Health and Social Services | Oldham Council
Playgroup open school term only
St Andrews Methodist Church, Trent Road, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 7QU

Contact phone

01706 848 147 or 07506 810 823
Ofsted URN: 508072

Ofsted rating



From 2 to 5 years old



Vacancy details

As of February 2018 we have no places until September 2018

Opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 3pm

Cost details

Per day £17.50, Per session £7.75 50% reduction available for siblings

Free childcare possible for 2 year olds


Free childcare possible for 3/4 year olds


Takes childcare vouchers?



Registered for 30 hours free childcare.

Lunch time: 12pm - 12.30pm = £2.00
Children to bring packed lunch with an ice pack to keep it cool.

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Special diets offered

As discussed with parents

Provides for different cultural needs

Equal Opportunities policy, training courses. Resources that are cultural and from different religious beliefs

How do you identify special educational needs and disabilities?

We have started to use the ASQ pack to support us in identifying SEN needs. We also use the Elklan and Wellcomm strategies to support this. We do child observations and assessments throughout the term to help us to track a child's progress.

How do you involve parents/carers?

We work with parents and have early discussions of any concerns we may have. We would then monitor the child's progress through targeted interventions and report back to parents our findings. We advise parents that they can contribute to their child's assessment and invite them to meetings.

How do you support a child’s learning and development?

We will involve you in your child's learning through assessments and informal discussions. We will ask parents to complete a baseline assessment to determine what age/stage of development their child is at so we can build on this. We have a good keyworker system in place which enables the child to have a first point of contact and the keyworker builds up relationships with parents to support us in getting to know the child. We have Learning Packs which we may give to parents to help support their child with specific learning tasks.

How do you meet a child’s educational needs?

The child will be allocated a keyworker usually on their first day who will be responsible for all the child's needs including personal needs. The keyworker will work on the information given by parents from the baseline assessment to inform their plans and next steps for learning. The keyworker will assess the child throughout each term and complete assessment forms and learning journeys to show to parents

How do we know my child is achieving agreed outcomes?

We will all know the child is achieving by the completed assessment forms and informal discussions the parent will have with the Manager and keyworker. The manager would inform parents of any concerns regarding their child and set targeted interventions as required

How do you adapt for a child with extra needs?

We have staff deployed at activities and they would adapt the activity accordingly. For example if a child didn't like the messy table because they dislike getting their hands full of glue, we would provide gloves so the child could still participate. We are a one level building with no stairs and no ramps are required. We would apply for additional funding if the child had complex needs and needed more staff interventions than we could provide.

How accessible is your service, outside and inside?

Completely accessible for any abiility or disability

How do you involve children in outings and trips?

We would ensure that there enough staff for the recommended ratios and an extra one besides. We also have reins that children hold onto when we go out on walks. We do not at the moment do coach trips

How do you work with other organisations?

We make referrals when needed and invite them into the setting to observe the child and also to attend our review meetings. This enables them to contribute to the child's targeted interventions. The manager would liaise with external agencies throughout the term if assistance was needed. The advice given by other professionals is shared with staff so we are all working from the same document to support the child's development

How do you support children when they start and leave?

The keyworkers are available at the beginning and end of each day. We have a staff member on the door to meet and greet parents and children. We have introductory visits for new children so they know the staff and this helps to settle them in quicker. We support parents also who are leaving their child for the first time and make sure they are comfortable in leaving them

How are you/staff trained in extra needs?

The Manager and Deputy Manager are SENCO trained. All staff have Autism training and we have had other types of training such as Asthma, Epilepsy, Dealing with children who have complex needs, Behaviour Management

What is your policy on compliments, complaints, concerns?

Lisa Frier (Manager) - 01706 848147 or 07506 810823 It would be dealt with as soon as possible as we are only open Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Last updated: 28/02/2023