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Setting up a playgroup??

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juneybean Wed 13-Aug-08 19:32:50

Has anyone set up a playgroup?

Do we still have to adhere to ofsted?

Would the council help me and tell me what I need to set it up?

posieflump Wed 13-Aug-08 19:35:34

do you mean a playgroup where parents leave the children for 2 and a half hours and the term before their 5th birthday it is free? If so you do need to be Ofsted registered. Staff need CRB checks and to be paid, you need a committee of volunteers to run it to.

If you mean where parents stay too that is a Toddler group and doesn't need to be registered. Staff are volunteers or the parents that stay.

JC155 Wed 13-Aug-08 22:33:05

Oh dear, I have set up a 'playgroup' but I think I have used the wrong term. Anyway, my informal 'playgroup' consists of 4/5 mums and we hold coffee mornings/afternoon teas in our homes on a weekly basis. we take turns to host and parents stay with their children.

juneybean Thu 14-Aug-08 14:20:07

I hadn't really thought about whether I wanted the parents to stay, I guess maybe in this climate where mums want to go back to work, it might be better to let them drop their kids off.

juneybean Fri 15-Aug-08 19:41:14

Rang the council today, am waiting for someone to ring back though, I got put on hold about 6 times!

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