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13th August 2014

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support and to our excellent staff who have been fantastic throughout. We’d like to wish all those staff and children who have left us at the end of term a bright and successful future and we now look forward to meeting all the new people joining us in the autumn. See you next term. J

21st May 2014

We’re really sorry to have to announce that from September, Tannery School will be needing their classroom back. This means that after 3 very successful years we’ll reluctantly have to close that branch of Papillon. The Masonic Hall branch remains and we will be offering all of our Tannery children a place at the Masonic Hall in September.

We will of course be looking to find a new home for our second setting and would appreciate your input, advice and suggestions about how and where we could expand our services. Please contact us with your thoughts and ideas. With Royston continuing to grow we want to ensure we can continue to offer the broad range of early years’ education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds of the town and surrounding villages.

While this is an unpredicted and unwelcome set back which will come as a blow to many parents and staff alike, we would like to thank you all for your loyalty and support over the last 9 years. This is a new challenge which we intend to meet positively, seeing it as an opportunity to grow and evolve in new directions. We look forward to the next chapter in Papillon’s story.

We’re also sad to announce that both Debbie and Begona will be leaving us at half term to go onto pastures new. Both have been with us a long time and while we’re sorry to be losing them, we would like to wish them both the best of success in their new ventures.

Debbie would like to say how much she has enjoyed her time at Papillon with both colleagues and children. We will of course be keeping in touch with Debbie and Begona and look forward to them visiting us in the future.

Finally for this update, the Hall maintenance was postponed from the dates announced previously and will now take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th June.

20th April 2014

We are delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the team, Helen and Sarah. Find out more about them by visiting our staff page.

Unfortunately we have to close the hall on 8th & 9th May while maintenance work is carried out. All being well, we’ll be open again on 12th May. We’ll keep you posted about any changes to the dates.

Also, Papillon Tannery will be shut on 22nd May for polling day.

Our 2014 summer club will be held at the Masonic Hall. The dates will be as follows:

July 28th,29th & 31st

August 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th & 8th.


We hope to see you all there.

12th January 2014

We’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that you had a lovely Christmas break. Gemma has now left us to work at the Royston Children’s Centre, furthering her childcare career. We’d like to wish her every success and happiness in her new role.

We are delighted to be welcoming Nikita back to Papillon Playgroup. Nikita worked here several years ago and is a very welcome addition to our team once again.

5th June 2013

We are holding a fundraising event at the Tannery Drift summer fair on Saturday 15th June. There will be lots of fun events to take part in as well as play and games in our garden area. We hope to see you all there.

4th June 2013

Due to the fantastic response we had last summer, we can confirm that the summer club play scheme will take place again this year. The scheme is open to all children aged 2, 3 and 4 years. The sessions will run for 2 weeks at the Masonic Hall. The dates are:

Monday 29th July

Tuesday 30th July

Thursday 1st August

Friday 2nd August

Monday 5th August

Tuesday 6th August

Thursday 8th August

Friday 9th August


Session costs are:


1 Child for 1 session - £10.00

2 Children for 1 session - £16.00

1 Child for 2 sessions in the same week - £16.00

2 Children for 2 sessions in the same week - £30.00


Due to the popularity of the play scheme, all fees must be paid in advance when booking to ensure your spaces.


Prices include a healthy snack.

8th May 2013

We’re sorry to say farewell to two of our long standing and much loved staff, Katie and Hannah. Hannah has gone to work full time at a local day nursery and Katie is now working full time at the Children’s Centre. We would like to wish them every success in their new positions. Although we’ll be keeping in touch, both will be greatly missed at Papillon.

14th January 2013

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We are looking forward to some exciting changes to our curriculum and topics this year due to the changes to the EYFS. Carrie and Anne have revamped the termly topics to make things even more fun and educational. There is a notice board in each setting with the topics listed so you can keep up to date and follow along with your child.

Also on the notice boards will details of your child’s key worker. It’s important that you get to know your child’s key worker so you can discuss any points of interest, questions or issues that you have. Your key worker maintains a folder which contains your child’s learning journal. You are free to take these home to read and comment in.

1st August 2012

We will be adding details of the new EYFS to the website in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on here for those. Alternatively you can contact us for more information.

Our ever popular summer club is running again this year at the Masonic Hall. The details are as follows:

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st July

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th August

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August


Session times are 10am to 1pm. A healthy snack is provided.

