In 1973 a group of parents with young children from Eltham Park Baptist Church began meeting in the substantial church accommodation to promote Early Years Education. By 1979 the Playwell Preschool had been formally set up with advice from the Baptist Union and in 1982 it was registered with the Charity Commissioners. It is now a very well established preschool and popular with local parents and children. Although based in Eltham Park Baptist Church, we are non denominational.
The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) judged Playwell in Oct. 2011 as:
- Good with many Outstanding features.
- The Quality of Provision was outstanding.
- Outcomes for Children was outstanding.
- Effectiveness of Management was good.
- Overall Effectiveness was good.
View the full report on the OFSTED website, or read it on the noticeboard in the Playwell.
We are registered for 35 children in the morning with 6 members of staff and 25 children in the afternoon with 5 members of staff. Our accommodation is comprised of a creative room, a quiet room, a very large hall and a secure outside play area.
Playwell is a member of Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA), a national organisation linking Pre-Schools throughout the country. The Greenwich branch holds monthly meetings that staff attend. We also have close links with our Greenwich Children’s Services child development officer and visits from advisory teachers.