017- We wrapped up warm today and have spent the morning at the woods. We had a picnic snack, read stories, got stuck in the mud, fell in the mud, paddled in a stream, chose which way to walk, painted with natural items that we had found and finally, retold ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ as we were walking along. A very busy morning for our little ones, but luckily we didn’t have to walk back after all of that exploring 🌳

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3 February 2017- Guess where we have been this afternoon!

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1 February 2017- **VACANCY**
We have a very exciting opportunity available at our Playgroup for a Deputy Manager (Maternity Cover- for a period of up to 12 months).

We are looking for a candidate with as much passion and enthusiasm as us, and who can join us on our journey to ‘Outstanding’. This is an excellent career development opportunity, as the Deputy Manager will be involved with all aspects of the running of Playgroup.

31 hours per week, plus any additional paperwork time and meetings.
Term time only

For additional information or an application pack please contact us by email:
Tel: 07474 762190

The closing date for applications is: Friday 3 March 2017


 30 January 2017– Herb soup was made today and it smelt delicious. The children developed their cutting skills when chopping the herbs for the pots, strengthened their shoulder muscles when stirring, and developed multiple mathematical concepts such as counting, weighing and measuring.

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24 January 2o17- Another group of children spent their entire afternoon playing with the mud kitchen and mud pit. They spent hours pouring pots of water into the mud and mixing it in to mud pies. We added an additional dimension to their play by adding in fresh vegetables for them to freely use. They finished their afternoon chanting “we love mud, we love mud” 😀

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24 January 2017- This group of boys worked as a team to build and paint their robot. When they had finished, they washed off all of the paint, so it was ready for the next person to use.

We encourage children to be as creative as they want to be, and that includes painting items and moving resources around, to be used in different ways. This is carried out on the condition that, once they have completed their play, they return the items to their original positions and in their original condition 🎨

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24 January 2017- Toasted hot cross buns anyone? A fabulous afternoon around the campfire with the children.

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23 January 2017- We’re mashing, mixing, hammering, smashing, flipping, cutting and spooning boiled potatoes today as part of our writing provision. It’s essential to build children’s strength from their core, down to their fingers, in order for them to become ready and able to write. This is an excellent shoulder and wrist strength building activity 💪🏻

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16 January 2017- We were all inspired to fly an aeroplane after playing with the small world toys today. The children made their own passports to ensure a swift departure and trouble free passing through passport control. They worked together to help each other use the correct colours for their hair, eyes and skin. Some fantastic writing, letter formation and use of phonics today ✈️

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11 January 2017- We introduced guinea pigs at Playgroup to bring a new learning experience to the children. Mainly to care for a living animal, develop their understanding of life cycles, and as a companion to those who enjoy a little quiet time. Unfortunately Oakley became very poorly and we had no other choice but to let him go peacefully. The children have begun to notice his absence which has led to us explaining what has happened to him, although very sad, it’s lovely to see that while he was with us he did his job very well and the children gained so much from the experience 🐹

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10 January 2017- We’re hoping for some delicious hot chocolate made by the children today, along with some beautifully scented basil and parsley play dough 

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19 December 2016- We went to the park this morning and the children did some rock climbing. They did so well and have really developed their climbing skills recently.

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16 December 2016- A super fun afternoon was spent at an activity centre today. The children had a great time and we loved it too! We are now thoroughly worn out, but we’re re-charging this weekend in preparation for our party next week!

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13 December 2016- I think we can all agree that the big smiles from two of our boys show just how proud they are of themselves for taking part in the play. We have raised approximately £86 for Playgroup so a huge thank you to everybody who donated- all donations contribute to making the children’s time at Playgroup even more enriching and so we are very grateful for the support

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13 December 2016- The stage is set for our production of “T’was the night before Christmas”. The children are very excited 🎄

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12 December 2016- We’ve been to Ambergate Primary School to watch their nativity play dress rehearsal today 🎄 The children are so good at walking when we are out and about and they were so excited to visit the local primary school again.

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8 December 2016-Giant messy painting this afternoon 🎨 We had so much fun and gave the children free reign over pots of glitter, PVA and full bottles of paint. Of course, we joined in too 😀

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2 December 2016- Continuing on yesterday’s fire theme some of the children have toasted mini marshmallows on tea lights this morning. They loved blowing the candles out repeatedly 🕯

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1 December 2016 – Bethany, our Deputy Manager, is a scout leader, so the children benefit from her many skills. Today we made a small camp fire and toasted fruit bread. An amazing activity for the children to be a part of.

30 November 2016 – Brrrr it’s getting chilly outside, so cold in fact, that an igloo has popped up inside Playgroup!

24 November 2016 – The climbing frame became a pirate ship! We’re mid way through a very complex reenactment of Peter Pan featuring; Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his Parrot, a mermaid, a Skipper, crocodile and Spider-Man!

18 November 2016 – This new small world play table and fairy garden toadstool are very nearly finished and will be ready for the children to play with next week.

12 November 2016 – Yesterday morning was our half termly parent session and this time it was under the theme of ‘writing’. Parents joined us for tea, coffee and biscuits and took part in some fantastic mark making activities as well as our ‘getting ready to write’ interventions. ‘Finger Gym’ is changed on a weekly basis and is centred around fine motor skills to strengthen their little fingers. With strong fingers children will be able to control a pencil and their grip will naturally develop to be the correct tripod grip. We also did ‘Dough Disco’ which is another strengthening activity.

10 November 2016 Some of our children found a doll with one foot today. This sparked a very insightful discussion about disabilities. The children then adapted this little wooden chair to make a wheelchair for the doll using items found in the junk modelling box.