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Wem Playmates is a committee run organisation, members of whom are parents.

We hold regular meetings to discuss the running of the nursery to ensure each member’s voice is heard. Playmates is a non-profit making nursery but we do need to cover the costs of wages, craft materials, equipment and so forth from the fees that we charge.

We are a pre-school nursery catering for children from 3 months to 5 years of age and offer a wide range of opportunities for the children to combine fun with learning. We offer a warm and loving place for all of the children, giving them a secure foundation for their next stage of learning. We also run
before and after school care.

At Wem Playmates Nursery we compliment ourselves on giving the children the best possible start on their education, as we realise the importance of this aspect in their lives. We take into account the different developmental stages of each child and work with them accordingly. Each child is treated as
their own individual self and by working with them at their own pace, we can help them discover their full potential.

This approach teaches the children a sense of independence and responsibility. We enjoy a range of activities including painting, drawing, sand/wet play, clay, puzzles, music and movement, singing and storytime. We also try and take the children on educational visits at least once a term. We have visited
plays, puppet shows, farms and nature walks in the area. At Wem Playmates we have also celebrated many festivals including Chinese New Year, Diwali, Easter and Christmas, ensuring that different cultures are explored with the children.

Each child has a learning journal which enables their key person to record, track and monitor the child’s progress and development. This information is available to parents on request and is shared with the Reception Teacher on their transition to school. We have close partnerships with the surrounding schools, enabling the children to transfer to school with confidence. Children will meet their Reception Teachers at Wem Playmates prior to going to school and also have visits to their new school with the support of their key person.

Healthy Eating

We provide a healthy snack for the children during their session. This can vary from fruit and crackers to breadsticks etc. Any special dietary requirements are catered for if your child has a nut allergy, wheat allergy or is vegetarian. The children also have access to fresh drinking water throughout the session. We operate a Lunch Club where the children bring a healthy packed lunch from home and eat while developing their social skills. We have found this club very beneficial to the children and can make their transition into school life at dinner times easier from having this experience.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) (EYFS)

The EYFS sets all the standards that all early year providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well while being kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are school-ready and gives each child the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school life.

There are seven areas of learning and development set out by the early learning foundation stage that shape our educational programme. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three prime areas are covered in our baby and toddler room, these are;

    ● Communication and Language

    ● Physical Development

    ● Personal, Social and Emotional development

When the children move to the preschool room we then include the other four areas which are;

    ● Literacy

    ● Mathematics

    ● Understanding the World

    ● Expressive Arts and Design

Here at Wem Playmates, we use these areas to develop our weekly planning which is both challenging and enjoyable for the children and considers their individual needs, interests and stage of development. Each area of learning and development is a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activity.

Fees (Prices as of 1st March 2018)

Baby Room Prices

  • Morning (9.00 - 13.00)


  • Afternoon (13.00 - 16.00)


  • All Day (9.00 - 16.00)


  • Early Finish (9.00 - 15.00)


  • Extended All-Day (8.00 - 17.00)


  • Early Starts (8.00 - 9.00)


  • Alternative Early Starts (7.00 - 9.00)


  • Late Finish (4.00 - 5.00)


  • Holidays (when the child is on holiday)

    Each session is half price

Toddler and Preschool Room Prices

  • Morning (9.00 - 13.00)


  • Afternoon (13.00 - 16.00


  • All-Day (9.00 - 16.00)


  • Early Finish (9.00 - 15.00)


  • Extended All-Day (8.00 - 17.00)


  • Lunch Club (Funded Children)


  • Early Starts (8.00 - 9.00)


  • Alternative Early Starts (7.00 - 9.00)


  • Late Finishes (16.00 - 17.00)


  • School Pick-Up/Drop Off


  • Holidays (when the child is on holiday)

    half the price of each session

Opening Times & Funding

Morning Session: 9.00 - 13.00  |  Afternoon Session:13.00 - 16.00  | All-Day Session: 9.00 - 16.00

  • Early starts are available from 7.00 and late finishes available until 17.00
  • We’re also able to offer term-time only space in our baby and toddler rooms
  • We are closed on Bank Holidays and also closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas period in line with the school holidays in Wem
  • 24u funding
  • 30 Hours, Universal funding

Meet The Team

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones - NVQ Level 3 - Nursery Manager

Suzanne Ward

Suzanne Ward - NVQ Level 3 - Deputy Nursery Manager / Toddler Room Leader

Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee -

Business Manager

Kate Copnall

Kate Copnall - Office 


Sarah Elsley

Sarah Elsley - NVQ Level 3 - Baby Room Leader

Janet Evans

Janet Evans - NVQ Level 3 - 

Baby Room

Keri Nicholson

Keri Nicholson - NVQ Level 2 - Baby Room

Vicky Scott

Vicky Scott - Nursery Assistant - Toddler Room

Deb Gittens

Deb Gittens - Training for NVQ Level 2 - Toddler Room

Sally Mortimer

Sally Mortimer - NVQ Level 3 - Pre-School Room Leader

Maxine Macdonald

Maxine Macdonald - NVQ Level 2 - Pre-School Room

Amy Bowers

Amy Bowers - NVQ Level 3 - Pre-School Room

Molly Marfleet

Molly Marfleet - 

Nursery Assistant