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Monkeys Pre-school

Monkeys pre-school is a privately run small friendly and welcoming group, where all staff are qualified, first-aid trained and have a enhanced police check. We have a fully qualified special educational needs coordinatorr who works full time within the setting and works very closely with all families and outside agencies.

We are open 09:00am until 15:00pm term time only, but also offer half sessions such as 09:00am-12:00pm or 12:00pm-15:00pm.

We offer government funding for 2, 3, and four year old's and offer the 30 hours funded sessions to parents that qualify. for parents / carers receiving government funding for 2, 3 and 4 year old children can split the sessions to suit their needs such as 09:am-12:00pm Monday-Friday or 12:00pm-15:00pm or take up 2 full sessions and one half session. we work with families and cater for their needs as best we can.

All children are welcome within the setting, we work very closely with all parents / carers where we believe this has a great impact on the children enabling them to  progress, achieve and develop well to reach there full potential ready for school. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nikki Dawkins
Contact Position
07860 1693 53

Where to go

Phoenix Community Primary School
Belmont Road
TN24 9LS

Monkeys Pre-school is located on Belmont Road Kennington, next to Phoenix Primary School. We have a separate entrance with our monkey logo and contact number displayed on the gate.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00am 15:00pm
Tuesday 09:00am 15:00pm
Wednesday 09:00am 15:00pm
Thursday 09:00am 15:00pm
Friday 09:00am 15:00pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6:00 Per hour
ECD Type
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 8
3 5 16
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Environmental Area, Pets, Trike, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Air Conditioned, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, See-Saw, Bike, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Slide, Climbing Frame, Library Visits
Other facilities information
We work closely with the local children centre, visiting them for story / rhyme time and creative sessions. We also work very closely with the school joining in with sports day, events having story sessions, teddy bears picnics and lots more.

We welcome all children and are able to cater for all needs. We work very closely with other professionals and put plans in place to help individual children, no child is discriminated for any reason. Although we are situated next to Phoenix school, we are independently run and welcome all children from all areas. We have visits from all schools and share information regularly.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
14/05/2021Inspection (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 the 30 hour free entitlement and again this can be taken by hours to suit parents/ carers such as taking up 09:00am-15:00pm Monday - Friday or by accessing a pattern that suits your needs taking up 18/21/24/ or 27 hours per week.

Service status


Local Offer


we have a special educational needs co-ordinator  in the setting.

Special Needs Support

We carry out an initial assessment within the first few sessions of children starting the setting. We have a meeting with parents and the first settling in period all parents and children will have the opportunity to meet and speak with their key-person. We carry out observations and work closely with children and their families to identify any concerns or additional needs.

As a parent you will be kept informed about your child's development and progress from their key-person on a regular basis. We have a very good relationship with all parents within the setting and feel children achieve better outcomes with support from both parents and key-persons working together. You will receive regular reports updating you on your childs progress as well as parent meetings to sit down and discuss this. Children requiring additional support will have a targeted or personalised plan in place which will be set with families. 

All planning for individual children is done on ability and interests, focusing and adapting activities to meet the child's ages, stages and needs within their development. We also use the best practise guidance which outlines strategies to better meet the needs of children with additional needs. Staff attend regular training to develop their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and keep up to date with any changes.

We use several strategies as what works for one child may not work for another. we adapt to meet their individual needs. some strategies include: visuals such as choice board, now and next. we us MAKATON and teach a sign and sound of the week. We have visuals displayed around the setting for example daily routine and routines such as snack, home time and toileting. 

At Monkeys we work closely with all parents. We hold regular meetings to discuss children's development and progress. We have an open door policy where parents are welcome to come and talk to staff whenever they wish. Within the first two weeks of your child starting with us we will invite you in for a meeting to show you how we work, plan and help your child develop within all areas of the EYFS. This will also give yourself and key-person the opportunity to discuss ways in working closely together to support your child. We will provide families with the strategies and resources they need to help children at home as working together we feel is the best way to help childrens development.

We complete regular assessments on children to show their progress, you will receive a copy of this followed by a report and asked for your input and feedback on how you feel your child is doing. we work together to complete targeted and personalised plans to help children reach their outcomes within agreed time scales.

We include all children in all activities taking into account individual needs. we will adapt activities to suit stages of development. 

Our setting is accessible to all. we have flat surfaces leading to the front door and a ramp leading down to our garden area. the setting is set out to ensure maximum space and can be adapted to meet needs.

We will complete a record of transfer for your child to take to their new setting. This will include recent assessment, observations and all about the child. When going to school we have regular transition meetings and work closely with school teachers who come out to the setting to meet your child where they are comfortable so they can see how well your child is getting on. we will pass over all the information we know about your child and inform them of how your child learns best and what they are interested in. if your child requires additional support we will inform them of the strategies that work well making the transition easier for your child. we will read books, talk about transitions and usually focus our topic around this preparing children for the transition as best we can. we will involve parents and families with all aspects of this.

We monitor the progress of all children on the tracker system which allows us to see areas of concern and plan accordingly to meet the needs of children. it allows us to see the progress being made. we work closely with parents to review childrens progress. We have a SEND register which is monitored and reviewed termly which allows us to see the effectiveness of plans we have in place.

You can contact us directly and speak to any member of the team who will be able to provide you with any further information you require. we welcome you to collect a application form along with prospectus and have a look around our setting and meet the team, but due to the current situation (COVID-19) we are asking that this is at 3:15 once all children have left the setting.

We send out regular questionnaires, hold meetings and often ask for feedback on reports. We have an open door policy and are open to suggestions. families can speak to any staff member at any time. we have a complaint procedure in place which can be emailed to families or available to read on request. 


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