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Gants Hill Pre-school

Based in Gants Hill, our playgroup provides high quality childcare for children aged 2 to 5. We provide a friendly and stimulating environment that will encourage your child's development. We have fully qualified and experienced staff. Our playgroup is open all year round; however a Term Time only option is also available.

Who to contact

Nihan Icel
07518 112275

Where to go

Gants Hill Methodist Church
Gantshill CrescentGants HillIlfordEssexIG2 6TU

When is it on?

Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 12.00pm
Tuesday to Thursday - 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Available during summer, Easter and half term holidays

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
12.50 Per session (part time)
12.00 Per session (full time)
2, 3, 4, 5

Childcare Information

Provision Type(s)
Outdoor garden
Visits and outings
Parking available for pick up or drop off
Free Early Learning - 3 & 4 years
Free Early Learning - Extended entitlement
Caters for all dietary needs
Caters for all cultural needs
Fully wheelchair accessible
Languages spoken
Offers pickups?

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
23/11/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
26/11/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
05/11/2015Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
09/11/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer


Age range
Early Years (0-4 years)
Shortbreak type

Education Offer


At Gants Hill Playgroup we will ensure that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children.

We are a setting which aims to provide an environment in which children, including those with special needs (SEN) are supported to reach their full potential in the best way possible.  We aim to incorporate inclusive equipment  into daily routines.

Identifying children's needs

We work in partnership with parents by ensuring that they have the relevant information regarding their child and we arrange regular meetings and exchange ideas to ensure that the parents are fully incorporated into their children’s learning at the setting.

We work in liaison with other agencies which can range from child educational psychologists (EP), Speech And Language Therapists (SALT), the SEN Early Years Panel (SEYP), etc. to fully understand the needs of the child and how we can take a holistic approach to their care.

Dedicated contacts

We designate a member of staff to be the special education needs co-ordinator (SENCo) and give their names to parents. We also ensure details are displayed on the parents board for those who have any queries. The manager is always available for parents to reach regarding any concerns that they may have.

Involving children and their families
  • Parenting advice
  • Regular contact between parents/carers and the setting
  • Planning and review meetings
  • Advice on how to support learning at home

When giving parents/carers advice on SEND requirements we aim to give a wide range of information on the possible ways in which they can be involved to ensure they do not feel isolated. If necessary, we will give information on other agencies which we   are in partnership with so that they can direct questions to them if needed. We also provide a complaints procedure. We monitor and review our policy annually.

Range of support available
  • Partnership working with other professionals
  • Additional Support strategies
  • EYFS Curriculum planning differentiation
  • Specific teaching interventions
  • Support for behaviour
  • Support for health needs
  • Support for communication needs
Measuring children's progress

This involved using progress trackers to see how the child is developing over time in accordance to their age with information given from the EYFS. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and monitor progress according to its requirements.

Support and training for school staff

Our dedicated SEND staff attend forums to update their information regarding new policies and developments. We have arranged for staff members to attend training in the upcoming months to expand their knowledge of the care required.

Accessibility of the school

We have full wheelchair access to all areas of the setting and we have fully accessible toilets for personal use.


We set up next steps for children and we ensure that these are shared with parents to allow for full support of their child.

Transition arrangements

We have a system in place which allows us to complete transition forms for those children who are going to change settings or start a new school. This provides details on the ability of the child and how they have developed whilst attending the setting. It provides insight into their current status and what they may need to focus on for further development of specific skills.

Support and training for parents and carers
  • Parent consultation
  • Links with children centres
  • SENCo

We ensure that parents receive updates regarding upcoming workshops available to them through a monthly newsletter which we publish or by hanging notices up on the parents board.

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