Welcome to Godinton Playschool CIC


All About Us

Established for 30 years, we are a friendly and welcoming Playschool run by dedicated staff who are constantly striving to provide our children with the highest possible standard of

preschool provision.

At Godinton Playschool CIC, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing, stimulating and welcoming environment for all children, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning. 

The hall is divided into individual sections to encourage the children's development within the seven areas of learning. Being a pack-away setting, we are constantly reviewing the learning environment that we are providing and ensuring that the equipment and resources are varied and suitably challenging. 

The Playschool has its own large secure outdoor play area behind the hall, to allow outdoor play everyday. The children take part in many activities including arts and craft, messy play, science experiments and song time to name a few.

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Our News

                Open Day

Following the success of our last open day, we will be opening our doors again on Wednesday 27th July 2022 for prospective September starters.

Viewings are by appointment only. Please call 07982 829678 or send us a message via our website to book.

  • Term Time Only

  • Monday to Friday

  • 09:00 - 14:00 (09:00-12:00 available)

  • Ages 2yrs +

  • Offering Free For 2 and 30hrs Funding

                 BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

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Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL)

"The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically - underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective an motivated learner."

- Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children learn in different ways depending on their individual stage of development.
We incorporate this in our activity planning and how we organise our learning environment, we use our observations of the children to assess their development, allowing us to provide guidance and support where required and to set learning goals to strengthen the skills needed to build a foundation for their overall learning and development.


Playing and exploring - engagement

- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to 'have a go'

The Seven Areas of Learning 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidelines, which sets standards to support each child’s learning, development and care. We believe that children settle and develop best when they have a key person to care for them. The key persons role is to ensure that the child for whom they have special responsibility feels individual, cherished and thought about by someone in particular whilst they are away from home. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with our children’s parents/carers, working in partnership to enable the children to develop to their full potential. 

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Personal, Social & Emotional Development


Self Regulation

Managing Self

Building Relationships

      Physical Development       



    Gross Motor Skills

    Fine Motor Skills

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Communication & Language


Listening, Attention and Understanding


Literacy Development



Word Reading


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Numerical Patterns

Expressive Art & Design


Creating with Materials

Being Imaginative & Expressive


Understanding The World


Past & Present

People, Culture & Communities

The Natural World


What we get up to

09:00 - 09:15    Doors Open.

Registration. Children put their bags and coats on their pegs, find their name badge on the board and post it in the letterbox.

Free play indoors whilst other children arrive and settle. Doors close at 09:15. 

09:15 -  09:30    Good Morning Circle Time.

All children are encouraged to sit together to say Good Morning, we talk about which day it is, which month and season we are in and what the weather is doing outside. 

We also have a look at the activities/resources we have set up that day. 

09:45 - 10:15    Snack Time. 

Children are currently bringing their own snack from home. They are asked whether they would like to come for snack and sit in a small group of six at the table. 

Free play indoors and in the garden.

10:00 - 11:30    Free Play.

Children to explore different areas of learning indoors and in the garden. 

Observations and adult led activities within this time. 

11:30 - 11:40    Tidy Up Time

Children are encouraged to work together to help tidy away the resources ready for lunch.

Staff to set up lunch tables.

11:40 - 12:00    Group Circle Time.

Group circle games (Developing turn taking and listening to instructions.)

Story time and songs.

Children staying for lunch to wash their hands, collect their lunchboxes and find a seat at a table.

Doors open for parents/carers to collect the children attending the morning session only. 

                                                                    Morning Session Ends

12:00 - 12:30    Afternoon Session Registration. 


12:30 - 13:20    Free Play.

Children to explore different areas of learning indoors and in the garden. 

Observations and adult led activities within this time. 

13:20 - 13:30    Tidy Up Time

Children are encouraged to work together to help tidy away the resources.

13:30 - 14:00 Group Circle Time.

Group circle games (Developing turn taking and listening to instructions.) 

Story time and songs.

Doors open for parents/carers to collect their children.

                                                                 Afternoon Session Ends.


