Great Shefford Pre-School

Last updated: 30/01/2023

We are a small rural pre-school playgroup based at Great Shefford Village Hall. Our opening hours are 9.15am to 2.45pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, term time.

We generally have around 20 children on roll. The group is led by an Early Years Professional and we have a qualified Forest School Leader. Our resources are of a high quality and our outdoor learning is exciting.

As a community group we are highly supportive of families and have the time to discuss the needs of your child within your family context. Our website is

Who to contact

Contact Name
Denise Herrington
Contact Position
07765 508 867
07867 934 387
Great Shefford Under Fives

Where to go

Village Hall,
Station Road
Great Shefford
RG17 7DR

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£10.00 per session
We are willing to discuss fees to spread the cost so that no child is disadvantaged.

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
We accommodate any dietary needs.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
2 2 2
5 3 4

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
Brightwalton Pre-School Springburn Childcare

Waiting List

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Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Tuesday 9.15 2.45
Wednesday 9.15 2.45
Thursday 9.15 2.45

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
07/12/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
29/03/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
07/01/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
03/12/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer


We are a small rural pre-school playgroup based at Great Shefford Village Hall. Our opening hours are 9.15am to 2.45pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, term time.

We generally have around 20 children on roll and 4 qualified staff at each session which gives the children a great deal of interaction with the adults. Our resources are of a high quality and our outdoor learning is exciting.

As a community group we are highly supportive of families and have the time to discuss the needs of your child within your family context.

Contact Name
Denise Herrington
Contact Telephone
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?

We identify children with additional needs & SEND through observation of your child in the pre-school and liaising with you to discuss any concerns you may already have. Together we can discuss your child's progress and monitor their development, using appropriate guidance to support our findings.

We would consult you to discuss the involvement of other specialist professionals as and when this becomes necessary.

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

Each child at the pre-school has a Key Person who is the first point of daily contact. However, the Supervisor has particular responsibilty for children with SEND as she is the co-ordinator for Special Educational Needs (SENCO).

Your child's Key Person and the Supervisor of the pre-school will discuss with you the small targets for your child and how these can be supported at pre-school and at home. These targets may be recorded as a "play plan" to identify small areas for development together with activities which will achieve this. This may also give you ideas of activities or routines to support your child at home as well as at pre-school.

We will meet with you each half term to monitor progress and consider the support your child now needs. Additionally there is always time to speak with you daily to share good news of how your child is developing.

The Key Person will spend time with your child throughout the session, supporting them through the planned play activities.

We believe an honest approach and regular dialogue to supporting your child at pre-school and at home will be a key to success.

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

The curriculum can be adapted to accommodate the support identified through observation and recorded your child's play plan. We will ensure that your child has access to all our curriculum areas and that we adapt routines and activities to give your child equal opportunities with other children.

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

The teaching staff team will continue to use our successful strategies of positive reinforcement and modelling on a day to day basis.

We will complement this with strategies which we have discussed with you to support your child's development such as visual strategies, perhaps a photographic timetable, Maketon or rewards systems. Wherever strategies are recommended by other professionals we will endeavour to implement these successfully.

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

We provide staff training to support a range of SEN including behaviour management, speech and language difficulties and medical conditions. We will however, rely upon input from other professional services to support ourselves and your family; this may include Health Workers, Hungerford Children's Centre, Pre-School Teacher Counsellor, Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapist or Social Worker.

Although well resourced, we are willing to equip the pre-school with further resources deemed necessary to support your child's development, as long as the budget allows.

We wil ensure your child has access to educational support through, say, small group work or one-to-one activities all of which will be play based.

Above all, you will be involved at all times in the decisions made and approaches taken to support your child's progression.



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

We will make observations on how well your child is progressing and will meet with you each half term to discuss how well your child is developing or any concerns you may have. Together we will formulate an achievable target for the next short period and discuss how this can be managed at pre-school and at home.

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

We have always managed to include all children in all of our activities, both indoors and outdoors. We ensure we have sufficient staff to manage activities, we plan them carefully and would identify any particular support your child would need. The staff team is skilled at allowing children to access activities at different levels whilst encouraging challenge and independence.

We would communicate with you, as with other parents, via email and face to face to discuss arrangements for trips to ensure your child fully participated.


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

The Village Hall is on one level and is fully accessible for wheelchair users and has a disabled toilet.

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

We work hard to support the transition of all children to new local schools and as a result we know these schools well.

We will firstly discuss with your family arrangements for the next stage in your child's education and care. When you have chosen your next setting we will contact the school to invite the teacher to visit your child at the setting and welcome you to meet the staff member who visits. We are also willing, and have experience of, accompanying children with SEN to visit their next school to support their transition.

We will send a report to the next school outlining your child's development and needs and will meet with yourselves and the school staff team as necessary.

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

We review our effectiveness of our SEN provision as part of our setting reviews at regular staff meetings. We would welcome your contribution to this and would value your feed back.

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

Please visit our website where you will find all the necessary contact details.

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

We would welcome your feedback on our provision. Please address the feedback to,

Mrs Denise Herrington

Supervisor and SenCo,

Great Shefford Pre-School,

Village Hall,

Station Road,

Great Shefford RG17 7DD

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