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Silkstone Pre-School Playgroup Ltd

Silkstone Preschool Playgroup Ltd is a small, open plan preschool tucked into the corner of the grounds of Silkstone Primary school. The preschool offers a homely environment with the child placed at the centre of our practice. The setting is currently undertaking our curiosity approach accreditation, one of only a small selection of early years settings in South Yorkshire to be undertaking the award. Our ethos and approach to early learning is through offering real, authentic resources and loose parts to support the imagination and creativity of the children. Our environment is very district and different to other early years settings, we create a homely and cosy environment through the use of soft lighting and creating cosy nooks and quiet areas for the children to explore and retreat. We offer a selection of loose parts to explore early mathematical skills and provide a variety of resources that generate curiosity and interest. Our children are very independent as we involve them in the rituals of the setting, including preparing their own snack and laying the table for lunch and participating in weekly baking activities as well as encouraging them to help with washing and drying the dishes and loading and unloading the washing machine.

Central to our curriculum is an emphasis on being an active part of the community and developing a social responsibility, our children have the opportunity to link with preschools in inner city areas and a preschool in New Zealand to learn about other cultures and beliefs. We also actively contribute to our community by encouraging food bank donations and litter picking to ensure our children are fully prepared to play an active part in their community as they grow. As a small team the children form very strong relationships with their key adults and we have a highly qualified staff team including a qualified teacher who has developed the curriculum and supports practice. We place a strong emphasis on the outdoors and ensure that children have free flow access to the garden area throughout the day, the children have access to a construction and home corner, shed a mud kitchen, a sit in sand pit and a range of large loose parts alongside a planting plot where the children grow seasonal vegetables and herbs. A core part of our provision are regular nature walks where we explore first hand the changes to the weather and the seasons and develop our physical skills through trips to the local woodland area. We also explore wider afield and often travel on the bus to local areas such as museums, markets and art galleries to expand the children's understanding of the world

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Jackson
Contact Position
Silkstone Pre-School

Where to go

Old Town School
High Street
South Yorkshire
S75 4LR

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.25 Childcare Cost per hour: 0-1yrs
£3.95 Childcare Cost per hour: 3-4yr olds
£3.95 Childcare Cost per hour: 2yr olds
£3.50 After School Session per hour
£20 Holiday Club per day
£3.50/£3.95 Holiday Club per hour


Other notes

We are a fully inclusive setting based on one level with ramp access to the building. Our staff have extensive experience of supporting children with special educational needs and completed SEND based paperwork

Childcare Information

Age Range

1 years,8 months
11 years,11 months


Immediate vacancies
All days except Wednesdays

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Silkstone Common J & I
Silkstone Primary

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


The preschool is fully inclusive and welcomes children with special educational needs and disability-all our staff have received additional traing in supporting children with additional needs.

The Preschool has a special educational needs coordinator who coordinates SEND provision across the preschool

Clear transition processes are in place to support transition to school including a graduated approach

Graduated approach system in place 

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How do we offer support to children or young people with a special educational need or disability?

We offer support to children who attend the setting by working with Parents and the relevant professionals to ensure that the child is fully supported both in the setting and in their own home.  We support parents by attending courses/meetings alongside them to enable us to gain a holistic view of the child and to all agree what we can deliver that will be in the best interests of the child.  We set up support plans where needed and have a whole setting approach towards helping and working alongside the child.  All activities are differentiated according to a child’s ability and ensure that no child is excluded. We follow the graduated approach and ensure that we set SMART objectives and that these are reviewed regularly in consultation with parents. Practitioners are confident in their interventions and setting high standards for all children with special educational needs and disability 

What specialist training, experience and expertise do we have relevant to children with special educational needs and disabilities?

The setting has fully qualified staff with in depth knowledge of the EYFS and EYDJ and not only the SENCO has attended the SENCO training, but other members of the team as well.  We have experience of working with Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, BESST and the Social and Communication Interaction (SCI) team. the SENCO has accessed a wide range of additional professional development and as a level 3 SENCO award as well as additional training in supporting children with ASD

How accessible is our setting?

The setting is very accessible via a ramp from the main school playground, with a portable ramp for exiting the step down into the play area at the back.  The main room is a large airy room, on one floor with plenty of space to move around.  The tables are height adjustable to cater for children with differing needs.

Last updated on 07/12/2021
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