Who we are...

We are a not-for-profit, rural playgroup that offers children the chance to learn and develop early social skills in a caring and friendly environment. Our play leaders are employed by a committee, which is made up of parent/carer volunteers of children attending playgroup. We also welcome parents /carers to come to stay and play as often as they'd like which gives them the chance to see how playgroup works.

All Staff are SSSC Registered, PVG Checked and have relevant qualifications

Kearsley (manager)

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A little bit about myself:

I have worked in Childcare since 1995 and have been involved with Udny Station Pre-school and Playgroup since both of my children attended in 2005. I started working here in 2007. I relax by baking a lot and pottering in my wood workshop, and I also enjoy being outside.

Favourite part of the job:

Trying to get glitter in every craft and messy play activity!

My responsibilities at playgroup include:

Making sure all staff, parents and children feel happy and involved.

Favourite animal:

My Tiberian Terrier dog

Favourite colour:

Purple and black.


Pam (practitioner)

A little bit about myself:

I have worked in a childcare setting since 1999 and have been at Udny Station Pre-school and Playgroup since 2014. I have three grown up children and three grandsons and I enjoy spending time with them and their dogs.

Favourite part of the job:

I really enjoy being in the book corner sharing books with the children. I also love being outside whatever the weather.

My responsibilities at playgroup include:

I get everything ready each morning , taking turns to prepare snack, reading and singing our favourite songs at the end of the session.

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Favourite animal:

Giant panda. I remember seeing Chi-Chi at London Zoo as a child.

Favourite colour:

Blue, like the sky on a sunny day

Sami (practitioner)

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A little bit about myself:

I have worked in early year childcare settings on and off since 2005. I took breaks to have my own two children and to be a full-time mum to them for a while. I have worked at Udny Station Pre-school and Playgroup since 2016.

Favourite part of the job:

I absolutely love doing Arts & Crafts and baking with the children. I love seeing the delight and excitement on their faces when they have completed their projects.


My responsibilities at playgroup include:

I help with planning to ensure that all areas of learning are met and take turns to prepare snack.

Favourite animal:

I don't have a favourite animal as such but I do have my own pets. I have 2 dogs, a cat and a small flock of hens.

Favourite colour:

Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue......but mostly pink.

Jude (support worker)

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Fiona (practitioner)

A little bit about myself:

I have worked in childcare for 6 years and started working in Udny Station preschool & playgroup since 2012. I am a mum of three and have a dog, cat and a rabbit. I love spending time with my family and enjoy gardening when the weather is nice!

Favourite part of my job:

I really enjoy watching them make new friends and helping them grow in confidence. It is lovely to see them smile and feel happy and proud of their achievements.


My responsibilities at playgroup include:

To provide the children with a variety of interesting and stimulating activities and to help them become confident learners, ensuring that every child is safe, happy and of course have lots of fun.

Favourite animal:

That’s so hard to choose! I love all animals.

Favourite colour:

Purple.

What we do...

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What we offer

Morning sessions 9:10am - 12.20pm for children aged 2-5 years during school term time. 

Funded and non funded places are available.

Our Wednesday toddler group 9.30am-11am is for children under 30 months accompanied by parents/carers.

We follow the Curriculum for Excellence and encourage learning through indoor and outdoor play and liaise with local schools.

 

We organise activities based on the children's interests and seasonal themes.

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Policies...

The group adheres to national and local policies and procedures which are available to read in the setting. They include policies for Child Protection, Safe Recruitment, Infection Control, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Special Needs, Health and Safety, Confidentiality, Nappy Changing, Settling In, Admissions, Complaints, Curriculum, Lost Child, Constitution, Healthy Eating, Equal Opportunities, GDPR and others.

What are the costs?

Until a child is funded (generally the term after the child’s third birthday) the fee is £11.00 per session.

Snack costs 40p per day per child. 

We also offer wrap around care from 12:20pm to 12:30pm at a cost of £1 per session.

Toddler group sessions are £3.50.

What kinds of snack will the children get?

The children are offered a choice of milk or water to drink and a healthy snack which includes a daily choice of fruit and vegetables, food representing different countries and food made during baking activities that the children take part in. Children pour their own drinks, spread bread, make choices and help to set and clear the table. A shop-bought cake can be provided by parents/carers to celebrate a child's birthday.

What should my child wear?

Children should wear soft shoes (not Crocs or slippers) for playing indoors and strong shoes or wellies and outdoor wear for playing outside. Best clothes should not be worn as we do some sort of craft or messy play activity each session. Children need to be dressed accordingly for the weather conditions as we go out in all weathers. Spare waterproofs are available. The playgroup also sells t-shirts and sweatshirts with its logo on that many children choose to wear each day.

How do I register my child?

You can telephone during playgroup hours giving your child's information and contact details or call into playgroup. When a place becomes available for your child (entry is in strict date of birth order) the play leader will call you giving you a start date and/or send a letter giving you this information. A playgroup handbook giving all relevant information along with application forms will be given to you. The play leader has to see a copy of the child's birth certificate and proof of address as this is required by Aberdeenshire Council.

What is funding and who applies for it?

All three and four year olds in Scotland are entitled to free preschool education provision from the term after their third birthday. This is why the child’s birth certificate and proof of address is required when the child is enrolled. Aberdeenshire Council provides funding for the children once they have proof of their date of birth.

Are parents/carers allowed to stay whilst children settle?

Parents/carers are welcome to stay to settle their children. As each child is different, we will work with parents/carers to help settle the child. This will be discussed with parents/carers at enrolment.