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Brookside Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup
General Details

Play and learn with a smile at Brookside Pre-school. Our pre-school offers education and care from aged 2 years to 4 years. Our purpose built building is the perfect start to your child's early education.

The staff promote play through learning in a fun filled way making it enjoyable for the children linking closely to their interests.

Who to contact

Melissa O'Halloran
Gusford School Grounds
Sheldrake Drive
01473 604238

Venue Details

Gusford School Grounds
Sheldrake Drive
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Parking is available on parts of the road near to the venue. There is yellow lines immediately outside, so parking not allowed during the school hours. There is a parade of shops opposite the school with parking available.

We are easily accessible via the number 13 and 15 bus routes, and easily walkable from the Chantry, Belstead Hills and Pinewood areas.


Are our building can be found at the back of Gusford school grounds, accessible at all times during the day via a gate on Ellenbrook Road, and at the start and end of the school day via the Sheldrake drive entrance into the school.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
Please contact Brookside Pre-School for vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30
Monday to Friday: 11.30-12.00 Lunch Club available - 
Monday to Friday: 12.00 - 3.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We are fully inclusive and can cater for all different cultures, we work closely with our parents to ensure that all cultural needs are met including celebrations, cultural dietary needs. and aim to overcome language barriers with any outside agency support.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - We can cater for various special dietary needs, whether it is through allergy, cultural or parental preference.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Downs syndrome
Global Delay
Learning difficulties
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£11 2 years - Per session
£9 3 years plus - Per session
£2.00 Lunch Club - Per day
Reduction for twins.

Other Details

Arts and crafts, CCTV, Close to parks, Computer, Equipment for all ages, Out-door play, Quiet area
School pickups
Gusford Primary School (Ipswich)
Further information about pick-ups
Provide an afterschool and Holiday club.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)

We are a fully inclusive setting so are able accomodate for all children, regardless of race, religion, gender and disaibilities.

Staff go on regular training courses to update their own going knowledge. They can also access specialist courses to support accomodation for varing needs.

Offers Tax Free Childcare
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Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
09/12/2008Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
23/10/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
17/03/2015Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
06/06/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
21/03/2018Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
18/01/2019Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

At Brookside we ensure we have full regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) and the Equality Act (2010) so we ensure that our provision is fully inclusive to all children with special educational needs.

  • We provide a welcome and learning through play enriched environment ensuring that we meet each individual child's needs and their stages of development.
  • We aim to wrok closely in partnership with our parents/carers and any outside agencies to meet and support the chidren's needs.
  • We work in conjunction with our special educational needs policy, which we regularly update to ensure that we carry on meeting the most up to date legislations with regard to special educational needs.
  • We have a trained Suffolk accredited named SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) within the setting: Melissa Bedford as well as our Manager Kerrie Webster who is also a suffolk accredited SENCo. Melissa works closely with all staff to support the Keypersons with children who have special educational needs. She has the full responsibility to ensure the setting follows the Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordinating provision for children with SEN.
  • All staff are aware that they have a duty to meet the needs of children with SEN in their care.
  • We ensure that children with SEN are given extra support with regard to any transitional changes in their education, including transition to other settings.
  • We use the system of 'Assess, Plan, Do and Review' as outlined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) for children with SEN.
  • We as a setting as a whole ensure that we keep up to date with the changing of legislation and guidelines by attending regular meetings and training sessions, then information is then cascaded down to other staff members.
  • Some specialist training courses relating to SEN that staff at Brookside have attended:

  * Makaton 1-4

  * Autism Spectrum Awareness

 * Speech and Language for the under 5's

 * As well as other training linked to EYFS which can have a positive impact on children with SEN's development


Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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