Jigsaw Out of School & Holiday Playscheme is registered with Ofsted and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage themes.


Four guiding themes underpin effective practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage, each expressing principles for learning, development and care through play:



A Unique Child 


Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.


We have had visiting artists such as Jugglers, Magician's, Face Painters, Keep Fit Clubs - these artists support children to develop projects about themselves.


Children celebrate Eid, the Chinese New Year, Christmas and Easter when lots of our activities are based around these celebrations.


The children work with creative partnerships to design displays which are on show in the Methodist Church during festivals such as Easter, Harvest Time and Christmas.  They help arrange flowers, water and keep the weeds away from the Rock Garden in front of the Church.



Learning and Development


Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

Our children go on trips to the National Media Museum, Industrial Museum, Bracken Hall on Shipley Glen and Eureka in Halifax.  Children over 8 years old can go the swimming baths.


The children can experiment using sand and water outside during the good weather.  They take part in story telling, make up their own small drama sessions that develops their communication and language skills.


The children can cook in small numbers with staff and have made buns, biscuits and cheesecakes.  They have enjoyed making fresh fruit salads and smoothie making using a wide variety of fruits.


The children grow vegetables such as tomatoes, runner beans, carrots, potatoes and pumpkins, some of these are then turned into soup which the children can have at snack time with bread, this then promotes healthy eating.  We also have sunflower growing competitions.



Enabling Environments 



The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's developments with parents and/or a key person.


Our club is situated only a 2 minute walk away from Buck Woods where the children can explore and have picnics.


They can see squirrels and watch the birds eating from the bird tables placed there by the Friends of Buck Woods.


They can enjoy leaf rubbing and the staff also help the children name the different trees.



Positive Relationship


Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.



Children are valued and made to feel welcome by our staff that actively show an interest in their development.  Children aged five and under are alloocated a key person.


Staff have a sound knowledge of child development and have good regard for the well-being of children.  They are deployed effectively, which contributes towards children's good health, safety and their ability to take part in the setting.  Staff have a good sense of commitment and willingness for continual improvement.  (Taken from OFSTED inspection report 2.5.07)


Partnership with parents is good because staff welcome them and share information about their child on a daily basis.  Parents are provided with an information pack, which includes policies and procedures.  This builds an effective partnership for the welfare of children.  In addition, parents are provided with questionnaires at the end of each term so that their views and opinions are made known to the setting.  This information is used to further develop the care of the children.  (Taken from OFSTED inspection report 2.5.07)



Marina and Faye are the Key Workers for the 4 and 5 year olds who attend Jigsaw.   


 One to one session with Key Worker 

Each child has one to one sessions with Marina or Faye to work through study books relevant to the individuals ability.  The progress is recorded in the childs personal file. 









Your childs keyworker will inform you of your childs daily progress.  If you would like to have a look at your childs learning journeys please feel free to ask.


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