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Benhall Pre-school

Pre-School Playgroup
Coronavirus Support

From the 8th June we started with children going to school in September and key worker children. We will only be opening fully when we feel it is safe enough to do so with the correct protocols in place to ensure there is no risk to our staff, children or families. 

General Details

Benhall Pre School opened in 1981 and operates from an open plan modular build next to the primary school. There is a secure enclosed outside play are which is fully accessible. The Pre School is registered to care for a maximum of 25 children at any one time and supports children with special needs.

Each child in the setting has a key person who will take an extra special interest in your child; learning their likes and dislikes, their family, friends and any special events etc. She will take a big role in helping to settle your child at first and also continue to reassure and support your child when necessary.

We are a Parent Committee run Pre School and parents are encouraged to come along to meetings and become involved in your childs setting. As a registered charity we are constantly fundraising to improve facilities and update our resources, details of fundraising events can be found on our calendar.


Who to contact

Zoe Plant
Maternity Cover Manager
Benhall Preschool
School Lane
IP17 1HE
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Contact Notes

You can also contact us via our Facebook page. 

Charity Commissioning Number

Venue Details

Benhall Pre School,
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
there is a large carpark to the rear of the school , please follow Benhall Exservicemen club signs as the car park belongs to them.
bus service from saxmundham to benhall

We are a modular building located down school lane which can be found behind Benhall St Marys primary School. When visiting the preschool we advise people to use a SAT Nav to the local primary school first to avoid being sent down a very narrow part of school lane.

Additional contact

Miss Rebecca Asher
Deputy Manager

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary
We will be working closely with local registered childminders to supoort them and ensure the best possible fit for the 30 hours. we are open 8am until 4pm and funding can be used accross these hours.


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
We curently have availability on the following: Mondays 8 until 4 (all ages) Tuesdays 8 until 4 (all ages) Wednesdays 1130 until 4 (all ages) Thursday 8 until 4 (all ages) Friday 8 until 4 (all ages)

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - There is a ramp into our outside area which is on level ground with the main building.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We meet the needs for all cultures attending our preschool by learning about them on their induction days and through registration forms.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - All dietry needs are met by strong links with parents prior to child starting and ongoing reviews take place regualarly.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - In the past we have had experience which additional needs . For example we have adapted our setting to meet the needs of those with limited mobility and work closely with other professionals to enable the children to access the entire curriculum. We have also worked with children with communication difficulties with the use of makaton and PECs to support them in feeling safe and comfortable within the environment. Other experience includes emotional wellbeing management, supporting children to express themselves freely but in a safe and secure manner including managing emotional outbursts by supporting the child to find a calm space .
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Physical impairment
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
Visual impairment


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 Nursery - Per hour
Hot lunch £2.40 Uniform Polo shirt £8 Jumper £10 Available clubs for reception to year 6: £4 an hour Breakfast and afterschool School Holidays Up to 10% Discount available for multiple club bookings! Non-refundable Deposit required upon booking The above cost are a guide and subject to change. Please note we also charge a late collection fee of £10 per 15 minutes. Please note we are open all year round and costing during holidays are ruduced, please enquire for further details.

Other Details

Accessible parking, Adventure play area, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Garden, Healthy eating, Homework support, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Slide, Soft play area, Swings, Take children on outings, Village walks
School pickups
St Mary's CEVCP School (Saxmundham)
Further information about pick-ups
We hold a breakfast club and afterschool club for children attending Benhall St Marys primary school . this runs 8 until 9 with a breakfast of toast, fruit or cereal and 3pm until 5pm with a light tea.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 11 Year(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare
Last Updated

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
13/02/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Staff at Benhall Preschool are Makaton trained and use these during all daily routines. This helps children communicate freely with staff and other children when communication difficulties arise. We also have staff trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) which has been passed down to the team through regular teams meetings.  Staff work closely with all professionals and have had experience in completing and using Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP) to support smooth transitions for children with SEN as well as to ensure everybody is working towards the same outcomes.   We have also had experience with children with limited mobility in the past so staff are very aware of room layouts and additional physical interventions that may be required to ensure children can access all areas of the environment. We can support parents through any application process they may need to make , claiming for any additional funding as well following up any advice given from other professionals. we have also worked with professionals within the setting including paediatricians , Speech therapists and Occupational therapists .

Rebecca Asher
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities


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