BENENDEN PRE-SCHOOL    (01580) 241137









Organisation Term Dates Times & Fees Our Vision Testimonials Security Our Home Our Garden

Benenden Pre-school is a non-profit making organisation, relying on the close involvement of parents and carers. We are run by an elected committee of parents, holding an AGM each May. We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, registered for full day care with Ofsted, and are also a Registered Charity.


Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018 dates: Mon 3rd September to Mon 17th December (half term: 22nd to 26th October)
Spring Term 2019 dates: Thurs 3rd January to Fri 5th April (half term: 18th to 22nd February)
Summer Term 2019 dates: Tues 23rd April to Thurs 18th July (half term: 27th to 31st May)


Times & Fees

Current Opening Times (term time only, 38 weeks a year)


0900 - 1515


0900 – 13 30


0900 - 1515


0900 – 1515


0900 - 1200

Benenden Pre-School is flexible and can offer a combination of all the above to suit your child's needs.

Session Times & Fees From September 2018

Hourly Rate - 2 year olds £5.50 – 3 & 4 year olds £5.00

Hours Attended

2 years

3 & 4 years

Morning session

0900 - 1200



Morning plus lunch *

0900 - 1330



Afternoon session *

1200 - 1515



Full Day *

0900 - 1515



* please provide a packed lunch

You will receive an invoice before the beginning  of each new term and payment should be made within 14 days of the invoice date by cheque, cash, bank transfer or childcare vouchers. We are also an approved Pre-school for Government tax credit purposes – for more information please go to


Our Vision

Benenden Pre-school is a welcoming, family-orientated, village setting where child-centred activities enable children to learn through play, to explore and engage with resources, both inside and outdoors, to be involved and concentrated and to think creatively. We offer an inclusive, positive and stimulating environment in which each child is special and where every child’s growth in independence and confidence, and their continued individual progress in Prime and Specific areas of the EYFS, is supported by dedicated staff working closely with parents.

Some Testimonials

Mrs S. - I moved into the village 3 years ago and felt it was important to get my children into Benenden pre-school so they could make friends that lived locally to us. My eldest fitted into preschool life very quickly and made lots of friends all of whom moved up into the primary school with her. It also helped me get to know lots of mums who have become my friends too. My youngest is now at Benenden Pre-school and thoroughly enjoys it even asking to go on her 'at home' days.

Mrs B. - My Daughter Maddy had a wonderful couple of years at Benenden Pre-school. She couldn't have been happier there and skipped in every day. The atmosphere was always warm, friendly and secure with plenty of playing and learning opportunities.

Mrs M. - Before we moved out of London to the village of Benenden, I called the Benenden Pre-school to see about placing my 3 year old daughter there. Mrs Darracott couldn't have been more helpful or informative. On my first visit I saw that though the school was small the attention and love lavished on the children was apparent. My daughter went to the pre-school for two years and I couldn't have asked for a better start to her school life. She has made firm friends who will be with her forever. The pre-school helped her become the confident, caring child she has become. Thank you Benenden Pre-school, for the best start to my child's life.


Both of our garden gates have external and internal locks, which are out of children's reach, and inside we have a security chain that is put on as soon as the session starts. Any visitors must sign in on arrival. Children may only be collected by someone who has previously been registered with us, unless you have made other arrangements with the staff beforehand. There is a car park at the rear of the building and we recommend that parents use this.

Our Home

We are very lucky to have our pre-school in such a beautiful building. This was built in 1881 for Lord Cranbrook as a Working Man's Institute and in 1940 it was even used by the Home Guard because of its commanding position on the crossroads. So although the pre-school has been in the building for over 40 years the building itself has been standing for over 125 years.

Our Garden

We have a great secure garden with a lawned area to run around or play games on, and a play area with climbing frame, sand-pit and play house. There is a wide range of ride-on toys to choose from, and raised flower and vegetable beds which the children help plant and maintain. The garden has a huge friendly tree which gives the children plenty of shade on a summer's day, and is lovely to sit under for story time.

Our Front Garden

"Outstanding in all areas" from Ofsted


Raised Flower & Vegetable Bed

"Sporty Tots"

Climbing Frame & Slide