East Hanningfield Pre-school originated as a playgroup in 1974 and officially began as a Pre-school in 1995. We have up to 30 children aged two to five attending our five morning sessions, which run from 9 am to 12 pm. Lunch club is also available every day to children aged over two and half years old. This lasts an hour and starts at 12 o’clock. We now also open every afternoon until 3.00 pm. Age restrictions apply on Monday afternoons.
We employ twelve staff – one Supervisor, two Deputy Supervisors, one SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) Supervisor, four Pre-school Assistants, one SENCO Assistant and three Bank Assistants. We are registered with the Charity Commission as an educational charity, and are run by a parent management committee consisting of parents whose children attend the Pre-school and are formally elected each year at the AGM.
We are based in the Village Hall at the centre of our community. We are registered with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) which means that we are able to receive funding for children who are aged three years and over (for the Spring term – the child’s third birthday has to fall before 31 December, for the Summer term before 31 March and for the Autumn term before 31 August). We also are a registered provider for the two year old funding scheme. For non-funded children each morning session costs £15, lunch club is £5, and the afternoon session is £10.
Ofsted have recently awarded the Pre-school a “Good” rating, a copy of their report can be found here.
Our staff offer qualified support for children with Special Educational Needs as well as a broad and balanced curriculum for children of all abilities. The children have access to a wide range of facilities, including a large outside play area, and are given every opportunity to develop and grow with the support of dedicated and friendly staff.
The Pre-school has close links with East Hanningfield Primary School, ensuring a smooth transition from Pre-school to primary school. In their final year at Pre-school the children visit the primary school regularly to encourage familiarity. If you are intending to send your child to a different school, the staff are happy to assist in communication with the school.