Chieveley Pre-School

Last updated: 06/10/2023

Set in the quiet village of Chieveley, we are a registered charity and are run by a parent committee. Our indoor play space is inviting, light and airy. We have a wonderful enclosed outdoor area and access to a woodland area where our children can play and explore. We operate free flow play throughout the sessions. We aim for a maximum of 24 children in any session and we offer a high level of adult to children ratio’s.

We believe that children learn through their play and provide children with the opportunities to develop through their play and exploration. We provide children with a variety of resources and equipment in themed zones (role play, book corner, mark making, junk modelling, ICT) and we take into account their likes, interests and needs of individual children when planning our curriculum. Our curriculum offers a balance of child initiated learning and adult led activities. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sandra Turner
Contact Position
07511 098 720
Chieveley Pre-School

Where to go

Chieveley Pre-School
Chieveley Primary School
School Road
RG20 8TY

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6.00 per hour
£37.50 per day
£30 Registration fee
Option for grant funding 15 hours per week or extended 30 hours per week.

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
We provide a healthy snack and water or milk for drinks. Special dietary needs will be accommodated. We are nut free and cater for children with various allergies already including, nut and egg as well as children following vegan and vegetarian diets.children are required to bring a packed lunch.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Please contact Chieveley Pre-School to discuss your requirements. We have spaces available from September 2022 when we will be open 5 days per week.
Date updated
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
0 2 2
1 3 5

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you intending to provide 30 Hours?
Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hour Partner Summary
We are able to split funding between two providers

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:45 15.00
Tuesday 08:45 15.00
Wednesday 08:45 15.00
Thursday 08:45 15.00
08:45 15:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
17/12/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer


Set in the quiet village of Chieveley, we are a registered charity and run by a parent committee. Our indoor play space is inviting, light and airy. We have a wonderful enclosed outdoor area and access to a woodland area where our children can play and explore. We aim for a maximum of 24 children in any session and we offer a high level of adult to children ratio’s. We believe that children learn through their play and provide children with the opportunities to develop through their play and exploration. We provide children with a variety of resources and equipment in themed zones (role play, book corner, mark making, junk modelling, ICT) and we take into account their likes, interests and needs of individual children when planning our curriculum. Our curriculum offers a balance of child initiated learning and adult led activities.

Contact Name
Sandra Turner
Contact Telephone
07511 098720
Contact Email
SEN Provision Type
Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
1 to 4
Needs Level

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

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

At Chieveley Pre-School we are always available to listen to any concerns you and your family may have regarding your child’s development or progress. We will support you and your family when you express reservations about your child attending pre-school. Our qualified staff will be happy to discuss your child’s individual needs and how we are able to meet their needs before your child attends pre-school. Visits are encouraged before registering and any additional information you wish to share, and questions you may have can be answered during the visit and/or settling sessions. Once registered you and your child will be invited for an informal chat with the pre-school Manager, SENCo and your child’s key person, to discuss further individual needs and requirements to ensure we offer the best start to pre-school for your child. At Chieveley we know that every child is individual and they will be respected and valued as such and any concerns are always taken seriously. Positive partnerships between us at pre-school and you at home are key to your child’s progress.


We have excellent staff, who have had working experiences with children with a range of SEN. All staff have a good knowledge of Makaton. We are a registered ECAT (Every child a Talker) setting, and therefore record and monitor a child’s speech and language development. We recognise the importance of a child’s speech and language development and the impact this can have in a child’s life and into adulthood. We follow the EYFS statutory framework within your child's online learing journey. All staff observe and record a child’s progress, and next steps of learning are in place to support individual children progress with their learning and development. These processes ensure we have sound knowledge of each child. If we have concerns about how your child is progressing in pre-school you will be invited for an informal chat with your child’s key person and the pre-school SENCo, to discuss further and how we can all work together for your child. This may include using different strategies tailored to your child and/or the implementation of an individual support and play plan for your child. As a family you are very much involved in this planning process and we take into account your thoughts, feelings and aspirations for your child.

