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Playgroups provide quality play, learning and development experiences for children aged two to four years. It is referred to as ‘Sessional Care’.  Each playgroup session is usually provided for up to four hours a day and children who attend are supported to learn through play and active involvement.

Playgroups can be run privately or by a committee of local parents or carers. The sessions are often held in community centres, schools or nurseries.  They can be operational during term time only, or during the school holidays and can provide services which wrap around or pick up from local primary schools.

Playgroups aim to provide:

  • A safe environment where children can learn through play
  • An engaging environment where children can develop through inclusive activities
  • A safe place where children can develop their social skills through interaction with other children

Within playgroups, you may find roles such as:

  • Sessional Day Care Assistant Practitioner
  • Sessional Day Care Practitioner
  • Sessional Day Care Leader/manager