Playgroup is a well established Early Years
preschool playgroup that offers weekday morning
(8:45 - 11:45) and afternoon (12:30 - 3:30) sessions during term-time.
The playgroup has been in operation for over 40
years, and is managed by the committee of the
Chelwood And District Welfare Association, Registered Charity Number 521160. C.A.D.W.A. Playgroup employ
three highly qualified and experienced child care
practitioners who have each been dedicated to the
playgroup for over ten years.
C.A.D.W.A. Playgroup implements
the Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S.), which
sets the statutory standards that all Early Years
childcare providers must meet. This includes all
maintained schools, non-maintained schools,
independent schools and all other providers on the
Early Years Register.
The E.Y.F.S. aims to provide:
• quality and consistency in all
early years settings
• a secure foundation for all
children for good progress through school and life
• partnerships between different
• partnerships between parents or
carers and practitioners
• equality of opportunity for all
All staff have a sound knowledge of the E.Y.F.S. and
plan, observe and evaluate each child's individual
learning and development. Children’s progress is
collected and recorded in achievement portfolios
which contain written and photographic evidence. We
also work in partnership with parents to gather and
We are a pack away setting which means all equipment
and resources have to be put away after each day.
The Playgroup is always fully set up before the
children arrive and the room is organized into
specific areas to support all areas of development.
The children have daily access to a role play area,
creative area, mathematical area, writing area, book
area, construction area, small world play also sand
and or water and play dough. There is a large secure
grassed garden area as well as a covered all weather
area for daily outdoor play. The daily routine
allows for a mixture of child initiated free play as
well as adult guided learning and activities.
C.A.D.W.A. Playgroup is OFSTED inspected,
and following our latest inspection (15/12/2017) we were rated as a GOOD
Early Years provider.
A selection of comments from the latest
inspection report can be found below.
"Staff know children well and have a good understanding of how they learn. This helps children to make good progress and prepare for their next stage in learning, including the move on to school."
"The preschool is a calm environment and children behave well and engage readily in the activities on offer."
"Staff are caring and nurturing, creating positive attachments with children. New children settle quickly and form strong bonds with key people."
"Children are encouraged to develop their independence throughout the day. For example, they learn to put on their own coat, self-serve their snack and use the water dispenser."
"Parents speak very highly of the preschool. They describe the preschool as a home-from-home environment."
The full report
can be downloaded from https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2746663/urn/322466.pdf
(PDF viewer required).
Previous inspection reports can also be downloaded from the OFSTED website here