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Rattlesden Playgroup

Pre-School Playgroup

Rattlesden Playgroup was established in 1970, and is a community playgroup which firmly believes in learning through play. We are affiliated to the Pre-school Learning Alliance and work in partnership with Suffolk County Council. We are listed in the List of Providers. Parents form the committee which is the registered provider. We work closely with the community and invite members of the community to be involved. We visit local amenities e.g. Bradfield Woods, as part of our curriculum. We have investigated habitat, fungi, animal tracks, camouflage. Travelling Ted accompanies us on our trips and he keeps a log book of our adventure. We track his progress on our World Map.

We have recently taken on an allotment and encourage the children to grow their own food. We also grow our own vegetables and fruit in our playgroup garden.

We take part in the RSPB Birdwatch and have made nestboxes for our garden.

We link with local schools, playgroups, childminders and Health Visitors. We work closely with the area SENCO and support children with Additional Needs. We arrange visits from our Community Policeman, Dental Health Educator, Fire Service etc. We also try to use the skills of our parents to help enhance our provision e.g teaching us a nursery rhyme in their child's home language. We welcome volunteers and we also accept students from local schools and colleges. We have been registered with Suffolk County Council as a safe training provider. Our strength lies in the fact that we work as a team to provide the best care for our playgroup children.

We use Tapestry, an online learning journal to enable parents to see their child's records and also allow for a smooth transition to Primary School. Evaluations are completed online and parents can add comments.

We have also added a Facebook page which shows our activities and provides updates of forthcoming events. 

We have a website but we have experienced problems with updating items. We are looking to reset it once we have the expertise. Meanwhile check our Facebook page.

We encourage our children to "think outside the box" and to be creative. Learning through play allows children to explore their world.

You are welcome to visit us to see us in action. Please get in touch. We provide 'taster sessions' to help you make up your mind.

Parents and carers are welcome to stay with their child until they are settled. In fact, we actively encourage it with our two year old children. All children are different and some may not need that support but it is good to know that there is that option. We have found that parents have benefitted from watching their child at play and having the confidence to gradually pull away.

Who to contact

Miss Mikayla Gunner
Venue Notes

Bus routes to Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. 

Transport information:The bus stop is opposite the village hall

01449 736460
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Venue Details

Village Hall
Lower Road
Bury St. Edmunds
IP30 0RJ
Venue Email
Parking available
Parking details
Parking directly outside the village hall and directly opposite.
The bus stops outside the village hall.
Restrictions to access
There are steps leading up to our outdoor space.

Bus routes to Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. 

Transport information:The bus stop is opposite the village hall

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


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Other information
Please contact Rattlesden Playgroup for vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday: 9.15-12.15 - 12.15 -15.15
Tuesday: 9.15 -12.15 - 12.15 -15.15
Friday: 9.15- 12.15 - 13.15

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We operate an equal opportunities policy and try to ensure that we support children of all cultures/faiths and nationalities.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - Yes. We are allergy aware and ensure that individual's needs are met.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - We have experience of a variety of Special Needs and have attended specific training courses e.g Autism, Makaton, the Gifted Child, Behaviour Management and Portage.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Autistic spectrum
Brittle Bones
Communication difficulties
Emotional needs


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£3.87 2 years - Per hour
£11.61 2 years plus - Per session
£23.22 2 years plus - Per day
We discuss individual needs and hope to help.

Other Details

Accessible parking, 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, Quiet area, Sensory garden, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, Soft play area, Swings, Take children on outings, Trampoline, Vegetable patch, Village walks
School pickups
Rattlesden CofE
Further information about pick-ups
We take and collect children from Rattlesden Academy when we have transition days.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)

We are allergy aware and do not use nut products in our setting. We administer prescribed medicine as long as the correct medical forms have been signed and that we have had the appropriate training.

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Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
09/07/2007Combined Inspection - ChildcareGood
09/07/2007Combined Inspection - Nursery EducationGood
21/03/2011EYR InspectionGood
23/11/2015EYR InspectionInadequate
04/03/2016EYR Re-InspectionRequires Improvement
22/11/2016EYR Re-InspectionGood
28/11/2017EYR InspectionGood

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We are a community playgroup and aim to include all children within our community and those that wish to attend our setting.

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

If specialist equipment is needed, we work with local agencies to ensure that the child's needs are met.

We ensure that staff members receive training to be able to support the child.

Rattlesden Playgroup has a qualified SENCO

Staff  are trained in manual handling. A member of staff is trained in Makaton. 

Staff have attended courses on Portage, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Behaviour Management, Working with under Twos.

All staff have up to date Paediatric First Aid Certificates and have been trained in the use of an Epipen.

All staff have Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificates.

We are working to be an accredited ECAT setting.

We monitor speech and language development and work closely with the Speech and Language "drop in centres" and try to get early support for the children in our care.


Miss Mikayla Gunner
01449 736460
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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