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How do we operate?


Bumblebees’ playgroup is run by a committee of volunteers consisting of playgroup parents, although the day to day management is the responsibility of the leader and the paid staff.  The committee is elected annually.   We are a registered charity and have membership of the Pre-School Learning Alliance. Ofsted, Social Services and the Bedfordshire Early Years Development Partnership regularly inspect us.  During our last Ofsted inspection we were rated overall as ‘Good’.  Ofsted says “The skills, knowledge, and personal qualities the children acquire in the Playgroup will stand them in good stead in the next stage of their education”  (January 2011).


Please follow Ofsted link to see the full report.


As a non-profit making voluntary group, we are always keen to encourage parents to join us on the committee and help us to continually assess and improve the quality of pre-school education that we can offer.


As a setting we strive to work with the children in ways that will enable them to make good progress toward the Early Learning Goals whilst having lots of fun.


Our group Leaders and Staff hold relevant qualifications in pre-school education and are either qualified to level 2 or 3, or currently studying towards a qualification. All staff are encouraged and supported in continuing their training whilst working for us. All our staff are Police and health checked in accordance with current legislation before commencing employment with us.