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Cuckoo Meadow Pre-school

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School is a small, friendly, OFSTED OUTSTANDING rated pre-school which has been established for over 40 years. Located in the beautiful village of North Waltham, Hampshire, we are conveniently situated close to Basingstoke, Winchester and surrounding villages. The pre-school operates from the Rathbone Pavillion and outdoor area, we also have access to the meadow and playground, and often take nature walks to our village shop and pond too.

We are a term time setting, operating Monday-Friday and welcome children from the age of 2.6 up to 5 years. We have a maximum of 20 children in the setting at any time and together with a high staff to children ratio, we are able to provide a unique and individualised approach to your child’s learning and development. We have a highly qualified, experienced and professional team who are all dedicated and committed to providing a safe, happy, inclusive and stimulating environment in which your child will feel special and cared for and above all, have fun!

Who to contact

01256 398172

Where to go

Rathbone Pavillion, Church Road
North Waltham
RG25 2BL
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Childcare Information


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
Role play dressing up
Construction toys
Music time
Climbing Frame
Sandpitsand play
Messy Play Area
Open Space
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Playspace
Songs, Rhymes and Music
Outdoor Play
Small world toys
Accessible Parking
Visit & Outings
Walks to local park etc
Home Corner
Arts & Crafts
Both indoor and outdoor activities
Quiet Area
Car Parking
Books & Storytelling

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
02/05/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Global Developmental Delay
Visual impairment
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Learning difficulties
Loss or Bereavement
Hearing Difficulties
Language impairment
Physical impairment
Medical Needs
Challenging Behaviour
Social development impairment
Serious allergy / Anaphilaxis
Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
Severe dietary needs
Caters for children with special needs.

Dietary Needs

Has Provision

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision



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

Local Offer

Local Offer
Contact Name
Kat Andrews
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
PECS, Signs and symbols, Makaton
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

We provide an individualised approach to ensure the best possible educational outcomes are achieved for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

We have an experienced SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) who: ensures all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting SEN; advises and supports colleagues; ensures parents are closely involved and that their insights inform action taken by the setting; and liaises with professionals or agencies beyond the setting. We perform regular reviews together with parents to monitor children’s progress of their individual targets, learning and development.  

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

We provide an environment in which all children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported to reach their full potential. All children are included in our activities within the setting, these activities are adapted where necessary and adult support is given as required, to ensure all children can take part.

Where an Individual Educational Plan is in place, targets are tailored to your child’s needs and will be reviewed regularly to monitor progress.

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?

We operate an open-door policy where staff are available for discussion at any time. Regular staff meetings are held to plan and discuss individual children’s needs. We work alongside other agencies and professionals who may already be involved to support children and parents. Parents evenings are offered through the year to discuss your child’s development. Where an Individual Education Plan and/or Individual Healthcare Plan is in place, progress reviews are carried out at least every six weeks with key members of staff including the SENDCo, and parents/carers. We can provide support for home learning activities which are tailored to your child’s needs.    

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

We have a highly qualified, experienced, inclusive and professional team who are all dedicated and committed to providing a safe, happy and stimulating environment in which your child will feel special and cared for and above all, have fun!

Individual Educational Plans, Individual Health Care Plans and Individual Risk Assessments are prepared taking into account the special educational needs and disabilities of your child ensuring their safety, welfare, comfort and above all, happiness during their time at our setting.   

We are able to administer medicines with parental consent. All staff give support to children with behaviour difficulties. We work with other agencies and professionals such as speech and language therapists to ensure appropriate support is given. Our children’s social, emotional and mental health development is important to us and staff discuss feelings and emotions during the sessions and at ‘show and tell time.’ This helps to develop positive language, social skills and build self-confidence.

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

We have a team of highly qualified and experienced staff. Our SENDCo is a qualified teacher specialising in the Early Years and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

The team have worked with children who have a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities, such as specific medical conditions including: both Hypoplastic Right and Left Heart Syndromes; Di George Syndrome; Autism Spectrum Condition; Global Developmental Delay; and have worked with a broad spectrum of children who have speech, language and social communication delays as well as behavioural difficulties.    

