Job Vacancy – Come and Join Our Team!

Vacancy – Come and Join Our Team!

We are looking for;

Early Years Practitioners/Assistants

Are you imaginative and passionate about working with young children? Can you inspire children to explore the small things in life?  If so, we are looking for you to join our team.

We provide a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where the children learn through play and our employees are highly valued.

  • We are looking to recruit experienced and well driven practitioners with Level 2 and Level 3 early years qualifications. We are looking for non-qualified enthusiastic and committed assistants who will go on to gaining a work based qualification to a Level 3.
  • We are a strong and supportive team working with 2 – 4 year olds using the key person system.
  • Part time flexible hours available up to 33 hours per week.   Term time only.
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 9th November 2018. Interviews Thursday 15th November 2018.  Start date January 2019.

Please contact us on Kenningtonplaygroup@hotmail.co.uk or 01865 326606 for an application form and further details.

References, identity checks and a satisfactory DBS check, showing a suitability to work with early years children, are key aspects of our recruitment process.

 

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Kennington Playgroup Committee Meetings – 2018/19

Kennington Playgroup Committee Meetings – 2018/19

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, every other month.

Date Month
4th July 2018
5th September 2018
7th November 2018
2nd January 2019
5th March 2019
1st May 2019
3rd July 2019
4th September 2019

 

 

All welcome, please get in touch if you would like to join us or get more information on the role of the committee Kenningtonplaygroupcio@gmail.com

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Playgroup Fee Increase September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

The committee have met to review the current fees charged by the Playgroup.  We have not raised the fees in two years for Playgroup and four years for Breakfast Club, but unfortunately now feel it is time to do so.

This is not a decision that we take lightly. At Kennington Playgroup we are extremely lucky to have a wonderful team, who all have or are working towards a level 3 (or equivalent) childcare qualification.  We recognise that to retain and reward our excellent team, as well as invest in new resources to further enrich the children’s experiences and development, we need to increase fees.  The committee has compared our fees with local pre-schools and playgroups to ensure we are in line with other settings.

With effect from September 2018 the new level of fees will be:

Morning session (9am – 11.30am)                 £ 15.00

Lunch Club (11.30am – 12.30pm)                  £ 6.00

Afternoon session (12.30pm – 3pm)              £ 15.00

Breakfast Club   (8 am – 9.00 am)                 £ 5.75

Fees are charged to those children not in receipt of funding, or those who attend in excess of their funded hours.

If you have any queries about the fees, please do not hesitate to speak to Sarah Thomas or a member of the committee.  We would also be delighted to speak with you if you’d like to know more about the role of the committee or would be interested in getting involved.

Kind regards,

Kennington Playgroup

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Grand Easter Prize Draw

 

Tickets available from Playgroup!

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CLOSURE DUE TO WEATHER FRIDAY 2nd MARCH 2018

Due to current weather conditions Playgroup & Breakfast Club will be closed tomorrow – Friday 2nd March 2018

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Easter Activity Morning

Last years chicks

Come along to the Easter Activity Morning on 24th March 10am – 12 noon.

  • Meet the baby chicks
  • Cakes
  • Crafts
  • Tombola
  • Raffle

All welcome!

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Extraordinary General Meeting: 1st November 2017

NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”)

of the Kennington Playgroup

will be held at Kennington Playgroup, the Avenue, Kennington at 7.30pm 1st of November 2017

Notice and official documents below:

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Kennington Playgroup rated Good by Ofsted again!

In March Kennington Playgroup was inspected by Osted. The report has now been published, and we are very pleased to tell you that the Playgroup has been rated Good in all areas for the second time in a row.

The report is available to download from the Ofsted website.

We are particularly pleased with this outcome given the significant challenges and changes presented in the three years since the last inspection. The number of staff has nearly doubled since then, and the standards expected increase every year. Maintaining a Good rating across the board under these circumstances is a very significant achievement.

This is not achieved without a huge amount of hard work and dedication. The Playgroup Committee would like to put on record our congratulations to Sarah and all the staff. It is their commitment to continuous development and improvement which allows the Playgroup to continue to exceed expectations and to provide a safe, healthy, happy place for our children to enjoy.

Our achievements have also been recognized by the local Press – we were featured in the Oxford Mail!

The Kennington Playgroup Committee

Ofsted Good Provider

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30 Hours Extended Funding Entitlement

From September 2017 the Government is rolling out a programme that doubles fully funded childcare. 3- and 4-year-olds of working parents in England will eligible for 1140 hours of government-funded childcare per year – the equivalent of 30 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year.

After careful analysis of the impact of increasing funding for eligible 3- and 4- year olds from 15 to 30 hours, including discussions with local childcare providers and Oxfordshire County Council, we have decided not to make the 30 hours funding available in our setting.

There has been a lot of concern within the nursery industry that the grant supplied by the Government is not enough to cover the costs of the current scheme. Our own financial analysis confirmed this.

Our current operating model means that the Playgroup is open 27.5 hours a week, has a minimum session requirements of just 2 per week, and does not charge for ‘extras’. We feel that extending to 30 hours would detrimentally impact on our ability to provide flexible, affordable, quality childcare for all of the community, while also investing in the continued development and training of our excellent staff.

Kennington Playgroup is a community organisation, committed to providing accessible, high quality care if a safe and stimulating environment with a well-planned program of learning experiences so that all children can develop as individuals to their full potential.

We have a strong staff team and a reputation for providing a nurturing environment for the children. Our staff work closely with parents to provide care that meets the individual needs of each child, to help them reach their potential and we  are committed to continuous improvement, through training and through meeting the challenges of changes in early years practice, as well as adapting to the times.

We will, of course, review this decision on annual basis. Should you have any questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For more information about the support that is available to you, you can visit the Childcare Choices website, https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

The Kennington Playgroup Committee

 

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All set for our Easter Activity Morning – tomorrow morning from 10am

All the eggs have now hatched, and the little chicks are looking forward to meet you all at our Easter Activity morning tomorrow morning.

Do come and join us for lots of family fun: crafts, tombola, a lucky dip, cake stall, raffle and, of course, the cute little chicks!

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