About us

“Children are confident and secure in their surroundings. Staff know children
exceptionally well and genuinely enjoy their time supporting children’s learning.” Ofsted Jan 2018

Founded in 1988, Orton Wistow Under Fives is a non-profit making community-based setting, voluntarily managed by a Committee of parent volunteers, elected each year at the AGM, to provide support to the staff they employ.

All families are welcome and valued. Playgroup is not just about learning, but also about having fun and growing as a unique individual.

Throughout the year we take the children for walks, as well as our annual Summer outings. We also hold annual Christmas and Summer parties, subject to funding. We like to make fundraising fun, with events that are run with the children in mind, such as our Christmas Fayre, Fancy Dress Day, designing tea towels etc.

From the age of 2 years 6 months we offer a variety of sessions. This gives your child possibly the first chance to become independent in a happy, safe and educational environment.

We have developed close links with Orton Wistow Primary School over the years and liaise closely with the Reception Class teachers when it is time for the children to move on.

Parental Involvement
Playgroup involves all parents in the development of their children. Central to this approach, we welcome parents to stay and help out in sessions and on outings. Children’s development and learning is shared with parents through meetings, Learning Journals, photographs and play observations.
Educational Environment –
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which is a legal document and exists to support all professionals working in the Early Years Foundation Stage (birth to age 5) to help your child. It sets out the following 7 areas of learning and development:

Prime areas –
Personal, social and emotional development, Communication and language and Physical development.
Specific areas
Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
For more information please visit www.foundationyears.org.uk
Affiliated to the Pre-School Learning Alliance and Peterborough City Council Early Years and Childcare Team, and inspected by Ofsted (most recently in January 2018), we ensure that we maintain the high standards required by our parents by providing challenging play experiences for the children. To see our most recent Ofsted report please visit: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/256799

Our Location

Orton Wistow Community Centre
Napier Place
Orton Wistow
Staff at playgroup Contact no.: 07547 689759
Administrator Contact no.: 07760 971856
Chairperson: chairowu5@hotmail.co.uk