News – May 2024



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS

Registered Charity, right in the heart of the Village.

www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk


The Playgroup operates from the Village Hall and has been operating for over 50 Years. We are registered with Care Inspectorate Wales to care for 30 Children at any one time from the age of 2 Years 4 months. We open 9am until 1pm Monday to Friday and on Wednesday and Thursday we offer care until 3:15pm.

Wrap around care: We collect children daily at 11:20am from Gwenfo Nursery and on into lunch club until 1pm and on Wednesday and Thursday until 3:15pm. We also support children across from our morning sessions to afternoon Nursery for 1pm daily.

30 Hour Funded Childcare Offer Children from Cardiff and The Vale are benefitting from this offer. 12.5 hours are used for LEA Nursery and 17.5 hours per week can be allocated to time with us here at Playgroup. This offer is for children the term after their 3rd Birthday. To find out more, please visit our website

Tax Free Childcare: We accept payment via the Governments Tax Free Childcare. Many parents at this time use this method to pay fees for all ages, or use alongside the 30 Hour Funded Childcare to top up their extra hours/transition fees. Families set up a Tax-Free Childcare account and for example; for every £8 the family pay in; Welsh Government pay in £2. For further information go to www.gov.uk/tax -free-childcare. Further information can be found on our website 

Our Statement of purpose and Admissions Policy & Procedure can be found in ‘DOCUMENTS’ on our website, which may be useful for times and prices. However; if you want to know more, please email or phone. All contacts are on our website.

We have many children staying with us in September 2024 and a high waiting list. Should you wish to be added to our list for 2024 or 2025 please email wenvoeplaygroup@btinternet.com.

We are holding an open afternoon on Tuesday 14th May from 2pm until 3:30pm. Please come along and see what we can offer or view our group. We look forward to meeting you.

 



News – October



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS

Registered Charity, right in the heart of the Village.


The Playgroup operates from the Village Hall and has been operating for over 50 years. We are registered with Care Inspectorate Wales to care for 30 Children at any one time from the age of 2 years 4 months. We open 9am-1pm Monday to Friday and 9am-3.15pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wrap around care: We collect children daily at 11:20am from Gwenfo Nursery and on into lunch club until 1pm and on Wednesday and Thursday until 3:15pm. We escort children across from our morning sessions to afternoon Nursery for 1pm.

30 Hour Free Childcare Offer: Children from Cardiff and Vale are benefitting from this. 12.5 hours are used for LEA Nursery and 17.5 hours can be allocated to time with us here at Playgroup. This is for children the term after their 3rd Birthday.

Tax Free Childcare: We accept payment via the Government’s Tax Free Childcare. Many parents at this time use this method to pay fees, or use alongside the 30 Hour Free Childcare to top up their extra hours/fees. Families set up a Tax-Free Childcare account and for example; for every £8 the family pay in, Welsh Government pay in £2. Visit www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare



AUTUMN TERM REOPENING



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS

Registered Charity, right in the heart of the Village.


The Playgroup re-opens for the Autumn Term on Monday 11th September at 9am. We offer wrap around care with Gwenfo Nursery 5 days per week.

Monday Tuesday and Friday until 1pm

Wednesday & Thursday until 3:15pm

Prior to this we have the open mornings, stay and play on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September from 9am until 11:45am. Should you be interested in viewing or joining the group, please feel free to drop in.

We do have a couple of places available from September, due to families moving away from the area. Please contact us should you wish further information.

Fees may also be paid via the Welsh Government’s Tax Free Childcare and the 30 Hour Free Childcare Offer. Please enquire and secure a place with us, prior to applying for the funding. Links are available on our website.

Wenvoe Playgroup is a registered charity and owned by the community. For further information on who we are, please view our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk and view our Statement of Purpose, Admissions and Operational Plan.

Other policies and procedures are available to view, along with our Gallery, where you can view the children in their Playgroup setting.

You can call us on 02920597494 or 07859 907976 during opening hours or email us anytime wen-voeplaygroup@btinternet.com

 



