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Lawshall Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup
General Details

Lawshall Pre-school is a committee run organisation, situated in the grounds of the village primary school, in a purpose built building. We take children from the age of 2  to 5 years old.  Each session we can cater for up to 18 children, who are supported by a team of experienced, enthusiastic, fun, well trained, caring staff.  We have access to a fantastic secure outdoor play area with climbing frames, playhouse, large sandpit, mud kitchen, water play and garden areas.   We operate a free flow play system so the children can choose to access indoor or outdoor facilities at all times.  All children are allocated a key person who works closely with the child and their family to ensure their individual needs are met,  their development moves forward and that their time with us is an enjoyable and fun experience.  We  offer a lunch club facility where younger children can have their lunch in the pre-school within familiar surroundings and older children have the opportunity to have their lunch in the main school lunch hall, helping to familiarise them with 'Big school', and helping them to achieve a smooth transition later.  At our recent Ofsted Inspection we were awarded a 'Good' rating and the inspector commented on our warm and welcoming environment and the wide range of learning opportunities available to the children.  As a committee run Pre-School parents are encouraged to take an active role in the running of the Pre-school, thorough a range of opportunities from joining the committee, helping at sessions or organizing fundraising events, trips etc.  Our Pre-school ethos is ‘Children learning through play’ and we believe in helping every child to reach their full potential in a caring, supportive, fun environment.  

Who to contact

Janice Robotham
Pre-School Leader/SENCO
Lawshall Pre-School
The Street, c/o Lawshall Primary School
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 4QA
01284 827588
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Venue Details

The Bluebell Building
The Street
Bury St Edmumds
IP29 4QA
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Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Parking is available along the road outside the church, there are parking restrictions in front of the main school and on the School car park

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
Lawshall Pre-School currently has limited spaces available: We currently are operating under Covid 19 restrictions - no new spaces currently available

Days & times

Monday: 8.30 - 3.30
Tuesday: 8.30 - 3.30
Wednesday: 8.30 - 3.30
Thursday: 8.30 - 3.30
Friday: 8.30 - 3.30

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - We have a ramped, wheelchair access to our building.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We are an all inclusive setting and welcome children from all cultural and religous backgrounds.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - We cater for all dietary needs, working alongside the parents to ensure the child's needs are met.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) attends regular training and up date meetings and is able to access outside support when needed to enable the provision to offer care to children with additional needs and disabilities. In house training and the cascading of information, ensures that all staff are able to support the needs of the children attending the setting
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Emotional needs
Global Delay
Learning difficulties
Physical impairment
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.35 Lunch Club - Per day
£13.05 3 years plus - Per session
£30.45 Per day
£4.80 Lunch Club - Per day
£14.40 2 years - Per session
£33.60 2 years - per day
There is a small a chrarge for snack at 50p per session

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, 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 play equipment, Slide, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch, Village walks
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s) 0 month(s)
To 5 Year(s) 0 month(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
09/12/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
12/02/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
20/05/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Our Leader is an accredited SENCO and has attended SEND training.

All Staff have completed Makaton training to level 4.

Staff have undertaken training skills for medical conditions relating to individual children.

We have wheelchair access via our main entrance and have disabled toilet facilities.

We have implemented a programme of emotional support to help children develop stratagies to deal with a wide range of emotions that can impact on their metal health, self-esteem and self-confidence

We are committed to meeting the unique needs of all children that attend our setting and will seek advice, information and assistance from outside professionals where needed in order to fully support children with special educational needs and disabilities  in our setting.

Children identified as requiring additional support are supported through our graduated approach, we work closely with the parents and outside advisors, when needed,  to develop an individual plan that is implemented in setting and assessed regularly with the parents, key person and setting SENCO. 


Janice Robotham
01284 827588
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities

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