The rates are £10 per session or £16 when you book 2 children in a single session or one child for 2 sessions.


We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to our summer fair. We raised just under £200 for new toys and equipment.


13th May 2012

It’s been a while since our last news update so there’s a bit to catch up with. Both settings continue to do well. We’re delighted with the way Papillon Tannery has settled in so quickly and are still smiling about how well our first Ofsted report for the setting went (see below).

We’ve got some staff changes to report. Nikita left us on 4th May. She’s gone to work full time at a day nursery in town. We’re sure Nikita will do well there and we wish her all the best. Nicky left on 11th May to spend more time with her family. Both Nicky and Nikita will be missed but we’ll keep in touch and look forward to seeing them when they drop in to visit occasionally.

We have 3 new members of staff to welcome. We’re delighted to report that Marta is back with us again. Marta left us to have a baby but is now ready to make a very welcome return. Also returning is Louise Wright who was one of our very first playgroup assistants and a long time friend of us all here at Papillon. We would also like to welcome Gemma Woollison to our team. Gemma is near to completing her Diploma Level 3 in Children and Young Peoples’ Workforce. We’re very happy to have Gemma, Louise and Marta as part of our team.

One of our Mums, Jo Honey, has sent us details of a charity event she’s organising in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The Trains and Teddies event is on Saturday 16th June from midday at the Cambridge Model Engineering Society at Fulbrooke Road, Cambridge. Their flyer can be viewed here or you can visit for more information. We hope you’ll be able to attend and support this excellent cause.

19th March 2012

We had our first Ofsted inspection at Papillon Tannery on 23rd February and the report has just been published on the Ofsted website. We are delighted to have achieved another ‘good’ with the inspector making some very encouraging remarks about our new setting. Here are a few of them:

·         Children have fun in this child friendly, bright environment…

·         The setting strives to be fully inclusive and works well with parents to meet each child’s need.

·         Children benefit from the cheerful and bright premises, where they enjoy a good range of age appropriate activities.

·         Professional development for the staff is given a high priority…

·         In the short time since opening they have built an effective staff team, and are clearly enthused with their roles.

·         Children are happy and motivated to learn in this well-equipped and welcoming environment.

·         Staff are proficient at delivering the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage

·         Children have positive attitudes to learning and busily explore the resources and activities available to them.

·         One-to-one support from attentive staff enables all children, including those who have special educational needs and / or disabilities to be fully involved in the setting.

·         Children who have English as an additional language benefit from calm and confident staff, who encourage active communication through gestures, words and visual images.

We couldn’t have achieved this excellent start without our wonderful and dedicated staff, who really make this a great place to work, and a great place for our children to learn and have fun. Thanks and well done to them, and thanks too to all the parents for their continued support and encouragement.

29th November 2011

Come along to Papillon Playgroup’s pamper night on Friday 2nd December 2011 at the Masonic Hall in Jepps Lane. From 7:30pm to 9:30pm we’ll have lots of fun beauty treatments including manicures, nail shaping and polishing, eyebrow shaping and mini massage. There will also be fashion items for sale by Royston’s Déjà vu and Christmas gift ideas from Wonderful Things. Pampered Chef and Ann Summers will be there selling products and booking parties, and if you’re really brave, you can have a tarot reading. The Masons will be there giving tours of the lodge and explaining more about their activities.

We have a host of wonderful raffle prizes including a Christmas turkey, beauty treatment vouchers and much more.

Entry is just £4.00 per ticket which includes a free drink and a raffle ticket. All money raised goes towards new equipment for the children of Papillon Playgroup and refurbishing the play garden area at Papillon Tannery.

It should be a great night so we hope to see many of you there.

6th November 2011

We’re sorry to report that Nicola is leaving us, but we’re happy that she’s leaving to start her own business. We’ll miss Nicola a great deal and we’d like to say a huge thank you to her for her time at Papillon and wish her every success in her new venture.

6th August 2011

Huge congratulations to one of our new playgroup assistants, Nikita Parsons, who gets married today to Matt Fellingham. We wish them every happiness in the years to come.

5th August 2011

Thanks to the generosity of all the parents throughout the year, helping with our fundraising efforts, we have been able to buy new high visibility jackets for all of the children to wear when we go on playgroup outings to the park or the fire station. How cute do they look? :)Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\tabbards.jpg

27th June 2011

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Over the last 6 years we've built Papillon Playgroup up to the point where we have now filled our home at the Masonic Hall.

