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Penenden Heath Pre-School

We are a community run Pre-School which has been established for over 50 years. We meet at the Social Hall which is situated behind the tennis courts at Penenden Heath. There are parking facilities at the Heath and a short walk through pretty gardens takes you to the Social Hall. We have our own purpose built garden which the children enjoy every day whatever the weather. Please contact us to arrange a visit and find out more about us.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Larkin/Leanne Terry
Contact Position
Business Manager
07941 055 782

Where to go

Penenden Heath Social Hall
Penenden Heath
Penenden Heath
ME14 2DH

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), 4 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:45 14:45
Tuesday 08:45 14:45
Wednesday 08:45 14:45
Thursday 08:45 14:45
Friday 08:45 14:45

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£21.75 Per session
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Cost details
A session is 3 hours. We hold 2 sessions every day: the morning session is 8:45 till 11.45 and the afternoon session is 11.45 until 14.45. Children will need to bring a packed lunch from home to the afternoon session; all the children sit down together in small groups and eat their lunch at the beginning of the session. The maximum number of sessions is 6 per week (18 hours).
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
The majority of places are to start in Term 1, September. However please contact us at any time during the academic year to check on the latest availability of places. At times when we are running at full capacity we do hold a waiting list. For all children who would like to start at our Pre-School, including being put on the waiting list, a registration form needs to be completed - this can be found on our website or contact our Business Managers.
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Music, Reading, Computers / It, Refreshments, Cookery, Messy Play Area, Books, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Themed Sessions, Kitchen, Bike, Trike, Songs, Play House, Climbing Frame, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks
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)

Penenden Heath Pre-School is registered to take children eligible for the extended 30 hours of funding. Through our Pre-School you can access up to 18 hours (6 sessions) of childcare. The full 30 hours of funding can be shared between more than one childcare provider.

Service status


Local Offer


We provide an environment in which all children in our care with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported to reach their full potential.


We provide parents with information on sources of independent advice and support including Local Offer.

Penenden Heath Pre-School SEN Policy

Special Needs Support

  • Parents are asked to complete an initial Registration Form on our website
  • On acceptance of a place we ask you to complete a “My Learning Journey prior to Starting Pre-School” leaflet which gives us the chance to get to know your child and their particular strengths or areas where they may need extra support.
  • Information shared from other settings and agencies
  • Key Person observations, using the three Prime Areas of Learning, form a base-line assessment within the first three weeks of starting at the group.
  • A Progress Check at Two is a statutory requirement for children three years of age.
  • If not previously identified, at this point, the key person may focus on a specific area of development, such as social skills, to plan additional opportunities for your child to gain further experience in this area.
  • At this point, with your support, a Targeted Plan would be put in place.
  • Key person continues to make observations within all seven areas of the EYFS.

We have designated staff who are responsible for SEND provision. Each child will have an assigned key person and parents and families are welcome to liaise with their key person, SEN staff and Manager as appropriate. 

The needs for every individual child with SEND will be taken into consideration when adapting the curriculum. 

  • We have an effective key person approach for all children.
  • We have an on-line developmental record keeping system, Tapestry, with regular observations being made. These are available for parents/carers to view and contribute to.
  • The key person monitors the child’s developmental progress by assessing, planning, “doing” and reviewing it.
  • Regular formal and informal opportunities to discuss progress are ongoing.
  • Termly assessments are carried out.
  • With the support of our SENCo the key person will review individual Targeted and Personalised Plans. These are amended and updated as required.
  • Regular review with parents and staff.
  • Activities are planned and then evaluated to ensure that they are suitable, or adapted, to meet the needs of all of the children.
  • Reasonable adjustments will be made to activities and the environment to suit specific individual requirements.
  • When organising extra curricula activities consideration is given to ensure the appropriate support is in place. These include sports days, Summer and winter parties and visitors.
  • Risk assessment and research is under taken prior to trips away from the setting. Parental involvement is actively encouraged.
  • The building is on one level and has ramps giving wheelchair access to all areas.
  • Accessible toilet and changing facilities are available.
  • Accessible by car with reasonable adjustment.


Please let us know if you have any difficulties with accessibility

  • Prior to a child joining our setting we make contact with the current provider; arranging visits, sharing good practice and developmental records to ensure that the child’s needs are supported


  • When a child is leaving our setting we support them by

- Visits to school or setting prior to transferring to them

- The sharing of assessment reports, developmental records and relevant paperwork passed on, with consent as required

- Meeting with school or other setting SENCo


  • Activities - such as dressing up in school uniform, photo books
  • To support the children’s emotional needs it is arranged for teachers to visit them in our environment
  • Our SENDCo regularly attends SEND specialist services referral meetings and Forums which gives them the opportunity to monitor the effectiveness and current practice of our SEND provision
  • Evaluation of training and workshop events that are attended
  • Regular Staff meetings
  • “Getting To Know You Visits” prior to the child joining
  • Annual questionnaires / surveys
  • Review of policies and procedures that are approved and agreed by the committee and staff
  • Information about the setting is available on the Web site with an on line application form.
  • Pre-School Business Managers– by telephone or email.
  • Manager / SENDCo – by telephone or visit to the setting.
  • Visit to the Pre-School setting – prior appointments can be made to ensure that a member of staff is made available however we also operate an open door policy.
  • Open door policy
  • Annual questionnaire / survey which welcomes constructive feedback – For children that have recently joined also for those who are leaving.
  • Web site – Testimonials from previous families.
  • Thank you cards are put up on our display boards.
  • Complaints policy and procedure - available on web-site and additional information is displayed on the notice board
  • Comments and feedback facility available via On-line Learning Journal – Tapestry


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