Duty Rota

As Panda Playgroup is a registered charity, and our fees alone don’t cover our costs, we ask parents to be part of a duty helper rota. Generally, there will be only one parent duty session per child each half term. A parent duty involves returning an hour early to help out with washing up. You are welcome to stay-and-play during your parent duty session but cannot help with toileting.

In accordance with guidance from Ofsted we have to lock away all mobile phones or other devices during Panda Playgroup sessions. Please be aware that if you bring your mobile phone with you when you are duty helper the supervisor will request that it is locked away and will return it to you at the end of the session. Alternatively, please leave your phone and any other mobile devices at home.


As part of the session, your child will be offered a healthy snack plus milk or water.  Please advise staff of any allergies. As parents/carers are no longer asked to provide snack as part of their duty rota, we request a contribution of £2.50 per half term towards the cost of snack.

Settling-in Visits

Prior to your child starting at playgroup, you will be invited for settling-in visits. These are generally two visits of approximately one hour each at which you are welcome to stay or leave your child. There is no cost for attending settling-in visits but they must be arranged in advance.

Key Worker

Once they start playgroup, your child will be allocated a key worker. They are responsible for cooperating closely with you to help settle your child into playgroup and provide the best learning outcomes for your child, communicating your child’s progress with you, and updating their learning journal. The learning journal provides a record of your child’s interests and development, using photos, comments and artwork.

Getting Involved

We would love you to get involved with our Playgroup sessions, bringing your own work/hobbies/skills and interests to share with the children. In the past parents/carers have organised visits from the police and fire service, have brought in their chickens, run arts and crafts sessions and introduced the children to aromatherapy. Please let us know whether you would be willing to demonstrate any of your skills, hobbies and interests for the children either as a large group or in smaller groups. 

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