WENVOE PLAYGROUP

WENVOE PLAYGROUP

At the time of writing this our caterpillars are beginning
to turn into Butterflies and will take flight in
the next few days.
We have been enjoying a good story ‘Jack and the
Beanstalk’ and have started planting our
‘Beanstalks’ (runner beans in pots out in the garden).
As they grow we will monitor their growth on
charts.
We are learning how things change in the environment
and we are thoroughly enjoying our outdoor
space in the glorious weather at this time.
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Dave
Pritchard for fixing and painting our decking. We
would also like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to
Dave and Barry Oliver for cementing our new notice
board into the ground. We can now begin to display
and share in the community. THANK YOU BOTH.
We are so grateful for your community spirit.
There are many volunteers in the community, whom
we rely on to keep the Playgroup operating successfully.
Darren Bellamy has put up with me for many
years in operating a successful website for us, thanks
Darren.
Thanks to our Playgroup Management Committee;
Russell, Robyn, Louise, Abi and Helen, for raising
much needed funds and supporting the needs of the
Charity. Without a Committee, Playgroup would
cease to operate as a Registered Charity. Thanks to
you all.
Many parents are talking about the Playgroup which
continues to grow successfully. From September
2023 we find ourselves very busy and propose to be
full for the year ahead.
It’s never too early to put your child’s name on the
waiting list. We have lists started up to April 2025 at
this time. Should you plan to send your children to
the Playgroup in September 2024, then I urge you to
add your enquiry to the waiting list. Playgroup has
an equal opportunity policy, which means we are
open to all and not just Wenvoe. We have children
from the Vale and Cardiff.
With the ’30 Hour Free Childcare Offer’, many use
our wrap around services with Gwenfo Nursery for
the term after their child’s third birthday.
Many use the Tax Free Childcare to pay top up fees
above the Government’s 30 Hour and also to pay
fees for those under 3 years. You can find links to
both on our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk
We enrol children from the age of 2 years and 4
months, so if interested in September 2024, it’s always
best to put your name on our waiting lists,
even if your plans change nearer the date.
Why not have a look at our wonderful website
www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk where you can
find more about us, along with photographs of the
group.
Have a wonderful Summer everyone and we look
forward to our new families joining us in September.
Sandra & Team

 


 

Playgroup Thanks the Volunteers



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS

Registered Charity, right in the heart of the Village.


Here at Playgroup, we would like to thank the volunteers in the Library, for allowing our afternoon children to visit over the past few months. We will be planning to bring our morning session children across for visits on our return in January 2023, so please make sure you all have a lovely restful Christmas.

There are many volunteers in the village who work hard to keep the village an attractive place to live. Here at Playgroup, we would like to thank all of our volunteers and friends who support us to keep us operating successfully.

We will be holding a raffle on Monday 19th December. If anyone can help with raffle donations, they would be gratefully received. Please send us an email to collect wenvoeplaygroup@btinternet.com or pop along to the group any weekday morning:

At the time of writing this, we can’t believe how quickly this Autumn Term is going. We are 5 weeks to Christmas Eve and much to plan. It’s always a special, magical time with our children.

We do hope to see you at our Christmas Fayre on Sunday 4th December. Lots of exciting stalls and the children will be able to visit Father Christmas/Santa/Sion Corn/ Pierre Noel/ St Nicholas or whatever you prefer to call him!

For now, all that remains is for us to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023.

 

 



Playgroup Waiting List



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS

Registered Charity, right in the heart of the Village.


Wenvoe Playgroup operate from the Village Hall, varied hours from Monday to Friday. For operating hours and much more please visit our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk and read our ‘Statement of Purpose and Admissions found in documents. Wenvoe Playgroup is a registered charity, managed by a voluntary committee. We wanted everyone to know that we plan to be fully booked until July 2023 and have a waiting list for any spaces which may become available. Our waiting list for September 2023 is also very high and I would suggest if you are thinking of joining before December 2023, please send us an email to add your name to the waiting list wenvoeplaygroup@btinternet.com. It is never too early to put your name onto the waiting list. Some families apply when their children are a few months old, hence our waiting lists are up to September 2024. On Sunday 4th December, our Committee are planning to hold our Christmas Fayre, open to all, 1pm to 5pm. We hope that there will be lots of things Christmas, gift ideas, refreshments and a chance to visit Father Christmas/Santa. If you would like a stall at the event, please contact Louise 07912 781497. Watch out for the SANTA RUN on 10th December too. All families welcome. Watch out for the posters with QR codes for more details

 



Breakfast Club and Open Morning



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS

Registered Charity, right in the heart of the Village.


The Playgroup operates from the Village Hall and has been operating for over 50 Years. We are registered with Care Inspectorate Wales to care for 30 Children at any one-time from the age of 2 Years 4 months. We open 8.00am until 1.00pm Monday to Friday and on Wednesday and Thursday we offer care until 3:15pm.

Breakfast Club: Our breakfast club is open daily from 8.00am, where we support children across to Nursery and Reception class for 08:50am. Children may also remain with us into our 9am session until 12noon or 1.00pm.

Wrap around care: We collect children daily at 11:20am from Wenvoe Nursery and on into lunch club until 1.00pm or 3:15pm on Wednesday and Thursday. We also take children across from our morning sessions to afternoon Nursery for 1.00pm daily.

