About Braidholm Playgroup

Braidholm Playgroup is a Community Playgroup situated in Muirend Pavilion and is recognised as being an excellent starting point for children aged from 2 years to begin their journey into preschool education. Our playroom is large, light and airy and organised into different areas. We have a large selection of toys, equipment and craft activities at each session and weather permitting, the children benefit from access to outdoor play facilities.

Playgroup Session

Playgroup runs from August to June each year following the term dates and holidays of the East Renfrewshire Education Department. We are registered for a maximum of 15 children aged from 2 years for each Playgroup session. Sessions run from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Monday to Friday mornings. (Please note we do not close when the schools are on in-service days.)

Weather permitting, we provide an outdoor play area which is safe and secure. When outside the children are always supervised by staff.

Braidholm Playgroup Goals

The aims of Braidholm Playgroup are:

• to provide a safe and happy environment for all children;

• to provide and present a broad and balanced curriculum that encourages children to build upon their individual capabilities to reach their full potential;

• to respond to each child’s individual needs;

• to communicate with parents about their child’s progress at Playgroup

Fees

The fee for each session is currently £12.50 (a healthy snack inclusive) payable monthly in advance. There is also a Registration Fee of £15, which will be included in your first month’s invoice. If your child misses a session for any reason you are still required to pay the fee for that session. The fees are paid a month in advance.

Fees can either be paid in cash or bank transfer.

Curriculum

Framework

The curriculum follows a framework of five planned learning experiences following a framework set by the Scottish Executive.

Emotional, Personal and Social Development

Emotional, Personal and Social Development

Building confidence and a sense of worth, making friends and getting on with other children, learning to look after yourself, caring for others and for your surroundings.

Communication and Language

Communication and Language

Improving listening and talking, learning to enjoy stories and rhymes and use information, books, listening and recognising sounds and words.

Knowledge and Understanding

Knowledge and Understanding

Looking at and noticing things, people and places in the local area, designing and making things e.g. using construction toys, finding out about animals and plants, finding out about number, measurement and shape.

Expressive and Aesthetic Development

Expressive and Aesthetic Development

Learning to express ideas and feelings through painting, drawing and modelling. Acting out situations e.g. in the house corner and dressing up. Singing, dancing and making music.

Physical Development and Movement

Physical Development and Movement

Enjoying active play and becoming confident in movement. Developing skills like running, climbing, throwing and catching. Learning to make delicate movements with fingers and hands e.g. doing jigsaws, small construction, using pencils and brushes and cooking.

Register for a place

Spaces at the Playgroup are limited, so please register your child for a place.

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Gallery

Leaf Sticks
Easter Cakes
Creepy Crawlies
Lolly Sticks
Tea Pots

Play Leaders

The Playgroup employ 3 Playgroup Leaders who are jointly responsible for running the Playgroup as well as providing the daily sessions with the children. All Staff are Disclosure Scotland checked and experienced in all aspects of childcare and hold relevant qualifications.

A Typical Day…

During their first week at Playgroup each child will make their own name tag to label their belongings in the cloakroom. Coats and outdoor shoes should be left in the cloakroom before the child comes into the playroom. Our children arrive at 9.30 a.m. and participate in free play. This is when they choose what they would like to play with from a variety of activities. This helps the child to become more independent, develop their own interests and socialise with others.

The facilities at Braidholm Playgroup include a large playroom that provides ample space for a wide range of activities including water and sand play, painting, modelling paste, dressing up clothes, house corner, etc. There is also a library corner where children can look at books on their own and as a group at story time.

At 10.15-10.30 a.m. we have a group snack where the children sit down together round a table. While snack is being cleared away the children enjoy a period of free play. The latter part of our day is spent clearing the toys away in readiness for playing games, singing and physical activities. Tidy up time has been made into a game and all the children are encouraged to participate. Our Play Leaders plan a curriculum for the sessions around a variety of themes. Examples of themes that have been used include The Seasons, Chinese New Year, Easter, Shapes, Colours etc.

On your child’s first day at Playgroup we ask that a parent stays with the child for the full duration of the session. This is to help the child settle into the new environment of Playgroup and to give the parent an opportunity to see how Playgroup is organised and get to know the Play Leaders. Parents are more than welcome to see their child in the Playgroup, enjoying and experiencing the many activities they will get involved in.

The Play Leaders are available to speak to during the morning session about any questions or concerns they may have. In addition, the Playgroup Manager, provides drop in sessions for parents wanting to discuss any matters in more detail. Parents wishing to spend time with their child in the playroom are always made very welcome.

Parent and Carers Forum

The Braidholm Playgroup Forum is our main communication channel between Parents, Carers and Play Leaders.

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Contact Us

We hope that this information helps you appreciate what goes on in a busy playroom. If you are still unsure of anything, please ask one of the Play Leaders or committee members and we will try to help. Most of all, we hope that you and your child enjoy your mornings with us at Braidholm Playgroup.

Find out more

To apply for a space, please use the Registration Form link at the top of the page. For general enquires please use the form below.

Contact Info

For more information, please fill in the form or phone Lorraine Gibson on the number below.

  • Braidholm Playgroup
    Muirend Pavilion
    Hazelden Gardens
    Glasgow South Side
    G44 3HQ

  • 07540 663999