Sunshine Developmental Playgroup
are Developmental Needs
Happily, while most parents can take the health of their child for granted, a small percentage of children are born with or acquire a disability such as cerebral palsy autism or Down's Syndrome. Children may have need of early additional support on a short/long term basis because of speech/language difficulties, social/behavioural problems, sensory impairment or some degree of physical learning disability. These children are referred to Sunshine by the Health and Education sector after consultation for extra help and support.
Sunshine is committed to providing and maintaining a quality service for the children within the group in a stimulating and safe environment, which conforms to the relevant health and safety legislation and meets the standards set out by the Care Inspectorate.
Each child's needs will be recognised and respected, individuality encouraged and efforts praised in a realistic and meaningful manner to promote a positive self-image.
Due to our unique access to professional visiting therapists, we will utilise their expertise and follow the advice and guidelines they set in the use of specialised equipment, exercises to encourage movement, speech and language development etc.
Parent views regarding the care of their child will be encouraged, recognised and respected. Children will respect adults and other children in the group and they are encouraged to share and help each other.
As a registered playgroup we are inspected by the Care Inspectorate who currently are based at Phoenix House, 1 Wards Road, Elgin. Our assigned officer is Margaret Murray and any queries on the service provided by ourselves or regulations we are governed by can be check with her should you so wish.
The group is insured through CALA who also provide support on any relevant legislation that may be implemented.
Does the Sunshine Developmental Playgroup Help?
Sunshine aims to help those children develop physical. social, language and cognitive skills through a variety of play activities.
We aim to help each child develop at their own pace, achieve their own potential and support their procession onto local playgroup/nursery as appropriate
Sunshine is staffed by a Playgroup Manager, 1 practitioner and 2 Support Workers approved by the local authority.
The group can cater for up to 10 children per playgroup session and, where needed, one-to-one attention can be given.
Official Help Does Sunshine Receive?
Sunshine's work is complimented by official agencies: Social Services, Health and Education.
There is regular input from physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, as well as direct support from professionals.
Can Sunshine Offer to Families
Sunshine provides the scientifically proven benefits of early intervention in the child's development.
It also offers valuable respite to the child's parent/carer. This greatly improves the quality of life in families under enormous stress.
Sunshine also provides the opportunity to meet and get support from others living in similar difficult family situations.
As there is no other developmental facility for pre-school children to attend in Keith, Sunshine offers a lifeline to many families who have nowhere else to turn.
Admission to the group is by referral through a local GP, Health Visitor or Social Work Department.
Fees for children attending the group are to be met by the parent/guardian of the child.
Fees are paid weekly, unless otherwise agreed, for the number of sessions attending.
When a child is off playgroup, fees are still due for the sessions normally attended, unless the child is hospitalised.
Any changes in charges will be notified in writing one month prior to implication.
Children referred to playgroup from outwith Keith, if necessary can have access to transport to the group. We have a variety of car seats in different sizes and a member of staff will accompany the child to and from the group.
At present the transport costs are met by the playgroup, and as transport costs eat into the funds of the group, requests for transport provision should only be made when absolutely necessary.
A variety of toys and specialist equipment is provided enabling the children to develop and learn through play eg. art work, floor games, outings, books, bikes etc.
There are several pieces of large equipment which are taken out for use within the playgroup room.
We will provide a light snack each day. This will be varied and consist of foods such as fruit, crackers, toast, cheese, yogurt, soup, sandwich etc.
We will also provide foods relating to celebrations and other cultures festivals such as haggis (Burn's Night), Divali, Chinese/Indian foods etc.
As a guide, the playgroup operates the same term dates as the schools in the area.
Occasionally, staff training and sanitising of equipment takes place and the group may have an extended break. This will be notified through the Newsletter.
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