About Us

About Us

Founded in 1973 by a group of committed, enthusiastic parents, Torphins Playgroup Preschool provides a safe, unique early years learning environment in Aberdeenshire for children from the age of two until they attend primary school.
Torphins Playgroup Preschool is committed to child-led learning through play. We follow the Scottish National Curriculums, the Curriculum for Excellence, the Pre-birth to Three Curriculum, Realising The Ambition: Being Me, as well as the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) framework, and were awarded a score of ‘4 – Good’ at our most recent Care Inspectorate inspection
Parents are integral to Playgroup - running the charity as a committee, leading the playgroup in everything from hiring staff to policy making, and volunteering in the setting itself. The Committee fundraises from a wide variety of sources including grants, trusts and foundations as well as public events and online appeals. As well as this, parents are involved as volunteers, taking part in parent duties in the setting itself. This is a unique opportunity to really see how your children learn and take a role in their early years’ education.
No other childcare facility in our local area provides this combination of benefits. We are a genuine preschool that gives children the freedom to learn and experience the world through play in a caring, safe environment, guiding them while they develop through the early years curriculum, all with the close involvement of their care-givers and families.

Sarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser

Sarah is the Manager at Torphins Playgroup Pre-school. Having joined in 2019, she completed her SVQ Level 4 and has been leading the team as Manager since November 2020. Sarah continues to further her knowledge and attend relevant training so she can provide the best support and guidance for the team, whilst ensuring the children enjoy a vast range of play experiences. Her favourite activity with the children is music and movement.

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Carol Evans

Carol Evans

Carol is our Lead Early Years Practitioner. Carol has been heavily involved with the Playgroup since her own children attended and she decided to join the team in 2017 and gain her SVQ Level 3. Carol loves supporting the children with their communication skills, whether that be by reading together, singing songs or encouraging the children in discussions about what interests them.

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Laura Crichton

Laura Crichton

Laura is an Early Years Practitioner, having joined Torphins Playgroup in October 2019. She currently holds her SVQ Level 3 and hopes to progress on to Level 4 in the future. Laura’s favourite activity to do with the boys and girls at playgroup is reading stories and role play. She also loves playing in the garden, encouraging the children to explore.

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Allana Tracy

Allana Tracy

Allana joined the team at Torphins Playgroup in 2020 and is one of our Assistant Practitioners. She is currently working towards her SVQ Level 3. Allana brings lots of energy to Playgroup and she loves encouraging the imaginations of the children in their play and following their lead.

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Sharon Witherspoon

Sharon Witherspoon

Sharon is one of our Assistant Practitioners, having joined Playgroup in 2020. She has an abundance of experience working with children in various settings and is currently working towards her SVQ Level 3. Sharon loves all aspects of sports and physical games, as well as promoting conversation with the children.

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Charlotte Miller

Charlotte Miller

Charlotte joined Playgroup in 2020 as an Early Years Support Worker, and is currently working towards her SVQ Level 3. Charlotte is extremely creative and brings lots of innovative ideas to Playgroup. She loves seeing the children express themselves through art and messy play.

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Lunch And Snacks

Lunch And Snacks

Whole day sessions will include lunch. Children will be given a hot healthy lunch provided by Aberdeenshire Schools catering service (further information below). Children with funded places are entitled to the hot lunch option free as part of the scheme.
A healthy snack of fruit or vegetables is included in both the morning and afternoon sessions – there is no charge to families for this.

Fees & Funding

Fees & Funding

Sessions run from 09.00 until 12.00 and from 12.00 until 15.00. Children can stay for one or both sessions.

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Jubilee Fun

Jubilee Fun

Monday, 13 June 2022

Come to the Torphins Playgroup Jubilee Picnic this weekend!

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Our Vision

We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which pre-school children can commence their early year’s education. Within this environment, we respond dynamically to the needs and preferences of the children and their carers to ensure that all parties have an experience that is fulfilling and of the highest quality. We aim to provide each child with the confidence and early skills that will lay a foundation for life-long learning. We hold the children and their carers at the centre of what we do.

Our Commitments

Our Commitments

  1. To provide an environment that enables children to learn though play
  2. To support children in planning for their own learning
  3. To enable children to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors by using ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ and ‘Aberdeenshire Council’s 3-18 Curriculum Framework’ as learning frameworks
  4. In the design and delivery of the curriculum, we will adhere to national guidance as appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development, including Pre-Birth to Three, Building the Ambition, Raising the Ambition
  5. To respect and promote the individual needs, views and wishes of the parents/carers, children and staff
  6. To promote the welfare of children
  7. To provide opportunities to stimulate interest and imagination
  8. To encourage parents/carers and children to participate in charitable activities which benefit the group and the wider community
  9. To plan for continued self-improvement for the benefit of the children and the group
  10. To encourage parents/carers and staff to work together for the benefit of the group
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