Meeting the demand for 30 hours childcare at Holy Apostles Playgroup In September 2017 the government will be rolling out additional help for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds. If you and your husband/partner work a minimum of 16 hours each and earn less...

Mud Kitchen at Playgroup At Holy Apostles’ Pre-school the children have been learning about the rules for playing in the mud kitchen. The children at playgroup know that they have to be ‘booted and suited’ before they can join their friends in the mud kitchen. The...

WHAT IS PLAY? "Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison At the playgroup we really value the importance of play; we give the children time to follow their interests and use resources to fuel...

20th February 2017 Science Week It’s science week at Holy Apostles’ playgroup! The children have been looking at our discovery jars and predicting what will happen when they are shaken.                     We explained that the jars contained water and oil...

Story-making at Playgroup We have been learning all about story-making at Holy Apostles’ Pre-school this term. We chose ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson, which is one of our favourite stories. The children listened to the complete story a number of times; then we started to think about...

Merry Christmas From Holy Apostles Playgroup! Our playgroup Christmas party for all the children followed the nativity performance. We played traditional party games such as Pass the Parcel and we all joined in with The Hokey Kokey! A ‘bring and share’ party with lots of delicious...

Wriggly Nativity Holy Apostles' playgroup performed their version of what turned out to be a ‘very Wriggly Nativity’ on Tuesday 13th December 2016. The children were really excited to finally wear their beautiful costumes; Mary and Joseph sat serenely awaiting the arrival of a full bench of...

Writing to Santa The children at playgroup started thinking about our Christmas wish list and what we hoped that Santa would bring us. The children at playgroup made marks on our letters to represent our name, age and the present we hope to receive. We had to...

The Human Body This week the children at playgroup are learning about the Human Body following children’s requests. We started thinking about our five senses and explored our touch with our ‘feely box’ activity. We had to guess the contents of the box, which contained jelly, baked...

Holy Apostles' Pre-school attains Bristol Standard Holy Apostles’ Pre-school Cheltenham was delighted to attain the prestigious Bristol Standard recently for the third time; each cycle lasts three years. The Bristol Standard is a rigorous process of self-evaluation to improve the quality and effectiveness of provision through...