Stepping Stones Playgroup

Stoberry Park School, North Road, Wells, BA5 2TJ

Admissions

If you would like to visit us during a session time, meet our staff and see how we run our playgroup then please contact us and we can arrange a suitable date. If you wish to apply for your child, we ask that you complete an application form:

If we have no current spaces, we operate a waiting list. This list is arranged in age order so priority will be given to those children starting school first. Once your child has been offered a space, we require a £10 registration fee.

Settling: We understand that it takes children different amounts of time to settle, so please feel free to stay until they feel secure about you leaving. Our staff are always available to help and support you and your child.

Registration Form: At your child’s first session we will receive a Welcome Pack that includes a registration form. We ask that you complete and return to us as quickly as possible as it will contain important contact information and details of any medical issues or allergies that your child may have. We will check this information regularly to stay up to date.

Stepping Stones Playgroup is a term time only setting. We operate 38 weeks of the year between the hours of 8.30am and 3.00pm.

We offer the following sessions:

Morning8.30 or 9.00am – 12pm (please include a healthy snack)
Afternoon12pm – 3.00pm (please include a packed lunch)
Full Day8.30 or 9.00am – 3.00pm (please include a snack and packed lunch)

Autumn TermFirst Half Term
Monday 9th September – Friday 20th October

Second Half Term
Monday 30th October – Friday 15th December
Spring TermFirst Half Term
Tuesday 2nd January – Friday 9th February

Second Half Term
Monday 19th February – Thursday 28th March
Summer TermFirst Half Term
Monday 15th April – Friday 24th May

Second Half Term
Monday 3rd June – Friday 12th July

Please note that our setting opens as usual during Stoberry Park school inset days.

Our playgroup operates a different fee structure for different age groups. These are reviewed on an annual basis with the aim of being competitive, keeping our fees as low as possible but reflecting sustainable operating costs.

Prices are correct as of April 2023.

£5.75 per hour for 2 year olds

£5.00 for 3 and 4 year olds

We will send invoices by email at the beginning of each half term for that period. We ask that they are paid within 7 days of receiving please. Unfortunately fees are non refundable when a child is unwell or on holiday.

Please do always come and talk to the Playgroup Leader if you have any concerns about payment. We would always work with you to resolve any difficulties.

Check what help you could get with childcare costs using the government calculator.

2 year olds:

We are an approved provider for 2 year old funded places. Further details on all funding options as well as eligibility criteria can be found on the Childcare Choices website.

3 and 4 year olds:

All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for 15 hours of early years funding a week (total of 570 hours a year), up to 38 weeks per year beginning the term after your child’s third birthday. Further information can be found on the Somerset County Council website.

3 and 4 year old extended hours:

The 30 Hours government initiative can help with extra child care for eligible families. If you qualify for this, please talk to a member of staff about setting this up as we have a limited number of these places available.

Tax-Free Childcare:

Stepping Stones are signed up to the tax-free childcare scheme (which replaced the Childcare Voucher Scheme in October 2018), and can support parents and carers to claim this benefit.