Ickford Pre-School Playgroup

Pre-School Playgroup, close to the M40, managed by a Primary School Teacher, located in Ickford, in the District of Aylesbury Vale.

Extended Hours and After School Club for all children aged between two years and eleven years old, held in Pre-School Building. Qualified, caring and enthusiastic staff, all trained in Paediatric first aid and safeguarding.

We cater for all dietary requirements. All staff are level 2 food hygiene qualified.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helen Harris
Contact Position
Ickford Pre-School

Where to go

Ickford School
Sheldon Road
HP18 9HY
Venue Notes

Local bus route.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AgeAmount £Cost Type
2 years 4.80 Per hour
3 to 4 years 4.80 Per hour
All Ages 4.40 Per hour - After School
All Ages 4.40 Per hour - Before School
All Ages 2.50 Per meal
Cost Description

Childcare vouchers accepted.

The preschool day can be broken down into:

  • Morning preschool session - £14.40
  • Morning preschool session with lunch - £19.20
  • Afternoon session - £15.60


Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancy range(s)
From 2 years to 2 years (spaces available = 2)
From 3 years to 4 years (spaces available = 2)

Some spaces available across various sessions.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Childcare

This Provider is offering 30 Hours free childcare places

30 Hours Partner Summary
We offer the extended 15 funded hours, 8:15am to 9am and 1pm to 3:15pm. Universal funded hours from 9am to 3:15pm.
Age ranges
From 2 years to 5 years
When is childcare available?
Term Times
No. of weeks a year we are open
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday AM 09:00 12:00
Monday PM 12:00 15:15
Tuesday AM 09:00 12:00
Tuesday PM 12:00 15:15
Wednesday AM 09:00 12:00
Wednesday PM 12:00 15:15
Thursday AM 09:00 12:00
Thursday PM 12:00 15:15
Friday AM 09:00 12:00
Friday PM 12:00 15:15
Other Availability

Breakfast Club starts at 7:45 am (2 to 11 years). Wrap around care available for 2 to 11 year olds until 6pm. Healthy snack provided at 4pm, hot meal available at 5pm for £2.50.

School Pickups

Pickups/Collections offered
Ickford School
Ickford Pre-School Playgroup

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


Ickford Pre-School offers wrap-around care (7:45am-6pm) to children from the local and extended community.  We are open to children from all backgrounds and are accessible to all. We include and cater for all ethnicities, cultures and religions, social and economic backgrounds, home languages, disabilities, learning difficulties, genders and abilities. We believe in each child receiving quality care and achieving their full potential by learning through play in a caring, supportive setting.

Contact Name
Helen Harris
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
SENCo Name
Helen Harris
SENCo Email
Local Offer Links
Pre-School website
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)

Early Years Local Offer Response

How does the setting know if a child will need extra help and what should families do if they think their child may have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)?

We work closely with parents, outside agencies and settings already involved with children to identify any special needs and disabilities which require extra help. We monitor and assess children as they progress through their time with us to best cater for their individual needs. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator addresses concerns staff have about their key children. If parents/carers feel their child may have SEN, we listen to concerns and decide appropriate action between the setting and home.

How will staff in the setting support a child with SEND?

We have a designated Special Needs Co-ordinator who is responsible for overseeing all provision for SEND children and each individual child has a key worker who liaises with home and other settings/external agencies to support SEND children, using a planned programme to best support and progress the child.

How will the curriculum for the setting be matched to a child with SEND's needs?

All our planning and provision is based around the interests and needs of the individual child, whether SEND or not. The SENCO, Manager and Key Worker for SEND children will ensure that all activities available for SEND children are accessible and appropriate for the needs of each individual.

How will staff work with families about how a child with SEND is doing and how to support a child's learning?

Staff will meet regularly with parents and external agencies to assess the provision and progress of SEND children, looking at current practices and new ideas to ensure support for each child.

What support does the setting offer for a child with SEND's overall well-being?

Every child is important at Ickford Pre-School and their well-being is paramount. Each child has a key-carer and all staff are encouraged to work with all children to get to know them and their interests. Children with SEND will be offered 1 to 1 support where necessary and their progress tracked on a daily basis. Staff are sensitive to both children and family circumstances.

