The Grange Pre-School

Grange PreSchool

The Grange Pre-School was founded in 1967 and believes that every child deserves a high quality of care and education; we are dedicated to the care and development of your child.  We encourage the children to learn through play and having fun. Age range 2 to 5 years.

The Grange Pre-School will provide flexible, affordable childcare to all, in a safe and supportive environment, working together with parents/carers in partnership.



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Who to contact

Contact Name
Julia Molyneux
Contact Position
0118 956 8528 0118 956 8528 07484 853891 07484 853891
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Where to go

Grange United Reformed Church Hall
Circuit Lane
RG30 3HD
Directions to RG30 3HD

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 08:50 - 15:20
Session Information
Term time


£25.00 for 2-3 year old (Tiddlers and Tiny Tots)  Per Session
£25.00 for 3-4 year old (Tornadoes)  Per Session
Lunch club available at £4.00. Contact pre-school for more details.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
We have a slope going from front door to main room.
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
Speech & Language difficulties
Language impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Social & Emotional needs
Hearing Impairment
Heart conditions
Delayed speech
Mobiltiy difficulties
Developmental delay
Motor impairment
Toileting Assistance
Learning difficulties
Visual impairment
Walking disability
Memory difficulties
Physical impairment
Emotional needs
Endocrine problems
Dietary needs
Downs syndrome
Partially sighted
General Special Needs
Sickle Cell Anaemia
Autistic spectrum
Global Development Delay
behavioural problems
Adults with SEN
Serious allergy
Feeding assistance
Aspergers Syndrome
We will discuss your child's individual need with you.
Provision for special dietary needs
We provide a healthy snack. Children attending a full day bring in a packed lunch.
Can make special cultural provisions

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We have no spaces available for the academic year 2023/2024. We have started our waiting list for September 2024. Contact pre-school directly for more details

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)
Monday to Friday 12.20 to 15.20
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:50 11:50
Monday 12:20 15:20
Tuesday 08:50 11:50
Tuesday 12:20 15:20
Wednesday 08:50 11:50
Wednesday 12:20 15:20
Thursday 08:50 11:50
Thursday 12:20 15:20
Friday 08:50 11:50
Friday 12:20 15:20

School Pickups

Offers school pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
116829Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
04/11/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
06/12/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
20/05/2014Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
01/03/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
19/05/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer

Contact Name
Julia Molyneux
Contact Telephone
0118 956 8528
Contact Email
The Grange Pre-School Website
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


 The Grange Pre-School opened in 1967, we are situated in the Grange United Reform church hall in Southcote. The building has wide access for wheelchair users and prams. On entering the building we have an accessible toilet, men’s toilets and ladies toilets. There is a smaller room which is used for our lunch club and small group work.  We are a “pack away” setting and our environmental planning ensures that we offer a full range of activities across all areas of learning, daily. The setting recognises that there are limitations in respect of the children’s free access to all resources, however children are able to request changes and in most instances we are able to accommodate these. The outdoor space is grassed, with a small patio area which is fenced and gated securely. A large outside shed stores our garden equipment. The garden is divided into 3 areas. We have a large grassed area which has access to a summer house for the children. A car track area which we added as a result of a capital access grant in 2009 and a small patio area. We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity. We are proud to have achieved the level 1 Inclusion award, in December 2019, and are currently working towards the level 2 Inclusion Award. Our Senco has a Level 3 Senco qualification (CACHE Recognised). Our 2 Year old room leader has completed her Level 2 Senco qualification.

Local Offer Updated - September 2023

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

Firstly, parents provide information during their initial visits and home visits and a suitable key person is assigned to the child with the relevant training, secondly we have a dedicated SENCO who supports parents and children within the setting.  We use the graduated response system for identifying, assessing and responding to children's special educational needs. With parents permission we co-ordinate with the health visitors team if needed. On inset days key persons discuss any specific concerns over their key children and the SENCO can signpost to the external professionals if needed.

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

We ensure that parents are informed at all stages of the assessment, planning, provision and review of their children's education.  We provide parents with information on sources of independent advice and support.  We liaise with other professionals involved with children with Special Education Needs and their families including transfer arrangements to other settings and schools.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

We provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all children with special educational needs.  We use a system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing individual educational plans for children with special educational needs.  We ensure that children with special educational needs are appropriately involved at all stages of the graduated response, taking into account their levels of ability.

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

A tailor made individual support plan is put in place for any child with additional needs. The plan takes into account the strategies suggested by any of the external professionals involved. This plan is discussed with the parents and their consent obtained before implementation.


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

Children receive dedicated time with our in-house SENCO and often receive one-to-one care if specifically required. 

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

Children will be regularly monitored and assessed according to their needs and a Learning Journey kept to track their progress, which is shared with parents on a termly basis. For a child with an ISP in place, the ISP is reviewed termly and targets are reassessed. Parents and external professionals are involved at every stage and their input is sought and highly valued when setting new targets.


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

All activities within the pre-school are suitable for the majority of children with SEND.  Trips taken out of school premises are only taken with the parents attending with their child, irrelevant of their ability.  All children participate in short walks around the pre-school and are attended with a dedicated key person to assist should it be required.

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

The main entrance to the pre-school is accessible via a flat path.  Our corridor is wide and has a slight slope which is easily accessible to all.  The garden has a patio area, a large grassed area and a cycle track which would be suitable for wheel chair use.  We have an accessible toilet within our setting.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

We endeavour where possible to familiarise the children with their new environment to assist in the transition process.  Throughout this process, we involve the child, their parents and the receiving setting or school.  We prepare records about a child's development and learning in the EYFS in our pre-school.  In order to enable smooth transitions, with the parent's permission we share appropriate information with the receiving setting or school at transfer. We hold a transition meeting attended by the parents, SENCO, Key person, external professionals and the school the child is transferring to. A transition passport is filled in and passed on to the new setting. In the term after the child has started primary school or new setting, our Senco follows up with a phone call or email to the parents and school/setting.

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

The manager and Senco have regular meetings to review the overall SEN provision. We give our parents questionnaire to evaluate the effectiveness of our provision which is given to all parents, including those with additional or SEN needs. We also get written and verbal feedback from the various external professionals that visit our setting e.g. Speech and language, Portage, EP's. 

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

Pre-School Manager - Julia Molyneux
Pre-School Administrator - Angela Oakey

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

Parents/Carers are invited to come in, go through the learning journey and discuss their child's progress with the keyworker once a term.  We also have a parent questionnaire which is issued during term 3 and reviewed by the management team. They can put in complaints anytime, either verbally or written. Complaints are dealt with immediately.


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