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Ide Hill Pre-School

Who to contact

Contact Name
Liz Money
Contact Position
01732 750749
07929 129567

Where to go

Ide Hill Village Hall
Ide Hill
TN14 6JG

We are situated in the village hall on the edge of Ide Hill, near Sevenoaks, with views over Bough Beech. The hall has ramps and is accessible to all. We have a large, fenced-in playground for riding tricycles, pushing buggies, playing with balls, hoops, tyres and planks and making dens, as well as an enclosed garden with its own sandpit, tyre swing and climbing frame. We recognise the importance of outside play, we have our own allotment, the children plant, grow and eat their own fruits and vegetables and our weekly plans include activities both inside and outside. We also offer Forest School each term.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), 5 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:15 14:45
Tuesday 09:15 14:45
Wednesday 09:15 14:45
Thursday 09:15 14:45
Friday 09:15 14:45

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£20.00 Per half day
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 26
5 8 26
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Car Parking, Songs, Woodwork, Parks/playgrounds, Visits and Outings, Outdoor Activities, Kitchen, Garden

We are a fully inclusive pre-school offering support for families and children with additional needs.

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
Not yet, but will have.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Service status


Local Offer


Policy statement


We provide an environment in which all children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported to reach their full potential.


  • We have regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015).
  • We ensure our provision is inclusive to all children with special educational needs.
  • We support parents and children with special educational needs.
  • We identify the specific needs of children with special educational needs at the earliest opportunity and meet those needs through a range of SEN strategies.
  • We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting individual children's needs.
  • We monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.


Ide Hill Pre-school

Special Needs Support

Ide Hill Pre-school has an embedded system to ensure that a key person is allocated to every child. This key person completes regular observations using the Early Years outcomes as a guidance tool to assess each child’s development which are then used to inform the child’s planning around their individual needs and interests. These include interests from home and interests at pre-school. The key person completes assessments on every child to identify any support that may be required. These assessments are shared with the parents who are encouraged to add their comments and reviewed regularly. We then implement a joint approach in the child’s future development.   When a child initially starts at pre-school we provide an induction morning prior to settling in, where the key person familiarises themselves with the child’s individual likes, dislikes, allergies, abilities and enquires if other professionals are already involved. This is the initial opportunity for the parents to identify any needs with the key person so that these can be catered for. In the first two weeks the key person ascertains the initial starting points of development and this is shared at the settling in meeting to identify any supporting strategies to be introduced. 

All younger children are further assessed by the key person who completes the Two Year check that is not only shared with parents but can inform alongside the health visitors report where progress may give cause for concern.

We have a named SENCO Mrs Kellie Ferguson (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) that has been trained through the local authority and she is assisted by another SENCO trained member of staff between these qualified staff they provide support for the key person, child and families to ensure that the child’s individual needs are met. They both attend regular further training in areas of specific professional development.   We have robust policies and procedures in place which are reviewed regularly ensuring that our resources and environment are suitable and accessible for all.  


The SENCO works closely with the key person to differentiate resources, experiences and activities to support the child.  Providing targeted or personalised plans for each individual child based around their abilities and interests to ensure targets are SMART (specific, measurable, accessible, realistic, time bound). The Tapestry online journals include a SEN section of assessment to support these targets. The SENCO also liaises with the Manager to evaluate the data analysis from “Progress Tracker” and the Tapestry online assessments. SEN is a regular feature on the agenda for all staff meetings to keep the small staff team informed of current developments for the individual children in our care and to cascade relevant training. 

The pre-school provides a language intervention programme, Talk Boost where children are given opportunities to engage in language rich activities, children are also encouraged to take part in age appropriate small group and individual activities using the Letters and Sound programme.

Ide Hill Pre-school also uses Communication in Print to give visual clues and timetable routine activities. Staff have been trained in the use of Makaton sign language. The environment offers quiet areas both indoors and outdoors.   The SENCO liaises with other professionals (with the parent’s consent) such as Early Years Inclusion Officers, Speech and Language Therapists and Health Visitors to gain further advice in supporting each individual child.  The SENCO and the key person will work collaboratively to ensure that these targets and strategies are implemented.  

