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Opening Times

At Sherard Playgroup we offer sessions and full day care, so that Parents can choose any combination of sessions to suit with their requirements.


We are open term time only - 38 weeks a year


Monday - Friday

8.45 - 11.45am

Lunch Club

11.45 - 12.30pm

Monday - Friday

12.30 - 15.30pm



Sherard Playgroup's Timetable and Routines


Our playgroup believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in the setting are provided in ways that:

  • Help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting
  • Ensure the safety of each child
  • Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
  • Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning


The Day


The setting organises the day so that children can take part in a variety of child-chosen and adult-led activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. These take account of children's changing energy levels throughout the day. The setting caters for children's individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.


Playgroup Sessions



Morning Session

8.45 Arrive for session

9.00 Registration

9.10 Free flow play indoors & outdoors

9:10 Small group work

10.00 Snack time (flexible)

10.30 Free flow play

11.35 Large group time

11.45 Session ends / lunch club starts


Afternoon Session

12.30 PM session starts

12.45 Registration

12.55 Free flow play indoors & outdoors

12:55 Small group work

13.45 Snack time flexible

14.15 Free flow play

15.20 Large group time

15.30 Session ends




Spring Term 2018
Playgroup Open

Monday morning 8th January 2018

Mid Term Break

Monday 12th February 2018 – Friday 16th February 2018

Playgroup Close

Friday 23rd March 2018

Summer Term 2018
Playgroup Open

Monday 9th April 2018

Mid Term Break

Monday 17th October - Friday 21st October

Playgroup Close

Monday 19th December – Friday 6th January 2017





Summer Term

Playgroup Open

Monday morning 24th April 2016

May Day

Monday 1st May

Election day

Thursday 4th May

Mid Term Break

Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June

Playgroup Close

Friday evening 14th July 2017


Sherard Playgroup Fees & Costs


Non Funded fees detailed below


The fees are


  1. £3.60 per hour / £10.80 per session
  2. Lunch Club £2.70 per session

Fees are payable half termly or termly in advance. Fees continue to be payable if a child is absent. If any cancellation of sessions is requested fees will remain payable until the next half term. Each child's attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees.


Payment Methods


Payments can be made by either cash or cheque, Cheques should be made payable to: Sherard school LCC or you can make a direct bank transfer (details are on invoice's). All workplace child care vouchers are accepted.

Sherard Playgroup


Payments need to be received by the end of the first week of term. Late payment of fees will incur an administration charge of £10.00 and in addition a late collection charge of £5.00 will be made where children are collected from Playgroup more than 10 minutes late.


Free Early Education Entitlement


We are in receipt of Free Early Education Entitlement for three and four year olds; where funding is not received then fees apply. Your child will become entitled to 15 hrs free funding the term after their 3rd birthday. A copy of your child's Birth Certificate is a requirement as is a Parental Statement of Undertaking, which will need to be completed each term. Copies of these documents will be kept securely off site. If your child is absent during the term you will be requested to provide a written explanation for non attendance in order to maintain your child's entitlement to the funding. Please ensure your child arrives on time for their sessions so that they receive the full free funding that they are entitled to.


Sherard Playgroup Lunch Club


Welcome to our Lunch Club which is open from 11.45 am - 12.30 pm each day. This service will be available to both children attending either morning or afternoon sessions or both. Where Free Early Education Entitlement is not available for the Lunch Club the charge will be £2.70 per day pro rata with all Parents providing a packed lunch for their child. Please note that Parents who have not used their child's full entitlement of 15 hours FEEE per week can claim the balance against the Lunch Club. However, as FEEE entitlement is claimable in half hour blocks where an odd number of Lunch Clubs sessions are claimed 15 minutes will remain payable by the Parents.


Freshly cooked school dinners can be provided at an additional charge of £2.10 per day. These are prepared on site in the adjoining school kitchen. School meals can be taken on a regular or adhoc basis when you require them. If only taken when required please send your child with the correct money at the beginning of the session. We have a menu which can be viewed on our downloads page.

As Playgroup promotes healthy eating we hope you will support us by providing your child with a healthy packed lunch. We would ask that you do not include any sweets, or nut products (in case of any allergic reactions). Water will be available but if you would prefer to provide a drink would you please ensure that it is not a fizzy drink. Staff will chop fruit and peel oranges if required.


Please could you provide an ice pack for inside your child's lunch box as they will not be stored in the fridge and please ensure your child's name is clearly marked on the lunch box.


Staff will be sitting with the children while they are having their lunch, giving help, praise and encouragement when needed. We will obviously encourage your child to eat all their lunch but any left over food and wrappers will be returned so you can monitor how much your child is eating.


After finishing their lunch we will meet the children's needs, giving comfort and support and time will be spent on relaxing play e.g. listening to stories, listening to music so that children can recharge their batteries for the rest of the day.