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Barbican Playgroup

The Barbican Playgroup offers childcare and play for children aged 2-5.

We serve the local community.

You can find the link to our most recent Ofsted report in the Useful documents box section.

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Mary-Rose Clackson
Contact Position
020 7638 2718

Where to go

Barbican Playgroup
Level 01 And 02, Andrewes House

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£13.75 per hour

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0 to 5)
SEN Provision Type

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

The Playgroup is not wheelchair accessible.  The Playrooms are accessible only by stairs from the Barbican walkway (Podium) or through the car park below.  Due to the size of the Playgroup and the terms of usage of our premises, there are no immediate plans to improve accessibility.

“If the setting were to enrol a child with mobility difficulties or transition difficulties this would prove a challenge and reasonable adjustments and adult support would need to be carefully considered and managed.” (SEND Audit Report March 2016)

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

How do we, the Playgroup identify and assess children with SEND?   A child has a Special Educational Need if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which requires special or different additional provision normally available to pupils of the same age.

All early years practitioners are responsible for identifying pupils with SEN. Always working closely with the SENCO, specific and additional support will be offered to a child whose progress is evaluated as inadequate. Adequate progress can be defined in a number of ways and may take into account:

  • Closing the attainment gap between the child and peers
  • Preventing attainment gap growing wider
  • Ensuring access to full curriculum
  • Demonstrating improvement in self-help, social or personal skills and
  • Demonstrating an improvement in behaviour
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
  • Daily face-to-face at drop off and picking up time
  • Parent meetings twice a year
  • Termly review meetings
  • Parents surveys

Parents and carers can always speak with the playgroup manager and SENCO or their child’s keyworker if they have any questions about their child’s learning and wellbeing.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Our provision for children with SEND takes many forms. We aim to make all SEND provision appropriate for each individual child and their unique needs. Initially we work in partnership with parents and carers, then other agencies and professionals to identify what provision is appropriate for particular children with SEND.

This would enable a more specific intervention to be provided, either for a whole class, small group or 1-1 basis to target the development of a particular skill.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

In the Barbican Playgroup we monitor the progress of all children in our childcare from the earliest ages, using the EYFS Learning Outcomes Their progress in Early Years is then tracked on a termly basis to ensure that effective strategies are being used.  Where progress is not at an expected level then conversations take place with the relevant staff member working with the individual child and strategies are discussed and alternative approaches considered.

All staff are subject to regular observations of practice and supervision.  


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