Little Badgers Pre-School

Little Badgers

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Little Badgers Pre-School is an OFSTED registered setting situated in Tilehurst, caring for up to 30 children at any one time. We operate within a spacious building, set in extensive grounds and uphold our ethos of 'Learning together as individuals' with a well established theme of outdoor learning. As a setting we are currently working towards becoming a Eco School and gaining our Eco school green flag award.

Our team of highly qualified childcare practitioners are dedicated to the education, care and well-being of your child. They work to meet the individual needs of the children in our care, within a welcoming and homely environment.

5* Food safety rating

All staff hold a full paediactric first aid qulaification

September 2022 spaces available 

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Rachel Evans/Nicola Gearing
Contact Position
07500 807870 07500 807870
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Where to go

79th Reading Scout Association,
Armour Hill
RG31 6JH
Directions to RG31 6JH

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 16:00
Session Information
Lunch club available to families booking morning and afternoon sessions


£16.50 (3-4 year olds)  Per Session
£18.50 (2 year olds)  Per Session
£4.50 (lunch club)  Per Session
£4.50 Lunch club available when added on to one of our sessions.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
Ramp access
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
Speech & Language difficulties
Challenging Behaviour
Dietary needs
Social & Emotional needs
Partially sighted
Delayed speech
Autistic spectrum
Developmental delay
behavioural problems
Aspergers Syndrome
Serious allergy
Provision for special dietary needs
Fresh fruit snack supplied
Can make special cultural provisions

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancies available in January 2023

Funded Places

Has 3 & 4 year old funding
Has 2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Additional 15 hours of *Free* childcare offered
When are the additional 15 hours available? (e.g. Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm)
Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm can be used in a number of ways
How many places are available for the additional 15 hours to meet the 30 hours childcare
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9am 12pm
Monday 12pm 1pm
Monday 1pm 4pm
Tuesday 9am 12pm
Tuesday 12pm 1pm
Tuesday 1pm 4pm
Wednesday 9am 12pm
Wednesday 12pm 1pm
Wednesday 1pm 4pm
Thursday 9am 12pm
Thursday 12pm 1pm
Thursday 1pm 4pm
Friday 9am 12pm
Friday 12pm 1pm
Friday 1pm 4pm

School Pickups

Offers school pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY487802Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
11/09/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Contact Name
Rachel Evans/Nicola Gearing
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
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Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


Little Badgers Pre-School is based in the spacious 79th Reading Scout HQ in Tilehurst with access to an extensive outdoor area offering Early Years Education to children from age two. 

SPACES AVAILABLE Autumn Term 2021 - 15 hour and 30 hour funding accepted


Updated January 2022


1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

We have changed our settling in procedures to ensure we follow covid-19 guidance. If a parent would like their child to start at the setting, we ask them to fill out a showaround form with all the childs information. We will then organise pre-visits for the child which consists of a shortened session with out parents. Staff will ring parents and discuss information all about the child and gain an insight into their life and experiences.  

At the setting, each keyperson and other practitioners monitor the individual development of each child daily. This is achieved through regular observations and assessment against the 7 Areas of Learning as set out in Development Matters.

These observations are recorded in the child’s learning story via Tapestry, which parents are then asked to read and contribute to.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

Each child is allocated a key person who will monitor you child’s development and be a communication link between yourselves and the setting.

At the setting we have parents meetings at the end of each term to discuss your child’s development and next steps.

We also speak to parents on a daily basis about what their child has achieved and the next steps we are working on.

If the child is working with other professionals we will have regular meetings and set targets for the child.

We use Tapestry for our learning journals, enabling parents to look at their child's development daily. 

Ways we communicate with parents;

  • Newsletter
  • Parents evenings
  • One to one daily conversations
  • Parents activity days
3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

Each child’s individual needs and development are planned for by their parent and key person. This ensures that every child is included and that they all learn at their own pace.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
  • Visual timetables

• Picture exchange cards

• Makaton signs

• One to one support

• Speech and language support groups

• Individual play plans

• Behaviour plans


5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

At the setting we have two SENCo who monitors the children's learning and targets, to ensure that the children are progressing. We also regularly meet with outside agencies working with the child, to support a child centred approach.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

We monitor children through regular observations and assessment against the 7 Areas of Learning as set out in Development Matters.

Each child has their own learning journal on Tapestry with evidence of there progress since starting at the setting. This can be securely accessed by parents who are also able to contribute observations from the child's home life supporting our child centred approach. 

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

Each child is planned for individually to meet their needs and stage of development. Skilled practitioners who have knowledge of the child's interest and ability are able to differentiate activities so all can be involved. We will ensure that we have planned and involved parents in any outings that the child may go on to make it as smooth and enjoyable for them.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

Our building has ramp and wide double doors for access. Inside the pre-school is based on one level and we also have a large disabled toilet.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
  • We will meet with parents before their child starts to discuss the transition and how we can settle the child into the setting.
  • Transition books
  • Transition bears
  • Previsits – information about the child, stay and play, key person time


10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

We track each individual child to monitor progress, we also regularly audit the setting to ensure that resources and training are upto date. At our termly meetings with parents we ask them to evaluate how they feel their child is developing and what they feel their next steps should be.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Rachel - Owner/Manager

Nicola - Manager



Phone: 07500807870


12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

Regular questionnaires are sent out to parents to get their feedback on the setting.

We also have a complaints log in the setting.


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