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Horringer Pre-school

Pre-School Playgroup
General Details

Horringer Pre-school is a charity organisation, it is by a very proactive and dedicated team of staff, trustees and committee members. who work closely together to deliver high-quality care in a warm and welcoming environment. The team have been enormously successful, fundraising for 3 years and successfully designing and installing a brand new modern community building to house the preschool ready for families September 2020. The building boasts an entrance out into a Copse where children can experience nature on their doorstep daily with bridges, banks, mud kitchen, mini beast hotel and balancing equipment to name just a few of the learning delights.

Parent Partnership is high profile and we like you to be really involved with your child's progress whilst they are at Horringer Pre-school, we gather as much information as possible on entry and utilise it well. We have a Home Learning Hub for all families to access. Each child has their own Key Person who will ensure that your child is comfortable, happy and secure at our preschool. An online E-Learning Journal is compiled for all children in the setting, which includes observations, photos and how we plan for your child’s interests and progress their learning and development in the seven areas of learning.

We work together with parents to help children if English is not their first language. On our enrollment forms, you will be asked to fill in information on your nationality, beliefs, culture and faith. All staff pride themselves on being positive role models helping to create an inclusive environment for all children and families. Children have the option to wear uniform with our squirrel logo on, helping to form a strong sense of belonging.

We have a strong settling in process tailored to each family. We provide strong lines of communication over the telephone, email and safe chats outside with masks and social distancing adhered to. Unfortunately, we are not able to invite parents in at the moment. Anyone wishing to view our preschool at the moment can access a garden visit where a member of staff will be happy to talk with you regarding what our preschool has to offer your family and the enrolment process. 

Children enjoy a creative range of adult-led and child-initiated activities throughout the session, both indoors and out in our garden area. Our play areas are zoned, along with tabletop and floor activities along with a brand new sensory room overlooking our Copse. Play and learning is tailored to children's needs and current interests and we have high regard for the wellbeing of our families. Time is taken to focus on bonding and creating secure relationships to create a smooth journey into preschool after an unsettling and challenging six months living alongside Covid 19.

 Why not take a look at our website https://www.horringerpreschool.co.uk/

Who to contact

Stephie Page
Horringer Pre-School
Meadow Drive
Bury St. Edmunds
IP29 5SB
01284 735181
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Contact Notes

Please also visit our website http://www.horringerpreschool.co.uk/

Venue Details

Horringer Pre-school
Meadow Drive
Bury St. Edmunds
IP29 5SB
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Layby in front of the pre-school
There is a bus stop at the bottom of Meadow Drive
Restrictions to access
At peak times of the day Meadow Drive can get busy with primary school and preschool traffic.

Located on Ickworth Park Primary School site.

Weekly links with the primary school.

There is a bus stop at the bottom of Meadow Drive



30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
Please contact Horringer Pre-school for vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday AM: 08.45 - 11.45
Monday to Friday: 11.45 - 12.30
Monday to Friday PM: 12.30 - 15.30

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We encompass different nationalities, cultures and faiths through adult led and child initiated activities. We have resources on hand at a self select area, for children to explore and fulfil their curiosity as and when they wish. Staff and children use books, authentic materials and dressing-up clothes, dolls, pictures, music and instruments. We experience traditions through craft, role play and at snack times too. We invite are families to share their traditions and teach others about their celebrations.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - Yes, on our enrollment forms parents are asked to specify any individual dietary needs. Staff liaise with parents and the child, following any guidelines we are given. Any dietary information is written on the back of the children's own refreshment card and an information photo of the child is placed in the kitchen where refreshments are prepared.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - All staff have experience of working together with children who have additional needs. All staff have worked to a healthcare plan to support individuals who benefit from one. We have a Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator (SENDCO) Michelle Cook and a deputy (SENDCO) Mel Hyde Carr, who ensure all children in our setting have the support and strategies in place to allow them to thrive and develop. Working together with families, they sign post them to various outside professionals and speech and language workshops if extra support is identified.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Cystic Fibrosis
Emotional needs
Physical impairment
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.90 Per session
£3.50 Lunch Club - Per day
£35.30 2 years plus - Per day

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, 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 garden, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, Swings, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch, Village walks
School pickups
Ickworth Park Primary School (Bury St Edmunds)
Further information about pick-ups
4 year olds can be collected from breakfast club and taken to the after school club at the adjacent primary school by a member of staff.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s) 1 month(s)
To 4 Year(s) 11 month(s)

We are a nut free Pre-school

Offers Tax Free Childcare
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Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
18/10/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Horringer Pre-school aims to provide an environment inclusive to all children.  We are committed to ensuring that all children are given equal opportunities and the tailored support needed to achieve their full potential.  

We ensure that there is a smooth transition from home or setting to our setting, we do this by providing opportunities for parents and carers to visit our setting and we can also provide home visits. We build on previous knowledge of the child and find out about the best practice for that child.

We will always consult with parents if we feel a child is having difficulties. We work closely with parents/carers and outside agencies and prepare an action plan to ensure that their child can access all areas of the curriculum. We use Transition Passports and One Page Profiles to help give settings extensive and accurate information about individuals upon transition to school


We are working to be an accredited ECAT setting.

We monitor speech and language development and work with Speech and Language Centre’s to try to get early support for their children in our care.

The following courses and training relating to Special Educational Needs and children’s learning and development have been accessed by members of our team:

Makaton stage 1

Transition Passport Training

SEND Responsibilities and targets setting for key Person

Supporting Communication

A Positive Approach to Behaviour

Austic Spectrum Condition Introduction – Expression of Interests

Early Years SEND Reforms


In the setting we will support your child in a variety of ways, to enhance understanding and communication effectively we use valuble resources such as:


Highly skilled staff

Sand Timers

Visual Timetables

Emotion Boxes


Flash cards

Choices Board

Instrumental Cues

Sensory Resources





Michelle Hempstead (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator)
01284 735181
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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