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Uplands Pre-School


At Uplands Pre-school we are committed to meeting the individual needs of all children. The welfare of the children is central to our provision of care, learning and play, and in this respect we have been awarded the Quality Assurance Award for Suffolk County Council and have completed the Every Child a Talker training. We received Outstanding in all areas from our Ofsted inspection in 2011, 2015 and also 2019 All children are respected and valued and we provide experiences to support their physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in a stimulating caring and secure environment. During their time with Uplands Pre-school their key person monitors their progress regularly in order to ensure that individual needs are identified and provided for. We run a carefully planned programme of themes and topics throughout the year to ensure that the children are given a wide range of active, real life and everyday experiences to enhance their learning about the world. These themes, topics are chosen to reflect the children’s interests. A copy of the Pre-school Prospectus and all policies are available on induction.

3 & 4 year old funding Ofsted grade: Outstanding

Who to contact

Samantha Howlett
Charity Commissioning Number

Venue Details

Uplands Community Centre
Ashburnham way
Carlton colville
NR33 8LJ
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Parking available

Situated in the centre of Carlton Colville with a large car park and on the local bus route, we have now opened a nature play center/nature buddies at the same location,  Our children feed into several local Primary Schools.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

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Immediate vacancies
Other information
Please contact Uplands Pre-School for vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday AM: 8.45 - 11.45
Monday to Friday PM: 12.45 - 15.45
Monday to Friday AM: 8.15 - 8.45
Monday to Friday: 11.45 - 12.45

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - All of the building is on one level with no stairs and wide doors. There are two accessible toilets.
Cultural provisions
Yes - The group aims to be fully inclusive and has an Equality Action Plan to enforce this. Resources and environment reflects cultural diversity. We always put in place additional resources and changes to the environment when we have a child and family attending from a particular culture.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - At induction information is obtained regarding any dietary needs and requirements. A risk assessment is carried out and appropriate measures put in place. All staff are made aware and the child's Key Person will sit with them at snack time.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - At Uplands Pre-school we have had a long-term experience of various additional needs.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Global Delay
Learning difficulties
Physical impairment
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties
Visual impairment


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.00 Per session
£5.00 Lunch Club - Per day
£3.00 Breakfast club - Per day

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Soft play area
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s) 3 month(s)
To 4 Year(s)
Age Groups

Sessions take place either in the main hall , the Jubilee room or the nature play center, The main hall provides a large area which can be zoned to provide a wide range of activities covering all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The smaller Jubilee room, which we are currently improving with the additional of French doors, provides sessions for fewer children when the main hall is not available.  We also use the Jubilee room for small group activities including Keep Fit sessions and Yoga .The nature play center provides children with natural resources to connect to nature , including caring for insects, also includes visits to Foxy Forest.

We have an enclosed outside area which includes a mud kitchen, bug area, large sandpit, den, covered areas, growing area, balancing beam, bridge and a wide range of resources.

We provide an extensive range of resources which are fully inclusive , these are rotated regularly and added to to provide a stimulating environment which reflects the children's interests.

We now run a successful Breakfast and Lunch club.

Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
28/09/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
01/12/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
07/11/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We have arrangements in place to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities, including an extensive Induction process, and to promote equality of opportunity for children in our care.  Ideally collection of information will begin before a child enters the setting and will continue to be updated and supplemented over time.

Our building and outside area are fully accessible and on one level with wide doors.  We have two accessible toilets, one for the main hall, one for the Jubilee room and one at the nature play center. 

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator has over 16 years experience dealing with a wide range of additional needs.  A second staff member is currently doing her Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator training.  The Co-ordinator is supported by staff all of whom are trained in First Aid and some have undertaken Epilepsy and Epipen training.  Any additional training would take place to support any additional requirements.  Regular meetings are held to discuss the needs and development of all children.  Two staff members have attended the course English as an Additional language and some staff have completed training In Makaton, two others are booked on courses to start Makaton training.  Staff have completed training in Behaviour Management and 2's Are Special.

We have a system of observation and assessment planning for all children.  Children, when appropriate, are supported by Individual Learning Plans with SMART targets.  These are renewed regularly with input from parents/carers and any other professionals involved.

Uplands Pre-School provides family centred support and consideres the family's needs and the best way to support them.  We understand the importance of working closely with parents/carers, other professionals and other settings to help with early identification, assessment and putting in place relevent actions needed to ensure full inclusion and to meet the child's individaul needs.  Children's and parent's/carer's views are always taken into account and respected.

Our resources and environment, both inside and out, reflects diversity in culture, religion, ethnicity and social backgrounds.

There are many ways in which a child with additional needs can make the most of the opportunities provided.  Some of the approaches we include are:changing the grouping of children for a particular activity, changing the routine of the session, supporting the child during play/language activities, allowing additional time for staff to plan, allowing time for staff to observe the child, monitor the provision regularly, supporting staff to undertake additional training, providing different learning materials or specialised equipment, providing additional adult support, behaviour management plans (agreed with parents/carers)and dual placements for children with complex needs.

Samantha Howlett
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities

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