Change of Opening Hours
After consultation with the parents and carers of the children attending pre-school, from September 2017 we will be opening four full days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 9am to 3pm. Morning sessions can also be extended by an hour until 1pm. Please see information page for full details.
South Darley and Winster Pre-school Playgroup is a small, secure and friendly setting offering a home from home environment. The staff work closely with children and their families to ease the transition from home to Pre-School. The Pre-School is a committee run registered charity and is Ofsted inspected.
All staff and the volunteer committee members are DBS checked. The members of staff are experienced and fully qualified to provide a professional, quality, inclusive childcare and early years education. Our aims are to develop and maintain close, effective relationships with children and their families, and to be inclusive and flexible to enable all children to reach their potential in a safe, enjoyable environment. We value the children's own ideas and interests and offer activities both inside and outdoors to support individual development and learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and have close links to South Darley, Winster and Darley Churchtown Primary Schools.
All of us at South Darley and Winster Pre-school Playgroup celebrated a glowing report from Ofsted in 2014 when they rated the playgroup as good in all areas. The inspector reported that the children are confident, inquisitive and interested in exploring and learning because of the relaxed, warm atmosphere and the strong bonds between children and staff. She also commented on how good working relationships between staff and parents mean that children receive support tailored to their needs and how good management and leadership leads to continual improvement in the children’s learning experiences.
Our Vision at South Darley and Winster Pre-school Playgroup is to provide a safe, warm, happy and stimulating environment for young children to learn and develop to their full potential, to value all children as individuals, and to work closely with parents to ensure each child gets the best start to their education.
We aim to provide children with rich, varied and imaginative experiences to enable them to become sociable, confident young people and eager to learn ready for their next stage of education.
Places available from 2 years old. Free places for 3 and 4 year olds and for eligible 2 year olds. The pre-school is also registered for the 30 hours extended funding and tax free childcare schemes.
"My child loves coming. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed."
"All my children have attended South Darley Preschool in the past. Everyone of them has been enriched by the experience and have had a really good time, with plenty of different experiences both taking place inside the building as well as outside in the surrounding area. All play as been thought and planned out well with all children's needs and requirements being met. All the staff are very friendly and fully supportive and helpful on any decisions that are made while your child attends. If you are looking for a playgroup I would recommend going and seeing for yourself the relaxed and happy environment that this setting can offer."
"My son has been attending South Darley preschool for a couple of years now and he looks forward to every single session. It's such a warm welcoming friendly environment with enthusiastic staff who clearly love their jobs. The staff have gone above and beyond to support my son and I couldn't wish for more positive role models in his life. I would recommend South Darley to everyone, it'll be the best decision you'll make for your child!"