First Friends Pre-School
First Friends Pre School is based in a large, purpose built nursery which provides children with opportunities to access all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. First Friends is a child-led learning environment, with a dedicated staff team who nurture, encourage and teach the children every step of their learning journey.
Our aim is to provide a happy and stimulating setting in which the children can develop all areas of their learning through play. We have a large outdoor learning environment for free-flow play, as well as a wild garden for mud play and learning in the natural world.
First Friends aim is to inspire children to become confident and enthusiastic learners, skillful communicators, an enquiring mind and a zest for life.
Who to contact
- Emma Rayner
- Setting Manager
- CO10 0RR
- First Friends Pre-School
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- Venue Email
- Venue Website
- Parking available
- Parking details
- Parking is limited at school drop off 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
- Zena Chappell or Lois Bannister
- 01787 882473
30 Hours Extended Entitlements
- Registered to provide 30 Hours?
- Last updated
- Immediate vacancies
- Other information
- We have limited places available for the academic year 2023-2024 Our waiting list is open for children to join us from September 2024
Days & times
Monday to Friday: 07.30 - 15.00
- 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
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £15.5 Per session £4.5 Lunch Club - Per day £5 Breakfast club - Per day
- 2yr funded places available Children over 3 yrs are Early Education Funded Education funded for up to 15hrs per week. (30 hours for working families)
- 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, 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 URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 29/09/2005 Integrated Good 09/11/2010 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 04/12/2014 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 20/09/2018 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
- 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
Mental health conditions
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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.
Review submitted on 13/03/2019