We work fully with our parents to ascertain a childs medical requirements.  Our staff are responsible for the correct administration of medication to children for whom they are the key person. This includes ensuring that parent consent forms have been completed, that medicines are stored correctly and that records are kept according to procedures. In the absence of the key person, the manager/senior pre-school teacher are responsible for the overseeing of administering medication. 


  • Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend the setting.
  • We only usually administer medication when it has been prescribed for a child by a doctor (or other medically qualified person). It must be in-date and prescribed for the current condition.
  • Children's prescribed medicines are stored in their original containers, are clearly labelled and are inaccessible to the children. On receiving the medication, the member of staff checks that it is in date and prescribed specifically for the current condition.

Parent’s communication is highly valued and the key person will work together with the parents to ensure that every child’s learning is supported. The pre-school has an open door policy and parents are welcome to communicate with their key person at any time and are invited in to a stay and play session every term.   At the initial settling in sessions the parent/carers will work with the key person to settle the child into pre-school.  The parents are encouraged to work together with the key person in completing observations and share activities through the tapestry online journals from home and from pre-school to keep them informed of new interests so that this can be incorporated in the activities that are planned for that child and embrace the child’s learning styles.   The parents are invited to attend regular meetings to review their child’s progress. Every child has their own learning journal that the parents can view at any time. The pre-school offer’s parents; a settling in to address all consultation session, an All About Me consultation and a Transition consultation all stages of development and planning so parents can play an integral role in ensuring their child reaches their full potential.  The pre-school has links with the local Children’s Centre to provide information about support and training opportunities for families. Parents are provided with an annual anonymous questionnaire where their complaints and compliments are valued and used as a self-evaluation tool which feeds directly with other audits into the pre-schools development plan to ensure best practice.


We are an inclusive pre-school and ALL children are included in pre-school trips.

Ide Hill pre-school is situated in a village hall. The main pre-school entrance has a ramp and there is a side door with ramp access also.   There is an accessible toilet provided and separate changing facilities.   If the family has English as an additional language they are encouraged to share key words in their home language for the key person to understand with the child.

 Risk Assessments are completed for individual children to assess, the environment inside and out, these are also completed prior to any outings and visits to ensure inclusion and accessibility to evaluate and minimise risk. The pre-school environment supports different learning styles and embraces each child’s unique characteristics of effective learning there are visual clues as labels and to support changes in routines, timers are used to support sharing and turn taking and music is used for encouraging tidying up. 


Ide Hill pre-school is situated in a village hall. The main pre-school entrance has a ramp and there is a side door with ramp access also.   There is an accessible toilet provided and separate changing facilities.   If the family has English as an additional language they are encouraged to share key words in their home language for the key person to understand with the child.

Transitions are a key time for any child. The key person ensures that these transitions are well planned and supported.   When a child first starts at the pre-school the key person will work with the parent to devise appropriate settling in strategies for the child to settle into pre-school at their own pace. Following on from the settling in period, for those children that attend anther setting they are provided with a Communication Book to ensure information can be shared by settings and key people and reciprocal visits arranged as necessary. Leaflets are available for parent with additional information on settling in, transition to school, numeracy and literacy activities and suggestions for packed lunches.     When a child is ready with transition to School the new teachers are welcomed into pre-school to meet the key person and all relevant transition supporting documents are completed and relayed to the School to ensure a smooth transition takes place for all children.

During the summer term we offer pictorial support of all schools within the local community and staff offer visits for individual transition support. For further information please contact Manager Mrs Liz Money and SENCO Mrs Kellie Ferguson 

We have regular meetings/parent questionnaires and an open door policy. 

Liz Money - Manager

We have a complaints policy and our Chairperson and Manager is also available to receive feedback.  


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