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

The SENCo in our setting is responsible for ensuring children with SEN are progressing and supported appropriately. Communication through regular meetings and conversations with parents are key. The SENCo will liaise with other agencies and professionals already involved or contact other professionals for advice if appropriate for children who are not already recognised as SEN. IEP’s and strategies will involve your child, your child’s key person, The SENCo and you the parent (s) / carer (s) and family.

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

Every child is individual with individual needs, which will be met to ensure the best outcome for your child. Children are supported and encouraged to be independent and not to become dependent on adults. We support appropriately and give guidance to the child, this will provide them with valuable life skills from the outset. Our experienced and qualified staff plan the curriculum taking into account the child’s / children’s likes and interests which are discussed at circle time. When planning, all staff are responsible for making differentiations to any planned activities for all children to be included, and ensuring all children can access available resources. The child’s key person will plan, observe and assess activities for individual children working towards next steps of learning and development. The child’s next steps are generated through Tapestry based on all observations taken of your child. The key person checks and plans for these accordingly. When your child has achieved their target, the cycle is repeated (plan, observe, assess). Your child’s next steps of learning are available for you to view online and can be discussed with your child's key person and the SENCO at any time.

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

In pre-school we have available:

*visual timetables if needed


*display a children’s choice board if needed

*equipment is easily accessible to the children

*trays are labelled with a picture so children are able to choose their resources independently.

We use Makaton signing in pre-school. This supports children with additional needs specifically with speech and language and in addition some developmental delay. We use simple signs with all children during group times and everyday routines. This supports any child with SEN to communicate effectively to others, and provides other children and adults the tools to interact with the SEN children too.

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

Interventions are made at Chieveley, based on each individual child and tailored to meet their needs appropriately. We observe children closely and make records of their progress, achievements, difficulties and behaviours; this helps us to see the bigger picture. There may be triggers for certain behaviours or patterns occurring that need to be addressed. Your child’s key person and SENCo will share concerns and offer support. We will discuss which services we feel it may be worth contacting and explain clearly our reasoning behind this and that the advice or intervention is to ensure that we provide your child with appropriate support. Pre-school needs to be a happy and enjoyable experience for your child, whilst providing them with the best start to their education. Early intervention is key for a child who displays signs of SEN to ensure the child’s needs are met. We have a wide range of additional support services available to us including: West Berkshire early years service, pre- school teacher councillors and pre-school SEND funding, speech and language therapists and educational psychology services. We also have close links to local children’s centres and attend networking groups including other local pre-schools and nurseries. Any advice and support from these services are recorded, implemented and monitored to ensure the best outcome for your child. Further advice and or support may be necessary following monitoring; this will be discussed with you before contact is made with the appropriate service.

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

We observe, plan, assess, and monitor your child’s progress from the day they enter pre- school, using the online tools within Tapestry. You and your child will be offered settling in visits prior to entry. During this time you will meet your child’s key person who will have an informal chat about your child, their interests, family etc. It is important that any concerns you may have at this point are shared with the key person. If your child has other professionals already involved and recognised as SEN, you will be invited to have a meeting with our SENCo and your child’s key person to discuss in more detail. Between the age of 2 – 3 years your child’s Key Person will complete a 2.5 year progress check for your child. You will check, agree and make any relevant comments on this form with the key person and a copy is available for you to view at all times within your child's Tapestry profile. The 2.5 year check is a government requirement for all children in this age group entering pre-school. Your child may already have had a 2.5 year check with a health visitor or other medical professional. We ask that you share this information with us at pre-school, to support your child effectively. We ensure your child is involved in their learning by listening to them, following their interests, and providing them with resources they enjoy. Children learn through their play if they are interested and engaged in what they are doing. Parents are always welcome into pre-school during sessions. We offer parent meetings and discuss progress at the end of each term. All staff are available at the start and end of the pre-school sessions. If you feel you need to discuss any issues the Manager, we will arrange a meeting at a convenient time with the appropriate person.

