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Maiden Erlegh Pre-School

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COVID-19 Update

During the last lockdown the pre-school remained open to all registered children. 

Parents/Carers and visitors are asked to wear a face mask when inside the building and maintain social distancing whenever possible.

Updated: 06/09/2021


Established in 1984, Maiden Erlegh Preschool has been providing top quality childcare and pre-school education to families in Earley, Berkshire for over 35 years. Conveniently based in the Silverdale Centre within Maiden Erlegh School's grounds, the pre-school is just two minutes' walk from Aldryngton Primary School.

At Maiden Erlegh Preschool, we pride ourselves on the caring and stimulating environment we provide for our children. We believe this enables them to develop intellectually and socially into confident and independent young children who are ready to face the challenges of school when they leave us to begin Foundation stage two.

  • Maiden Erlegh Pre-school is a committee run setting
  • We provide early years care and education for children aged 2½ - 5 years.
  • Offer a maximum of twenty-eight  places per session and operate over our extended classrom and our own secure garden area.
  • We have a high staff ratio.
  • We operate an equal opportunities policy and welcome children with additional needs, and those for whom English is an additional language.
  • Children are accepted on to our waiting list from 18 months of age.
Maiden Erlegh Pre-School
Maiden Erlegh Pre-school
Vacancies Information

Children may start at Maiden Erlegh Preschool from age 2 years 6 months. Please contact the pre-school for a registration form and return it when your child is at least 18 months old in order for their name to be placed on our childcare waiting list. We primarily serve the Earley/Reading area of Berkshire but also welcome children from further afield.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Bartlett
Contact Position
07867 565811
Social Media

Where to go

The Silverdale Community Centre
Maiden Erlegh School Campus Silverdale Road

When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Morning sessions

Monday to Friday, 9am until 12 noon

Afternoon sessions

Monday to Friday, 12 noon until 3pm

Lunch club

Monday to Friday 12noon until 12.30pm

Full day

Monday to Friday, 9am until 3pm.

Please contact the pre-school directly for further information.

Part Time
Full Time
Lunch Club
Morning Sessions
Term Time
Afternoon Sessions

Costs and Fee Information

Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£18.60 Per Session
£3.50 Lunch Club
Do you accept childcare vouchers?
Registered to offer
3 & 4 year old funding
30 Hours
Intending to provide 30 hours
Registered to provide 30 hours
How is the service funded

Facilities and Accessibility

Wheelchair access
Premises on a bus route
Outdoor Play Area
Indoor Play Area
Accessible changing room
Baby change facilities
Easy Access for Prams and Buggies
Free WiFi
Accessible toilet
Changing Places Toilet

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
2 years 6 months - 5 years
Booking / Registration Required
Booking and Registration Notes

Our registration form can be download from our website.

Waiting List
Open to children aged 18 months plus

Provision For

Supporting people with
Mobility problems
Physical impairment
Wheelchair Accessible

Quality Assurance

Registered Charity No.

At least 70% of our staff hold a relevant Early Years qualification at Level 2 or above.

Compliments, complaints and comments

Contact Name
Committee Chair Person
Management Committee

Provision For (Childcare Specific)

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Diet

Has Provision

Childcare Specifics


Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
20/02/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
21/01/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
30/03/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
Ofsted URN
Ofsted report
Click here to view the latest Ofsted Inspection Report 

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

Local Offer logo

Please contact the setting and we will talk you through our Local Offer. 

Contact Name
Claire Bartlett
Contact Telephone
07867 565811
Contact Email
Local Offer Description

Local Offer last reviewed 25/06/2021

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND ?

Upon accepting a place for their child, parents are expected to complete a First Steps Profile, which gives us a general picture of their child's skills and needs.  Key persons carry out daily informal observations for their key children and report any concerns to the manager/Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator, who will also monitor the child carefully, to build up a picture of the individual child. At regular meetings staff discuss all children and share their findings.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported ?

