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St Mary's Under 5's Preschool

St. Mary's Under 5's is a committee run preschool; it is also a registered charity.  It was set up over 30 years ago, originally in St. Mary's Church hall, moving to the Cricket Pavilion about 25 years ago, and we moved into our own purpose built building in November 2010. The preschool employs 13 members of staff. The preschool was inspected by Ofsted in September 2013, they graded the setting as ‘Outstanding’ for a second time, in all areas. We are very proud of this achievement and the staff and committee remain fully committed to maintaining this high level of care and learning for every child attending the preschool. The preschool is open 5 days a week, term time only.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Amanda McHattie
Contact Position
01322 275 442

Where to go

St Mary's Under 5's Preschool, Recreation Ground
London Road

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 08:30 11:30
Monday 12:15 15:15
Tuesday 08:30 11:30
Tuesday 12:15 15:15
Wednesday 08:30 11:30
Wednesday 12:15 15:15
Thursday 08:30 11:30
Thursday 12:15 15:15
Friday 08.30 11.30
Friday 12.15 15.15

Other Details

ECD Type
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Outdoor Activities, Environmental Area, Trike, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Refreshments, Languages, Books, Kitchen, Songs, Climbing Frame, Stories
Languages Spoken:
English, British Sign Language
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
Ramps to building / all on one level. Disabled w/c

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement

Service status


Local Offer



Specialist SEND training/experience within the setting is as follows:-


  • SENCo Trained
  • Autism (Awareness and Champion)
  • Makaton
  • SEN or EAL
  • Early Years – completing personalised plans and applying for a statutory assessment
  • Early Years SEND – the graduated responses, processes and procedures in Kent
  • Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF)
  • Sensory Circuit/Sensory Difficulties in the Early Years and strategies to manage them
  • Working with Selective Mutism
  • Let’s get talking
  • Speaking clearly
  • Improving outcomes:  high aspirations and expectations for children with SEND
  • Kent Core Risk Assessment and Care Plans
  • Complex Medical Needs eg. severe allergies, diabetes, coeliac, sickle cell
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead – Amanda
  • Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Jane


St Mary's Under 5's Preschool

Special Needs Support

  • Sharing of information from parents, other settings and agencies
  • Keyperson observations within the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and reference to the Best Practice Guidance
  • Completion of the Progress Check at Two years old
  • Range of assessment records/audits/tools
  • Daily informal contact with your child’s keyperson at the beginning and end of preschool session
  • Written assessments via parent meetings three times a year
  • Sharing of observations/progress trackers via learning journeys
  • Parent involvement in targeted and personalised planning
  • Planning for individual children
  • Adaptations to the environment and activities where appropriate
  • Targeted and personalised planning to give children the most appropriate foundation for progress
  • Planning for the ‘unique child’, including the characteristics of effective learning
  • The Preschool Special Education Needs Co-ordinator’s (SENCo) liaises with outside agencies to ensure therapists’ recommendations are carried through
  • Range of visual support materials
  • Use of Makaton signing
  • Individual and small group activities
  • Availability of our ‘quiet’ room/areas
  • Use of ICAN/Every Child a Talker (ECAT) strategies
  • SMART targets (Specific, Measurable, Accessible, Realistic/Relevant, Timebound)
  • Trained SENCo’s  and specialist SEND training attended by staff
  • Close working relationship between keyperson, SENCo and parents
  • Monitoring role of SENCo’s
  • Training opportunities for all staff
  • Application of additional funding to support individual children where appropriate eg. Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF), Disability Access Fund (DAF), Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP
  • Observations
  • Arrangements for summative assessments
  • Review of targeted and personalised plans
  • Assessment data analysis
  • Regular formal and informal opportunities to discuss progress
  • Regular review with parents and staff
  • Evaluation of the way planning is differentiated
  • Research in advance of any trips and feedback afterwards
  • Appropriate risk assessments completed
  • Regular review with parents and staff
  • Evaluation of the way planning is differentiated
  • Research in advance of any trips and feedback afterwards
  • Appropriate risk assessments completed
  • Assessment reports which incorporate information about the characteristics of effective learning
  • Relevant paperwork such as Progress Check at Two, passed on with consent
  • Additional transition sessions between preschool rooms
  • Transition/photo booklets of primary school
  • Visits to school or setting
  • Meetings with school or other setting SENCo’s
  • SENCo attends annual Transition Network meeting
  • Opportunities at SEN specialist services referral meetings
  • SENCo forum meetings
  • Evaluation of training and workshop content
  • Staff meetings
  • Annual questionnaire/surveys
  • Review of self-evaluation forms
  • Speak to our Administrator for a registration form
  • Visit our website where a form can be downloaded
  • Manager may arrange additional meetings with keyperson/SENCo’s prior to your child starting at preschool
  • Open door policy
  • Suggestion box in parent foyer
  • Information on setting website/prospectus
  • Annual questionnaire/survey
  • Complaints procedure/policy and feedback process
  • Opportunities to join the Preschool Committee


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