About us

Knockando Playgroup is owned and run by the parents of the children who attend. A Committee is elected from amongst the parents at the AGM, (held annually in June), and the committee ensures the day-to-day running of the group.

Our group is a member of CALA (Care and Learning Alliance), and we follow the guidelines laid down by them. We also work in partnership with the Moray Council following guidelines laid down by both themselves and the Scottish Executive, delivering the Curriculum for Excellence 3-18.

The Playgroup is also subject to inspections carried out by SCSWICS (Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland) in accordance with its National Care Standards for Early Education programme.

Our previous inspection reports are available to view on-line from the Care Inspectorate website.

Fully funded places are available at the Playgroup and we follow the guidelines laid down by Moray Council with regard to admission into the Group.

Children are at the centre of all we do and to this end we have the following Visions, Values and Aims:

Vision

To be an exemplary Playgroup in the provision of quality early childhood education, ensuring that every child has a great start in school and life.

Values

  • Children First: We place the interests of the children first in everything we do.
  • Culture of Excellence: We strive for excellence in everything we do.
  • Professional Conduct: We embrace diversity and are an advocate for equality and inclusion in all the work we do.
  • Collaborative Partnership: We strive to form strong relationships with parents and associates.
  • Community Spirit: We encourage a strong sense of community spirit in our organisation.

Aims

  • To work towards a provision that encourages children to be happy, safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected and involved.
  • To provide a broad range of appropriate pre-school experiences for children in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • To provide a high level of childcare using the National Care Standards and the Child at the Centre 2* as guidelines for implementing new procedures, policies and to further improve the standard of care provided via monitoring and self-evaluation.
  • To identify and provide relevant training and support for staff, including any training required to meet the SSSC registration requirements.
  • Respect and involve parents in the care and education of their child.
  • Our group is a member of CALA, the Care and learning Alliance, and we follow the guidelines laid down by them.

    We also work in partnership with the Moray Council following guidelines laid down by both themselves and the Scottish Executive, delivering the Curriculum for Excellence 3-1.