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Elim Church Pre School

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Coronavirus status: OPEN
We are a welcoming, warm and friendly environment creating awe and wonder to our children. Our staff are all qualified and we encourage parent volunteers and Students. Our setting has a very good partnerships with parents from the onset of accepting a place with us. we hold regular parent meetings and make time to update our parents at drop off and collection times. Each child is allocated a keyperson, they build strong professional relationships with their children and support and monitor their development. We supply a morning snack and an afternoon snack for those attending all day. Our SENCo has excellent knowledge / experience and works closely with parents with concerns and outside agencies. We have a great relationships with our feeder schools to ensure smooth transition.

Who to contact

01264 354345

Where to go

South Street
SP10 2BW
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Contact provider for vacancy details?

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
When is childcare available
Term Times
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 15:00
Thursday 09:00 15:00
Friday 09:00 15:00
Visit & Outings
Messy Play Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
06/12/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Physical impairment
Global Developmental Delay
Medical Needs
Visual impairment
Emotional needs
Challenging Behaviour
Learning difficulties
Serious allergy / Anaphilaxis
Hearing Difficulties
Severe dietary needs
Language impairment
Caters for children with special needs. Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Medical difficulties,Physical difficulties,Soc. Interaction Difficulties,Speech and lang. difficulties

Dietary Needs

Has Provision

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Cultural and Spec. Diet. Needs,Relig. and Cultural Awareness



Age group - 0 - 5: 5.5 per hour


Age Ranges
5 to 8 years, 0 to 5 years

Time / Date Details

Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
5 Days or More Per Week
School Term Only
Weekday All Day

Local Offer

Local Offer
Makaton, Sign supported English
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Elim’s SENCo will oversee any special educational plan that has been drawn up for your child. You will be involved in the process from the start and regular meetings will keep you informed of your child’s progress and their targets. Feedback from home is important to us and helps us to plan for your child effectively. Your child’s 'key person' and the SENCo will work closely with your child during sessions. This may be supporting your child during free play or group activities, or working with them one-to-one or in small groups (for example our small daily focus groups) to the targets of their individual education plan (IEP).

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Every child is unique and this is a factor that is considered when planning for all children at Elim Church Preschool. Your child’s 'key person' will plan challenging but achievable activities, using your child’s interests, which are linked to the requirements and targets of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Any special educational needs will be targeted in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), drawn up by Elim’s SENCo following consultation with yourself, your child’s 'key person' and any outside agencies involved. For example the Individual Education Plan (IEP) may include targets set by a child’s speech therapist or physiotherapist. Your child’s progress will be continually monitored by the SENCo and your child’s 'key person' and observations included in your child’s online learning Journal (Tapestry).

All new children are assessed within the first 6 weeks of them starting at Elim. Their social interaction, communication, language skills and physical development are observed and any concerns are highlighted and monitored. In addition, every term a Progress and Monitoring System report is completed for your child that assesses their development and progress against the main areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Any concerns will be discussed with you and targets and plans adjusted if required. '''Ofsted Quote Oct 2012 “Staff use their detailed observations of children’s progress effectively to plan challenging activities. They work closely with parents and outside agencies to successfully meet children’s care and learning needs”

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Elim Church Preschool welcomes continued parent involvement. There are opportunities at the beginning and end of each session to speak to a member of staff about any issues or concerns you may have about your child.  Parents of children with additional needs are regularly updated on their child’s progress, and how this has been achieved, by Elim’s SENCo. A consistent approach to learning at home and school is encouraged and where possible information, resources and activities can be shared. Twice a year formal parents meetings are held with your child’s keyperson, at a time to suit you. Your child’s progress is discussed in detail against the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and any specific educational targets set for your child.

When your child starts at Elim Church Pre-school, you will be given a link to access your child's online learning journal called Tapestry.  You will be able to view observations that your child's keyperson has uploaded and see how your child is progressing.  Parents are encouraged to add comments and any wow moments they wish to share with their child's keyperson.  The Manager's use tapestry to monitor each child's progress across all 7 areas of learning.  Tapestry is also used by the managers to ensure each keyperson is planning effectively to achieve the best results for their children.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

The safety and well-being of all children in our care at Elim Church Preschool is paramount. '''Ofsted quoted Oct 2012 “Good priority is given to safeguarding children. All staff have a good understanding of safeguarding concerns” and “Comprehensive policies and procedures effectively make sure children’s safety and well-being are supported.” All staff are DBS checked and trained in paediatric first aid which includes the use of an 'Epipen'. There are policies and procedures in place to ensure accurate administration and recording of medication, and notification of medical conditions, allergies and dietary requirements.
Elim Church Preschool is an inclusive setting where diversity is celebrated. Staff are caring, confident and understanding and well able to deal with special needs or behavioural issues without exclusion. Children’s opinions and interests are valued and rules, routines, opinions and interests are regularly discussed with the children and used in planning.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

From September 2018.  The SENCO role will be the responsibilities of one of the settings managers assisted by a member of staff who has great knowledge and experience of working with children and young adults that have additional needs.  The SENCO has undertaken SENs Induction training, specific training in working with children with speech and language delay and in identifying and working with children with challenging behaviour and she attends SENCO support meetings every term to ensure her knowledge is kept up to date.  