30 Hour Free Childcare Offer

Children from Cardiff and the Vale are benefiting from this offer. 12.5 hours are used for LEA Nursery and 17.5 hours per week can be allocated to time with us here at Playgroup. This offer is for children the term after their 3rd Birthday. To find out more, please visit our website: www.wenvoeplaygroup. co.uk

Tax Free Childcare: We accept payment via the Government’s Tax Free Childcare. Many parents at this time use this method to pay fees, or use alongside the 30 Hour Free Childcare to top up their extra hours/fees. Families set up a Tax-Free Childcare account and for example; for every £8 the family pay in; Welsh Government pay in £2. For further information go to www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare

Further information can be found on our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk

Our Statement of purpose and Admissions Policy & Procedure can be found in ‘DOCUMENTS’ on our website which may be useful for times and prices. However; if you want to know more, please email or phone. All contacts are on our website.

We are holding an open morning on September 9th from 9.00am until 12noon. Please feel free to bring your child along to view our provision or pop in and ask your questions. We do have limited space at this time. We have waiting lists started for September 2023; should you wish to be added to our lists please email.

Wenvoe Playgroup message of thanks.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank a few important Volunteers from behind the scenes:

Our Voluntary RI – Russell Godfrey, along with our Voluntary Management Committee for their support with fundraising and management decisions.

Thanks to Darren Bellamy for putting up with our constant emails to update our website and Lisa for all her support in helping the group with Christmas and Easter fundraising efforts.

Thanks must go to Dave Pritchard, who has helped with painting and odd jobs for the group and is always there in our hour of need.

A big thanks must go to Chris Evans of Lawray Architects, who has worked tirelessly with the group to secure a shelter for the children to play outside in all weathers. As the cost of materials rose this year, in between receiving the grant money and paying for the equipment, we would like to thank Chris for the extra money he paid to finish some work.

We are so reliant and grateful to those who help us on a voluntary basis. Wenvoe Playgroup couldn’t do it without all you lovely people coming to our rescue. The children and staff are very grateful to have you all supporting us.

We are grateful to all the families who have supported us this year. Your generosity has been amazing, supporting fundraising, raffle prizes and tickets, and supporting the group with essentials throughout the past year.

In the past academic year, we were very sad to see Auntie Marilyn retire from Playgroup life. Marilyn has been a huge part of our community for the past 30 years, that I have known her. Marilyn has worked and supported the Playgroup for many years, most of it for the love of it! Marilyn was committed to our Village Hall and Playgroup and we would like to take this opportunity to thank her for everything that she has done in the community over many years. Thank you Maz x

From the end of this academic year, Auntie Fran will also be retiring, to enjoy travelling the world in term time. Fran has worked with pre-school children since 1998 and supported the group since June 2008. Fran will be greatly missed by all the children and staff. I know many parents past and present will be sorry to see her retire. We would all like to wish you a very happy retirement Fran. However, as Marilyn will know, retirement is never the end. I’m sure we will be calling on your help in the future.

We hope everyone is having a safe summer and we look forward to seeing our returning children and new families in September.

 



Platinum Jubilee Picnic



WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS


Here at Playgroup, we held our Platinum Jubilee picnic on Thursday 26th May during a morning and afternoon session.

Children made their own picnic, by buttering their own bread, choosing a sandwich filling, then folding into rectangles and cutting into squares. Children also decorated their own cake with red, white or blue icing, in time for the picnic. Running up to the event, all children decorated their own crown and coloured their flags. A fun time was had by all.

We had a good turn out at our open afternoon in June and have limited space into the Autumn term. Should your child be interested in joining us in the next academic year, then please get in touch.

We will be holding an open morning on Friday 9th September from 9am until 12noon, with the group returning on Monday 12th September 22.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with the very latest, please view our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk

You will also find many more photos in our gallery.

We close on the 22nd July.

Have a wonderful summer everyone

 



New Handwash Station

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WENVOE PLAYGROUP NEWS AND EVENTS


Just before Christmas, the Playgroup were lucky enough to have a handwash station donated and fitted to support the extra hand washing throughout the pandemic.

Chris Evans from Lawray Architects sought help from Bouygues UK and F P Hurley, after noticing that more hand washing facilities would be helpful for the high number of children in attendance.

Both companies supported our SOS after noticing that many children were using steps to reach the high sinks and noticing many children had to wait in line which took time from their play.

We would like to thank Bouygues UK and FP Hurley for a fantastic job. Well done. The children are preferring the easily accessible, low-level trough and learning to become independent at the same time.

The Village Hall wrote and thanked both companies for their donation as the trough is also benefitting their hirers and parties for younger members. The Village Hall Management will now arrange for a paper towel dispenser to be fixed near to the sink for the children.

The Playgroup continue to hold waiting lists open for children who wish to attend 2022 and 2023 at this time. If you are interested in joining the group, then it is never too early to send an email and join our waiting lists wenvoeplaygroup@btinternet.com

For more details on what we can offer please visit www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk to view our Statement of Purpose, Operational Plan and Admissions

 



 

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