Established in 1960 as Garston Playgroup our Early Years Centre has developed into a highly respected and popular childcare provider.
For many years we were known as Lea Farm Pre-School, until September 2005 when we became Berrygrove Pre-School after the amalgamation of 3 local Schools. We are now Berrygrove Early Years Centre.
Since then we have worked hard to develop strong links with The Grove Academy and, with the School becoming a Children’s Centre, we have developed Full Daycare provision to run alongside our sessional Pre-School.
Our aim is to provide the best quality, flexible, affordable childcare. We do this by providing a happy, caring and stimulating environment where children aged 2-5 will recognise and achieve their fullest potential.
We maintain a ratio of 4:1 children to staff for two year olds and 8:1 for three year and four year olds. At least 50% of our staff hold qualifications in the Diploma in Preschool Practice.
We have full employers and public liability insurance with Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The current certificate is displayed in the lobby.
We are a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, which is the National Voluntary body providing support and advice to Pre-schools. We have adopted the constitution laid down by the PSLA.
We are committed to achieving for under 5's and their families a service which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sex, class or disability in both the service provided and employment.
The Early Years Centre is supported by a committee of Trustees who help with the Early Years management and administration. This is currently chaired by Karen Clarke. This also acts as a fundraising committee who organise events to cover additional costs such as equipment and maintenance. All parents are encouraged to participate. If you would like to help in any way please let us know.