We have spaces available for funded and non funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
Also for families claiming 30 hours Free Entitlement
Playgroup is run by a voluntary committee of parents and staffed by a team of qualified and experienced supervisors and assistants. Children learn in a safe, secure, caring and fun environment.
We are regularly inspected by OFSTED and the latest inspection report is available on request, or visit
Barns Green Playgroup is a registered charity established in 1978 with the purpose of providing a playgroup setting in the village, and welcoming children from the surrounding areas.
We operate from Barns Green Village Hall which has a beautiful setting, looking onto the village green with nearby country walks. Playgroup has its own garden which enables children to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities throughout the year. We are open during Barns Green school term time Monday to Friday
We comply with Ofsted requirements to conform to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We take into account each principle and area of development when planning, ensuring that we cater for the needs of every individual child. The EYFS is followed from birth to 5 years old and is based around 4 themes
Each theme is linked to an important principle
A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Our Special Educational Needs Offer - Sets out how we accommodate your child’s needs and requirements and how we support families.
For more information on this please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bev Liley (Manager) has a Diploma in Pre-school Practice Level 3 (including special needs), training in Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. She has vast experience with children from 0-16 including child minding, cub pack helper for 2« years and she ran a youth football team for 6 years. Bev’s 3 children have all attended Barns Green Playgroup, and she has been actively involved with the playgroup since 1993 and employed as a member of staff since 1997. Bev is the Child Protection and Behaviour Management Co-ordinator for playgroup.
Becca Leonard (Deputy Manager) has worked at the Playgroup since March 2014. Becca is the INCO (inclusion co-ordinator or SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Playgroups’ nominated person for Health & Safety, and supervises sessions in Bev’s absence. She holds the following qualifications – CACHE Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Child Protection, First Aid and Health & Safety training. Becca has a son who attended Barns Green Playgroup and was bank staff prior to becoming a permanent member of staff. She has experience working at 3 other settings with responsibilities including Supervising and being a Key person.
Laura Duda (Assistant) has experience working as a key worker in another setting. She has worked at playgroup as bank staff since September 2012 and became a permanent member of staff in April 2016.Laura has a Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 and training in First Aid and Food Hygiene. She is Playgroups nominated person for First Aid. Laura has two children, both of which attended Barns Green Playgroup. During their time at playgroup Laura has actively been involved in fundraising for the group.
Amanda Page (Assistant) was employed as bank staff in January 2007. She became a permanent member of the staffing team in January 2008. Amanda has had previous experience working with pre-school children doing voluntary work at a crŠche. She has 3 children of her own one of which attended playgroup when they moved to the area in 2006. During this time Amanda helped out at fund raising events for playgroup. She has a Diploma in Pre-school Practice Level 3, training in first aid and Child Protection. Amanda had a break from Playgroup for five years as she moved out of the area. She returned in 2017. During this 5 years Amanda worked with special educational needs children as a volunteer with Riding for the Disabled.
Emma Dasey (Assistant) joined the team in July 2019. She worked for16 and a half years in a Residential Special Needs School, being a Team Leader of Children and Young People with education, behavioural, speech and language and additional needs. She has her NVQ level 3 in Children and young people, also acquiring basic Makaton training, Team Teach, First Aid, Food Hygiene, PEC's, Social Stories, Fire Safety and Health and Safety. Emma has two children. Her eldest attended Playgroup and youngest will also.
Gayle Goodall (Assistant) joined the team in Oct 2018. She is currently studying for her Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
We have supplementary members of staff who can be called upon in the event of illness or emergency.
Premises & Equipment
Our Playgroup sessions are held in the Barns Green Village Hall. There is a spacious main hall with safety glass doors opening onto an enclosed patio and garden. We set up play items outside (e.g. sand/water play), and we have access to the village green for more sports activities. Each day we have an outdoor playtime giving the children at least one opportunity during every session to explore outside. We also make the most of the nearby woods, arboretum and local ponds. There are separate toilets for boys and girls, with pegs for the children’s coats. The main hall has a small kitchen attached. This is used by the staff to prepare refreshments and to bake things made by the children.
Playgroup has an extensive range of toys and educational aids, including larger pieces of equipment for a home corner (i.e. oven, sink etc. for role play), indoor climbing equipment, rope bridge, water and sand tray. We also have a varied range of dressing up clothes, a laptop, a book corner and all the usual smaller equipment for painting, drawing, creativity, manipulative play and cognitive development. The equipment available each day is monitored and rotated, so that all children have the opportunity to use the full range throughout the term, and to make sure that they have access to activities which they find interesting and enjoyable.
Equal Opportunities Policy
In our Playgroup we aim to acknowledge and value each child’s stage of development, their ability, culture, religion, language and family group, giving the children the self confidence to progress in their development.
We operate two Parent/Carer and Baby/toddler groups in the David Francis Room
Monday 9:30am – 11:00am
Everyone is welcome to come along with their children or grandchildren of all ages from birth to 5 years old. It is a good opportunity to get to know other parents. The session cost is œ2:50 per family. Your first visit to toddlers is only œ1:50
Visit us every Wednesday. Children enjoy accessing a wide range of ICT equipment including laptops, and programmable equipment.
The cost of this is œ3:50 per week and is optional.
You can access their website on http://www.technotots.co.uk/
We are members of the Preschool Learning Alliance, a national organisation which provides the playgroup with valuable guidance and support. We also receive support from the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP).
Barns Green Playgroup - Opening Hours
(Term Time Only - We do not close for inset days)
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Children can begin playgroup at the age of 2
Sessions can be booked as morning or afternoon or one complete session
A beautiful setting with instant access to the natural world
Very well-maintained Village premises hall with a secure garden area
A wide range of exciting equipment for indoor and outdoor use
2, 3/4 year old Free entitlement
30 hours extended Free Entitlement
Bev brings her hamster to Playgroup for the children to help look after.
This provides many learning opportunities about caring for living creatures, each other and themselves. It also has helped many children settle into Playgroup.