An opportunity has arisen for us to expand into an additional site at Tannery Drift School, and we are delighted to announce that from September 2011 Papillon Playgroup will have 2 settings within Royston, and will be able to offer our children and their parents the same excellent standards of care but with a choice of locations.

The Masonic Hall group will maintain the same hours: 9:30 - 12:00 Monday to Friday and 12:00 to 1:45 every day except Wednesday.

Papillon Tannery's hours are not yet finalised but are likely to be 9:15 - 12:15 Monday to Friday.

We will be able to accommodate your 15 free hours in both settings.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the last 6 years and for your patience and ongoing support during our expansion. We expect there'll be a few teething problems while we set up the new site, but we'll try to keep these to a minimum.

Please inform Carrie and Anne if you are interested in moving to Papillon Tannery in September, or if you would rather stay at the Masonic Hall. The sessions will be run in the same way at both sites, and the staff will be the familiar faces, with several new and welcome additions.

Please also let us know if you would like your child to attend any extra sessions from September.

There will be a list of toys needed on the door and we'll gratefully receive any donations you are able to make towards equipment for the new setting. Once again, thank you for your support during this exciting time. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates, or speak to us directly if you would like any additional information.

Anne & Carrie.


Papillon Playgroup press release: 25th June 2011

Papillon Playgroup are delighted to announce that they will be opening a second setting in September 2011 at Tannery Drift First School.

Papillon's town centre setting at the Masonic Hall has seen demand for places grow to capacity over the 6 years since the playgroup was founded by Early Years Childcare professionals Anne Walls and Carrie Page.

Over the last two years, in addition to their regular playgroup operations, Papillon have also been providing qualified childcare staff to support activities at the Royston Children's Centre and Angels Autism and ADHD Support Group.

An opportunity arose for the playgroup to open a second permanent setting, following discussions with the Head Teacher and governors of Tannery Drift First School earlier this month.

"The excellent facilities available at Tannery Drift will enable us to offer the same high quality care and education that we will continue to offer at our home at the Masonic Hall." said Anne Walls, manager and co-founder of Papillon Playgroup.

"We believe that partnering with Tannery Drift is a natural way for us to grow, and we are very excited about working with the school to provide the highest standards of care and education to more of Royston's 2, 3 and 4 year olds".

Anna Greetham, Head Teacher at Tannery Drift First School said "We are really looking forward to our new relationship with Papillon Playgroup. This partnership will ensure our school can extend and enhance our links with the local community; and means we can continue to offer the best educational opportunities to the children of Royston, for many years to come."

Further details about the new setting will be announced to parents shortly via newsletter and over the coming weeks via the playgroup's website:

18th June 2011

From 4th July the redevelopment of Fish Hill Square will begin, which will impact on access to the playgroup from that end of Jepps Lane. There will be limited parking and uneven surfaces to contend with, so you will probably find it easier to come in from the High Street end during those works. The council have promised to keep the disruption to a minimum, however there will be a few weeks of mess while they work on the new square. We hope this won't be too inconvenient and expect everything will be a lot nicer outside the Masonic Hall in time for the new school year in September.

25th April 2011

Well how lazy are we? No news updates for 6 months! Terrible. But in fairness we have been very busy so I hope you'll forgive the lack of news.

A huge thanks to everyone who came along to our Spring Fair this year. It was a big success. Our newly trained face painters were very popular as was the tombola. In all we raised over £200 (still counting those smartie tubes) for new equipment and toys.

We're delighted to say that we can now open 5 days a week as Wednesday mornings at the Masonic Hall are now available for us to use. We will soon be announcing our Summer Club dates so please keep an eye on the website for details, or ask a member of staff for more information on that or the Wednesday sessions.

After Easter we're launching Buggy Buddies which is a set of educational tools introduced by Herts Council designed to enhance learning and communication. To quote from the HertsDirect website, "The Buggy Buddies are six friendly bugs that can be used by parents and practitioners to create fun, outside activities for young children to do when they are travelling to and from settings like children's centres, pre-schools, nurseries or childminders, and also when they are outside in the garden or at the park. They are an educational resource that children will love and parents and practitioners will find useful."

