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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 all experienced and well qualified some up to level 6. We provide outdoor play in all weathers incorporating explorations of the natural world, including growing potatoes and strawberries which are planted, cared for and harvested by the children.


We are a sessional, community Pre-School. We have a staff of three working the morning sessions and a staff of two working the afternoon sessions Monday to Thursday. On friday we have a staff of three working the morning session.  All our staff are trained in First Aid.  

We have an outdoor play area which has some large equipment, including a playhouse.  We have developed a sensory garden in which the children are able to grow fruit and vegetables during the spring and summer months.  The children experience planting, nurturing and harvesting the produce. They are then able to taste the produce they have grown at snack time, when they are able to savour the fruit and vegetables they have grown.  They enjoy chatting and sharing their gardening experiences.

The children go outside between 11:15 am and 12 pm and we aim to do this in sunshine and rain.  We expect the children to be dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather. This will allow them the experience the different seasons, temperature and changes in weather.

Our Pre-School works to a key person system and holds regular parent/key person meetings. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s key person at any time.  Parents should be assured that all discussions are completely confidential.  We plan activities for our children using the method of planning in the moment.  This means we offer opportunities based on each child’s interests, which responds to what they are engaged in; extending experiences and supporting their explorations.  Each member of staff observes the children in their activities and responds accordingly.  We encourage self-help skills and independence.  We support children in their development of social skills, maths, language, communication and sensory awareness with small group activities.  We have visits from police, dentists, road safety officers etc. to encourage children to understand the people who can 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 current children have gone home.  This gives new parents and children the opportunity to meet who would be their child’s key person and given them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.  It also enables the key person to chat and play with their child to build up a rapport.  

We also have good relationships with feeder schools which enables staff to liaise with teachers about the children who are to transfer to school.  This makes the transition run as smoothly as possible.

We have received the Charter for Quality Aware (2013).  We are also registered for the 2-year-old Free Early Learning places. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Stella Pilkington/Mariam Cousin
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 four afternoon sessions Monday to Thursday and a morning session on a Friday.

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
£5.50 Per hour
£5.50 per hour and £5 charge for the early starts which starts at 8:30am till 9:15am and the lunch club charge is £5 which starts at 12:15pm till 1:15pm 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 8.30am) and lunch club at a small additional fee.

Place Ranges


Charity Number

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancy Ranges
2 - 4-5 Years: 20 places
Please contact Stella Pilkington for details on the above number or via the website
0 to 2 year olds
Day and timeNumber of Places
Monday AM 1
Monday PM 3
Tuesday AM 2
Tuesday PM 3
Wednesday AM 1
Wednesday PM 3
Thursday AM 2
Thursday PM 3
Friday AM 2
3 to 4 year olds
Day and timeNumber of Places
Monday AM 12
Monday PM 6
Tuesday AM 13
Tuesday PM 3
Wednesday AM 8
Wednesday PM 3
Thursday AM 11
Thursday PM 5
Friday AM 10
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 4.15pm
Tuesday 9.15am 4.15pm
Wednesday 9.15am 4.15pm
Thursday 9.15am 4.15pm
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 a smaller room next to it which we can use for small group activities.  We provide sessional care from 9.15-4.15 Monday to Thursday and 9.15 - 12:15 Friday. We 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 Mondays to Thursdays only. 9.15-12.15/12.15-4.15.  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
Mariam Cousin SENCo
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Ofsted inspection report
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type

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