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Chislet & District Playgroup

We are a small, traditional setting offering quality childcare in the heart of the village. Our British values underpin everything that we do. We have a highly trained staff managed by Paula – qualified teacher of 12 years. We have an on-site trained SENCO, Early Talk Boost Practitioner and all staff are trained in Phonics. We have a high adult ratio to children ensuring our children receive the utmost support and encouragement in all areas of their learning. We take great pride in our Playgroup to ensure the children’s needs are the forefront in everything we do.

We provide a rich range of activities that are created to captivate children’s interests and provide them with awe and curiosity of the world. Each activity is centred around the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum.

Our Indoor area is set up into focused areas for the children to self- select their chosen activities, thus encouraging independence in all areas of the curriculum

Who to contact

Contact Name
Paula Brown
Contact Position

Where to go

Village Hall

The outdoor area is an enclosed area that is set up all year round. Every day a rotation of activities is put out to ensure all areas of the EYFS curriculum are met. Within this provision we have a mud kitchen, equipped with pots/ pans and cooking utensils, a bike area, play house, construction area, garden plants in raised flower tubs along with a bug area for digging and finding lots of worms! We also have whiteboard and blackboards to encourage mark making and a lovely reading corner to sit, relax and enjoy a good book.

We are having a new extension to our wonderful playgroup that is on track to be finished by May 2020. This will allow us to have two separate rooms to ensure we cater for all the individual needs of our children.  This extension will provide us with a 2 year old room and a 3+ 4 year old room as well as a separate sensory and lunch room.  We will have large double doors that open straight into the garden providing free flow across the playgroup. A canopy will also be used to cover a large amount of the outdoor space, enabling outdoor play to continue in all weathers.

We are fortunate to have access to the village recreation ground just a short walk away, the primary schools outdoor area and countryside walks that surround the playgroup. We can often be seen out and about throughout the village. We also have our very own allotment for the children to grow their very own vegetables and learn how to care for plants.

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 8:30 3:30
Tuesday 8:30 3:30
Wednesday 8:30 3:30
Thursday 8:30 3:30
Friday 8:30 3:30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 20
5 8 20
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 years 5 years 5
2 5 10
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Survival Skills, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Trampoline, Parks/playgrounds, Quiet Room, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Woodwork, Books, Sensory Room, Bike, Car Parking, Songs, Slide, Climbing Frame, Library Visits, Stories, Life Skills
Other facilities information
Forest School Leaders from Hoath Primary School provide forest school sessions for our children; teaching them survival skills, how to use tools safely and creates opportunity for all; especially those who flourish in the outdoors. Children learn essential life skills, self –esteem, confidence and the ability to keep on trying and never give up
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)

All children become eligible for government 15 hour funding from the term after their 3rd birthday.

Daily Sessions

Morning session: 8.30am – 12.30pm

Afternoon session: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Full Day Session: 8.30am-3:30pm

Delivery pattern of 15 Funded hours per week:                                                                                    5 Morning Sessions (5 x 4 hour sessions = 15 hours funded and 5 hours wrap around care)                                                                                                                                             Or                                                                                                                                                                   2 Full days (2 x 7 hour sessions = 12 hours funded and 2 hours wrap around care) and 1 Afternoon session (1 X 3 hour session = 3 hours funded) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________________________________

Pattern of totally free delivery of 15 funded hours per week

5 Afternoon sessions (5 x 3 hour sessions = 15 hours)


Delivery pattern of 30 funded hours per week

5 Full days (5 x 7 hour sessions = 30 hours funded and 5 hours wrap around care)


Pattern of totally free delivery of 30 funded hours per week  

5 Days 9:00am – 3:00pm (5 x 6 hour sessions = 30 hours)


Pattern of delivery of paying hours:

Morning session: 8.30am – 12.30pm = £20.00 each session

Afternoon session: 12.30pm – 3.30pm = £15.00 each session

Wrap around care: £5 an hour



Funding for two year olds (FF2) – Kent County Council currently fund children from the term after their 2nd birthday when meeting certain criteria – this is accessed through government Sure Start centers, or parents can claim online at

For more information regarding Government 30 hour funding please go to


Childcare Vouchers – Chislet and District Playgroup accept payments made through childcare vouchers – Please ask for details


Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) – Children claiming their 3/4year old free entitlement may also be able to claim an additional allowance to support their individual child’s needs at the setting. Please ask Manager for details of the criteria and how to apply.


