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First Friends Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup

First Friends Pre School is based in a large, purpose built facility which gives children opportunities to access all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We have an all weather outside area where the children grow vegetables and flowers and have a willow den with seating. There is a separate outdoor area for natural play, with a platform to watch wildlife extending their learning in the natural environment. Our aim is to provide a happy and stimulating setting in which the children can develop their social and personal skills within a caring environment. Our thoughtful, caring, well established and experienced team offer a warm and caring setting where politeness and care for others is strongly encouraged.

3 & 4 year old funding

Who to contact

Emma Rayner
Setting Manager
Folly Road
Gt Waldingfield
CO10 0RR
01787 882473

Venue Details

First Friends Pre-School
Great Waldingfield
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Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Parking is limited at school drop of and pick up - please respectful to residents when parking
Bus 753 from Sudbury or 111 from Sudbury

First Friends Pre-School is set within the grounds of Gt Waldingfield CEVC Primary School


Additional contact

Zena Chappell or Lois Bannister
01787 882473

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Immediate vacancies

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 15.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Fragile X
Global Delay
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Physical impairment
Serious allergy
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£14 Per session
£32 Per day
£4 Lunch Club - Per day
2yr funded places available Children over 3 yrs are Early Education Funded Education funded for up to 15hrs per week. Extended hours available to working families

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, 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, Sleeping area, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch, Village walks
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 4 Year(s) 11 month(s)

We offer a learning environment in which we provide a range of differentiated activities to meet individual needs to support all children to reach their full potential.

Our purpose built facility is fully accessible including toileting areas, wide doors, same level access throughout or ramps.

We comply to guidelines as set out by the EfES, Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014.

Our assessment and monitoring, in partnership with parents and other professionals, enables us to identify childrens individual needs and progress.

Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
09/11/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
04/12/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
20/09/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Zena Chappell, SENCO

Makaton, Intro to BSL

ECAT (Every Child a Talker), I CAN

Postive Approach to Behaviour

Assessment & Tracking


Wellcom - Speech and language assessment

Handling Challenging Situations

Zena Chappell
01787 882473
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities

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Amazing pre-school Rated 5 out of 5
First friends preschool are brilliant, I have a child with special needs and they have supported him and us as a family so well, the staff are all friendly and helpful, I never have any issues speaking to any of them I couldn’t have asked for a better nursery. My daughter has also started now and she has come on so well with their support. I would highly recommend first friends to anyone. 

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Review submitted on 15/03/2018

Fantastic preschool Rated 5 out of 5
First Friends is such a lovely preschool. My son started there at 2 years old & was extremely shy, he’s now been there for 2 years & absolutely loves it. He’s gained so much confidence & learns so much through play. The ladies who run & work there are all wonderful & the kids love them. My daughter started going last September & also loves it. Her speech and vocabulary increases every time she goes & she loves her little friends. I’m so pleased I found this place :-)

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Review submitted on 19/04/2018

Brilliant Rated 5 out of 5
First friends is a brilliant nursery. The staff are helpful, friendly and approachable. They are great with the kids. My little girl is has been going for just over a year now, she started when she was 2. She has developed fantastically. She loves going and most of the time doesn't want her sessions to end. My little boy is due to start after Easter and I know that he will be happy and excel in his development like his sister has done. 

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Review submitted on 13/03/2019


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