Bright Horizons Playgroup


Indoor play and Learning

Our playrooms are vibrant and we have a wide range of indoor toys and learning resources at our settings which allow children to learn and develop through self-directed play and through play with other children. Children can build on their confidence, listening and communication skills whilst having lots of fun with friends during planned sessions directed by our Playleader and Play Assistant.

Children are able to develop their imaginative and creative skills by taking part in the many arts and crafts sessions. These enable the children to learn about shapes, colours and different Rainbow Handstextures and forms of materials whilst using their imaginations to create their own individual works of art which we often put on display for all to enjoy! Our playrooms are vibrant and stimulating and we encourage children to enjoy regular music sessions where they can develop a love of music by taking part in singing dancing and playing musical instruments.

We offer a great selection of books for the children to enjoy and each day the children have “story time” where they can listen in a goup to a story surrounded by friends. Children can also choose to dress up and learn through “role play” .Exercise is very important for children’s development, health and well-being. At Bright Horizons we have regular access to the school halls where staff hold fun exercise and dance sessions with the children which enables the children to develop their co-ordination, strength, balance and flexibility. Children also exercise in specially planned outdoor fun, activity sessions.

Snack Time & Lunch time

Parents/carers are requested to bring in a healthy mid-morning snack and a healthy packed lunch for their child. Children are encouraged to be independant when eating their lunches and sit together in small groups to enjoy their healthy food. They are taught the importance of hygiene and make the most of this opportunity to enjoy their social time together as they eat, chat and spend time with their friends at playgroup.

Outdoor play

At each of our settings the Bright Horizons team promote a love of Nature, of our environment and how we can care for it. As we are located in the Forest of Dean we are very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful woodlands and countryside. Children can enjoy outdoor exercise by exploring and playing in our seSunflowerscure, outdoor play areas which have a range of outdoor toys. There are also opportunities for children to enjoy messy play with water, sand and mud. Our staff regularly hold outdoor sessions where children can have fun learning about and experiencing all types of weather.

At each of our settings we have access to Forest school and trim-trail areas where the children can exercise, explore and investigate the wonders of nature. We request that parents bring wet weather clothes and appropriate outdoor footwear to each session for the children to change into.The children also have the opportunity to have fun digging as they plant seeds, tend to plants and flowers and watch as they see their seeds grow. These sessions promote an understanding, respect and appreciation for nature and are always a firm favourite with the children.We also organise a variety of trips to local forest areas where children can enjoy and explore their beautiful local surroundings.

Special guest speakers

From time to time we invite special guests to our playgroup to talk to the children about interesting hobbies or jobs that they may have. For example, local Forest rangers who can talk to the children about the forest and animals and insects that live there. These visits are always enjoyed by the children who are encouraged to ask lots of questions during the visit. The children are also invited to attend talks by special visitors to the primary schools. For example, the children at playgroup recently enjoyed a talk given by local firefighters who showed the children a fire-engine and their fire-fighting equipment.

Preparing for school

At Bright Horizons we appreciate that starting school can be both an exciting but also a daunting time for children. We have excellent relationships with both Walmore Hill and Westbury on Severn Primary schools. Throughout the year the children are invited into the school reception classes for half hour planned activities which they take part in joined by the children in the reception class. This enables the children to experience being in the classroom, become familiar with class rules and enables them to mix with school pupils so they become familiar with school routine when they start school. Reception class teachers and support staff often visit the playgroup children which enables the children to become familiar with Early Years staff at school. Children at playgroup are frequently invited along to special school events throughout the year such as school nativity plays and sports days.

Term times

Bright Horizons Playgroup operates from Westbury on Severn Primary School on Mondays and Wednesdays each week during school term times and from Walmore Hill Primary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school term times. Term times and school inset days at each school can vary. For further information about these schools and to view the school term times please click on the links below to the school websites.

Westbury on Severn Primary school                                  Walmore Hill Primary school