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Brierley Playmates Pre-school Nursery

We are a registered charity whose reputation is known for providing exciting play opportunities and activities that support the educational pre-school journey of children aged 3 - 5 years.  Our Pre-school has been in operation since 1993 and has developed excellent relationships with our primary schools and within the local community; some of our parents and carers actually attended Playmates as children!  We are extremely fortunate to have our nursery based in its own grounds, within a parkland setting.

Our team of dedicated staff create a warm and welcoming environment that children and their families look forward to attending.  Our staff are driven to expand their own knowledge and expertise, which in turn benefits our whole team and the children who we care for. We offer additional assistance to families and their children who require Early Help or more specialised care to help their child flourish. We are happy to arrange meetings in-house and externally enabling parents and carers to share any concerns, gain information, and be involved in planning for their child’s next steps of learning and development.

We encourage parents and carers to use Tapestry, which is our electronic interactive tool to record each child's learning journey.  Parents and carers can view their child's continual progress and photographs, which capture magical moments.  They can contact their child's key worker directly or add their own comments or observations of their child. Parents and carers receive a copy of their child’s journal with photographs and final reports when their child graduates from Playmates.

Children’s learning and development, both educationally and socially, is paramount at this prime time in their lives. Our team are proud to be involved in nurturing and educating, being positive role models who aim to inspire creative thinking and instil positive values.  Our focus in Pre-school is to help prepare every child to be ready and eager to start ‘big' school.

We at Playmates are happy for parents and carers to join our committee should they wish to become more involved in our decision making process. Every parent and carer is always kept fully informed and is able to speak with us whenever they choose; we welcome your thoughts and ideas, and value your feedback, which helps us to know our strengths and identify areas to change or develop.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lauren Devoy
Contact Position


Where to go

Brierley Playmates Pre-school Nursery
Brierley Community Pavilion
Off Holgate View, Brierley Park
South Yorkshire
S72 9HN

Our setting is positioned in the middle of a park, your Sat Nav will direct you to a cul-de-sac on Holgate Drive.  Please visit our Website: to view local maps that will help direct you to our setting.  Please contact us if you are unsure.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£35.00 Childcare Cost per week: 2yr olds
Children aged 2 years and 10 months (our youngest age) who are unable to access Early Educational Funding for 3-4 year olds can join our setting at a cost of £35.00 per week should there be availability. We are also able to access Two Year Old Funding for those families who are eligible.


Other notes




Childcare Information

Age Range

2 years,10 months
5 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
Our entry system focuses on age. The oldest children will be accommodated first due to them having a greater need of pre-school education. We have places available September 2021 and are taking details now should your child require a place. We will be offering an open morning in June/July for September starters; however, please telephone if you would like to arrange a one to one visit or to complete an enrolment form.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


Playmates are able to work with multi-agencies, accessing external expertise to assist in the support of a child and their family.  Our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) will work closely with a child and their key person to identify their individual support needs and make contact with the appropriate professional.

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How do we offer support to children or young people with a special educational need or disability?

At enrolment we will discuss if there are any preexisting care plans in place or if the family have a social worker or are involved with any other external care professionals.  At this time we will also note any additional information that the parent or carer would like us to be aware of to enable us to offer appropriate care and work towards any specific requirements.  Information disclosed at this time will be shared with the child's key worker and SENCO, if relevant, unless information is sensitive then the manager will inform staff on a need to know basis.

A key worker will begin to get to know a child, building their relationship with them through play and interaction during the first three weeks.  They will then baseline the child, meaning that they will assess their learning and development to date, then plan for their next steps in all seven areas of learning.  

This monitoring system and individual support will inform a key worker if there are any areas where a child might need additional support.  The key worker will discuss this with our  SENCO and possibly the manager depending on our concern.  Parents and carers will be involved throughout this process, their involvement, contributions and permissions are valued.

Every child is supported by a key worker.  The SENCO will link with external professionals and develop a care plan that will be reviewed every term.  Care plans will be discussed with a key worker, who in turn will work with the child and their parent or carer. 

Every child is involved in nursery's holistic themed weekly topics.  All key workers are involved in planning that is prepared prior to delivery.  Key workers will base their individual plans on the nursery topic using their knowledge of each child; they will consider differentiation enabling specific support and resources to be made available so that every child is included and involved.

Focused activities are also planned that can be delivered to small groups of children or individually depending on the support needs of a child.

We will monitor children's learning, development and support needs using:


Key Person Meetings

Parent and Carer Consultation Meetings

SEN Plans

Care Plans

Parents and carers are invited into the setting prior to a child starting with us. Parents and carers are able to stay with their child for as long as they think necessary over as many visits as they would like.  A child is able to gradually extend their time with us should a full session (3 hours) be too much at first.

Parents and carers are welcome to discuss their child's needs with us at any time, and arrange for regular feedback or one to one meetings.

What specialist training, experience and expertise do we have relevant to children with special educational needs and disabilities?

Every child will have their own key worker who will be with them in setting everyday. All of our Practitioners know every child.  All Practitioners and management are here for every child, everyday.  Our SENCO will be involved with any child and their key worker should a concern or additional support be identified and planned for.  Initial discussions and information sharing will usually be with the manager, SENCO and parent or carer.  Playmates staff are involved with: 

TAF (Team around the Family) Meetings

Termly SEN plan reviews

Daily care based on  key person knowledge and parental/carer involvement.  Care plan records.

Early Start

Early Help

SALT (Children's Speech and Language Therapy)

BESST (Barnsley Education Specialist Support Team)

Family Support Worker

Language Ladder


We have received positive feedback from the professionals with whom we work.  We complete all documentation as and when required, and submit timely audits to Early Start.  Our parents and carers always offer complimentary comments upon completion of our questionnaires; we work hard to develop positive and productive relationship with our families and local schools, and know our efforts are well received.  Most of our children are placed with us because of the reputation we hold.

How accessible is our setting?

Brierley Playmates building is sited in the middle of a park.  Paths nearer to the building are on one level but in some areas can be uneven.  People with mobility difficulties should take particular care in wet or icy conditions.

There is one small step to allow entry into the building, and a separate external ramp. The internal provision is on one level; we do not have any facilities for disabled toileting. 

A child's identified needs enable specific planning to be made for them.  Equipment and materials will be made available to meet those needs; should a child qualify for Pupil Premium Funding monies will be spent for that child on any resource that will aid their learning and development.

Playmates have a sensory room that is separate to the main playroom that children are able to access at any time should they need or prefer a calmer environment; a staff member or their key worker will always be with them to offer care and support, or to work with them in this quieter area.

Last updated on 11/03/2021
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