What's on in Stoke

Tiny Turrets Foundation Stage Unit

Contact: Jo Knobbs (Head of Early Years) at Castle Primary School

Phone: 01935 822342

Email: office@castle-pri.somerset.sch.uk

Website: www.castleprimaryschool.org.uk

Tiny Turrets opened in September 2013 and is located at Castle Primary School in a purpose built unit. We accept children from 2 to 4 years old from a wide geographical area. The unit also offers extended hours – opening for a breakfast club at 7.45 and closing at 4.15.

Tiny Turrets has a team of highly qualified staff who work hard to ensure that the planning meets the needs of the individual children. We have a fantastic outside area with artificial turf for all round fun and the children have “free flow” activities throughout the day, both inside and out. The children benefit from a wide variety of experiences including messy play, welly walks, cooking and outside visitors. Our aim is to provide a happy, safe and nurturing environment which enables each child to feel valued and to achieve their potential. We work closely with parents/carers, including sending home regular e-mails containing observations and photographs of the children, and regular “Stay and Play” sessions.

We ensure that all children who leave our setting are ready for school. They get the opportunity to spend regular time in the Reception Classroom where they join in with the activities and partake in small group games with the teacher. We have close links with the other schools in the area and work together to give the children the best possible transition into their Reception Year.


Hamdon Play Group

Hamdon Play Group, Stoke sub Hamdon

Contact: Ann Goad, Supervisor

Phone: 01935 826832

Email: hamdonplaygroup@btinternet.com

Venue: Playgroup Rooms, Under United Reformed Church, North Street, Stoke sub Hamdon, TA14 6QP

Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm (Term time only)

Hamdon Playgroup is a community run playgroup, managed by a committee of parents and carers for children aged from 2 years. It aims is to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and endeavours to encourage each child to learn through play and to explore and share as many different experiences as possible. The Playgroup is registered with Ofsted and works within the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage and Every Child Matters Framework.

Hamdon Playgroup works in partnership with both Castle Primary and Norton sub Hamdon Primary Schools to support smooth transitions into reception classes. The playgroup is registered for 2, 3 and 4 year old funding allowing claims of up to 15 hours per week for these age groups.


Stoke Baby and Toddler Group

Contact: Contact Laura 07725646027, Sophie 07595672101 or Janet 01935 823471

Venue: The Memorial Hall, West Street, Stoke sub Hamdon

Opening Times: Thursday 9.30 -11.30am (Weekly, term time only)

Stoke Baby and Toddler Group welcomes all children from 0-5 years old and their parents/carers for play sessions, activities, stories and singing. A healthy snack and drink is provided. The group is supported by Action for Children and Little Marsh Children’s Centre.