​"Play is the highest form of research"  Albert Einstein




09:00 - 11:20








Singing or using musical instruments, movement to music/singing, staff are introduced and we go through the playgroup promises.

The children can choose and access toys and books throughout the setting (inside or outside).

During this time small group activities such as crafts, story basket, turn taking games etc. are available.  Children are free to play inside or outside (weather permitting).  The children will also have their snack together as a group.

The children are split into two groups for their story.  The same story is read to the children for a period of two weeks as this encourages participation and anticipation.  

The children all join together to sing their favourite songs.

Children staying/coming in for this must bring a packed lunch.

This follows the same routine as the morning session.

Carpet Time

Free Play and Activities

Story Time

Singing Time

Morning Session Ends


Afternoon Session

Session Structure



Wheathampstead Playgroup is registered with Ofsted.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.  They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.   Ofsted is a non-ministerial department.


Wheathampstead Playgroup was last inspected by Ofsted in November 2017, the report can be read here.

Local Offer


Wheathampstead Playgroup is committed to the integration of children with special educational needs and has high aspirations and expectations for all children.  The inclusion of all incorporates children, parents/carers and all staff.


All children have the right to be educated and develop their full potential alongside each other.  It is a positive experience to be able to share the same opportunities and overcome any difficulties together.  Children learn from interacting with other children and by giving them these experiences children with special educational needs can be educated and develop alongside peers without special educational needs.


For further information, please see the local offer on the Hertfordshire County Council website.