Session Structure


We believe that children learn through play and we organise our resources and activities to encourage children to follow their own particular interests whilst covering all areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS);


  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

If you would like to know more about the EYFS please ask a member of staff or look at the Department for Education website ( and follow the ‘Early learning and childcare’ link.

Children over three years old have the opportunity to do PE.  We are fortunate to have the use of Fringford School hall for a PE session on Wednesday morning.  This is an excellent opportunity for those children who will be moving on to Fringford School to become familiar with the building and some of the staff.  Children do not need special clothing for this session, although as we do PE barefoot it is preferable not to wear tights/complicated footwear.  For insurance reasons children need to be at least three years old to join this session.

This year, during the Spring and Summer terms we run a session for our oldest children on Monday mornings.  The aim of this session is to develop key skills and confidence in preparation for starting school.  We try to include visits to Fringford School to meet school staff and children so that they are familiar with the building, grounds and some faces by September.

(In January 2013 the Rising 5s session will be on Monday mornings.)

When possible, for those children who will be moving to other schools we like to encourage visitors from those places.  Spring and Summer terms are also the time we run the Oxfordshire County Council road safety scheme ‘Footsteps’.  Children usually join this session at the start of the term when they turn four.  (This session is dependent on the number of children in this age group and is therefore not guaranteed.)

Key Worker Approach

Each child is assigned a member of staff as their key worker whose role is to maintain contact with you and build a positive relationship with your child, enabling them to feel secure at playgroup; the key worker also puts together your child’s ‘learning journey’ (profile) documenting their activities and achievements.  Should you have information to share, any concerns or questions please discuss them with your key worker or with the Supervisor or Deputy.