Fees - Fees are to be paid at the beginning of each term, within 15 days of receiving your invoice.


Change of Hours - Playgroup requires 2 weeks notice prior to the start of a new term for any child leaving or reducing hours/days. Please note charges will still apply during the notice period. Within a school term, hours can be increased subject to availability. A new invoice will be issued with the additional costs to be paid within 7 days.

Service status


Local Offer


We are a small, traditional setting offering inclusive, quality childcare to all abilities in the heart of the village. Our British values underpin everything that we do. We have a highly trained staff managed by Paula – qualified teacher of 12 years. We have an on-site trained SENCO, Early Talk Boost Practitioner and all staff are trained in Phonics. We have a high adult ratio to children ensuring our children receive the utmost support and encouragement in all areas of their learning. We take great pride in our Playgroup to ensure that every individual child's needs are met and that they are the forefront in everything we do.

We provide a rich range of activities that are created to captivate children’s interests and provide them with awe and curiosity of the world. Each activity is centred around the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum.

Our Indoor area is set up into focused areas for the children to self- select their chosen activities, thus encouraging independence for all children in every area across the curriculum

Hoath and Chislet Playgroup

Special Needs Support

When a child enters the setting they are assigned a key worker. Within the first couple of weeks their key worker will work closely with the child observing and assessing them to ensure they recognise and identify each of their individual needs. It is in this time and throughout their duration at our nursery that our staff will liaise with parents, our Nursery SENCO and other professions, if they feel more support is required in order for your child to have their individual needs met.

In this situation the SENCO will invite you in to have an informal discussion about your child’s characteristics and behaviour and to have your consent in order to put in a referral for further support. Both the Manager and SENCO will talk through all of the options at this point and only if you are happy to continue will a referral be started.

Your key worker will communicate with you on a daily basis. You will also receive 3 termly reports about your child’s progress throughout the year. If your child has a targeted or personalised plan in place, you will meet with the SENCO, Manager and your child’s key worker to discuss and review your child’s current objectives and to set new ones for the upcoming terms.

During each and every one of these contact times you are able to raise any concerns or celebrate any achievements that your child has had. Communication is key in order for your child to reach the best of their ability and we pride ourselves in ensuring that this communication is always present. We also offer parent consultations with the Manager and your child’s key worker for you to see how your child has settled. It also allows the opportunity if you have any concerns to discuss or extra support that may need to be implemented to ensure your child’s continuous progression.

Chislet and District Playgroup has an inclusive approach for all children. We will include every child in every activity and experience that takes place across the day. We have a high adult ratio to children to enable us to focus and support individuals that may need more encouragement than others. By doing this we cater for all learning styles ensuring that all children achieve. We also have ‘wow’ moments that capture children’s success in every area of the curriculum. Our individual personalised plans are specific and all practitioners will know the child’s individual targets and work closely with them for them to be achieved.

Our teaching strategies vary depending on each individual needs. We have a breadth of expertise across the setting and each and every one of our practitioners has strengths in different areas. This combined approach allows us to cater for each and every learning style.

We have many resources to enhance specialist needs from sensory and tactile objects to exploration, discovery and quiet areas around the nursery to provide time for de-escalation and a chance to calm and reflect. 

We have strong links with outside agencies providing us with the latest advice and support in all areas of learning. We have a trained on site SENCO and a Qualified Teacher to ensure all of the children’s additional needs are continuously met from ASD to speech and language therapy. We use funding to ensure all practitioners receive the latest training in areas of expertise to encourage their continuous professional development which in turn provides the best provision for your child.

