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Bents Green Pre-School

We are a community Pre-school for 2 to 4 year olds. We provide a warm, friendly environment to support children in their development. Our staff are experienced and well qualified, some to levels 6 and 7. We provide outdoor play in all weathers, incorporating explorations of the natural world, including growing our own potatoes which are planted,cared for and harvested by the children.


We are a community Pre-school.  We have a staff of six working each morning session and five during the afternoon session on Mondays. All staff are trained in First Aid. We have an outdoor play area which has some large equipment, including two playhouses.  We have developed a sensory garden and we grow vegetables during the Spring and Summer months, which the children plant, nurture and harvest to eat at snack time, which is a good time for chatting and sharing.  The children can go outside between 10 am and 11.15 am and can choose when they would like to go back indoors.  We work to a key person system and hold regular parent/key person meetings.  Parents are encouraged to talk to their child's key person at any time about their child and all discussions are confidential.  We plan activities for our children on a seven weekly rota, based on each child's interests.  Each key person observes their children and plans accordingly.  All our planning is posted in the main corridor for parents to see.  We encourage self-help skills and independence and support children in the development of their social skills, maths, language and communication, sensory awareness with small group activities.  We have visits from police, dentists, road safety officers etc. to engage children with people who help us. We have developed a home visit scheme for new starters and also have an open afternoon at the end of the Summer term when new starters and their parents can come and see the setting at a quiet time after the existing children have gone home.  This gives new parents and children the opportunity to meet their key person and ask any questions they may have and for the key person to chat and play with the child to build up a rapport.   We have good relationships with feeder schools and staff liaise with teachers about the children who are to transfer to school, so that the transition is as smooth as possible. We have received the Charter for Quality Award (2013). Also registered for the 2-year-old Free Early Learning places.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Stella Pilkington/Michele Albiston
Contact Position
Pre-school Manager/Deputy
07714 502 472

Where to go

Bents Green Methodist Church
Bents green Methodist Church
Ringinglow Road
Bents Green
S11 7PU

Contact Traveline 01709 515151 or

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
please see Opening Times below
Time of day
Monday, Thursday
Session Information
we provide two afternoon sessions on Mondays and Thursdays

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
accessible toilet
Cater for special dietary requirements
Dietary needs catered for
Lactose intolerant
Nut allergy
Gluten free
Additional dietary information
Special dietary requirements can be catered for please discuss with staff
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
No diagnosis yet
Medical Needs or long term illness
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Visual impairment
Hearing impairment
Additional special needs information
Staff have undertaken special needs training
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Culture/ethnicities accommodated
Additional culture/ethnicity information
We aim to provide Religious & Cultural activities as required

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£13.50 Per morning session
£11.25 Per afternoon session
£11.31 per session. Snacks provided. Employer Supported Childcare Vouchers accepted
Age Range
2 years to 4 years
  • IndoorOutdoor Play
  • Musical Instruments
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Changing facilities
  • Garden
  • Secure setting
  • Catering facilities
  • Outdoor play/equipment

We are able to cater for some additional needs.  Parents are welcome to contact us to arrange a visit to discuss their child's specific needs and to help them to decide if our setting is right for their child.

We also offer an early start option (from 8.45am) at a small additional fee.

Place Ranges


Charity Number

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancy Ranges
2 - 4-5 Years: 48 places
please contact Michele Albiston for details on the above number or via the website
0 to 2 year olds
Day and timeNumber of Places
Thursday AM 3
Friday AM 2
Monday PM 5
Monday AM 2
Tuesday AM 1
Wednesday AM 4
Thursday PM 3
3 to 4 year olds
Day and timeNumber of Places
Monday AM 6
Monday PM 6
Tuesday AM 10
Wednesday AM 8
Thursday AM 7
Friday AM 4
Thursday PM 7
Date updated

Funded Early Learning

Registered to provide Funded Early Learning Places?
For 2 year olds (up to 15 hours a week)
For 3&4 year olds (up to 15 hours a week)

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9.15am 2.45pm
Tuesday 9.15am 12.15pm
Wednesday 9.15am 12.15pm
Thursday 9.15am 2.45pm
Friday 9.15am 12.15pm
IndoorOutdoor Play
Musical Instruments
Disabled Facilities
Changing facilities
Secure setting
Catering facilities
Outdoor play/equipment

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
07/03/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
20/05/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
27/03/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer


Our setting is based in a large room in a church building with an smaller room next to it which we use for small group activities.  We provide sessional care from 9.15-12.15 and are registered to take children from 2-5 although due to our provision, we take a maximum of five 2 year olds each session. We provide a back to back session on a Monday only. 9.15-12.15/12.15-2.45.  We are able to support children who have additional needs within this age range.  We recommend that parents looking for a setting suitable for their child's needs contact us on the number below to arrange a visit to discuss this with our staff and SENCo.

Contact Name
Elizabeth Forrest SENCo
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Ofsted inspection report
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type

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