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Welcome to the Saltwood Play and Learning Centre Website!



We offer free taster sessions for all our services and we welcome parents who wish to come and see how we operate on a daily basis. Just call us on 01303 238712 to arrange a visit.

Saltwood Play and Learning Centre is a non-profit making organisation with charitable status. The Centre's operations are overseen by voluntary trustees including Alison Miles a previous teacher at Saltwood School, Elizabeth Pettersen, Headteacher and Karen Bridges, a parent with a child at Saltwood School with excellent business management experience. All Our staff and trustees work hard to promote a safe culture for children to thrive though our safeguarding policies and training programmes.

Any excess income generated from fees is used to further enhance the facilities and improve the services we provide for the children.

Saltwood Play and Learning Centre was founded when it took over the running of the Saltwood Playgroup in 2006 at the Lad’s Club in Saltwood. This was followed in April 2007, with the help of local authority funding ,by the setting up of a Breakfast Club at Saltwood School and later that year the after school club , the 321 Club, joined the charity having been previously run by a committee of parents at the school.

In January 2010 all the services came together under one roof when funding was secured for a purpose-built building in the school grounds .The introduction of our Holiday Club in the summer of 2011 was a great success and will now continue to be run every August for two weeks.

Recently a shelter was added to the side of the building - to allow outdoor play for the children in all weathers and to shelter parents whilst waiting to collect.

We now employ up to 14 staff in all our services. Our nursery manager has a degree in Early Years and 2 of our staff are studying towards this qualification. All the staff are encouraged to further their professional development to enhance their knowledge and to keep up to date with current research on how children learn and develop.

Some of our staff work in more than one service which has encouraged unification within our services and offers continuity to the children attending.
If you are interested in working at the Centre please email kate.groves2@btinternet.com.

For more information about each of our services, which are open to all children irrespective of the school they will be/are attending, please follow the links and we look forward to seeing you at the Centre very soon!

Free Early Education for 2, 3 & 4 yr olds.
Don't forget, if your child is over 3 yrs old, they are entitled to 15 hours per week free local authority funding.

 
May 2016 -
OFSTED INSPECTION RESULT - WE ARE OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS !
 
These are some of the highlights from the report :-
The highly knowledgeable staff team works exceptionally well together and children build extremely positive relationships with staff and each other.

Staff place a high priority on children being outdoors and use every opportunity to extend their learning.

Staff offer children consistent praise and teach them to behave well and to value and respect each other.

Leaders and staff monitor children's progress extremely effectively to clearly identify next steps.

The enthusiastic management team is committed to providing excellent outcomes for children.
You can read more about our fantastic result here.