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Little Teapots Pre-school

Pre-School Playgroup
General Details

Little Teapots Pre School is a parent-managed committee with charitable status .  We have achieved four OUTSTANDING Ofsted inspections. We work in a close liaison with qualified practitioners to create a warm, caring, stimulating learning environment.

We pride ourselves on our outstanding parent partnership and value their contribution for day to day running of the school. If you are happy, we are happy !

Each child has their own key worker to ensure the child is happy and secure in their learning thus promoting a smooth transition from home to pre school and from pre school to Primary School.  A learning journey is kept for all children which includes photos, observations and next step planning to enhance your childs learning through play, covering Prime Areas - (Personal Social and Emotional, Physical Development and Communication and Language) and Specific Areas - (Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the world). We incorporate these areas in our adult led and child inititated activities. 

We have 8 qualified staff that regularly attend training to provide the best quality of teaching including a  SENCO who works closely with parents and other agencies providing the best  support for their child.

We are registered for 32 children per session. The pre school is Ofsted inspected (Outstanding )and registered to qualify for the early education funding which is available for 2,3 and 4 year olds, and 30 hours funded for qualifying families. 

We have an open door policy welcoming all families to visit us at any time during the sessions.

Please come and see us !

Who to contact

Jenny Snape
Lead Practitioner
Erskine Centre
Chevington Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 4UL
01284 852005
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Venue Details

Erskine Centre Chevington Road
Bury St. Edmunds
IP29 4UL
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Large Car Park. Including disabled parking.
Located next to a public bus route.Bus route for Ickworth Park Primary School and Horringer Court Middle School
Restrictions to access
Ramps to and from building.

Adjoining a large open field and use of village hall to large indoor play.

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30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
We are full every morning but still have availability for afternoon sessions and lunch

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 07.30 - 16.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises and ramps into the garden area.
Cultural provisions
Yes - This setting complies with all equalities legislation.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - We will cater for individual needs when required.Allergies and all dietry requirements.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - Some special needs covered in Diploma in Pre-school Practice.One member of staff is Trained as a SENCO,all our staff are competent to care for all children's needs.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Cystic Fibrosis
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Serious allergy
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
4.75 Lunch Club - Per day
14.25 2 years plus - Per session
14.25 2 years plus - Per session
4.75 Breakfast Club

Other Details

Accessible parking, Adventure play area, Arts and crafts, Baby facilities, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Games consoles, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory garden, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, Soft play area, Swings, TV, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Trampoline, Vegetable patch, Village walks
School pickups
Ickworth Park Primary School (Bury St Edmunds)
Further information about pick-ups
We provide a breakfast club and will walk children to the bus stop outstide of our building to catch the bus to local primary school and middle school.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 8 Year(s)

We are joined to the local village hall offering us the use of a large indoor hall .  We meet regularly with the mother and toddler group (Little Teacups).

We have the use of a large open playing field and play area.  A stables is located at the back of our building where we are invited to visit the horses in their stables .

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
30/03/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
04/03/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
17/12/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We are an inclusive setting, we ensure all children are given the opportunities and support they need.

We are an Every Child a Talker (ECAT) setting.

The SENCO's role is to :

  • Ensure liason with parents, other professionals and other settings in respect of children with special educational needs.
  • Advise and support other practitioners in the setting.
  • Ensure that appropriate individual education plans are in place.
  • Ensure that relevant background information about individual children with special educational needs is collected, recorded and updated.

Before a child starts at the pre school, all parents are offered the chance to visit with their child to experience for themselves a normal daily session.  Parents are also offered a home visit from the Lead Pracitioner and key worker.

Emily Gilbert
01284 852005
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties

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A home from home setting
Both my children attended Little Teapots, and thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent there. The staff provide a caring, nurturing environment, whilst giving the children all the stimulation they need. I saw my children grow in confidence during their time at Little Teapots and they were well prepared for school when the time came for them to leave. I would recommend Little Teapots to other parents without hesitation!
Wonderful setting for children
I am blessed that my daughter has attended Little Teapots. It is a wonderful setting with excellent staff. I couldn't wish for a better preschool for my children. Submitted: 18/07/2019