Maiden Erlegh Pre-School
Established in 1984, Maiden Erlegh Preschool has been providing top quality childcare and pre-school education to families in Earley, Berkshire for 40 years. Conveniently based in the church hall at Our Lady of Peace Church at the Three Tuns crossroads, the preschool is a few minutes walk from local primary schools.
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 places per session and operate over our classroom and secure outdoor areas.
- 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.
- 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.
- Maiden Erlegh Pre-School
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- Contact Name
- Claire Bartlett
- Contact Position
- 07867 565811 07867 565811
- Social Media
- Our Lady of Peace Community Hall
338, Wokingham Road
- RG6 7DA
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Meeting in a church hall provides us with the opportunity to interact with other community groups that use the additional rooms within the centre. This provides enriching experiences for the children, through interaction with more senior and less abled members of the community, and helps them develop their communication skills, empathy, respect and patience.
When is it On/Open ?
- Date & Time Information
Monday to Friday, 9am until 12 noon
Monday to Friday, 12 noon until 3pm
Monday to Friday 12noon until 12.30pm
Monday to Friday, 9am until 3pm.
Please contact the pre-school directly for further information.
- Session Information
Information with regards to our sessions can be found on our website
or why not contact us to arrange a visit so that you can see for yourself all that the setting has to offer!
Costs and Fee Information
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £22.50 Per Session £4 Lunch Club
- Accepts childcare vouchers
- Registered to offer
- 3 & 4 year old funding, 30 Hours
- Intending to provide 30 hours
- Registered to provide 30 hours
- Funding Notes
From April 2024 we will extending our Funding entitlement offer to accommodate a number of funded 2y-olds.
- How is the service funded
Facilities and Accessibility
Premises on a bus route
Outdoor Play Area
Indoor Play Area
Easy Access for Prams and Buggies
Accessible changing room
Baby change facilities
Changing Places Toilet
- Contact Name
- Committee Chair Person
- Management Committee
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. Please contact the setting should you require further information.
- Waiting List
- Open to children aged 18 months plus
- Supporting people with
- Registered Charity No.
Over 80% of our staff hold a relevant Early Years qualification at Level 3. Our mature staff team regularly update their training to ensure we are able to meet the care and educational needs our our pupils.
Provision For (Childcare Specific)
- Has wheelchair access
- Has provision for special diet
- Has provision for special needs
- Experience with
- Ofsted URN
- Ofsted report
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Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs
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 last reviewed 17/04/2023
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 work towards/achieve 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 staff member who has multi linguistic skills, for assisting some 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 main entrance or to our classroom and only one small step to our outdoor area.
There is an accessible toilet within the building, 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.
Our policies and procedures with regards to special educational needs and disabilities are reviewed annually and amended whenever necessary.
Parents will be invited to give feedback during parent’s afternoon, our Annual General Meeting or at any other time if deemed appropriate.
we believe that the best assessment for the effectiveness of our practice happens through monitoring the progress the individual child is making. This allows us to see the effectiveness of the strategies we use and adapt them when needed, as no two children's needs are exactly the same.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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