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Busy Bees Playgroup

Application Form & Admissions Criteria

From September 2018 we will be operating a Playgroup at Brackenagh West PS, which will cater for pre-school children.


For many years we have been trying to get a Nursery Unit opened at BWPS, but the current EANI area planning policy does not allow for this option, so we have had to pursue a Playgroup instead.



The Playgroup will be organised on a sessional basis, with each session running from 9:00am - 12:15pm, Monday - Friday.



At this stage our Playgroup will not be funded and we will have to be self-sufficient for the first year. Each session will cost £7.50 per child.  


We are hopeful that there will be funded places available in the future and we are currently making applications for funding.



This will be a committee run playgroup which will meet during school term time. We are registered with the HSC Trust and will be inspected annually by their Early Years team. We are in the planning stage and there are a number of details that are still unknown, but over the next couple of months we hope to put all of the final arrangements in place.



There will be two members of staff appointed to run the Playgroup - a Leader and Assistant Leader. They will work with the children on a daily basis and correspond with parents. The committee will delegate responsibility for the day to day running of the Playgroup to the Playgroup Leader.



The Playgroup will operate in ‘The Beehive’ within Brackenagh West PS, which is a room situated between the P1 and P2 classrooms.  The group will have its own uniform, which will be different from the pupils in the primary school.



We aim to provide high quality care and education provision that enhances the development and well-being of pre-school age children in a safe and stimulating environment. We aim to encourage learning through play and work in partnership with the families who use the setting and with the wider community. 


Learning can and should be fun, and at Busy Bees our aim is to mix plenty of creative, imaginative and physical play with more specific skills involved in preparing your child for primary education. 



If you are interested in enrolling your child in our Playgroup please complete the application form and return to Brackenagh West PS as soon as possible.



Until a Playgroup Leader is appointed all inquiries should be directed to Mr M Peacock, Principal of Brackenagh West PS.  He can be contacted by email or phone.


Email address:    Telephone:  417 65055