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Kingsdown Pre-School

We are a friendly, village-based pre-school set in a lovely Victorian village hall.  Eligible 2 year olds can access Free for 2 funding and all 3 and 4 year olds can access their Free Early Education.  Eligible 3 and 4 year olds can also access their extended entitlement.

Our sessions run everyday from 9.00am until 12.00 and 12.00 until 3.00pm.  Children attending for the morning session can also stay for lunch until 12.45pm.  Lunch forms part of the afternoon session.

Our latest Ofsted Inspection carried out in October 2015 was good.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Denise Hodge
Contact Position
07968 263 185

Where to go

At John's Village Hall
Village Hall
Upper Street
CT14 8BJ

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9:0 3:00
Tuesday 9:00 3:00
Wednesday 9:00 3:00
Thursday 9:00 3:00
Friday 9:00 3:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£16.50 Per session
£4 Per lunch
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
We currently have vacancies for all sessions except Monday and Wednesday afternoons. We will have vacancies for all sessions in September 2020 but spaces on Monday and Wednesday afternoons will be limited.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 27
5 8 27
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 4 5
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Music, Reading, Woodwork, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Outdoor Activities, Kitchen, Songs, Play House, Library - Book Trolley, Stories, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden

We offer a warm and caring environment for children ages 2 until they start school.  Our staff are very experienced and have been involved with the Pre-school for many years.  Although their is no dedicated disabled access we are able to cater for most additional needs and would be happy to discuss this at any time.  

You can visit our website for more information or view our Facebook page to see what activities the children are enjoying.

Languages Spoken:
Sign Language Makaton, English
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
05/10/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
16/09/2015Inspection (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 offer Free Early education and free for 2 funding over any combination of our sessions to total no more than 15 hours per week.  Children entitled to the extended entitlement can access up to 30 hours although we have limited availability on Monday and Wednesday afternoons

Service status


Local Offer


Kingsdown Pre-school can offer Early years education to children with special educational needs and disabilities from the age of 2 until they start school 

Special Needs Support

Children will be allocated a key person from our staff team.  Staff are trained in Early Years development and will observe and assess children through a combination of child and adult led activities.  A learning journal is completed for all children which is shared regularly with parents.  As a result of regular observation and assessment staff can identify children who have additional needs or SEND.  Staff discuss concerns with our Senco (Special educational needs coordinator) who is in role each day.

Parents are invited to regular meetings with their child's key person and any minor concerns will be raised at these meetings.  If your key person has a concern which needs addressing urgently you will be invited to a meeting which may include the setting Senco where a targeted or personalised plan can be drawn up to support your child

This will be done by your child's key person and if necessary with the support of the setting Senco.  Activities may be adapted to suit your child's needs/level of learning.  If it is felt necessary additional resources will be sought.

If your child has additional needs these can normally be met by the team of staff under the supervision of the Senco.  Staff are trained in basic Makaton and have experience in using Picture Exchange communication systems and visual timetables.  Some staff are trained in supporting children with more complex needs such as ASD (Autistic Spectrum disorder).  We will seek support from LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum teams) if this is felt necessary.

You will be invited for more regular meetings so that your child's progress can be monitored closely.  Your key person and the Senco will always be available to discuss any matter with you.

Your child will always be supported to ensure that they reach their full potential irrespective of their additional needs or SEND.  It may be necessary to request suppot from the Equality and Inclusion team or the Speech and Language team.  In certain cases it may be necessary to access SENIF funding to provide extra support or specialist equipment for your child.  If your child has severe or complex needs it may be necessary to request an EHC (Education and Healthcare) plan. 

Your child will be monitored by their key person who will make regular observations on them.  You will be invited to regular meetings with your child's key person but they will always be available if you wish to discuss anything with them.  The Senco is also always available.  You will be regularly consulted and we will support and advise you on the best way to support your child at home.

As parents you will know your child best and we would ask you to share with us any concerns you have about your child at any time.  This will ensure that if any additional support is required we can give this at the earliest opportunity.

All children are included in all activities although some amendments to certain activities may have to be made depending on your child's needs.  If necessary we would seek funding to employ additional members of staff or to allow us to source more suitable resources.

At the moment our hall is accessed via a flight of steps so wheelchair access is difficult.  We are hoping to provide easier wheelchair access in the near future.  We do offer a disabled toilet.

If your child is moving to another setting their learning journey and details of their progress to date will be sent to the new setting.  If necessary we will telephone or arrange a meeting.

We meet with all local schools to discuss the level of learning your child has reached as well as any additional or special education needs and disabilities they may have.  Staff from local schools are invited to visit the children in the setting and the children have opportunities to visit their chosen school.  If your child has severe or complex additional needs or a disability our Senco will  contact your school in plenty of time to allow the school to put in place the necessary plans and procedures to fully support your child's transition. 

If your child has any additional or special education needs, their key person will be in close contact with the setting Senco.  Targeted and personalised plans are regularly reviewed and you will be invited to take part in this process.  Again it is important that you as a parent keep us fully informed of any concerns you may have about your child.

Please contact us by email or telephone to arrange a meeting when you can view the setting and your child's needs can be fully discused.

Parents can talk to staff at any time although it may be easier to request a meeting.  A private room is available for your to discuss matters confidentially.  There is a suggestions box available at all times and any complaints will be fully investigated in accordance with our complaints policy which is also aways available.


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