We have excellent partnerships with external professionals and agencies such as: Portage, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, Hampshire SEN team, physiotherapists, paediatric consultants, occupational therapists, Solent Children’s Therapy. We have an excellent track record and the experience in making referrals to all of these experts. We have the knowledge and experience in supporting parents through the Educational Health Care Plan process and have the experience to ensure a smooth transition takes place when children move to mainstream or special schools.     

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

The setting’s SENDCo is a qualified teacher specialising in Early Years and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The SENDCo attends regular SEND training throughout the year, and accesses frequent SEND sessions and networking meetings provided by Hampshire County Council. The SENDCo cascades relevant training to the rest of the team and ensures training is received as necessary to meet the needs of every child.    

Our annual training plan for the whole team takes into account any additional training requirements required, this is updated throughout the year should we need to allocate further training for a child who requires specific support.  

From a recruitment perspective we expect our staff to hold a minimum NVQ level 3, equivalent or higher qualification. Any students working within the setting are not included in our ratios.

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

We provide an environment in which all children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported to reach their full potential. All children are included in our activities within the setting, as well as when we explore the surrounding areas. Activities are adapted to meet the needs of each child. Parental consent and advice are always sought when external trips are planned. Detailed risk assessments will be in place.       

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

The outdoor area is fully enclosed, safe, and spacious. We are creative with our outdoor play and all children are encouraged to take part. Throughout the course of the session there are predictable transitions such as snack time, lunch time, show and tell and story time. Inside the pre-school there is a disabled toilet.

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?

Cuckoo Meadow Preschool invite new children to an induction day where parents have the opportunity to meet their keyperson and other parents. We offer an opportunity to stay and play depending on your child’s needs. Our settling in process takes into account each child’s unique situation and is tailored accordingly. Separation is handled sensitively and again, adapted to each individual child and is discussed with the parents in advance. Transition to ‘big school’ is different for each child and will be managed accordingly, the team are experienced in ensuring the mainstream or special school have a detailed handover.     

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

Staff are allocated as needed, our setting has a higher staff to children ratio than most and so we are in the fortunate position of ensuring no child is overlooked. Cuckoo Meadow Preschool accesses a local children’s resource centre where inclusion equipment can be borrowed on a long-term loan basis helping to meet the individual needs of each child. SEN funding can be applied for further resources as needed. A meeting with parents and staff would be held to discuss how the funding and resources would benefit your child’s needs.

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

We have in place a clear approach for identifying, responding to, and meeting children’s SEND. The setting ensures parents receive the information, advice and support that they need in order to participate in the SEN decision-making process. Parents are closely involved throughout their child’s journey within the setting and their insights inform action taken by the setting. We involve parents in the discussion of any early concerns, in identifying any SEN, and agreeing: the outcomes being sought for your child; the interventions and support to be put in place; the expected impact on progress, development, behaviour and; any dates for review.

SEN support will be implemented, with parental agreement, using the graduated approach of: ‘assess, plan, do, review’ to meet the outcomes identified for your child. An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) may be written, with parental input, to provide achievable targets. IEPs are reviewed at least every six weeks to monitor your child’s progress.

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

In terms of your child’s development – we believe our parents are integral to the children’s learning and development and so we involve them every step of your child’s journey with us. We work closely with all our parents and have regular progress reviews throughout the year. We have a two-way approach to reviewing the children’s learning and development and parents are able to provide updates from home through our online learning journey system, Tapestry. Where an Individual Education Plan is in place, progress reviews are held approximately every six weeks together with parents/carers, to assess progress and discuss future targets.      

Parents can be involved as much or as little as they would like in our setting - We are a parent-committee run setting where parents are involved in the decision making and management of the pre-school. We have an open-door policy and parents are able to speak to us about any concerns whenever they need to. We actively encourage parents to come and join us for a stay and play session to see how life at pre-school works! We have a private Facebook page where regular updates and home learning ideas are shared, as well as giving the parents an opportunity to share their ideas as well. Special events are held to encourage other members of the family to become involved. We send a weekly parent mail via email where parents are updated on the day to day running of the group.

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