I promise we won't leave it so long to bring you news next time :o)

28th September 2010

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We can't really believe it but Papillon Playgroup is 5 years old. To celebrate, we're having a birthday party on Friday 1st October from 3:30 to 5:00pm at the Masonic Hall. All of our children and their families, past and present, are welcome to come along for a slice of birthday cake and to make a birthday crown. We are really looking forward to seeing you all there.

Those 5 years really have gone quickly.

27th July 2010

We're really pleased to be taking part in the Royston Arts Festival once again this year. This time we will be making 2 big paintings, one will hopefully be displayed in St. John's Church as in previous years, and we're delighted to say that we have been invited to display the other one in the town hall. The event is taking place at the Masonic Hall on Saturday 25th September between 2pm and 4pm. Please come along and join in with your children, but remember that it gets very messy, so a spare set of clothes is always helpful.

25th May 2010

Bit of an update as we've not posted anything for a while. Firstly a big thank you to everyone who helped us raise money at this year's spring fair. Also to all the people who came to the Boar's Head quiz night which also added to the coffers. We raised an amazing £459.32. Fantastic!!! We have bought 2 new big cupboards which gives the children easy access to the toys, games and materials. We'll also be ordering in lots of new bits and pieces, paints, toys and stuff which the children will enjoy. Thank you al again for your great support.

The dates for the Summer club for 2, 3 and 4 year olds will be as follows:

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th August

Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th August

Thursday 13th & Friday 13th August

Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th August

We're delighted to report that Martha had a baby girl earlier this month. Mother and baby are doing fine and we hope to see them popping into playgroup very soon.

Last but by no means least, we would like to welcome Mel to our staff (pic and details to follow shortly on the staff page).

14th February 2010

We are looking forward to doing a lot of fundraising this half term in the run up to our annual Spring Fair. We are raising money this year for equipment to make the toys more accessible to the children (new cupboards). The children are taking part in a sponsored pancake flip. Between 8th and 12th March the children will be taking part in special fun activties to help raise funds. Raffle tickets will be avilable before the Spring Fair, prizes to be announced in due course.

10th December 2009

We had our Ofsted inspection last week, and we are delighted to say that we received an overall 'good' rating. There's only one level higher than good, outstanding, which is something we continue to strive towards. We are delighted to have received such a positive acknowledgement of all our hard work, and I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of our staff for their excellent work and support.

11th November 2009

A few items to catch up on, as we've been a bit slack in updating our news recently.

Firstly, we have 2 new members of staff, Kate and Alex. Some of you will remember Alex who was our student last year. Well, we're delighted that she's decided to come back to work for us. We'd also like to welcome Kate, whose 2 children used to attend Papillon Playgroup and now their mum works here. We are sorry that Lou left us in September. Lou is still a good friend to all of us at Papillon and will be popping back from time to time to see us from time to time.

Back in August we were happy to be a part of the Royston Arts Festival again. We had an open afternoon where anybody could come along to join in some messy painting fun. We got through a lot of paint and a lot of paper, but the finished artwork was fantastic, and was displayed in St. John's church for all to see.Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\artfest border.jpg

As I'm sure you know, today is Armistice Day. The children made some lovely poppies, which they came and laid at the Royston war memorial with all the other tributes.Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\poppies border.jpgDescription: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\poppies memorial border.jpg

2nd July 2009

Due to the fantastic response we had last summer we can confirm that the summer playscheme will take place again this year. The scheme is open to all children of ages 2,3 and 4 years, not just regular Papillon children, but to all children from Royston and the surrounding areas.

The sessions will run for the first 2 weeks in August as follows:

Week 1 - Thursday 30th , Friday 31st July

Week 2 - Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Thursday 6th, Friday 7th

Week 3 - Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th

Sessions run from 10am to 1pm. A healthy snack will be provided.

The session prices are:

1 child, 1 session - £10.00

1 child, 2 sessions in the same week - £16.00

2 children, 1 session - £16.00

2 children, 2 sessions in the same week - £30.00

Payment will need to be made in advance when booking, to ensure places are held open for your children.

20th April 2009

Welcome back after the Easter break. We all hope you had a nice one.

Sorry it's been a while since we updated the news page. There's been quite a lot going on over the last term. We'd like to thank you all for your help and support with our Spring Fair. Our total stands at £266.28, which is a fantastic amount. If you still have any Smarties tubes to bring in then we can add that to the total. We have chosen some fantastic toys and equipment to purchase and will let you know when we order them.

