About Us

Our dedicated staff have excellent child care experience and qualifications and are fully vetted via the Protecting Vunerable Groups (PVG) scheme . We operate within the regulated staff: child ratio in accordance with The Care Inspectorate under whom the Playgroup is strictly regulated.

In general, all our parents and carers are asked to participate in the running of the playgroup by taking turns on a duty rota.  This involves assisting the staff, making snacks, playing with the children and tidying up.  This offers parents a valuable opportunity to gain insight into their child’s playgroup experience and a great opportunity to meet other parents (note parents with younger siblings are very welcome to bring them along when on duty). However,if you aren't able to do your duty, we now offer the opportunity to pay for a member of staff to do it for you.

The Playgroup’s Committee along with the Staff manage the running of the playgroup.  The committee is elected annually and is a voluntary body made of parents and carers whose children attend playgroup.  Committee responsibilities include administrative duties, the employment of the staff, and fundraising. New committee members, and volunteers to help at specific events, are always welcome!


Our playroom staff

About Us

Compass Playgroup has been serving the community of Balerno for over 40 years, and has been instrumental in the early years’ education of generations of local children.  Our aims have stood the test of time as we continue to:-

  • offer quality care and early years’ education, in partnership with parents,

to pre-school aged children

  • provide a happy, safe, child-centred, caring environment that is stimulating and challenging for the children
  • encourage the emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development

of each child

  • give every child the opportunity to develop their own interests and skills in the way

most appropriate to them

  • make the transition from home to playgroup, and playgroup to nursery, a positive and enjoyable experience

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