What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the setting?

We use the services of external agencies when needed and support families in accessing services that are available directly to them. We have regular visits from the Inclusion Team at Bucks County Council.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

We have a dedicated SENDCO (a Primary School Teacher) with 16 years’ experience and another member of staff has done the training. Staff have experience with a range of special needs and some have specialist training in Makaton, speech and language, Autism and behavioural issues. We regularly attend refresher training in special needs and welcome the support of outside agencies when assessing children and planning their activities. The SENDCO attends EYFS and SEND Network meetings to share best practice and receive information.

How will a child with SEND be included in activities outside the setting?

We have links with Health Visitors and Children’s Centres locally who provide information about activities in our local area. If the Pre-School undertakes a visit outside the setting we will ensure it’s accessible to all children and risk-assess activities, travel arrangements and more, to ensure they meet the needs of all children and adults participating.

How accessible is the setting's environment (indoors and outdoors)

We are a modern purpose-built setting so all areas of the Pre-School (including toilets, entrances and the outside area) are fully accessible.

How will the staff prepare and support a child with SEND to join the setting or transfer to a new setting/school?

We offer taster sessions to all children entering Pre-School and the opportunity for parents/carers to stagger leaving times on the first few sessions to allow children to settle. All children have a Tapestry e-learning journal which contains photos and descriptions of activities undertaken each session. We have written ‘social stories’ for children to help them integrate, and work with parents/carers to ensure the children are familiar with certain routines, areas of the setting and staff before they join. Children transferring to school have the opportunity (if joining the Primary School next door) to meet the teacher on taster days and we transfer relevant paperwork to the schools/teachers before the summer holiday preceding transition.

How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to a child's Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities?

The toys and equipment supplied by Ickford Pre-School encourage children to develop new skills and concepts. The equipment we provide:

  • Is appropriate for the ages and stages of the children.
  • Offers the chance to develop physical, social, personal and intellectual skills.
  • Features positive images of males and females from a range of ethnic and cultural groups, with and without disabilities.
  • Includes a range of raw materials to encourage creativity and problem solving.
  • Will encourage children to move towards their Early Learning Goals. We will observe all children closely and monitor their interests and this information will then be used to plan and put out equipment.
  • We regularly review our toys and equipment to ensure they are current and meeting the children’s needs and interests. All equipment conforms to relevant safety standards, and is sound and well made: we undertake risk assessment on equipment at the beginning of every session. We strongly believe all children should have the chance to play indoors and outdoors daily.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support a child with SEND will receive?

In consultation with parents/carers and outside agencies, and with advice from the Inclusion Team at Bucks County Council we decide on the type and amount of support needed for a child with SEND.

How are parents involved at the setting?

We believe that a close relationship between home and Pre-School is crucial to the development of happy, settled and stimulated children. Parents/carers know their children inside-out and we welcome their involvement in all aspects of Pre-School life, whether through ‘helping’ with activities (for example craft, cooking), volunteering for outings (for example to the allotments or local church) or as a member of the committee which runs Pre-School. Parents/carers are welcome to read and add to their child’s learning journey at any point and key-workers/staff will verbally cascade information as appropriate on a sessional basis. We hold parents’ evenings twice a year and provide a written report at the end of the summer term. Parents/carers are able to access our policies and procedures whenever they wish. We keep parents/carers informed of topics, special events and ‘requests’ via a termly newsletter, emails and updates on our Facebook page. We have a website that includes a gallery of photos and important events/information.

What future plans does your setting have for developing its SEND provision for example, training, facilities?

All our staff are either qualified to a minimum of Level 3 or are working towards it. We attend Buckinghamshire training courses and undertake internal training to keep abreast of developments and maintain quality provision. We would love to eventually have a sensory room but apart from that, as our building was purpose built, we have no plans to develop the facilities.

Which other Local Authorities/ Counties/ health providers do you have contracts with?

Bucks County Council advisers and Inclusion Team, Health Visitors, Children’s Centres.

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