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Stockton Lane Playgroup

Admissions Policy

Statement of intent

It is our intention to make our Playgroup accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.


We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to Playgroup through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

In order to achieve this aim, we operate the following admissions policy;

  • We aim that the existence of the Playgroup is widely advertised in places accessible to all sections of the community.
  • We aim that information about our Playgroup is accessible – via the website, local notices, family information service and local communities. We will provide information in Braille or other languages, using York City Council Family Information Service when required or requested.
  • We welcome every child into our Playgroup setting however we have to operate a waiting list and this is based on the following principles:


  • Children living within Heworth and Heworth Without Community
  • Siblings already attending Playgroup
  • Length of time on waiting list
  • Date of Birth
  • Special Educational Needs


  • We offer a minimum of 2 sessions.
  • For children with SEN a single session maybe offered if it’s more appropriate.
  • When moving into the star group priority is given to those children who are already at Playgroup.
  • We keep a place vacant if this is financially viable to accommodate an emergency admission, inclusive place and or a place for vulnerable 2 year olds.
  • We describe our Playgroup and it’s practices in terms which make it clear that it welcomes all families through our website and prospectus.
  • We describe our Playgroup and it’s practices in terms of how it treats individuals regardless of their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English.
  • We describe our Playgroup and it’s practice in terms of how it enables children with disabilities to take part in the life of Playgroup. (Cross reference Inclusion Policy).
  • We aim that no discrimination is taking place with regards to admissions in respect of race, background and religion.
  •  Our equal opportunities policy is available.



Stockton Lane Playgroup

Food and Drink Policy

Statement of intent

Our Playgroup regards snack time and lunch time as an important part of Playgroup’s session. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating.


At snack time and lunch time we ensure that nutritious food is provided, which meets the children’s individual dietary requirements of Ofsted and the EYFS.


  • Before a child starts to attend the Playgroup, we find out from Parents their children’s dietary needs, including any allergies.
  • We record information about each child’s dietary needs in her/his registration record and Parents sign the record to signify that it is correct. The register also holds some dietary information, as well as the medical cabinet.
  • We regularly consult with Parents to ensure that our records of their children’s dietary needs – including any allergies – are up to date. Parents sign the up dated record to signify that is correct.
  • We record on the register, lunch club box and in the medical cabinet current information about individual children’s dietary needs so that all staff and volunteers are fully informed about them.
  • We implement systems to ensure that children receive only food and drink which is consistent with their dietary needs and their Parent’s wishes.
  • We plan our food activities in advance, involving children and Parents in the planning.
  • We provide nutritious food for food activities, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar and salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings.
  • We include the following elements in food activities which are offered, protein for growth and essential minerals and vitamins in raw foods, salads and fruits.
  • We include foods from the diet of each of the children’s cultural backgrounds, providing children with familiar foods and introducing them to new ones.
  • Through discussion with Parents and research reading by staff, we obtain information about the dietary rules of the religious groups to which children and their Parents belong, and vegetarians and vegans, and about food allergies. We take account of this information in the provision of food and drinks.
  • We require staff to show sensitivity in providing for children’s diets and allergies. Staff do not use a child’s diet or allergy as a label for the child or make a child feel singled out because of her/his diet or allergy.
  • We organise snack time and lunch time so that they are social occasions in which children and staff participate.
  • We use snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves.
  • We provide children with utensils which are appropriate for their ages and stages of development and which take account of the eating practices in their cultures.
  • We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children and they can access their own water bottles in the session. We inform the children about how to obtain the water and that they can ask for water at any time during the session.
  • We have rules about children sharing and swapping their food with one another in order to protect children with food allergies.
  • For children who drink milk, we provide semi skimmed milk.
  • Playgroup will notify Ofsted of any food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on the premises.
  • Ofsted will be notified of any children that playgroup have reason to believe are suffering from notifiable disease identified as such in the public health regulations 1988.
  • Playgroup provides parents with a guidance sheet of healthy foods that can be provided in a child’s pack lunch.
  • Where a packed lunch is not healthy, staff will liaise with parents.

 Stockton Lane Playgroup

Maintaining children’s safety and security on the premises policy

Policy Statement.

We maintain security at our premises to ensure that each child is safely cared for during their time at Playgroup. We complete a daily risk assessment and the doors are checked and locked.


Children’s personal safety

·        We ensure all employed staff have been checked for criminal records by the DBS.

·        All children are supervised by staff at all times.

·        Whenever children are on the premises at least two adults are present.

·        We carry out risk assessments to ensure children are not made vulnerable within any part of our premises, nor by any activity.

·        We carry out ‘lock down’ procedures in the event of a terrorist attack and these procedures are done sensitively and are reviewed.


·        Systems are in place for the safe arrival and departure of children, they are registered in and out of the sessions and in and out of lunch club.

·        Our system endeavours to prevent unauthorised access to our premises, doors will be locked throughout the session with a bell system, staff are informed prior to visitors attending the church.

·        Our system prevents children from leaving our premises unnoticed, daily bulletins, recoding who is collecting the child if they are different from the usual nominated person, staff hand out the children when leaving Playgroup to each Parent/Carer.

·        A password is in place for anyone different collecting a child. The password is changed half termly  and Parents notified on the half term newsletter.

Security is regularly reviewed at Staff meetings and liaison with the Church representatives is maintained to keep up the security.