About Us

Our staff

We have an excellent small team with one full time and four part time staff who have been with us for many years. They are all experienced and undertake training on a regular basis to ensure their continued professional development.

Our Manager has a BAHons degree, in Early Years and Education and she has responsibility for all personnel.

Our teams' qualifications and training meet the requirements set out within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Sandcastles Staff

Early Years Education

We follow the recommended structure of learning, development and care for Sandcastles children. The EYFS framework ensures a child centered approach, which enables them to learn through a range of activities that is both high quality and tailored for their individual needs. This ensures;

  • children learn through play
  • we work closely with parents
  • parents/carers are kept up to date of their child's progress
  • the welfare, learning and development of all children

Following this structure will ensure our children become confident and secure and when the time comes, they will be better prepared for school and ready to reach their potential.

Meeting the individual needs of all the children lies at the heart of the EYFS, and at Sandcastles we deliver personalised learning, development and care to help children to get the best possible start in life. We provide this through careful planning to ensure that every child's needs are met and catered for. We do this through daily written observations of each child and photographs of the children at play.

They are then transferred into the child's individual learning diary, which covers the six learning areas of the curriculum. Parents may see their child's diary weekly, which also gives them a chance to see what their child is enjoying and achieving at playgroup, this also involves you with your child's learning. These diaries are unique to each child.

Events & Activities

We participate in several community based activities, to have fun, raise awareness of our service and sometimes to generate income. Often, we operate in tandem with Connor Downs School, and the following list shows the activities we generally engage with. Please see our news page nearer to the occasion for full details.

We often require volunteers to support us with events, so if you are able to help please let us know. Also, we sometimes ask for contributions for our stalls or raffle such as old toys, books or other things children like, so please do support us by making a contribution when asked.

  • Easter
  • Easter Fayre, Connor Downs School
  • Summer
  • Summer Fete, Connor Downs School
  • Sandcastles Summer Fete
  • Christmas
  • Sandcastles Christmas Show for families
  • Santa's visit to Playgroup
  • Sandcastles hosts Santa's Grotto at Playgroyp

The Equality Act (2010) & children with additional needs

Accessible and affordable childcare and early year's services are vital for all children and families, and are key to developing an equitable society.

We also recognise the richness diversity brings to a child's social development and we are wholeheartedly committed to making our services as inclusive as possible to families within our community. We will ensure that our preschool:

  • Is open and accessible to every member of our society
  • Implements equality and inclusion policies and practices
  • Provides appropriate, relevant and accessible activities
  • Provides a safe and supportive welcoming environment

Whilst our current facility has its limitations in terms of the physical building itself, we are committed to ensuring our preschool is open to children with additional needs.

Please see our Equal Opportunities policy for further information and feel free to talk to our Manager regarding

The Equality Act

any specific needs your child may have, whether cultural, physical, behavioural or any individual concerns you have.

The more information we have, the better equipped our team will be to ensure we positively ensure your child's social, educational and personal needs are met whilst in our care.


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