In September we will be changing our hours slightly, possibly to include Lunch Club on Mondays and Fridays. We will be able to offer the Lunch Club within the government funding. Children could attend a full session or just attend the Lunch Club or a combination of the two. More details will be announced before the end of this term.

Finally, we will be running a summer play scheme again this year. We will let you know dates, prices etc nearer the time.


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Our student, Alex, will be leaving us at the end of this week to go onto more studies towards her CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education. She has a new placement at Studland Rise and we would like to wish her all the best for her continuing progress towards this qualification. Alex has been a wonderful addition to our staff throughout her time with us and we will miss her loads.

18th January 2009

Welcome back everyone, and a Happy New Year. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. We're back in the swing of things again and looking forward to another great year. We have a new member of staff, Katie, who has joined us this year. More details to follow on our staff page soon.



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We are delighted to have been a part of the Royston Arts Festival today, where we held a session to create a big painting by the children. The children used their hands, feet, brushes and stamps to create a wonderful masterpiece which was then displayed in Royston parish church. The children had great fun creating the artwork, and we are all proud to have it displayed so prominently. Thank you to everyone, big and small, who came along to join in the fun and to make it a very special day.








22nd June 2008

Today Anne, Carrie, Debs and Clare were four of the many people who took part in the Pink Ribbon Run (walk / stagger / limp) on Therfield Heath, in aid of breast cancer research. The weather was fantastic, sunny with a nice cool breeze, perfect for the occasion. Kelly was on hand to cheer and support, as were many family and friends. It was lovely to see many of our children and their families both taking part in the event and supporting others. The Papillon team walked the 4 mile course in a steady 45 minutes, although Debs, in a fit of energy completed 10 minutes earlier. We all had a great time and are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause. Thanks to everyone who sponsored us and came to cheer us along.Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\Pink Run 08 Warm Up.JPGDescription: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\Pink Run 08 During.JPGDescription: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\Pink Run 08 After.JPG

21st June 2008

We were sorry to lose Sue this month. Sue is moving back to Norfolk, where she grew up. It's a very sad time for us as Sue has been a valuable and much loved part of our team for a very long time. We will miss her loads, but would like to wish Sue and her family all the best for the future.

We are very fortunate to have a new play assistant who has joined us this month. Marta is from Gdansk in Poland, and is a fully qualified primary school teacher. Find out more details on our staff page.

Tomorrow will see a number of us taking part in the Pink Ribbon Run/Walk on Therfield heath. Photos and details of how we get on will be published here. Come along and give us a cheer.

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We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who came to our Spring Fair yesterday and made it another great success. So far this year we made £144.79 for new toys and equipment for the children. We would especially like to thank all of the people who kindly gave their time to help out on the day, to everyone who donated gifts for the tombola, and made the wonderful cakes that went down so well with our visitors. We will be shopping for the new equipment over the next few weeks and will post photos on here. Once again, thanks to all who came, the children will be really pleased with the results.

21st March 2008

We now have Papillon Playgroup branded kit bags for sale. They are purple with yellow logo and are ideal for all those spare bits and pieces you need to bring to playgroup, such as nappies, shoes, gloves and scarf, clean clothes, books or an apple for your favourite playgroup assistant :o) The bags are available for £6.99 each. See Anne or Carrie for more details.Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: D:\Old Documents\Papillon Website\images\Kit bag.JPG

24th February 2008

We will be holding our 3rd Annual Spring Fair on Saturday 5th April 2008 at the Masonic Hall. There will be face painting, craft activities, Tombola, refreshments and much more. Full details will be posted here soon. As usual, all proceeds will go towards new toys and equipment for the playgroup.

14th January 2008

We were sorry to lose Tammy at the end of last year. She needed to spend time on family commitments, but will still be dropping by from time to time. We are still in touch and hope that Tammy will return when her situation allows. We wish her well and I know that she will be missed by all the staff and children.

This year we are pleased to welcome Clare Cox as our new play assistant. Clare has worked in playgroups and been a school assistant in Royston. You can find Clare's details on our updated staff page.

1st November 2007

We are now running lunch clubs on Tuesdays. We would also like to run these on Thursdays but need a few more children to take part. If you are interested in your child attending, then please speak to a member of staff for more information. Don't forget we also accept Busy Bees vouchers. More details can be found by visiting our links page. Alternatively, please speak to a member of staff for more information.

