The group is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance which is the largest organisation for under 5s in the country. We are registered with Ofsted to provide preschool care and education in return for government funding.

We are inspected on a regular basis to ensure the premises are safe and the staff are providing the government’s requirements for preschool children. During our latest Ofsted inspection (21 March 2019) we were Graded 'GOOD', please find a link on our home page to view and read the report.


The directors as of 18/07/2019 are Chelsey Baker (Manager) and Tina Bourne (School Deputy Head).

-Chelsey Baker (Manager) oversees Safeguarding

-Emma Hayes (Deputy Manager) oversees Health and Safety


In order to fulfil our status as a limited company with charitable status we need volunteer trustees to oversee the essential tasks that are done outside of the sessions – e.g. paying rent to the school, paying staff wages, fundraising and so on.

The trustees of the group is Chelsey Baker and Tina Bourne, we are always looking for additional trustees so please feel free to enquire via phone or email.


When your child joins us one of the staff member will be assigned as your child’s ‘key worker’. This person is responsible for keeping records on your child’s progress and linking up with you to talk about how your child is doing, both at the group and at home. 

We have an ‘open door’ policy at St John’s Green Playgroup and you are welcome to stay and play and/or have a chat with your child’s key worker whenever you want.  Please do not wait for an invitation!

In order to receive government funding we have to follow the Early Years curriculum as set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).  The areas of learning are:

-communication and language
-physical development
-personal, social and emotional development
-understanding the world
-expressive arts and design

At St John’s Green Playgroup we plan activities and experiences which will ensure children are able to develop in all these areas through play and games, indoors and outside.

A brief outline of the week’s learning will be emailed to the parents every week , along with any notices. – if you do not receive emails please let Chelsey know.

A lot of rich deep level learning involves getting mucky – painting, modelling with clay and mud, water and sand play and so on. Please provide your child with clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and suitable outdoor clothing, including waterproof trousers and wellies.  We do have some spare clothes for accidents but it really helps us if you can pop some spare clothes into a bag for your child, just in case.


We have a large outside area which is used every day. Please provide your child with adequate outside play clothes, including waterproof trousers and wellies on wet days.  It is most helpful if you can clearly label the clothes with your child’s name.

Unfortunately our forest school site is currently being developed for housing and we are in negotiation with Colchester Council to find another suitable site. 

We have brought the forest school approach to learning into the outdoor area at playgroup, so you may see ropes to climb and logs to sit on!


As part of our provision we provide snacks for your child. You MUST inform us of any dietary needs and/or allergies.  We do not serve meat but we do sometimes serve fish, unless we are informed otherwise.

We are proud of our snack-time ethos, It is a time for social interaction, conversation, practicing manners, learning how to use cutlery, learning how to pour drinks and prepare food,  learning about different foods and ingredients, cooking and combining ingredients.  Unless they have a special need we expect all children to be able to pour a drink, drink from a cup and spread their own bread or cracker by the time they leave us.


All children and families are welcome at St John’s Green Playgroup.  We work closely with all families and aim to ensure they all feel comfortable and cared during their time with us. If you have any queries over our practice in this regard please raise them with a member of staff.  We are always working to improve our practice and your comments will be appreciated.

Special education needs and disabilities.  We work together with parents and families to ensure all children have the opportunities they need to flourish. Chelsey Baker is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), all staff and SENCO will work very closely together to ensure children make fast progress. If your child has any additional needs we will work together with you and any outside agencies, such as Speech and Language Therapists (SALT). 

English as an Additional Language. We often have children in the group who are bi-lingual or even tri-lingual and we view learning more than one language is an advantage for a child.  We will work with you in ensuring your child’s home language is recognised and respected, along with expanding his/her understanding of English. We use sign language ( MAKATON ) in our every day practice to ensure all children can communicate effectively. We are currently working with the University of Essex to understand bilingualism- we have tutorials and sessions designed for both parents and staff to understand and support children with English as an Additional Language.

Complaints and Concerns. If you have any concerns or complaints please speak to Chelsey Baker the manager in the first instance,  If you need to complain to Ofsted about anything please ring 0300 123 1231.  If you wish to read our complaints procedure it is on the notice board in the classroom and linked on out Policy page.

Safeguarding. We have a legal and moral duty to safe guard all the children in our care. This may mean we have to consult with Social Services, Safe-Guarding Officers and you the parent if we have concerns over a child. Although this can be distressing for the family it is our duty to adhere to our legal obligations.  If you have any concerns over the safety of the children at playgroup please talk to Chelsey Baker at the setting first alternatively you can ring Ofsted or LADO on 03330139797.

Other policies and procedures. You are welcome to read any or all of our policies and procedures which are kept at playgroup, or please find the most relevant Policies linked on our Policy page.

Please note,

The playgroup is run independently from the school. We have a separate entrance – through the coloured gate to the left of the main school entrance - and a separate phone number to ring on arrival.  We are not allowed to use the school car park.  We hope you have found this prospectus a useful introduction to our playgroup and we hope you will become part of our community soon. 

Kind Regards,

Chelsey, Emma, Holly, Pauline, Wendy, Anita and Abby. 

St John's Green Playgroup