Your child’s key worker will monitor your child’s ability by observing, playing, assessing and evaluating everything that they do. They will work closely with you and provide feedback on a daily basis to ensure your child is achieving the very best of their ability. The Manager, Qualified Teacher at the setting will differentiate the planning through both age and individual ability to ensure that all children will make continuous progress by setting challenging yet achievable targets.

If your child has a Targeted or Personalised plan then you will be invited in every term to discuss and review your child’s targets with the SENCO and work together in how they can be developed to further support your child.

You will receive a learning report three times a year about your child’s development along with your child’s learning Journey of photographs and work that your child has produced throughout the term. From this you are able to comment about their learning or add in any areas of strength or weakness you would like celebrated or targets developed to help them continue in their learning. Parent voice is essential in order for the children to have an inclusive approach both at home and at the nursery so we value anything that parents say or would like to see within the setting.

If there are any courses that are advertised that we feel parents would want to help support their children further; we notify them immediately of this and help them in booking onto the courses. We also welcome their feedback and resources from the courses to help other parents and implement other ideas across the setting.

We pride ourselves on having an inclusive approach. All children experience the same opportunities whether it is in the setting or on trips and outings around the village. Before any outings, risk assessments are completed to ensure it is accessible to everyone and to highlight any possible obstacles for us to oversee before the trip takes place. We use our funding to ensure we have a high adult ratio to provide 1:1 for some children during these excursions.

Within the setting plans are differentiated accordingly to individual needs and extra resources will be used to enhance the learning to ensure all children are continuing to make progress and be able to access all areas of the curriculum.

Chislet and District Playgroup is a large open space consisting of 3 rooms across one floor. It is accessible for wheelchair users with a separate disabled toilet to cater for all additional needs and changing facilities. We have double doors straight out into the garden to allow a constant free flow for children to access all areas of the curriculum. We have a disabled bay in front of the nursery to make it easier for children or parents with mobility difficulties and have car park bays to the front of the building.

Whenever possible we would make any reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children, parents or staff. Please let us know if you have any difficulties with accessibility.

If your child moves to another setting or school we would liaise with their next teacher and provide them with all of the information we have collected from our observations and child’s work up to the point that they leave. We would share with them your child’s interests, what they like and dislike and provide them with the next steps and objectives that they were currently working on from the Early Years Foundation Stage. They will also receive their 2 Year old Progress Checks.

If your child is due to start school we organise ‘settling in’ sessions at the school. The manager and child visit the school together for a couple of hours and the teacher of the new school will come into the nursery to see how they engage and interact with the other children. This allows your child to develop someone that is familiar to them ready for the transition.

If your child is on a Targeted or Personalised Plan or have medical complications then these will all be passed on to their next teacher so that the school is aware of each and every individual’s needs. By doing all of this it allows a very smooth transition for your child and they will feel confident to start the next chapter in their life.

Your child’s learning is monitored by your Key Worker and Manager of the setting. They track your child’s learning development against the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum on a weekly basis. This then informs us of your child’s next steps and highlights any area of the curriculum that has not yet been achieved in order for us to put in the relevant activities and opportunities to ensure your child has all of the areas of the curriculum catered for them. This is highly effective as it shows us exactly where our gaps are across the setting and ensures that we meet every objective across the curriculum for each and every child’s individual ability.

If you are considering registering for a place at Chislet and District Pre-School then please contact the Manager Paula Brown who will be happy to show you around the setting and discuss all of the registration and funding forms, particularly if you are applying for funding under the Disability Access Fund (DAF) and how it might be used.

If you feel your child may have additional needs and want to ensure that we cater for them as soon as possible we can arrange for a meeting for you and our SENCO along with the Manager of the setting to go through any questions or queries you may have. We have an open door policy so please pop in anytime to have a look around or arrange a meeting.

If you want to provide any feedback about our setting please use our website to contact us or leave a review. All of our Policies are on our website under our Contacts tab and can be easily accessed. Alternatively pop into the setting and our Manager can give you our Complaints Policy with all of the information that may be required. We also have a Suggestions box in our Foyer for parents and visitors to leave a message.


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