31st October 2007

We are sorry to announce that Liz has decided to leave Papillon Playgroup after working with us for most of our first 2 years. We would like to wish Liz all the best in her future ventures.

1st May 2007

A very big thank you to everyone who came to our Spring Fair for raising the amazing sum of £263.20, which is nearly four times the amount we raised last year. This means that we can buy lots of new and exciting things for the playgroup, as well as some additional equipment such as tables, cupboards and materials.

We have already started to get some new toys, including a new road playmat, trains and track for the train set, some my little ponies, dolls, space hoppers, toy cash registers and money, paints, glue and many other items. We are also grateful for the private donation of several tricycles, a rocking horse and 3 sit in bubble cars. The children really love these.

We would like to say a very big thank you also to all of the Royston town centre traders who donated such wonderful raffle prizes.

A full report of the day will be included in the May issue of the Listing, which we will publish on the website.

We are currently planning to open a Thursday lunch club and would like to hear from any parents who are interested in having their children attend. Please speak to any member of staff for more information.

Papillon Playgroup are also proud to be taking part in a special event due to take place in the Priory Gardens on 23rd June in aid of CLIC Sergeant and Addenbrookes play department for children with Leukemia...more details to follow.

4th March 2007

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10th February 2007

We were very grateful to receive a donation from the Boar's Head pub in Royston recently. They very kindly donated the proceeds of their pre Christmas quiz night to Papillon Playgroup for new equipment. The picture shows the wonderful new pushalong motorbike that we bought with the donation. We know the children will be very excited when they see it, and will really enjoy playing on it. So a great big thankyou to all at the Boar's Head pub for their very kind donation, and for thinking of us. We bought the bike at the Early Learning Centre in Hitchin, and as usual, their generosity in donating ex display toys was wonderful. We are delighted with the additional toys they donated and also the mountain of books that they had saved from a previous voucher scheme, some of which can be seen in the photo. Once again, we'd like to say a very big thankyou for all the generous assistance we are given throughout the year. The children benefit greatly from these donations. They help us to offer the children a wide educational experience as well as lots of fun activities to do throughout the term.

21st January 2007

We are currently planning a fundraising event to buy new equipment (we always need new equipment) for the children, and are looking for ideas. We would like to do something a bit different this year and ideas so far have ranged from an Easter Bunny parade, where we (the staff) dress up in bunny suits and go around the town rattling buckets, to a sponsored 'something' that the children can get involved with. We need your ideas for what that 'something' could be. Remember that our children are all tiny, so your ideas must bear that in mind; a sponsored silence is not likely to be very successful. We intend to hold our 2nd annual open day around Eastertime, which proved so successful for us last year, and we would like as many parents to get involved as possible. If you have any fundraising ideas or if you would like to offer your help with the open day, please let us know by visiting our contacts page.

Secondly, we have entered our website into the Herts24 web awards 2007. A link will be appearing on our front page shortly, where you will be able to vote for us.

7th January 2007

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us. A new term is upon us (we start back Monday 8th), and we are all looking forward to seeing our regular children back, and to welcoming the new children that are starting for the first time this term. We had a very busy end to last term, culminating in our Christmas party, which all the children attended. We were particularly pleased to see so many parents, grandparents, uncles & aunts come to the party to hear the children sing christmas songs and to see them receive their presents from Mrs Clause. Thank you to all the parents who brought along party food. We were overwhelmed with the amount of nice things that were brought for the children to eat & drink, you were all very generous.

We will be welcoming another new member of staff this term, Tammy Back, who has a background in children's entertainment. The more observant of the parents that were at the christmas party will already have seen Tammy dressed in a certain red suit....

Also this term, the morning session prices have risen from £7.85 to £8.00 per session. This is in line with the government price structure for funded sessions. We understand that this may cause difficulties for some parents, and we are more than happy to discuss payment plans for those parents who need extra assistance meeting their childcare costs. Please don't be afraid to talk to any member of staff in confidence if you need extra help.

This term's topics will be covering 'All about me', where the children will be learning about themselves, making a height chart, looking at their faces in a mirror and trying to copy what they see. We will be making a 'My Favourite Things' book in which the children can stick things that they like. We are also looking at healthy eating, and will be exploring different foods, their smell, taste & texture, and we'll be making a chart of good food vs naughty (but often nice) food. And we will be looking at Chinese New Year, trying out Chinese food (with chop sticks), and listening to Chinese music.

