In-home playschool

I have a minimum of 3 children and a maximum of 6 children in my Play Sense micro-playgroup.

You can enrol into my Play Sense playgroup all year long. Children can enrol from 22 months and leave the program at the end of the year in which they turn 4.

I only offer my Play Sense micro playgroup in the mornings from 8:30 to 12:00. In the afternoons I offer Play Therapy at my private practice in Century City.

The Play Sense curriculum is based on a 5-day week. In order to get the most out of the program and to allow your child enough time to settle in and socialise with peers, 4 or 5 days a week is recommended. However, young children or children who have never been in a playgroup before can start with just 3 days a week until they have adjusted to the new routine.

In my playgroup, snacks are provided by the parents. Play Sense usually follows a snack sharing policy, whereby parents take turns to bring snack for everyone in the group for one week at at time. However, due to COVID-19 protocols in my playgroup, parents are asked to send snack for their own child only. Parents should pack in only healthy snacks and water is recommended instead of juice. Lunch is not provided as the group ends at 12:00.

Play Sense does not operate in line with any local school calendars, terms or semesters. Playschools are closed on religious and national holidays and teachers are entitled to take up to 7 weeks of paid leave annually.

The teacher’s paid leave dates will be discussed and decided upon between the teacher and parents at an individual playschool level, with a fair amount of notice given to the parents to give them time to arrange alternative childcare during the teacher’s leave. Traditionally, there is a 4-week closure over the summer with the remaining 3 weeks taken throughout the rest of the school year. Dates will differ according to territory and teacher.

My playgroup starts at 8:30 and ends at 12:00.

My playgroup is situated inside a security complex. This means that only authorised people are allowed entrance into the complex.

Under normal circumstances, parents and nannies are allowed to stay with a child for some time to allow them to settle. However, due to current COVID-19 protocols, no parent or nanny is allowed to stay. This is to prevent the possible spread of germs. I understand that this could be very difficult especially in the beginning when children are unsettled so I will work with parents and children to provide other ways to allow children to settle.

I follow a flexible daily program, which is introduced gradually over a few weeks. The routine balances active and passive activities and takes into account special needs of the group such as nappy changing, toilet training, etc. The basic program is as follows: 08h30 – 08h45 Settling in 08h45 – 09h00 Story, music and movement 09h00 – 09h30 Art 09h30 – 10h00 Sensory play 10h00 – 10h15 Snack 10h15 – 11h00 Outdoor play 11h00 – 11h45 Imaginary play plan 11h45 – 12h00 Reading and reflection
In my playgroup, parents can choose whether or not to vaccinate their children.