A - Z OF SERVICES - PLAYGROUPS

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Service Name: PLAYGROUPS
Email:

chis@westlothian.gov.uk

Website: www.scottishchildcare.gov.uk
Further information:

Playgroups provide sessions of play and education for children aged between 2 and 5 years. Some playgroups also work in partnership with their local authority to provide free, part time pre-school education places for 3 and 4 year olds. You will find playgroups in many areas of West Lothian, often where parents or voluntary groups have set them up. Parents help the staff normally on a rota basis and many parents learn about child development through their involvement. Since April 2002, playgroups have been required to register with the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (also known as the Care Commission). This means that the premises and staff have to be in line with the National Care Standards for Children aged up to 16. You can view these standards at the following link:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/11/10153255/0

You can also ask the staff at the playgroup to show you their registration certificate and latest inspection report. If the playgroup is providing fun pre-school education, it will undergo joint inspections by the Care Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education.

Details of West Lothian playgroup provision can be obtained from the Scottish Childcare website above.

 
Service Name: FIRST STEPS PLAYGROUP
Address: Beatlie School Campus, The Mall, Craigshill, Livingston, EH54 5DZ
Telephone: 01506 777883
Further information:

This is a playgroup for children with special needs, providing year round provision for 1-5 year olds and 3-5 year olds may be in "split placements". The service is run by an independent voluntary organisation and is available to families who live in West Lothian