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Brockenhurst Preschool

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN

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Where to go

Brockenhurst Primary School
Sway Road
SO42 7RX
Accessible changing, Wheelchair access, Soft play, Disabled parking

Childcare Information


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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 08:45 13:00
Tuesday 08:45 13:00
Wednesday 08:45 13:00
Thursday 08:45 13:00
Friday 08:45 13:00
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Sleeping Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Caters for children with special needs. Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficulties,Medical difficulties,Physical difficulties,Soc. Interaction Difficulties,Speech and lang. difficulties,Visual difficulties

Cultural Provisions

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



Age group - 0 - 5: 4.5 per hour


Age Ranges
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
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Your child will be given a key worker who will form a social bond with your child, a secondary attachment figure. Our pre-school has an excellent induction process and we pride ourselves on the fact that every child who comes to us is happy. As a parent, you will also be given plenty of time to get to know our staff so that you feel sure that your child is being loved, educated and cared for. We believe that a happy heart allows a child to grow, learn and achieve. We will be there every step of the way with you and your child, and will follow through the things you do at home to create a seamless tapestry for your child to feel securely wrapped in. The staff at our pre-school are mature women who are mothers themselves, so we understand how precious your child is to you.

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

Every child has a curriculum tailored to their individual needs. We will pull out all the stops to offer your child the best education and care that we can. If there is anything we feel they need that we do not provide ourselves we will endeavour to resource, train and get assistance from other providers of children’s services.

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?

Our practitioners will liaise with you on a daily basis; we have an open door policy so you are always welcome in and chat, and share time with us and your child in the setting. We will be there with you and your child, talking about their level of development and things we can do together to encourage your little one to learn, enjoy and achieve.

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

The overall well-being of your child is paramount. Our first consideration is that your child feels emotionally stable, and that they are happy to come to pre-school. We pride ourselves on the time we are able and willing to spend with every child and family, so that this very important first step away from home is a positive one. We understand not only the theory of attachment, but recognise that every child is different and are flexible according to their needs. If at first your child finds leaving your side difficult, we will take as much time as is needed to reassure them and you that they are safe with us, and can get to know us gradually. We do have high expectations from staff to model exemplary behaviour but we also expect the children to be kind, thoughtful and well mannered; knowing that there are clear boundaries will help your child to feel safe.

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

Our setting has an excellent inclusion officer who is always available at the end of the phone. We have a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) with 17 years’ experience working in nurseries, and will access any help she feels will benefit your child. Our special educational co-ordinator will talk to the inclusion officer and together will decide the best way forward; this will be completely inclusive of you. We want you to feel part of every step we can take to help your child – working together is what we are all about.

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

Our SENCO has plenty of practical experience and has attended the preliminary SENCO training courses. She have been working with children and their families for 17 years in a variety of settings, and has a background is in dance and theatre. This gives her excellent communication skills, plenty of confidence and body language that is comforting and easy to read. Several staff members have an interest and basic training in Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. We also have a staff member with a degree in Education Studies, and experience with the areas of inclusion and extending the learning of identified gifted and talented children. Our staff team are well established and share their knowledge and expertise freely.

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

>The outside activities that children take part in include; our private play area, which is part of our free-flow provision, our local play park, which is adjacent to our facility, our vegetable garden, walks to the train station, to the forest and river, and trips to the village. We endeavour to provide all children that attend the setting, including those with Special Educational Needs to be able to participate fully in these daily activities. We will work alongside you to make this a positive experience for your child. You are of course, welcome to join us at any time.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our setting is within the Community Centre, which has full disabled access including toilet facilities. Our personal space has double doors at both entrance and exit. There are disabled parking places directly outside the setting.

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?

We take great pride in our induction process. Before your child starts pre-school you are welcome to spend as much time as you like in the setting with your child, and are happy to visit you and your child in your home. Every child is individual and the settling-in process for you and your child will be tailored to meet your needs. Brockenhurst Pre-School has a well-established transition process to the local school and other settings. We will take your child to the school in the months approaching their last term with us and the Reception teachers will visit your child here and will know your child before they start school. We are happy to arrange for you to meet the teacher for a one-to-one consultation if you have any worries about your child starting school.

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

Our pre-school resources are tailored to meet the needs of every child in our setting, but if we feel there are resources that would benefit the needs of your child in particular we have sufficient funds to purchase them. If specialised resources are required we will look to outside agencies for advice and funding.

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

We work in partnership with you and your child to make sure that our setting is capable of meeting your needs. We will spend time talking with you and assessing your child within the pre-school setting. If we both feel that we can meet the needs of your family we will then address how much support we can offer, and what form it might take. We anticipate that as we are not a setting specifically for children with Special Educational Needs, an induction process with ongoing reassessment will be necessary. We are aware that the needs of your child may change and the strength of our relationship will enable us to form an overall view of your child’s emotional well-being.

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

Brockenhurst Pre-school is the oldest pre-school in Hampshire, founded in 1968 by local parents who established a committee-run group which is still standing today. Parents are encouraged to be involved with us and participate in community activities, daily activities and be involved in the decision-making process of our vision for the pre-school. Ofsted noted that our community links and our partnership with parents are an outstanding feature of our Pre-school.

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