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Anthony Roper Pre-School CIO

Our adopted mission statement


At Anthony Roper Pre-School & Kindergarten CIO we will focus on the whole child by providing quality education to children from the ages of 2 to 5 years old. We provide a safe, educational and nurturing environment that the children and their families feel welcome and comfortable to learn in.


Our professionally trained and qualified staff will support the children in their learning to reach their full potential. We believe that parents/carers have the most influence in a child's life. We view parents as our partners in the education of their children.


Our aims:


• To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent-involving, community-based group.


• To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment.


• To work within a framework that ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.


We offer:


• a specially tailored curriculum to aid in the implementation of the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage,

• a balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning opportunities,

• individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio of adults to children,

• fun and friendship with children and adults,

• each child the support of a personal key person,

• opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the activities of the Pre-School and in your own child’s progress.


The Pre-School is run by a Committee of Trustees who work closely with the two Childcare Managers. The Committee is responsible for reviewing both policy and practice, and for the employment of staff.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Samantha Aitchison and Donna Gifford
Contact Position
Joint Childcare Managers
01322 865469

Where to go

The Nursery Unit - Anthony Roper Primary School
High Street

To contact our Childcare Managers, please email 

Located in the grounds of Anthony Roper Primary School in a purpose-built stand-alone building.  

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 15:00
Thursday 09:00 15:00
Friday 09:00 15:00
Other Availability
Children may attend for either morning or afternoon sessions, full days, or a combination of each, depending on availability.

Other Details

ECD Type
Offers pickups
Cost details
2 year old (not qualifying for FF2 funding) - £24.00 Per session am
2 year old (qualifying for FF2 funding) - £0.00 Per session
3 year olds (not qualifying for FEE funding) £21.50 Per session
3 and 4 year olds (qualifying for FEE funding) £0.00 Per session
15 x places for 3 and 4 year olds (accessing 25 hours of FEE funding) - Model A (25 hours FEE + 5 hours at £12.00 per hour) Per day
1 x place 3 and 4 year olds (accessing 25 hours of FEE) - Model B £0.00 Per day (subject to availability)

We are currently offering 15 30 hours places. Our offer is for one completely free place

5 days per week 9.00am to 2.00pm and 14 further places
5 days per week 9.00am to 3.00pm with one hour from 2.00pm-3.00pm being charged at the rate of £12.00.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
Places are filling up fast. Contact the setting for availability.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 12
3 5 40
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 years 4 years +
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Swing, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Play House, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, See-Saw, Bike, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories
Other facilities information
We have the use of an enclosed woodland area on site, which we share with the Primary School. We are also able to use the school fields and school hall. We have two large enclosed gardens, which children are able to independently access for the majority of the day, whatever the weather.
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

We offer 15 30 hour places with 25 hours being funded.We offer one completely free space from 9.00am-2.00pm. The other 15 places are from 9.00am-3.00pm, with one hour from 2.00pm-3.00pm chargeable at a rate of £12.00

Service status


Local Offer


Please see the Kent County Council Local Offer page.  The link is

Anthony Roper Pre-school

Special Needs Support

Every child is unique and develops at their own pace and in their own way.  However, through knowledge and experience of typical child development, our team of skilled practitioners quickly identify where a child may need some additional support through observation and assessment.  Advice of our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is then sought and parents included in any decision-making around the most appropriate ways to support the child and family.  If necessary, advice from external agencies will be sought, with an holistic approach ensuring the child and family are always kept at the centre.

