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                                                                           Hempsted Playgroup and Toddler

                                                                                            Attendance Policy

At Hempsted Playgroup and Toddlers we believe good attendance is essential if children are to settle into the setting and take full advantage of all the learning, development and play available to them. The well-being and progress of a child starts at a young age, maintaining consistency and continuity are factors in contributing to a child’s development.

Our Aims

  • To use good practice to ensure safeguarding for children.

  • To create a culture where good attendance is ‘normality’ and valued

  • To value the individual and be socially and educationally inclusive

  • To be consistent in the implementation of our policy and procedures


Children should be at playgroup, on time, every day that the child is due to attend, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

Parents are expected to inform playgroup of an absence.

If a child is absent without an explanation for 2 days, a member of staff will contact the parents to learn the reason for the absence.

In certain cases, absences will be followed up immediately and the relevant professionals informed.

Any issues with irregular attendance will be sorted out with the setting and the parents.

If a child is reluctant to attend playgroup, we will work with parents to find the best way to support them and their child in the setting.

If a child’s attendance is consistently poor, parents will be contacted by the Playleader and future attendance will be monitored.

If there is a cause for concern, then the relevant professionals will be contacted and the correct support offered to the family.

Although attendance at playgroup is not compulsory, good attendance helps young children to realise that this is what you do.

Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2023, para. 3.1)

Reviewed September 2023



Reviewed August 2023



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