When children start at Playmates, they have their own profile set up on Tapestry - their online learning journal. This enables their key person to record, track and monitor the child's progress and development. Parents also have a profile created so that they are able to view their child's learning journal and add pictures from home adventures.
This information is also 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 an also have visits to their new school with the support of the key person.
Here at Wem Playmates, we feel strongly about parent partnerships and so prior to a child starting with us, a member of management and the Room Leader will make a home visit to see the child in their home environment.
Children in the Lion's Den, are given the opportunity to have swimming lessons at Wem Swimming Pool every Monday. Here a qualified instruction teaches the children helped by a number of Playmates staff who are in the water with them. The children love these lessons and they are proving to be a great success.
Wem Playmates Nursery
We provide a healthy snack for the children during their session. This can vary from fruit and breadsticks to crackers and cheese. We also provide the children with a healthy cooked lunch daily ensuring they have a well-balanced meal. We have found that by providing cooked meals it is very beneficial to the children and this can make their transition into school life at lunch time easier from having this experience. Any special dietary requirements are catered for if your child is dairy intolerant, has a nut or wheat allergy, or is vegetarian etc. The children also have access to fresh drinking water and milk throughout the session.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school life.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
There are seven areas of learning and development set out by the EYFS 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 Crawling Caterpillars & Busy Beehive Rooms, these are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
When the children move to the Penguin Paradise and Lion’s Den Rooms, we then include the other four areas which are:
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 or learning and development is a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activity.
Fees (Prices as of 1st January 2022)
Crawling Caterpillars Prices
Morning 1 (8.00 - 13.00)£27.00
Morning 2 (9.00 - 13.00)£21
Afternoon 1 (13.00 - 16.00)£17
Afternoon 2 (13.00 - 17.00)£23.00
All day 1 (08.00 - 16.00)£43.00
All day 2 (9.00 - 16.00)£38
All day 3 (9.00 - 17.00)£44.00
Extended All-Day (8.00 - 17.00)£50.00
8.30 am start£4.00
Holidays (when the child is on holiday)Each session is half price
Busy Beehive, Penguin Paradise & Lion’s Den Prices
Morning 1 (8.00 - 13.00)£25
Morning 2 (9.00 - 13.00)£19.00
Afternoon 1 (13.00 - 16.00)£15.00
Afternoon 2 (13.00 - 17.00)£21
All-Day 1 (8.00 - 16.00)£40.00
All-Day 2 (9.00 - 16.00)£34.00
All-Day 3 (9.00 - 17.00)£40.00
Extended All-Day (8.00 – 17.00)£46.00
Lunches (24U & Funded)£3.00
Per hour over funding£5.00
Holidays (when the child is on holiday)Half the price of each session
Opening Times & Funding
Main morning session: 9.00 – 13.00 / Main afternoon session: 13.00 – 16.00 . Main All-Day: 9.00 – 16.00