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Kesgrave Playschool

Pre-School Playgroup

Kesgrave Playschool is a small, friendly and welcoming playschool, next to woods and fields allowing an "outdoors-y" element to how we run our sessions, working in partnership with families and carers to nurture each unique child's learning and development so they become competent learners who are resilient, capable, confident and assured. 

An experienced and professional staff operate from a large room in Millenium Jubilee Hall, Millenium Way, Kesgrave, with an outside play area, (both of which children can use at will and flow freely through) and associated kitchen and toilet areas, to provide an emotionally supportive, secure environment within which each child can (through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities) develop in his/her unique way at his/her own individual pace. 

We are a voluntary business operating with a management committee and 6 paid staff. The committee is responsible for making sure that the Playschool runs efficiently, safely, within the law and meets the needs of the children and the parents that use it. In addition we have a fundraising committee whose sole purpose is to raise money for the Playschool and raise awareness. We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA). Our constitution is a PLA and governs how we operate. 

We employ 5 staff who work directly with the children. We have a wealth of experience between us with our childcare qualifications at level 3 and level 4. Our staff have been with us for a number of years. Within our staff team we have a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator). 

We run our sessions on a term time basis according to SCC dates and are open from 09:00 to 12:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, plus 12.00 to 3.00 on Tuesday and Thursday.  We run a lunch club on Mondays and Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 subject to demand only. We are building our numbers, ensuring that children receive a fun, enjoyable and safe experience. WE ARE LOOKING TO OPEN MORE SESSIONS - PLEASE GIVE US A CALL IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A PLAYSCHOOL NEXT TO THE LOVELY WOODS AND PLAYING FIELD.  All resources are suitable for the children who attend. There is an adequate range available to promote children's learning. They are at child height and labelled to help children self select their chosen activity. 

We plan for our children using the EYFS development matters as a guide to development. Staff members support the children's development by forming trusting relationships which gives a secure base from which to promote each child's learning journey. Each child has a designated 'Key Person', who will develop a relationship with the child and the parents/carers. Each staff member is responsible for planning for their key children. Staff observe children to see what their interests and capabilities are which inform what they plan for the week. Planning is also spontaneous and responds to children's enjoyment. Parents/carers are fully involved in the process we value their contributions and recognise that they are the main educator for the child and the person that knows them best. 

Who to contact

Caroline Swale
Business Manager
Millennium Jubilee Hall
Millennium Way
Venue Notes

Bus Route 66.

07746 907060
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Venue Details

Millennium Jubilee Hall
Millennium Way
Parking available
Parking details
Public car park along the path

Bus Route 66.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary
Martlesham Playschool, Deben Avenue, Martlesham, IP5 3QR. Tel 01473 625986, email


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
Please contact Kesgrave Playschool for vacancy information. We would really like to open more sessions - if you are interested in a wonderful playschool located next to the woods and the Millennium field, please give us a call.

Days & times

Monday: 09.00 - 12.00
Tuesday: 09.00 - 3.00
Thursday: 09.00 - 3.00
Friday: 09.00 - 12.00
Monday: 12.00 - 1.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Cultural provisions
Yes - This setting complies with all equalities legislation.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - Before a child starts we find out from parents their child's dietary needs, including allergies.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Communication difficulties
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£14.30 Per session
£5.00 Lunch Club - Per day
Lunch club is run subject to demand on a Monday and Friday.

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Village walks
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)

We accept children to playschool and the waiting list from all areas whether within our "catchment" or further afield.

We offer the 30 hours funded entitlement, with the 30 hours split between ourselves and Martlesham Playschool in Deben Avenue which can offer 50 weeks of sessions a year (or another provider if preferred).

We look forward to welcoming you for a visit, just give us a call on 07746 907060 to arrange a suitable time.

We're wanting to open more sessions if sufficient interest.  Please give us a call - we're a small, popular playschool next to the woods and playing field.


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Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
22/09/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential.  We have regard for the DfES Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Equality Act 2010).  We include all children who attend the setting in our provision.  We provide practitioners to help support children with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities.  We identify the specific neeeds of children with SEN/Disabilities and meet those needs through using a range of strategies.  We work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting individual children's needs.  We monitor and review our practice and provision, and if necessary make adjustments.  Our SENCo is Janine Highclere-Milne and she has completed the Suffolk accredited SENCo training.

Janine Highclere-Milne
07746 907060
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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