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Owl Pre-School

The Owl Pre-School aims to offer the highest quality care and education for all children. We are committed to valuing diversity, providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and their families.

 The Owl Pre-School aims to:

Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age
Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
Add to the life and well-being of the local community and
Offer children and their parents/carers a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Natalie McNab
Contact Position
01474 331777

Where to go

Shears Green Infant School
Packham Road
DA11 7JF

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 4 month(s) to 0 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:45 11:45
Monday 12:30 15:30
Tuesday 08:45 11:45
Tuesday 12:30 15:30
Wednesday 08:45 11:45
Wednesday 12:30 15:30
Thursday 08:45 11:45
Thursday 12:30 15:30
Friday 08:45 11:45
Friday 12.30 15.30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£18.00 Per session
ECD Type
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 29
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Environmental Area, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Internet Connection, Songs, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories
Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
ramp provided

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
15/01/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
10/11/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
23/01/2020Inspection (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)

We do not offer 30 Hours of free childcare.

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

Before your child starts with us you will be invited in and given a Welcome pack to fill in. This will give a detailed picture of your child and their needs. Your child will be allocated a keyperson who will observe and assess your child in all areas of development, as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) We use a range of observations and assessments to track your child’s progress including the Leuven Wellbeing and Involvement assessment and the Kent Progress tracker.  We use Tapestry as an on-line learning journal to share your child's journey with you.

At the Owl Preschool we adopt an open-door policy which means as a parent/carer you can come and see a member of staff, at any time, to talk about your child’s progress and any concerns you may have. Your child will have their own Unique Journey and you will be invited to input your own views as well as the views of the child. For children who have a SEND or additional needs parent’s involvement in the Target or Personalised plan is crucial to enable your child to progress to their full potential. As a parent you will also have the opportunity to have in-put regarding your child’s next steps and possible lines of development.

Together with your child’s keyperson we will plan activities around the individual child to suit their needs, their age and stage of development. We will of course endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to the environment to accommodate your child’s needs.

We believe that all children learn best when given time to explore their environment in their own way of learning. This could be by watching others or by working independently at problem solving. These characteristics of learning are embraced and encouraged in the child’s individual plans.


We use a range of visual supports to support verbal communication. These visual aids include PECS, objects of reference; basic Makaton and visual support cards.


Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) liaises with outside agencies  to ensure that any specific activities recommended by another professional are being carried out within the setting.


We have a quiet area available where your child can work in a smaller group or with their keyperson during a 1:1 activity providing less distraction.  This area can be used as a calming or sensory area where the children can sit quietly. 


If necessary a target/personalised plan will be put into place for any child with SEN. We ensure these targets are realistic and achievable. 

Your child’s keyperson will spend time with you and your child to establish a good working relationship. Where necessary the SENCo will support the keyperson and the family to allow your child to reach their full potential. The SENCo will regularly monitor your child’s progression. 


Information about other provisions, such as Children’s centres and support groups will be shared with parents to encourage them to access them.


In certain cases, we can also access ‘top up’ funding to add to the 15 hours funding your child will receive. This funding allows the setting to access training for staff and resources that will benefit your child

During the sessions the keyperson will observe and assess your child and set targets for them. You will be invited in to discuss ways in which you can continue these targets at home. You will also be invited to review the targets and your child’s progress with the keyperson. When your child starts with us your child’s keyperson will assess your child to determine what stage they are at and will repeat it a minimum of three times throughout the school year.  This is in accordance with the Kent Progress Tracker and Tapestry's on-line learning journal.

All our activities are age and stage appropriate. Planned activities can be simplified or extended to meet the needs of your child. We have regular staff meetings to discuss the children and planning activities, and we also have a briefing before every session. Any trips that we partake in have a full risk assessment and a review afterwards.

The Owl Preschool is situated within a school site. We are on one level, however there is a deep step to gain access to the building. Ramps can be provided for wheelchair access, but your child would need adult support as unfortunately they may find it difficult to use them independently.  We have children’s toilets and sinks which we encourage the children to use independently and we have a care suite which has changing facilities, disabled access and grab rails . Parking is at the roadside but with prior arrangement, it may be possible to use an allocated disabled parking space within the school or in the case of a parent with mobility needs, we can meet your child at the gate.

During any transition to a new setting, your child’s new teachers/practitioners will be invited along to observe your child in the setting. Professional meetings including the teachers, SENCO, inclusion managers and professionals from outside agencies, will be held to discuss your child’s needs. Relevant information will be forwarded onto the school, with your consent in accordance with Data Protection. In order to support your child in the setting prior to the transition, activities will be planned such as seeing photos, school uniforms and Transition talks.


For a child starting in our setting we can offer stay and play sessions to make the transition easier for you and your child.

Our SENCO regularly attends the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meetings and SENCO forums. This allows the SENCO to learn of any new information. The SENCO and all members of staff are strongly encouraged to attend regular training courses. We regularly review our Self- Evaluation folder ensuring all areas are covered and up to date.

Any member of the Owl Pre-School Staff team  We have an open-door policy and you are welcome to visit and register your child during our opening times without the need for an appointment.

As well as the open-door policy, we invite parents to answer a questionnaire which allows the setting to assess if there is anything that needs reviewing. If a parent should have a complaint, we have a strict complaints procedure/policy that we adhere to.  Should a parent wish to contact Ofsted directly, their contact details are displayed on our outside notice-board.


All parents/carers are given the opportunity to join the pre-school committee which encourages the parent/carer to get involved in decisions made by the preschool or fund raising for the setting. All prospective parents/carers will have access to our website which gives detailed information about the running of the preschool and our team.  Our Tapestry on-line learning journal can be used by parents/carers to comment on their child's progress at any time.  Staff meet regularly with their keychildren's carers.


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