Other staff members have also gained relevant training in speech and language development, such as basic Makaton training and promoting positive behaviour in children. Elim Preschool works closely with all outside agencies and has built up good working relationships with the Area Inclusion Officers, the Speech and Language Therapy unit, Portage and most local primary schools. We have also had positive experiences working with a physiotherapist and an Educational Psychologist.
Elim staff are able to support SEND children in the setting, working to targets that have been set by the outside agencies. If there are any queries regarding targets, specialist resources or general well-being, we are happy and confident to liaise with these outside agencies.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

All keypersons at Elim Church Preschool are qualified in Early Years Childcare.  Staff regularly attend relevant courses to learn new skills or supplement their knowledge of various aspects of children’s care and development (for example promoting positive behaviour or understanding play patterns). As previously mentioned above, the SENCo at Elim Church Preschool has undertaken SENCo Induction training and other specific training to support her role, she also attends SENCO support meetings every term. A number of staff have received external training to work with children with speech and language delays and Elim runs a daily communication and language group for children with speech delay and those who need encouraging to communicate appropriately. We use basic Makaton signing and visual prompts where possible throughout the setting. Several staff members have received specialist training in behavioural issues. The skills learnt have been incorporated into the daily running of Elim Church preschool where we use puppets, books and posters to encourage inclusion and positive thinking. These courses have all been provided by Hampshire County Council’s Services for Young Children. All staff are trained in paediatric first aid including the use of epipens.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

>Elim’s premises are fully accessible and activities are planned to be fully inclusive. Regular risk assessments and suitability checks are made on the building and our equipment and for trips outside the setting. Daily (recorded) safety checks are made to ensure that our premises and equipment are clean, safe and fit for purpose and that they are suitable and accessible to the children attending that day. If your child has any specific needs including mobility, medication or dietary requirements, these are logged and included when planning activities or outings. Before any trips outside of the setting we will liaise with you, and if necessary any outside agencies involved, to ensure that we are able to include your child safely. Alternatively, we will look at ways that outings and activities can be successfully adapted to be fully inclusive. We have excellent relations with our parents and parent helpers are always welcome on trips outside the setting.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our premises were purpose built in 1996 to house Elim Church and Elim Church Preschool. There are no steps leading up to the building which is fully wheelchair accessible. The main preschool rooms are on the first floor and there is a lift opposite the disabled toilet on the ground floor to the first floor. All doorways for wheelchair use are double opening and all floors are the same level and even. The outside area is a level tarmac surface. All free play toys and resources are easily accessible in pull out or trolley units. Where possible we are happy to work with you, and any outside agencies involved, to obtain any specific resources that may be necessary to ensure that Elim Church Preschool is fully accessible to your child. In our setting we use a visual timetable to help children understand the daily routine and basic Makaton signing to aid communication and reinforce instructions. This helps children with speech and language delay and those with English as a second language as we have families originating from many different parts of the world including Poland, Africa, India and the Philippines.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

The term before your child starts at Elim Preschool you are invited to attend a normal session where you will meet your child’s keyperson and the preschool staff. You will be able to discuss any concerns as you watch your child move around the setting, access the resources and interact with the other children and staff. We will be able to see how your child copes with the different aspects of the session. We also hold a friendly induction afternoon, where you will hear how the preschool is run, meet the staff and other new parents and have another chance to discuss concerns. Your welcome pack includes a transition booklet with pictures of Elim Preschool, its staff and resources which you can use to familiarise your child with their new school. When your child moves on to primary school (or another setting) we will help ensure a smooth transition. We have excellent links with most local schools and will invite your child’s new teacher (and if necessary the SENCo) to come and see them play in a familiar environment. If required documentation will be completed, setting out your child’s strengths and needs, what has successfully worked for them at Elim and details of any outside help/therapy. You will have an input into these documents, providing details of their interests and abilities outside the setting. If necessary a transition meeting will be arranged, involving yourself, Elim Preschool and the receiving school, ensuring a smooth transition and continuity of care.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Elim Church Preschool will try to meet the needs of all children to the best of our ability using funds available. For children with any special educational needs we will investigate and seek out any additional funding available, to provide necessary equipment or extra one-to-one support. Elim Church Preschool also hold fundraising events which provide valuable extra funds to purchase new resources and specialist equipment.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

If your child is supported by an outside agency before joining Elim Preschool we will liaise with them and create an Individual Education Plan working towards targets given. If your child is not supported by such agencies, but you or we believe they have some additional needs or difficulties, we will monitor them in the setting and discuss any concerns with you. It may be necessary to seek the opinion of the Area inclusion Officer, who will observe your child in the setting. A referral may be made to other agencies who will offer further support and guidance. Using all the information provided we will then create an Individual Education Plan for your child. Individual Education Plans are written by Elim’s SENCo, following discussion with the child’s keyperson and parents. They set out your child’s strengths and weaknesses, their targets and how these are to be achieved and monitored. Each plan is unique and reflects the advice given by any outside agencies involved. Plans include details of resources required and whether the child needs one-to-one support, inclusion in small group sessions or general monitoring throughout the sessions. The plan will set down who will be working with your child and how frequently. Parents are involved as Individual Education Plans are monitored and reviewed to see if they have been carried out effectively and the targets have been achieved. Targets may need to be adjusted if they are proving difficult to achieve, or extended targets may need to be set.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

Parents are a valuable resource! Elim Church Preschool welcomes and encourages parent involvement and support. Parents are able to come into the setting to help during sessions or to assist with trips and walks. Parents are invited to share areas of expertise, hobbies and interests with the children during circle times (we have had fire fighters, hairdressers, musicians, paramedics (to name a few) amongst our parents. Parents are invited to join in several special occasions including our Christmas Nativity, Christmas Party and Leaver’s assembly. Parent meetings are held twice yearly, where you are able to discuss your child’s progress in depth with their keyperson. Every year parents are asked to complete a questionnaire as part as our self evaluation cycle.  We also have a secure Facebook page where we keep parents up to date with what the children have been doing at pre-school and updated on any future events taking place.  As previously mentioned in an earlier section of the Local Offer,  our pre-school use Tapestry which is an online system used to track each child's progress. Parents can access their child's individual record and contribute to their learning journal.

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