At the heart
of the community
Lochside Playgroup has been providing generations of local children with high-quality, fun and accessible care for nearly 50 years.
We’re part of our community – run by a committee of local people in Linlithgow. Playgroup staff work as a team to ensure a stimulating and caring environment (not to mention healthy snacks) for children aged from 27 months to five years, promoting positive behaviour and good manners.
We’re a registered Scottish charity, relying on fundraising and donations to boost monthly fees. As you’d expect, we’re regulated by the Care Inspectorate but we also set great store by our Family Charter, which explains what you can expect from us – and what we expect from you.
Monday to Thursday (9.15am – 11.45am) during West Lothian Council’s school terms.
❝My daughter loves attending playgroup and is always happy to arrive in the mornings.❞
Our family charter
We are committed to providing a caring and stimulating environment to bring out the very best in every child.
Dedicated staff with many years’ experience treat all children with fairness and consistency, introducing them to positive new experiences and seasonal activities – indoors and outdoors – whenever possible.In return, we ask all parents and carers to embrace the community sprit that makes Lochside Playgroup special (by joining our committee, helping with fundraising and joining in daily play sessions). Naturally, we hope you will respect the times and rules of the playgroup, and also reinforce our values of sharing, friendship and kindness at home.
Fees are £9.00 per 2.5 hour session, charged termly (payable in full or monthly via BACS). There is a month’s refundable deposit and, we’re sorry, we can’t accept cash.
Early learning and childcare (ELC)
In partnership with West Lothian Council, we can deliver funded ELC places. Currently, all three and four year olds, and eligible two year olds, are entitled to 30 hours a week in term time. We can also accept some tax-free childcare vouchers – email us for more information.
We currently have a waiting list but don’t worry – your child may be eligible for a place straight away. Email us to ask about places, or to add your child’s name to the waiting list (you can do this as soon as they’re born).
We ask for four weeks’ notice if your child is leaving, or if you want to add or change days.
Carole (playgroup manager and senior practitioner), Jenny (play assistant) and Ann (volunteer) have more than 40 years’ experience between them. Together, they always strive to do the best they can for every child.
Playgroup Manager and Senior Practitioner
❝In a small family playgroup you get to know the families/parents and grandparents personally. As a practitioner, being able to teach a child something new and seeing their face when they achieve it by themselves is an amazing feeling. Listening to the children developing their language skills, observing their imagination skills developing through play, and seeing them develop their own personalities, makes my job worthwhile.❞
❝I enjoy getting to know the children and seeing them develop their social skills and grow in confidence.❞
❝All the staff are friendly and approachable and I feel there are a variety of activities and resources available to the children.❞
Learning & development
Lochside Playgroup provides your child with an environment structured to the framework of the pre-school curriculum and guidelines within which they can develop in the following areas at their own pace.
Ability to learn and solve problems.
Gross motor skills
Ability to use large muscles, co-ordinating movements.
Speech & language
Ability to understand and use language.
Fine motor skills
Ability to use small muscles, hands and fingers, to pick up small objects.
Social & emotional
Ability to work with others, helping themselves and self-control.
We vary our activities, mindful of the seasons, but as a guide our morning sessions might include the following.
|9.15am||Welcoming children, self-registration, free play, craft activity.|
|10.00am||Hand washing, snack time, group discussions (favourite foods, what’s the weather, manners)|
|11.00am||Tidy up time (children help to tidy toys away with the support of adults)|
|11.10am||Story time (followed by topical discussions, counting, shapes and colours)|
|11.20am||Physical activities, dancing, movement (children’s choice)|
|11.35am||Song time and musical instruments (children’s choice)|
How you can help
Lochside Playgroup is a community organisation, and we rely on the support of our parents and carers throughout the year. Without them, we wouldn’t even be able to open our doors. Getting involved can sometimes feel daunting, especially for busy families, but there are lots of ways to help.
Yes, really! Sign up to easyfundraising.org.uk and raise money for Lochside Playgroup every time you shop online.
Most people are familiar with Amazon.co.uk and use it for their online shopping ... but if you go through the Amazon Smile website to access the same Amazon service and register ‘Lochside Playgroup Linlithgow’ as your chosen charity then every time you shop through the URL a small percentage of your purchases will be donated to Lochside, at no expense to you.
Donate books, DVDs and CDs on Ziffit to raise funds for Lochside Playgroup (with free shipping).
Join the committee
Lochside Playgroup is run by an elected committee of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and general members, who meet face-to-face or via Zoom every 6 – 8 weeks. Positions are held for a minimum of six months and can be shared. Anyone who is a parent/guardian of a child who attends the playgroup or is a member of the local community can be elected. If you would like more information please email us.Take part in a play session
Adult participation is important at every session, so we encourage a representative from each family to take part in the parent rota and help out. As well as interacting with the children, you may be asked to wash-up and tidy.Fundraise
We rely on fundraising events to help pay the rent, buy new resources and run extra activities. Without them, our fees would be much higher. As well as asking playgroup supporters to organise events, we also ask for donations of prizes, auction items or even day-to-day materials, such as paper and art supplies.
We’ll be in touch as soon as we can.