A community learning to love God, to love one another, to love others

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a setting founded on Christian values,

 that welcomes and supports families and children from all walks of life,

providing a child centred safe environment, in which children have fun as they are nurtured, learn and develop.

Daisy-Chain Playgroup is owned by Southend Christian Fellowship and opened in January 1991. It is held at The Plaza Centre in purpose built playrooms with our own toilets and wash basin area. There is disabled access to the building and a disabled toilet. Our outside play area was refurbished in June 2010 with a sheltered area and safety surface.

We provide high quality care and education for 2-5 year olds within a safe and secure environment that is underpinned by Christian values and beliefs, while respecting the needs of other religions. All children are treated with equal respect, regardless of race, culture, religion, gender and/or ability.

The safety and security of the children is a priority. We use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check suitability of staff to work with children.

The playgroup is run by a dedicated team of qualified staff lead by Clare Bullivant (Manager) and Tina Burgess (Deputy).

Clare Bullivant joined the Daisy Chain team in January 2016. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of day nurseries, pre-schools and more recently a local children and family centre. Clare has been a long term member of the SCF family she is a wonderful addition to the team, we are looking forward to seeing her walk through all that God has put on her heart for our playgroup.

Tina Burgess has been Deputy Manager since September 2016.  She has 11 years experience working in education and learning with a particular focus on people with additional needs. She is also our registered SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).

Most of the staff have a CACHE level 2 qualification or higher and regularly attend courses to update our knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage, Safeguarding and First aid.

We also provide supervised placements to volunteers who are studying childcare qualifications and those taking part in a work experience schemes.

To view our safeguarding policy please click on the link – Daisy-chain safeguarding.

Numbers and Ratios.

Daisy-Chain Playgroup is registered to take up to 26 children per session.

Staffing ratios are a minimum of 1 adult  to 4 (2 year olds) and 1 adult to 8 (3 and 4 year olds).


Ofsted inspection

Daisy-Chain is inspected regularly (usually every 1- 3 years) by Ofsted. Our last inspection was in February 2017, we were awarded “Good with Outstanding Features!” The full details of our last visit can be found on the Ofsted web site, click here if you would like to be redirected to the site. We work closely with the Local Authority and have regular visits from our development officer who observes staff and activities within the room to keep us up to date with changes the Government or Ofsted bring in.


For further information please see the Daisy-Chain Leaflet.

Daisy Chain Playgroup, Southend Christian Fellowship, The Plaza Centre, 600 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS1 2PT

Telephone:(01702) 300126    E-mail: daisychain@southendchristianfellowship.org.uk   Ofsted URN : 119471   Registered Charity Number: 290547

Southend Christian Fellowship, 600 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2PT | info@southendchristianfellowship.org.uk | Charity Number 290547