Operating since 2005, originally known as Smash , we rebranded as Play House Childcare in 2016 to better reflect our ethos as a play driven childcare provision.
Founder and director Claire House's vision is to provide opportunities and resources to children so that they can explore their natural play instincts. This vision is shared and supported by highly qualified and experienced staff.
We are Ofsted registered to care for children and are on three registers: Early Years (0-5 years) , Childcare Compulsory (5-8 years) and Childcare Voluntary (8 +). We accept Childcare Vouchers.
We are based next to St Michael's School in a dedicated, large one storey self-contained building with custom built garden.
Play House Facilities and Garden
We offer a unique custom designed play environment, both inside and out. Inside we have a variety of designated areas including art and craft, role play, media, games, snacks, sensory room/chill out zone and messy play.
Outside we have a mud kitchen, playhouses, trampoline, slide, sand and mud areas, hammocks, gardening area, water play and a large grassed area for playing games and sport and generally running around.
All of this is designed to encourage children to explore, be curious, independent and unique. We believe in offering opportunities to learn through play.
Meet the Staff
We are a highly experienced professional team of early years and play practitioners. We believe in practice reflection and ongoing training and professional development. All our staff are required to be paediatric first aid trained. We have an embedded culture of safeguarding.
"Experienced and well qualified leaders, have exceptional knowledge of the early years foundation stage requirements and are excellent role models to well motivated staff. Highly focused professional development and incisive evaluation of the provision successfully drives improvement."
Founder and Director
BA Hons Professional Practice in Education and Masters Social Worker
Claire shows her passion and strength in fighting for children’s wellbeing and is a strong advocate of safeguarding and allowing children to experience deep immersive play .
Level 2 Play Work
Emma has been us since 2013 and specialises in Makaton. Emma thrives on making strong connections with children who attend the setting.
BA Hons Professional Practice in Education
Sarah is the main point of contact for parents, responsible for communication, database and invoicing. Sarah has been with us since 2007 and has progressed to Manager.
Level 3 Early Years
Natalie has been with us since 2014. Natalie specialises in Early Years Foundation Stage and child development.
Level 3 Play Work
Jane specialises in outdoor and exploratory play. She has been with us since 2005 and is our longest standing member of staff. She also has a passion for arts and craft and outside play.
Learning Support Assistant
Mel has been with us since 2019. Mel really enjoys working closely with children who may benefit at times from additional support.
What Parents Say
"I couldn't be happier with Playhouse. My son wishes he could stay for longer even though I pick up at around 5pm! I feel lucky to have him so well cared for and love the fact he has fantastic play time (whilst I'm still working!)"