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Mereworth Pre-School Playgroup

We are an established Pre-School situated in Mereworth Village Hall for children aged 2 years and 3 months to 5 years. Our Pre-School is run by a dedicated and professional team of staff in partnership with a parent run volunteer committee. We are enormously proud of the wonderful reputation we have worked hard to achieve and are committed to building positive relationships with the children and their parents.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lisa Barker
Contact Position
PA and Admissions Officer

Where to go

Village Hall, 149
Butchers Lane
ME18 5QD

We have access at the front of the building for wheelchair users.  

We have sole use of the building during sessions times and the children have access to two halls and a large outside playarea.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9:00 3:45
Tuesday 9:00 12:30
Wednesday 9:00 3:45
Thursday 9:00 3:45
Friday 9:00 1:30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
7.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Cost details
Please note that we also ask for a contribution towards consumables of £20 per child per term. For Free Early Education funded only children this is a voluntary charge. Please speak to the Manager in confidence if you are unable to contribute.

We charge a registration fee of £50 to secure your child’s place. This will be credited against your first term’s payment.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
We currently have some spaces from January 2022
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 45
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 years 3 months 4 years 11 months 2
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Languages Spoken:
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)

Government Funding

 Two year olds (Free for Two): Some two year olds may be eligible to receive up to 15 hours funding known as the Free for Two Scheme (FF2), subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria. If your child meets the criteria for FF2 you are not required to pay the Registration Fee and your child can start at any point during the term in accordance with the eligibility confirmed start date. (At our Pre-School from 2 years 3 months). Places are limited and subject to availability.

Free Early Education

 Three and Four year olds (The Universal Entitlement): All children become eligible for up to 15 hours Free Early Education in the term after their third birthday. (Please see eligible date ranges shown in the table below).

 Three and Four year olds of working parents (The Extended Entitlement): Some children may qualify for up to an additional 15 hours Free Early Education, subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria. For more information and to explore your financial options, please go to .

 A child is entitled for Free Early Education at the start of the term after their second (if eligible), or third birthday in line with the Department for Education table below:


A child born on or between

Will become eligible for a free place from

1st January and 31st March

The start of Term 5 following their second or third birthday (after April Holiday)

1st April and 31st August

The start of Term 1 following their second or third birthday (after Summer Holiday)

1st September and 31st December

The start of Term 3 following their second or third birthday (after Christmas/New Year Holiday)


We offer up to 15/24 hours 15 minutes of Free Early Education 38 weeks of the year during term time only in the following way:


Totally free Universal pattern over 38 weeks: Two, three and four year olds will be funded to a maximum of 15 hours per week chosen from the sessions below. Places are limited and subject to availability.


Totally free Extended pattern over 38 weeks: Eligible three and four year olds will be funded to a maximum of 24 hours and 15 minutes per week chosen from the sessions below. Places are limited and subject to availability.


Chargeable patterns including Free Early Education hours



Free Early Education

* Pricing




9:00am to 3:45pm

5 hours 45 minutes free plus a charge of £7.00 for supervised lunch


Please provide packed lunch

6 hours 45 minutes payable at £7.00 per hour



Please provide packed lunch



9:00am to 12:30pm

3 hours 30 minutes free

3 hours 30 minutes payable at £7.00 per hour




9:00am to 1:30pm

3 hours 30 minutes free plus a charge of £7.00 for supervised lunch


Please provide packed lunch

4 hours 30 minutes payable at £7.00 per hour



Please provide packed lunch


* Pricing for before the Free Early Education begins, and for any additional hours above the Free Early Education funded hours.

Half day sessions are available Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 12:30pm.


Hours outside of your Free Early Education Entitlement will be charged as shown in the above table. You will be invoiced termly and these will be issued before the start of term. Payments must be paid in full and within seven days of issue. The invoices will show how many free hours your child has accessed in that period and what the additional charges are.

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

We gain as much information about a child as we can before they start with us.    We will ask you to complete our registration documents and these have some very important questions relating to your child’s development.   

We aim to build close relationships with parents from the beginning so that you are happy to share information and any concerns you may have about your child’s development.  Relationships are further enhanced by our key person system.   If your child has been supported by other Professionals including Health Professionals, could you please share any reports with us.

Staff have all recently completed training in how to Identify children with additional or special educational needs.  

The SENCo attends training and meetings.  We liaise closely with other Professionals such as Health Professionals and Specialist Teaching Service.

We operate an open-door policy by which parents are welcome to talk to their child’s key person at drop off or pick up times. 

When a child first starts we assess their starting points in line with a document called Development Matters, this helps us build a picture of where each child is and will highlight if a child needs support in an area of their development.   If a child does need support after they have settled, we will discuss together how we can support your child and any action required.

The EYFS is an education framework which allows the key person to plan for your ‘unique child’.  Ensuring that we observe, assess and plan for your child will help us meet their individual needs.

All our staff are trained in Early Years practice, we plan for the individual child, our plans and knowledge of a child helps us to support individual children, this could be through a targeted or personalised intervention.   Plans are monitored regularly to check on progress made, the targets are small, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. 

We make changes to our environment to support individual children for example we have recently introduced a calm area into the small hall, this has had a real benefit for some children. 

Our SEND policy sets out the graduated approach we use to support children. 

If your child is making insufficient progress through a targeted plan, the SENCo or key person may discuss with you the need to refer to other services.  Such as Speech and Language therapy.  If you child begins to receive support from outside agencies, the targeted plan would be changed to a personalised plan. 

For every child we hold meetings with Parents and your child’s key person three times a year to discuss progress and ideas on how to support/help a child achieve their individual next steps/experiences.  The system we use to take observations is called ’Evidence Me’,  this shows your child’s individual progress, this links to the Early Years Foundation stage and is regularly shared with parents, giving you an insight in to what your child likes to do whilst at pre-school and the next steps for them will help them to make progress or practice a skill. 

There are two statutory assessment; The Progress Check at Age Two and The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.  Most children will have started school before the EYFS Profile is required but the Progress Check at Two is very important.  This should be ideally completed in advance of your child’s Health Visitor Health Development at the age of two. 

As part of our Ethos, all children are unique and individual and we will ensure all children are fully included, by suitable or adapted activities to meet your child’s needs. 

The setting is in the Village Hall at Mereworth, it has wheelchair access to the front of the building.  There is one step down to the outside area, but this can be reached by using the front door and going around the back of the building, we would ensure that there are staff available to do this. 

We have good relationships with local schools and settings, they come in to visit us or we go to them.  Some children will have a transition meeting with parents, pre-school and schools plus other professionals attending.

We share documents with the receiving school – My Unique Progress/Transition which incorporates information about the characteristics of effective learning. 

We arrange a transition meeting with the receiving school and those attending are usually parents, key person, senco from our setting.  Also in attendance will be the teacher, ta and school senco.  This will also include any local agency involved in the child's care e.g. specialist teacher.

There are taster sessions arranged between our setting and the school. 

We evaluate the settings overall effectiveness of it's SEN via questionnaires and responses from parents.

Lisa Barker, PA & Admissions Officer 

Questionnaires are used, Managers and key persons are always available for discussions, complaints procedure is within the setting.  We are a committee run pre-school and the chair person is always available.

We review our policies and procedures regularly.

We will do our best to meet the needs of each and every child and their family.

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