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.
|Autumn Term 2017 dates:
||Mon.4th September to Tue.19th December
||(half term: 23rd to 27th October)
||Spring Term 2018 dates:
||Thu.4th January to Thu.29th March
||(half term: 12th to 16th February)
||Summer Term 2018 dates:
||Mon.16th April to Thu.19th July
||(half term: 28th to 31st May)
Times & Fees
Up to 2017, Pre-school starts at 9.00 am and finishes at 12 noon each morning. On most days, as numbers permit, there is also a Lunch Club from 12.00 to 1.30, followed by an Afternoon Session until 3.15 pm. From September 2017 onwards, Pre-school is open from 9.00 am to 3.15 pm every weekday morning.
3 & 4 year olds are charged at a slightly lower rate than 2 year olds, i.e. £4.50 and £4.95 per hour respectively. This equates to £13.50 / £14.85 for morning sessions (£20.25 / £22.28 with lunch club), or £14.63 / £16.08 for afternoons including lunch club. The full day is charged at £28.13 / £30.93. Fees are payable termly in advance. Free Early Education (FEE) funding is available from the start of the term after a child's third birthday, we accept childcare vouchers, and we are an approved pre-school for Government tax credits purposes - for more information please go to www.gov.uk/childcare-tax-credits.
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.
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.
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.
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
Climbing Frame & Slide