About us


Currie Playgroup is a registered charity, and a member of Early Years Scotland, with whom it is fully insured.  Playgroup has Partner Provider status (with the City of Edinburgh Council) and follows the pre-school curriculum.  It is a non-profit making organisation and relies on fees and fund-raising events to supplement the Council grant in order to meet its running.  Playgroup is managed by a parent led committee and involvement in the running of playgroup and fund-raising is strongly encouraged.


Aims:

We aim to provide a nurturing, fun filled, safe and stimulating environment where everybody feels welcome.


Staff

Our staff have a wealth of experience with children. They are:
  • Katie Brown, Play Leader and Manager
  • Alison Brown, Deputy Play Leader, 
  • Fiona Brien, Play Assistant
  • Stacey Adam, Play Assistant,
  • Gary Potter, Play Assistant,
  • Sally Brown, Play Assistant,
  • Rachel Gibbs, Business Manager,
  • Ellen Forrest, Cleaner

Curriculum

The themes and activities at playgroup are carefully chosen to promote learning through play.  We follow two curricula: the Birth to Three Framework and the new Curriculum for Excellence for 3 -18 year olds.

The Birth-Three Framework has three key features that we teach the children: Rights of the Child, Relationships, Responsive Care and Respect. We help younger children to feel safe and secure in playgroup so that they can learn new skills such as sharing, making friends, coping with new rules and routines and understanding what is acceptable and what is not. They are offered many activities and toys and come to playgroup to play and learn without even realising it.

The Curriculum for Excellence has eight curriculum areas. These are literacy, numeracy, health and well being, science, expressive arts, religious and moral education, social studies and technologies. Some of these stand alone and others cross over more than one area. The Early Years level of the curriculum covers the children’s education to the end of Primary 1 so there are many objectives that they start to learn at Playgroup, continue to learn at Nursery and then master in Primary 1.

All these documents are available in full if you would like to see them or you can visit the following websites:


Daily structure

During the morning project work is carried out.  This will tie in with a particular theme e.g. seasons, road safety, festivals etc.  At the same time free play with a variety of toys, play dough, digital technologies and physical play is also available.  There is a well-stocked book corner for a story.  Children are free to move around during this time. 

Once the children have arrived in the morning they are free to explore the theme led activities and free play area. We then have story and songs at 10am.

A table is set up for snack and the children are able to have snack between 10.15am and 10.30am. They wash their hands and help themselves to snack to encourage their self help skills.

After they have had snack the children return to the activities and free play areas.

The children tidy up at 11.
30am in preparation for going home at 11.45.
The children are encouraged to play outdoors whenever the weather allows.

At Christmas, and at the end of the summer term, playgroup holds a party for all the children attending playgroup, even if it is on a day that your child does not normally attend.  

Outings are offered each term to all children even if it is not a day that they attend. We also invite visitors to come and tell us about their special work.

Parental involvement

Parents and carers are encouraged to be involved in Playgroup in the following ways:
  • Provision of household items, e.g. tissues, bin liners etc
  • Fundraising
  • Decorating/ gardening/ simple DIY
  • Becoming a committee member

Equipment

Playgroup is extremely well equipped with a wide range of safe and modern toys, which include:
  • Play kitchen and home corner
  • Story corner
  • Shop
  • Easel and paints
  • Indoor and outdoor sand play
  • Water play
  • Construction toys
  • Jigsaws and board games
  • Dressing up clothes
  • Puppets
  • Airport, garage, hospital, zoo, farm
  • Indoor climbing frame and tunnels
  • Musical instruments
  • Listening centre
  • ipads
  • Garden
  • Outdoor toys including bikes and scooters for all levels of ability