So we have a packed schedule this term. We look forward to seeing you all at Papillon Playgroup.

11th October 2006

Half term is almost upon us once again. It has been a good start to our second year. Expanding attendance numbers means that we have recruited a new playgroup assistant, Kelly Anderson who we are happy to welcome as a new member of our team. As numbers are expanding all the time, we are continuously looking out for new recruits and as such we have created a Vacancies page on the website. Follow the link from the menu on the left for more details.

After the half term holiday, we will be starting our Thursday morning sessions for the 3 year old group. This means that we will be open 4 days a week for the first time. Also after half term we will be running the lunch club again on Tuesdays. Visit our Sessions page for times and prices.

30th August 2006

We are now accepting Busy Bees childcare vouchers for all children that are not eligable to receive free government childcare places. This includes all under 3's. The Busy Bees vouchers are issued by your employer, and help to reduce your tax and national insurance payments and thereby reduce your childcare costs. They are available for all children up to 16 years old, so are not just useful for Playgroup, but for nursery's, childminders, before and afterschool clubs, holiday schemes and nannies too. Both parents are eligable to claim the vouchers, however your employer must be part of the scheme for you to take part.

Your employer benefits too, by getting reductions in national insurance payments for employees that are part of the scheme, so it works for them too.

To find out how you and your employer can benefit from the voucher scheme, visit the Busy Bees website via our links page.

We will have information about the voucher scheme at the playgroup during session times, so please feel free to ask any member of staff for more information, or contact us outside session times.

30th August 2006

The September edition of The Listing has a 1st birthday feature which includes a piece about Papillon Playgroup. We would like to thank Cath at The Listing for her wonderful support during our first year, and also extend our thanks to the parents and children that helped to make our first year in business so successful and such fun. You can visit The Listing website through our links page.

22nd June 2006

We are coming to the end of this term and our last day will be Friday 14th July. We will be starting back after the Summer holidays on Monday 11th September.

During the week before the new term we will be holding our second Picnic in the Park in the Priory Gardens on Thursday 7th September at 11am. All parents of new and previous attendees of Papillon Playgroup are welcome to join us. It is a good time to compare, pass on or collect feedback from each other, as well as have a good chinwag while the children play. We will be sending out reminder letters during the holidays. Please visit our contact page to let us know that you are interested. This will help us to prepare for the right number of people.

21st June 2006

Ofsted Inspection

Carrie and Anne would like to thank everyone who has supported Papillon Playgroup since we first opened our doors last September. We are coming up to the end of the Summer term, and our first year, and we hope you have been happy with our care. As you may know, we had our full Ofsted inspection last week, and we did very well. We passed with a Satisfactory Grade, with no actions to be made. This means that we are running to good Ofsted standards, and do not need to make any changes. Please follow the link from our About Us page to the Ofsted report page. Our full Ofsted report should be available online from August. Thank you all again for your help and support.

10th May 2006

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As many of our parents have recently moved to Royston from other areas, we thought it would be nice to have a social event that everyone could join in with, and make friends. So we are planning to hold a 'Picnic in the Park' in the Priory Gardens during the half term holidays. All current and prospective parents are welcome to come along with their children for fun, games and to chat and socialise. You'll need to bring your own food and drink, we'll provide the toys and games. We'll confirm the exact date nearer the time (depending on the weather forecast). Please contact us if you would like to join in or would like more information.

22nd April 2006

Once again, a very big thank you to everyone who helped us to raise funds for new toys during our Easter Fun Day. We were able to buy a lot of new toys for the playgroup. Also we would like to thank the Early Learning Centre in Letchworth who very generously donated some of their ex display toys. This picture shows all of our new toys, which the children love playing with.

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4th April 2006

The winners of our colouring competition were Ronan Kearns in the under5 category, and Georgia Anderson in the 5+. We are very grateful to Geraint Burnell, Royston's Town Centre Manager, for picking the winners.

1st April 2006

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Thank you to everyone who helped make our Easter Fun Day such a success. We raised a grand total of £62.57 for new equipment.

The colouring competition will be judged by Royston's Town Centre Manager. The winners will be announced shortly, and the winning entries will be published on this page.

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