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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


Term Dates

Academic Year 2019-2020

Autumn Term


Playgroup Open

Monday 2nd September 2019

Mid-Term Break

Monday 14th to Friday 18th October 2019

Playgroup Closes

Friday 20th December 2019

Number of weeks:




Spring Term


Playgroup Opens

Monday 6th January 2019

Mid-Term Break

Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020

Playgroup Closes

Friday 3rd April 2020

Number of weeks:




Summer Term


Schools Open

Monday 20th April 2020

Early May Bank Holiday (VE Day)

Friday 8th May 2020

Mid-Term Break

Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May 2020

Playgroup Closes

Friday 10th July 2020

Number of weeks:




Sherard Playgroup Fees 


Non Funded fees detailed below


The fees are


  1. £4.30 per hour / £12.90 per session
  2. Lunch Club £3.23 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 Primary School or you can make a direct bank transfer (details are on invoices). All workplace child care vouchers are accepted.


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 (FEEE) for three and four year olds; where funding is not received then fees apply. Your child will become entitled to either the 15 hours universal free funding the term after their 3rd birthday or 30 hours for working parents. To find out if your child is entitled to the 30 hours please visit: note the 30 hours funding has to be applied for every three months.  The setting will require your reference number and national insurance number.  A copy of your child’s Birth Certificate is a requirement as is a Parental Statement of Undertaking. 


2 year old funding

There are a limited amount of free places for 2 year olds, the term following their 2nd birthday. 

These places are for a maximum of 15 hours per week over a 38 week school year and they are predominantly for families on a low income or children who are looked after by the local authority.

Checking eligibility

Families are eligible if they:

• are entitled to free school meals

• access working tax credits with an annual household income below £16,190

• have a child that has been, or is currently, cared for by the local authority

• have a child that has a Statement of Educational Needs and Disability, Education Health and Care Plan or claims Disability Living Allowance

To see if you can access free childcare for your 2 year olds, please use Leicestershire’s Citizen Portal.

You will be asked for the following information:

• Your name, National Insurance (or National Asylum Seeker Support) number, date of birth and address

• Your child’s name and date of birth

If you have any issues using the online checker, please speak to a member of staff.


Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is available for eligible 3 and 4 year olds accessing Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE). If your child is eligible, the premium will provide pre-school with extra funding to enhance the opportunities, experiences and support offered to your child.  Please ensure you complete the form to avoid your child missing out.

Children are eligible for EYPP if their parents are in receipt of one or more of the benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Or if they have been:

Disability Access Fund (DAF):

All three and four year old children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and in receipt of the free entitlement are eligible for the DAF. The Disability Access Fund enables parents to nominate a setting to receive a once a year lump sum, if a child attends two settings only one setting can be nominated for the fund.   The fund is paid at a fixed rate to your nominated childcare setting. This does not give parents a discount to their payments.  Evidence of your access to DLA will be required.


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 £3.23 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. 


Freshly cooked school dinners can be provided at an additional charge of £2.20 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.