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

All children are given the opportunity to take part in any activity provided by us; we take into account individual needs of each child and ensure we meet these needs. Having built a positive relationship with your family, your child’s key person and the Manager will discuss with you any concerns you may have and offer re assurance; we value your advice and knowledge of your child. We will discuss your child’s needs together and how we plan to ensure their safety and well being. This is achieved through careful planning before any activity or offsite trip takes place. When planning outings, we consider transportation, such as will your child require any equipment i.e. a buggy or wheelchair, how many extra staff and volunteers will be needed to ensure children’s safety. A risk assessment will be carried out for each specific activity or off site visit, included within the risk assessment will be information about children with SEND, who will need extra support and how we will support these children.

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

We offer an all inclusive environment for all children to thrive. We have policies and procedures in place, taking into account the current SEN Code of Practice and the Equalities Act 2010. These policies and procedures are implemented to ensure we offer inclusion for all users.

Our setting has wheelchair access, there are disabled toilet facilities. Due to our large indoor space, we are able to adapt the layout of our indoor area to suit children who may need to use a wheelchair or other equipment. Any equipment that is not needed for the child’s use throughout the session, can be stored in our large cupboard, and used as and when required. We welcome, respect and value all families. We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.

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

We liaise closely with you and your family, other settings that your child also attends and other professionals involved with your child and your family, from the first day your child attends pre-school. All information we have about your child is shared with all staff before your child starts pre-school, this ensures all staff are aware of your child’s individual needs. Contact will also be made with the other setting your child already attends if applicable, before their first day. If your child continues to use more than one setting we will build up a relationship with the other setting and work together for your child. This will include sharing the child’s achievements on a regular basis. You will be involved in this process along with any other professionals working with you and your family. Before your child starts our pre-school we offer settling in visits, we are flexible as to how many visits and length of time of the visits suitable for you and your child. We would also encourage your child to bring in family photos to support them in the settling in process, if you think this would be useful. When your child moves on to another setting or school, the key person completes a transition report for your child. The child’s learning journey along with the transition report, are delivered to the new setting or school. A visit / visits from the new key person or class teacher to our setting will be encouraged before the child moves on. For all children with SEND the pre-school Manager / SENCo will contact new settings/school to arrange an appointment with the headteacher, SENCo or teacher to share important information before the transition takes place. Parents will be invited to any arranged visit.

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

Our setting constantly reflects and reviews current practice, all staff and committee have input into our SEF. This working document is updated regularly throughout the year. We offer parents questionnaires every term, comment and suggestions slips are always available, all information is taken into account. Every term we have three target areas to share with our parents, as a result of the questionnaires, comments and suggestions provided from the parents. All our policies and procedures including Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality,Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Children’s Rights and Entitlements and British Values are reviewed annually and updated in line with current legislation as and when changes occur.

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

For more information or to arrange a visit to our pre-school please contact

The Pre-School Manager: Charlotte Bright

The Pre-School Deputy Manager : Samantha Gibbons SENCo Contact details 07511098720 E MAIL:

The Pre-School administrator: Emma Long

Alternatively you can visit our website at:

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

In the Pre-School foyer we display an ECAT information board, the board has lots of useful information for parents and carers about speech and language development. All staff have a good understanding about the foundation skills your child needs before progressing to expressive language and speech sounds and some ideas on how to support your child’s speech and language development. Any concerns you have about your child’s speech and language can be discussed with your child’s key person or alternatively the pre-school SENCo or pre-school manager will be happy to help you. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s specific needs please speak to your key person. Parents are reminded via email to look at our boards in the main hall. Staff are available to talk to parents in the morning before the pre-school session starts and at the end of the pre-school day. The Manager will be happy to make an appointment convenient to all parties as soon as possible. Should you wish to make a complaint, a copy of our complaints policy and procedure can be found on our website and on site everyday displayed on our notice board. Comments and suggestions are also encouraged. You can speak to staff directly, alternatively comments, suggestions and complaints can be sent for the attention of our Pre-School Manager or Chair person at We are able to offer families useful information on voluntary agencies, support groups that are provided by local children’s centres. We also share useful information and support provided to us by West Berkshire Council for parents, carers and their families.

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