As an Ofsted registered setting we are required to ensure that the children aged 5 and below are supported and enabled to develop in line with elements of the EYFS curriculum. We do not however have to evidence children’s development and learning in the same way as a school or nursery. Our staff will ensure the children who come to us from Reception classes are encouraged to play and grow in confidence whilst being supported through their transition from early years to key stage 1. The playworkers will observe the children’s play and evidence their progress in what we call ‘Play Profiles’, comments and images of the children progressing along their journey with us each term, that parents can take home at the end of the year.

As a ‘out of school’ setting we aim to follow the National Playwork principles:

The following principles outline the professional and ethical framework for playwork. They describe what is unique about play. They are based on the recognition that children’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to a broad range of play environments and opportunities:

  • Play is a fundamental right for all children.

  • All children need to play.

  • Learning through play is a natural process.

  • Children use play to explore, direct, interact and socialise.

  • Play is:

  • A biological, psychological and social necessity.

  • Fundamental to the healthy development and wellbeing of children.

  • Freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated.

  • Children determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests.

  • The prime focus and essence of playwork is to support and facilitate the play process.

  • The role of the playworker is to support children in the creation of an environment in which they can play.

  • The playworker’s response to children playing is based on sound up to date knowledge of the play process and reflective practice.

  • Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play environment.

  • Playworkers choose an intervention style that enables children to extend their play.

  • A playworker’s intervention is a balanced risk between the developmental benefit of play and the wellbeing of children.

Adapted from, the National Occupational Standards – The Playwork Principles