All children are observed by our team of practitioners, with the child's key person paying particular attention to their key children's needs.  Observations are shared with parents through regular focus weeks and parent meetings. This is a two-way system and we strongly encourage parents to add their thoughts and experiences to enhance our understanding of their child.  We carry out regular parent consultation meetings.  If, for whatever reason, we feel that the child may need some additional support, we will always consult with parents and share our observations and build up a picture of the child and family before making any assumptions.  Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) will advise the child's keyperson.  At this stage, we may put in place a Targeted Plan, with parents' support and input.  This may prove successful in supporting the child and this may be as far as extra support needs to go.  If, however, we, in consultation with the parents, still feel that the child would benefit from external support, we will move on to the next stage by attending a Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meeting.  Here we are able to gain advice or specific support from a host of external professionals, including the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service.  At each stage, the child's family is involved in any decision-making.  Regular review and monitoring of systems to support children with SEN ensure that we continue to give children the same opportunities and experiences as any other child at our setting.

All children are individually planned for, with their needs and interests reflected in our whole setting planning, as well as for individuals.  We will make any necessary reasonable adjustments to our physical environment and provision to ensure we are inclusive to all.

Regular observation and assessment by the child's keyperson, with focus weeks and parent meetings ensures that parents are regularly updated on their child's progress.  Tracking tools ensure that any gaps in development are acted upon through a targeted approach.  At each stage, the parent is key in determining how they feel about their child's progress and whether they feel that the targeted approach adopted by the setting is having an impact.  It is important that the same approach is shared at home and this is something that is discussed with the parents.  Regular reviews celebrate successes or ensure that adjustments are made if targets are ongoing.  Links to external training or support groups for parents are regularly displayed in the setting, circulated via Parent mail or added to our website.

Each child has a keyperson who knows and understands and plans for their individual needs.  If necessary, specific interventions are planned around the aspect of development which has been identified as requiring additional support.  If a child has a medical condition, the keyperson, with support from the SENCo, will create an Individual Care Plan, with regular reviews with parents to ensure information is still current and relevant.  The setting has an administering medicines policy and procedure which will be clearly explained to parents. Any personal care needs will be discussed with the keyperson and reviewed regularly with parents to ensure that we are continuing to provide inclusive access to our setting.  Behavioural needs will be met in line with our Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy.  Children will be supported to express their feelings and understand the impact they may have on others.

Our SENCo monitors and reviews children's progress on a regular basis.  She is qualified to BA Hons Level in Early Years Education and Care and undertakes continuing professional development to update and increase her knowledge.  This is disseminated and shared with the team.

Where necessary, additional practitioners are employed to ensure that all children are able to access the same experiences and events as any other child at the setting.

The building has ramps to outside areas.  We have a disabled access children's toilet.  Our childcare rooms are organised to allow access to resources at child height, including wheelchair height.  Any trips or events would be organised with parents to ensure that the child is able to participate fully.

Transitions for any child can be challenging.  To ensure that they are as supportive as possible, we will involve the family with any discussions with the new setting.  We will lead up to transition in stages, for example, the local primary school teachers visit the setting in the weeks running up to transition and the children visit the school.  This transition structure helps children understand that their new setting will be welcoming and fun and whilst new, it is going to be OK.  For parents, the reassurance that those who will be caring for their child in the next setting cannot be underestimated.  Those professional transition meetings are therefore vital in reassuring parents and giving the next setting the knowledge and understanding they will need. 

Before a child joins our setting, we will establish their needs with their parent and explain how we will manage those needs.  Similarly, when moving to a new setting, our SENCo will liaise with the new setting to pass on as much information as possible (with parental permission).  The child will always be prepared for a move to a new setting in advance, whether through whole group transition strategies or individually, as necessary.

For further information please contact Sam Aitchison, Joint Childcare Manager and SENCo or Donna Gifford, Joint Childcare Manager, on 01322-865469 or email

We value the contribution our parents make to our setting.  If, for any reason, a parent is unhappy with any aspect of our delivery, we have a 'Complaints Policy'.  This can be found on our website or in our policy folder located at the setting.  We value feedback in any form.  We have a parents' suggestions/comments box located in the reception area of the Pre-school.  We circulate parent feedback questionnaires and act upon the information contained within this, either individually or as a setting. We make ourselves available for parents and welcome them to the setting at the beginning and end of the day.


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