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Playpen Pre-School

Sessional Nursery

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
Wrotham Road
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
DayOpening TimeClosing 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

Other Details

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 AgeEnd AgePlaces
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 Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
28/11/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
01/10/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
09/01/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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)

Not registered for 30 hours free entitlement

Service status


Local Offer


See local offer details below

Special Needs Support

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We ensure that parents/carers are involved in their child's ongoing development and planning. We complete daily risk assessments.

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.

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.

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.

Visit our website or telephone to arrange a visit and chat to one of our owner/managers.

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.


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