Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Trina Dunk or Lynne Bell
- Contact Position
- 01474 815 403
Where to go
Playpen Pre-school, Meopham County Primary School
- DA13 0JW
On the school site of Meopham Community Academy
When is it on?
- When is childcare available
- Term Time Only
- Carescheme Age Range:
- 2 year(s), month(s) to 5 year(s), month(s)
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 09:15 15:15 Tuesday 09:15 15:15 Wednesday 09:15 15:15 Thursday 09:15 15:15 Friday 09:15 13:00
- ECD Type
- Day Nursery
- Offers pickups
- Cost details
- Contact provider for details
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- 2 Year Old Funding?
- Places Range
Places Range Start Age End Age Places 2 2 24 3 5 24 0 5 24 5 7 24
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy Information Last updated Date
- Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Music, Computers / It, Refreshments, Cookery, Messy Play Area, Books, Themed Sessions, Kitchen, Bike, Environmental Area, Play House, Games / Puzzles, Garden
- Wheelchair Access
- Wheelchair access details
- ramps and a disabled toilet
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 12/07/2007 Integrated Good 28/11/2011 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding 01/10/2015 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding 09/01/2020 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
See local offer details below
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
At Playpen we keep detailed assessment records on all children based on observations made by staff, including the Progress Check at age 2. The assessments cover all 7 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as well as Characteristics of Effective Learning and Leuven Wellbeing and Involvement. Through observation and assessment we can identify children who may need further support.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
Every child has a keyperson who will be your main point of contact. In addition we also have 3 trained and experienced SENCO's. We have an open door policy and by daily informal contact, and for working parents a written contact book, ensure parents/carers are involved in every stage of their child's personal plans and targets. This is also shared via the child's online learning journal.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
We are continually assessing and adapting our provision and planning to make it accessible to all of our children. We include parents/carers views using questionnaires and daily informal contact.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
We plan for every child individually using the EYFS and COEL. We assess each child's wellbeing and involvement on a regular basis. Our SENCO's and keypersons liaise with outside agencies as necessary and ensure any recommendations are carried out. We ensure that the child's targets are specific, accessible and realistic and are agreed with parents and carers to ensure that we work together.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
We support a close working relationship between parents and carers, the child's keyperson and the SENCO. We write a targetted plan and regularly assess the impact and the progress made.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
We observe all children regularly and track their progress using an online learning journal which can be accessed and added to by parents/carers. A written report is shared with parents 3 times per year.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
We ensure that parents/carers are involved in their child's ongoing development and planning. We complete daily risk assessments.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
The building and outside area are accessible by ramps and all preschool furniture can be moved to accommodate as necessary. There is a disabled toilet in the pre-school room.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
We encourage visits from other settings to liaise with and observe children at Playpen. We transfer all information held on tapestry learning journal via the internet or in disk format if necessary. We encourage visits for new children to stay and play when starting at Playpen and build up the time spent at pre-school suitable to each individual.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
Our Senco's attend local inclusion meetings and forums to ensure they are kept up to date with the latest updates and seek advice to gain knowledge on how to move them forward in their learning. Questionnaires are completed by parents every year and the responses help to inform our self evaluation and action plan.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Visit our website www.playpenpreschool.co.uk or telephone to arrange a visit and chat to one of our owner/managers.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
We have an open door policy and invite parents on our rota to spend a morning,where they are able to talk informally with staff and managers. Parents can also make an appointment to talk to a member of staff. Parents are invited to complete our questionnaire regularly. We have a strict complaints policy that we adhere to.