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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 sessional, community Pre-school.  We have a staff of three working each morning session and during the afternoon sessions on Mondays and Thursdays. 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 11 am and 11.45 am and we aim to do this in sunshine and in rain so expect children to be dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather.  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 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 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 current 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 8.30am) 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
Monday AM 4
Monday PM 5
Tuesday AM 2
Wednesday AM 2
Thursday AM 2
Thursday PM 3
Friday AM 2
3 to 4 year olds
Day and timeNumber of Places
Monday AM 14
Monday PM 16
Tuesday AM 11
Wednesday AM 17
Thursday AM 14
Thursday PM 15
Friday AM 16
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 a smaller room next to it which we can 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 Mondays and Thursdays 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
Stella Pilkington SENCo
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Ofsted inspection report
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type

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