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Martlesham Preschool



Martlesham Preschool has been around for over 30 years, and you can find us in a brightly coloured building at the end of Deben Ave, Martlesham. The preschool is run by a voluntary committee which work very closely with our manager, Nicola, our deputy manager, Danielle and a small team of Early Years Practitioners. Our staff have fantastic parent partnership relationships which we feel is incredibly important to provide the best possible outcomes for children and their families. 

Inclusion policy: Children have many inclusive resources for play. We have multicultural dolls, books, dressing-up outfits & puppets. We find out from parents any dietary requirements, allergies and health needs before their child starts.

Our Building is one large area which we provide age appropriate resources which are exciting, engaging and spark curiosity and interest. We provide snack, milk and water. We are a NUT FREE preschool!


We have a garden with a lovely canopy for shelter. We have a grass area and a patio area. Our garden is set up each day to meet the needs of the children. The garden has a wonderful mud kitchen, bikes, sand and water, sensory play and plus MUCH MORE!

At the end of the Summer term we organise an end of term party for everyone celebrating school leavers who are graduating. Our fund-raising team organises many events throughout the year, eg. Our successful fun day. We are a very friendly, supportive and experienced preschool!

Martlesham Pre-School


What does the term 'Early Years' mean to you?

Here at Martlesham Preschool, we believe that it's all about jumping in those muddy puddles, just to see what happens! 

Looking at the world with curiosity and wonder;

Asking questions, and discovering answers;

Exploring and testing your own ideas;

Feeling safe and secure.

We believe that every child is unique and individual, therefore, it is our job to find out what sparks your child's imagination, and natural desire to gain their own knowledge and understanding of the world around them.  We aim to tailor our learning opportunities to feed the beautiful curiosity found in all children.

 We are a small team of highly trained, and experienced Early Years Practitioners. We pride ourselves in our commitment to, our own, professional development, and in our   reflective practice.   We use a Key-Worker system, meaning that children form some lovely bonds during their time with us, and practitioners get to know children and families very well.   

Early years means so much more than 'just the time you spend before starting school.' It is truly the key foundation for acquiring positive attitudes to learning;  

Attitudes that will stay with you for a lifetime; 

A foundation of learning opportunities that will give your child the essential knowledge and experiences they need to have true 'cultural capital'.  


We also understand that for many children that are now starting this journey, their experiences of life, so far, have not been '100% normal'.  Due to the Covid Pandemic, children coming into Early Years settings, for the first time, may NOT be used to larger groups;

They may NOT have played with other children of their own age;

They may NOT have been left in the care of anyone else, other than their own parents;

They may NOT have seen too many new faces and smiles, due to the mandatory use of face masks.

We always keep these factors in mind with every family that we meet. We value everyone's personal experiences, and we will work in partnership with parents to promote a positive transition for all.


If these are qualities that you are looking for in an Early Years setting, then please do get in touch for an informal chat or to come in for a visit. 

Martlesham preschool is a small, registered charity, and is run by a parent committee.        




3 & 4 year old funding

Who to contact

Nicola Cobb
Deben Avenue
Martlesham Heath
Social Media
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Charity Commissioning Number

Venue Details

Deben Avenue
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Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
On road parking, plus car park along pathway
Route 66 serves the area
Restrictions to access
No parking in school car park

Route 66

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
We have spaces from September 2022.

Days & times

Monday: 08:00 - 16.00
Tuesday: 08:30 - 15.30
Wednesday: 08.00 - 16.00
Thursday: 08.00 - 16.00
Friday: 08.00 - 16.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises and is all on one level.
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
Yes - At Martlesham Preschool we provide a inclusive, supportive and stimulating environment for all our children with additional needs in a safe, secure and happy setting.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Communication difficulties
Emotional needs
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
Visual impairment


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
(9:00-12:00 OR 12:00-3:00) £15.90 Per session
(9:00-3:00) £31.80 Per day
(8:00-9:00) £6 Breakfast Club
(8:30-9:00) £3 Breakfast Club
(3:00-4:00) £6 Extended hour
(3:00-3:30) £3 Extended hour
(12:00-1:00) £5.30 Lunch Club - Per day
You can tag a lunch club session (from 12noon to 1pm) onto a morning session if you'd like your child to enjoy their lunch with their friends. Cost is £5:30 per lunch club. Late stay club is available from 3.00pm to 4:00pm and breakfast club is available form 8am. If your child is coming in for an afternoon session they can bring their packed lunch.

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, 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, Sleeping area, Slide, TV, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Village walks
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)
Age Groups

We accept children onto our waiting list from all areas, whether within our "catchment" are or further afield.

We are offering the 30 hours funded sessions.  

We welcome you for a visit (currently out of preschool hours due to COVID-19), just give us a call to arrange a suitable time - 01473 625986.


Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
21/09/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
16/06/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
18/06/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
06/06/2019Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

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 2015 and the Disability and Discrimination Act 1995 (Equality Act 2010). 

We include all children who attend the setting in our provision, making adaptations where necessary. 

We provide highly skilled practitioners to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.  We identify the specific needs of children and meet those needs using a range of strategies. 

Our staff use Wellcomm assessments and Makaton, we have a “sign of the week” where all of our children can learn a new sign and share with their families at home.

Our SENCo (special educational needs co-ordinator) is Carol Lupton.  And our Deputy SENCo is Nicola Cobb. 

Our SENCo  is the best person to talk to if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development.

Carol has previously worked in Family Support and Child Health and is also a key person within the setting.    You can contact Carol using our preschool email address or telephone number should you have any further questions regarding the support we provide. You can also view our Special Educational Needs policy on our website for further information.

Nicola (manager) is our Lead Safeguarding Officer with Danielle (Deputy Manager) as our Deputy Safeguarding Officer.  Our Safeguarding policy is available to view on our website.

We often work with outside agencies to support children with additional needs and implement strategies and activities as required.  In these circumstances we always work closely with the parents and make sure they are kept up to date and involved in the plans we have put in place and that we have their consent.  We work using the Graduated Approach, further information is included in our Special Educational Needs Policy.  Please find below a short paragraph taken from our policy.

Graduated Approach

Initial Identification and Support (Identifying Special Educational Needs)

· Ongoing formative assessment forms a part of a continuous process for observing, assessing, planning and reviewing children’s progress

· Children identified as having difficulty with one or more area of development should be given support by applying simple strategies and resources.

· For most children application of some simple differentiation approaches will be enough to build confidence and help develop, 9.12a SEN support: Initial record of concern form can be used for this purpose.

· If despite applying differentiated strategies a child continues to struggle and is showing significantly more difficulty with learning for their stage of development or has a disability which requires specific adjustments, then the key person should raise a concern with the setting’s SENCo/setting manager and the child’s parents.

We strongly believe in working in partnership with parents and carers and regularly keep our families up to date using online learning journeys, we offer regular parent consultations and an end of year report.  Martlesham Preschool follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum to plan and provide a range of activities across the 7 areas of learning and development. 

Through the key person system, each child’s learning is tailored to their specific need and interests.  At Martlesham we use an online app called Famly.  Both key person and parents can share their child’s learning and development through this.

Our preschool committee regluarly hold meetings and all staff and parents are welcome to attend. 

Your child will be invited to attend a settling in session where you will be introduced to your child’s key person.  We also ask you to fill out an “all about me” booklet to help give us an insight into your child’s interests at home.

We look forward to welcoming you to Martlesham Preschool.

Carol Lupton
01473 625986

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