Burton Bradstock Playgroup


WI Hall, Church Street, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, DT6 4QS



Call 07747 173801 during session times only or 07814 318963 outside session times.


Session Times:

There are 3 morning sessions per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 09.30 am to 12.00 noon. The Playgroup term timetable is aligned with the prevailing local schools term timetable. However, please check from time to time for any revisions.

We also offer a Lunch Club on Mondays and Fridays from 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm.  If demand increases we may also be able to offer Lunch Club on Wednesdays 


  • £6.50 per session per child if child is unaccompanied by parent/carer; or
  • £3.50 per session per child if child is accompanied by parent/carer
  • £2.50 per session per child for Lunch Club

Fees are payable in advance, weekly or half-termly and are non-refundable even through absence. All cheques should be made payable to 'BURTON BRADSTOCK PLAYGROUP'. If paying by cash, please use a sealed envelope with details of your child's name and the relevant sessions.


Age of Admission:

2 years 9 months. It is preferable if your child is toilet trained. Feel free to discuss any issues with the Playgroup Leader.


About the Burton Bradstock Playgroup:

We are a small community group aiming to provide a stimulating environment in which your child may develop socially, physically, intellectually, creatively and emotionally through purposeful play in accordance with the guidelines of the Early Learning Goals of the National Curriculum.
We are open 3 mornings each week with qualified and experienced staff running the group. The Playgroup is registered to take a maximum of 20 children and we aim for a ratio of 1 member of staff to 5 children.

The Playgroup enjoys a good relationship with Burton Bradstock Primary School. When the end of the children's final term approaches, we arrange some morning visits to the school and the school's Reception Teacher visits the children at the Playgroup from time to time.



The following facilities are provided at the Playgroup:
Craft, dough, clay, construction toys, painting, drawing, tracing, chalking, home corner, dressing-up, games, jigsaws, physical development, music, singing, rhymes (finger and counting), reading corner and use of the vicarage garden for outside play.
Some activities are messy so please do not let your child attend in their best clothes.
At break time, milk/water and fruit are provided and parents/carers are requested to provide an item of fruit. Any help preparing and cleaning will always be appreciated. Please let the Playgroup Leader know if and when you are available to get involved.
The children also enjoy planned visits to Burton Bradstock Library. As part of community education, the Playgroup is invited to attend the monthly toddler services at St. Mary's Church in Burton Bradstock. These visits coincide with the Playgroup session times and are, of course, optional.



The Playgroup is managed by an elected parent-run committee. Regular meetings are held to decide and arrange e.g. policies, fund raising, outings, social events and participation in local community events. All members of the management committee receive no remuneration and perform all their functions voluntarily. Volunteer input is vital to keep costs down and to maintain the operational cost-effectiveness of the Playgroup to ensure its continued existence. Therefore, if you are able to help in any way, please make it known.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held during the autumn term and all parents/carers are encouraged to be involved to share ideas and to help in any way.

The Playgroup is registered with and part-funded by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) who are responsible for setting national standards and ensuring that Playgroups comply and operate in accordance with these high standards.


Fund Raising & Running Costs:

Running the Playgroup is expensive. Consequently, fund raising initiatives and events constitute an important part of our work. Maintaining cost-effectiveness in all aspects of the Playgroup operation will ensure the continued existence of the Playgroup and its vital role in and contribution to the community. As mentioned before, volunteer input is vital and parents/carers are encouraged to offer their help or services in any way they can.


New Arrivals:

Starting at Playgroup is a big step for both the child and parent/carer. Parents and carers are welcome to stay whenever they wish and are encouraged to do so during the early settling-in stage which is an enjoyable time for all.



You are requested not to bring your child to Playgroup if he or she is suffering from an infectious illness.


Home Time:

If someone else is collecting your child from the Playgroup, the Playgroup Leadership must be informed beforehand otherwise we will not be allowed to release your child.
Also, if you are able to assist from 12.00 noon for about half an hour to help clear away at the end of the session, it would be greatly appreciated. Many hands make light work.



The staff work as a team and the keyworker system allows each member of staff to oversee their own group. Through observation and monitoring, the keyworker is in a position to assess the specific needs of an individual child and works with parents/carers through discussion and shared record keeping to ensure that all the children are supported whatever their needs. Naturally, you will be informed who your child's keyworker is.

All records are professionally maintained and kept in accordance with a strict confidentiality code.


Ongoing Information & Updates:

The Playgroup notice board located at the WI Hall is the medium through which all important information relating to the Playgroup will be communicated. Therefore, please make sure that you check the notice board on each and every visit.


The Playgroup Staff & Qualifications:

Playgroup Leader: Ann-Marie Pitman
Deputy Playgroup Leader: Audrey Smith
Diploma Pre-School Practice, First Aid
Tel: 01308-897227

Playgroup Assistant: Heather Rogers


Further Information:

Please feel free to contact the Playgroup Leadership as above:

November 2006