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What to expect

Playscheme is a busy, vibrant environment that may seem hectic and boisterous at first.

We support the idea of free flow play for the children attending so although we encourage involvement in activities, many make their own choices about what they will do throughout the session.

Children enjoy themselves, make friends and take part in a range of activities in a safe, happy atmosphere. There is a good ratio of Playworkers to children which is based on the ages onsite and the types of activities on offer.  This is currently 1:8 for under 8's and 1:10 for 8's and over.  On outings we maintain a 1:5 ratio for under 11's and a 1:10 ratio for over 11's.

There are often lots of Playworkers around the setting. Their role is to support the children’s play, get involved, encourage ideas and at times act as a mediator.

While we are aware of and take into account the different needs of children across the age ranges, everyone is able to mix with others as they please.

At Playscheme we take children’s play seriously even when it involves children getting very messy. We also understand that children need and want to take risks when they play and as such we aim to provide play experiences that stimulate and challenge the children into exploring and developing their abilities. We understand that without a child's strongly motivated response to challenge and risk they would have never learnt to walk, climb or even ride a bike. As such we encourage the children to stretch themselves, test and develop their abilities in fun and exciting ways. It is the role of the Playworker's to offer a wide range of play opportunities that expose children to acceptable risk enabling children to play freely and be the masters of their own play. Through assessing the risk to benefits of a play opportunity Playworkers will endeavour to collaborate with children to adapt play that poses significant aspects of risk in order to minimise the possibility to injury. Despite this, injuries may still occur through the course of play and our first aid trained staff members will attend to any injuries that need attention.