If your child already has a recognised need when they join our setting, we will meet with you before they start to discuss this with you and plan how we can best support them. We recognise that as a parent, you know your child better than anyone. We will therefore discuss with you, any strategies you use, that you feel benefit your child. We will ask for any advice you have been given by other professionals involved in your child’s care and strive to implement their suggestions.

If upon joining our setting, we recognise that your child would benefit from additional support, we will arrange an initial meeting with you to discuss this. We will discuss the role of the Local Education Authority Inclusion Advisor and ask your permission to seek her advice and have her visit your child.

For all families with children who need additional support, we will retain open dialogue with you throughout your child’s time with us, and we will regularly share your child's development record. You will be invited for feedback sessions when anyone from an outside agency attends the setting to visit your child. These sessions will be held by our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator and may also include the professional that has visited.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs ?

Each child is an individual with differing needs. Whenever possible, curriculum will be adapted in ways appropriate to your child, ensuring they are able to progress at a rate and level that is suitable for their development. An Early Years Inclusion Plan will be written for your child, outlining your child’s current strengths and how we intend to support their progress and learning.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties ?

Often children with additional needs find visual learning reassuring. We therefore, often use visual aids when teaching children with additional needs. We will use a visual timetable and a now and next timetable, when we feel this is benificial. We also use a variety of visual cards to assist children in choosing/moving between activities and dealing with emotions and social interactions. Key persons will plan appropriate activities to enable children to worl towards/acheive the targets set for them in their Individual Learning Plan.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND ?

Advice may be sought from the Local Education Authority Inclusion Advisor and where it is felt necessary, the child will be provided with an additional support worker, if funding for this can be obtained. We may also seek advice and support from other outside agencies, such as Speech and Language Therapy, an Occupational Therapist or Educational Psychologist.

We have a number of staff members who have multi linguistic skills, for assisting those children for whom English is an additional language.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this ?

Your child’s progress and development will be constantly monitored by their Key person, to ensure that they are making progress and to plan next steps to facilitate further development. A new Individual Learning Plan will be drawn up each term, with new objectives being set where necessary.

We use Language Trackers for all children, enabling us to assess, monitor and review individual language development.

For those children joining us at the age of two years, we will carry out a Two Year Progress Check.

You will be invited to a Formal meeting once per term, where all information we have collated over the term will be shared with you. Other informal meetings will be held as and when necessary.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips ?

Children will be given extra support where needed to enable participation in all areas of the curriculum. Where necessary an activity will be adapted to ensure that all children are able to participate.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

Our building is on ground level and there are no steps to the community centre entrance. Our outside areas can be accessed easily by wheelchair users. There is an accessible toilet within the centre, with plenty of space provided for a wheelchair. Our classroom is all on one level; however, there is slightly limited space for movement within our setting.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school ?

Our Special Education Needs Co-Ordinator will arrange Transition Meetings with your child’s new setting, to which you will be invited. At these meetings plans will be made as to how both settings can ensure a smooth transition for your child. Teachers from local schools may attend our setting once places have been issued, to introduce themselves to the children joining them the following term. All relevant information thought to be of assistance in ensuring a smooth transition will be shared with the new setting/school.

For new children entering our setting, we will provide a welcome book after their visits, showing all staff members, stating the name of their key person and showing areas of play.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation ?

During regular staff meetings it will be discussed as to whether the Special Educational Needs provisions in place are still current and effective.

We undertake an Annual audit where we again review practice and set targets, which will be reviewed regularly.

Parents will be invited to give feedback during parent’s afternoon, our Annual General Meeting or at any other time if deemed necessary.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting ?

You can contact our setting manager, either by telephone: 07867 565811 or email:

We will arrange for you to visit our setting and discuss your child’s needs.

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints ?

The Pre-school is run by a committee, made up of current/past parents. These parents work with the manager and staff to ensure the smooth running of the pre-school and let all those involved in the setting have a voice.

Key persons form good relationships with the parents of their key children, thus encouraging open dialogue from both sides.

The setting has a ‘Compliments and Complaints Procedure’, which is included in our prospectus, presented to all parents upon them excepting a place at pre-school.

Data last checked: 06/09/2021
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