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Winter 2022

With the weather being so cold we have been discussing ways to keep warm, we have also been thinking about the birds in the playgroup garden, we have made them some food to help look after them.


The children have had lots of fun exploring how ice is made and how it melts.  They helped to make the ice and chose some toys to freeze in the ice cubes.  They carefully poured in the water.  We had to wait until the next before the water had frozen!  We then had lots of fun pouring on warm water to help the ice to melt and free the trapped toys


We have also celebrate Chinese New Year by turning our role-play area into a Chinese restaurant which was very popular, we have also enjoyed trying some Chinese food at snack time, trying to use chop sticks has been funny!

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Layham Playgroup CIO

Layham Village Hall, Church Lane, Lower Layham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5LZ

Tel: 07999 866419

Registered charity: 1160254, Ofsted Registered,

PLA Member (Pre-school Learning Alliance)

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Historic articles


March 2018


Layham Playgroup CIO has received a new GOOD OFSTED !

Congratulations to all the staff, trustees and children at Layham Playgroup CIO.  The report published  on 21st March 2018 gives a glowing report that really reflects the core principles and values of the Playgroup. ‘A Community playgroup ‘ Staff have a really close relationships with the children , clear monitoring of the chilren progress through learning journals and a focus on fostering independence and outdoor play.  At this time of year staff are beginning to get the school age children ready for more of a structured day at school - so letter recognition,  numbers and sharing games are all part of every day fun learning.

With some minor improvements and changes to make Layham Playgroup CIO is going from strength to strength. Well done Michelle, Liz and their wonderful team.

The whole report can be found here
  https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY498133

Autumn 2021

Coming into the autumn months, we have enjoyed getting outside going on walks, collecting leaves & conkers and talking about harvesting. We've made lots of pictures with the leaves & conkers which the children have loved doing! On our walk around Layham, we saw the Mill wheel turning where flour is sometimes made! We have made our own bread, talking about flour & wheat. The children also enjoyed making scrambled egg. Lots of mixing & stirring!


 The children have also been focusing on vehicles, such as diggers, tractors & combines! We've been digging in the garden, playing with all types of vehicles! We're looking forward to activities preparing for winter and coming up to Christmas!

June news

We were very excited and fortunate to see the baby swans once again this year.  The children have really enjoyed their walks down the lane and we have been able to bring lots of learning into our walks.



Our Ladybird Toddler group will be holding sessions


Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00 on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June.


These are open to all under 5’s along with their parent or carer.  We have a weekly craft, free play, snack time and finish with nursery rhymes or story.


Open Afternoon

We are now enrolling for September playgroup sessions and will be holding an Open Afternoon on

 Thursday 16th June 1:00 - 2:30pm.  

If you have a child approaching 2 you are welcome to join us of our Open Afternoon.  

Your child is welcome to join in with the activities, whiclst you will have the opportunity to meet our staff.  

If you would like to know more about Layham Playgroup please phone 07999866419