Avening Playgroup started in the village hall in 1972 and moved to its current location in 1991. The building and outside area were built for use by the children from Avening and the surrounding towns and villages.
We were delighted to have Princess Anne come to our original opening and again for the new outdoor covered space. With support from the local parish council, primary school and village church we are regularly reminded of our special and appreciated role within village life. We look to join with the primary school whenever possible - including having siblings along for photo sessions, visiting the school for plays and performances and working together with the Friends of Avening School in fundraisers and events for the children whenever possible.
The main room is divided into interconnected areas to promote the children's play. There is a carpet area which is used for the whole group as well as for smaller group or individual activities. It provides a soft surface for the children to sit on when playing with activities such as floor jigsaws, board games, doctor play and cars and garages.
There is a role play area which is enclosed by a wooden surround with kitchen, tables and windows, and has lots of clothes for the children to dress up in - having fun as well as getting practice dressing themselves.
There is a painting easel for three children so they chat while they create, a
mark making area, a creative area and a quiet books area with sofa and cushions.
The playgroups very well resourced with lots of toys and activities for children to choose and play with. All ensuring everyone will find something to engage with and enjoy with their peers!
We spend time outside in all weathers and see the benefit to the children as a result. Our safe outside area has a large area for riding bikes and tricycles, playing with balls and hoops and many other games the children invent. We also have swings, a climbing frame, balance beams and stepping stones to help develop gross motor skills and engender lots of laughter and joy.
In addition to an enclosed wendy house there is a weaving frame and mark making stations so fine motor skills are also growing in the great outdoors - before we mention the bugs and leaves that can be discovered.
We are also lucky to have a large covered area which houses a large sandpit, picnic tables and many other games to ensure that the children have opportunities to play outside in even the worst of the English weather.