Our Team




Designated Safeguarding Lead 

BAhons Degree in Early Years Level 6

ADCE Level 4

NAMCW Level 3



Deputy Manager

Designated Safeguarding Officer

SENCO & Early Years Practitioner

CACHE Level 3 EYE Diploma




Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Work Force 



Early Years Practitioner




Early Years Practitioner

CACHE Diploma LEVEL 3 Childcare & Education 

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Early Years Practitioner

CACHE Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Education & Care








Our Testimonials


My son joined Godinton Playschool 3 months before he turned 3. He was slightly behind with his speech & I had my concerns but since attending playschool he has come on leaps & bounds & is now at the level he should be. The ladies are fantastic with all the children & even the parents. Everyone feels welcome. My son would run in happily & would come out smiling every day. All the staff go to so much effort with the activities making them engaging, fun and educational. I would wholeheartedly recommend Godinton Playschool to anyone. I can’t thank you ladies for all you’ve done for him. We will miss you all so much!

I have sent both of my girls to Godinton Playschool and I could not recommend it any more highly. The staff here are really what makes it a fantastic place for the kids, who come home full of smiles and funny stories. 
My daughter absolutely loves all of the staff here, who are all dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for the children, they are also passionate about their jobs, you can tell they genuinely care. The hall is full of fun things to do and they make an effort to do a wide range of activities which are going to engage brains, bodies and hearts!
I am actually a bit sad that I don't have any more children to send here now!

Mrs. Hall

Mrs. Gilhooly

Both of my children have attended Godinton Playschool over the past 5 years and it has been a great experience. The staff are amazing, kind, caring and put the children's needs first.
Our second child needed help adjusting to going to Playschool and the team were brilliant, from her key worker up to management. They were very reassuring and set an action plan to support her. 
Our time at Godinton Playschool is slowly coming to an end and I will genuinely miss the team.

Our daughter has absolutely loved her time at Godinton Playschool. Since attending, she has gained confidence and independence and we always felt she had the best of care from all the staff. They were always approachable and helpful and nothing was ever a bother! The children's activities were varied and fun; providing the best start  to education for our daughter. She felt happy and safe there. As parents, we were so pleased we chose it and we would recommend it to everyone.

Ms. Pile 

Mrs. Morris


Opening Hours

Monday          09:00-14:00

Tuesday          09:00-14:00

Wednesday   09:00-14:00

Thursday        09:00-14:00

 Friday             09:00-14:00 

(Morning sessions are available 09:00 - 12:00)

Snack & Lunches.

Children bring their own mid-morning snack from home, consisting of fruit/vegetables, cereal bars, breadsticks/crackers or yogurt etc. 

We offer milk or water to drink.

If your child is attending for a full session, please provide them with a packed lunch and drink, we promote healthy food and drink choices in lunchboxes and we are a nut free environment. 

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Term Dates


We are a term time only setting and follow the KCC Calendar to ensure that all children who are in receipt of their funding receive their allocated hours.

Our calendar may differ from local schools.


Term 1

Monday 6th September 2021

to Friday 22nd October 2021

Autumn Half Term

Monday 25th October 2021

to Friday 29th October 2021

Term 2

Monday 1st November 2021

to Friday 17th December 2021

Christmas Holidays

Monday 20th December 2021

to Friday 31st December 2021

Bank Holiday

Monday 3rd January 2022

Term 3

Tuesday 4th January 2022

to Friday 11th February 2022

Half Term

Monday 14th February 2022

to Friday 18th February 2022

Term 4

Monday 21st February 2022

to Monday 28th March 2022

Easter Holidays

Tuesday 29th March 2022

to Thursday 14th April 2022

Bank Holidays

(Playschool Closed)

Friday 15th April 2022

Monday 18th April 2022

Term 5

Tuesday 19th April 2022

to Friday 27th May 2022

Half Term

Monday 30th May 2022 

to Friday 3rd June 2022

Bank Holiday 

(Playschool Closed)

Monday 2nd May 2022

Thursday 2nd June 2022

Friday 3rd June 2022

Term 6

Monday 6th June 2022

to Monday 25th July 2022

Summer Holidays

Wednesday 27th July 2022

to Friday 2nd September 2022

Replacement Session -

for Monday 2nd May 2022

Thursday 26th July 2022

(Funded children only.)

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about Godinton Playschool CIC? Please feel free to get in touch and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way, Ashford TN23 3JJ, United Kingdom

07982 829678

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