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St Mawes & St Just Under Fives
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Music, movement, stories, action songs, paint glue, junk modelling, play-dough, scissor skills, courting songs, number games, making patterns, role play areas, home corner, shop, post office, sand & water play, hop, skip & jump, climbing.

Outside area for bikes, scooters, cars, ball games, running races, roadworks & nature trails, construction activities, balancing challenges, parachute games.

We are lucky enough to be the sole users of the hall which means we can leave activities set up, we can use the display boards on the walls to show the children's work, and give them pride in their efforts and interests.

We have a parent run committee who organise fund raising events and oversee the group which was first set up in 1981-82.

We now also provide Forest School sessions every Tuesday from 12-2pm with Roots2Wander which has proved very popular with parents and children alike.

Who to contact

Contact name
Caryl Thomson
Contact position
Playgroup Leader
Mobile: 07969 494719

Where to go

St Mawes Playgroup
St Mawes Recreation Ground
St Mawes

Bus: Truro - St Mawes.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.10 per hour 3 & 4 year olds
£3.50 for stay and play under 2's
We also offer Stay and Play for parents and children under 2 years of age,
we charge:
£2.50 for ages 9 to 12 months;
£3.50 for 12 to 18 months; and
£4.50 for 18 to 24 months

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Intolerances to milk and eggs. We are happy to discuss dietary requirements with parents.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Languages spoken



Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
We have spaces, dependent on the age of children applying to come, which must conform with adult/child ratios at the setting.
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
We are only open part-time but can take children with 30 hours funding entitlement, which can be shared with other provisions.

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Tuesday 9 am 1 pm
Thursday 9am 1 pm

School pickups

Offers pickups

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Mrs Caryl Thomson

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

We have a key worker system in place and make regular observations on children's progress, parents are welcome to discuss any issues at the end of session time.

How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

We welcome parents with their children at playgroup and have an "All About Me" introduction for the parent to share with their child and return to us with the child's favourite activities at playgroup and at home. All staff make observations so that children's progress can be monitored more effectively. Assessments are made each term.

Links we have to other agencies

We have had contact with the speech therapist and staff regularly attend SEN network meetings. Staff have attended Makaton training which is being introduced into daily sessions.

How we support children transferring to school

We have good relations with St Mawes school, the reception teacher comes to meet the children at playgroup in the summer term. Also opportunities are taken through the year for the pre-school children to attend events at school to introduce them to their new environment, during the summer term the pre-school children attend at 6 sessions at school to familiarise them with school routines and rules to ease their transition into school in September.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

All staff attend child protection awareness training, and behaviour management, also safe guarding. Makaton is being introduced to playgroup sessions.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

We try to promote healthy life styles, and we welcome the opportunity to talk to parents about any issues that may arise.

We have invited the local Health Visitor to visit the playgroup and will let parents know when we expect to see her.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We have a key worker system in place and share the children's learning journals and assessment records with parents which they are invited to add to as they wish. We have a facebook page where we share pictures of activities we have been doing without showing the children themselves.

2yr old checks are printed and offered to the parents to put in their Red Health Check books to share with the health visitor.

Our complaints policy

We have a complaints policy which is accessible to all parents and the relevant contact number is advertised on the board.

We also have a Suggestions/Compliments box with cards and pens in the cloakroom for parents to make comments in private/anonymously.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

We have a ramp access and disabled toilet facilities.


Facilities we have for personal care

All staff are DBS checked. We have disabled toilet facilities, and changing facilities.

Specialist resources we have

We have steps for children to access the sinks and toilets. We view our children individually and assess what their needs may be and endeavour to help them to progress and develop independently.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

We always invite parents to support trips outside of playgroup and try to use risk assessments and forward planning to overcome any obstacles that might deter someone from taking part. Parents/grandparents are usually enthusiastic to attend outings which allows us to deploy staff to care for any children unattended by family on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio.

Last updated: 09/09/2020

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