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Bevois Town Community Pre-School

We are a diverse setting, run by a voluntary parent committee. The pre-school supports children with learning difficulties and disabilities, and children who speak English as an additional language. we are set in the inner city area of Southampton.

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diane Taylor
Contact Position
Early years teacher / lead practitioner
023 8033 1883
Bevois Town Pre-school
Charity number

Staff have 3 days training/insert days per year. Regular staff meetings. Keyworker system. Staff record children's development using the Southampton Learning Stories. Liaison meetings with the early years co-ordinator of Bevois Town primary school. Half termly meetings with the early years SENCO support network. Continuous training in the new early years foundation stage for all staff. Most of the staff attend first aid training. Staff trained in child protection, prevent, fgm and withcraft. Involved in ECAT (Every Child a Talker), DMP (Developmental Movement and Play) and CFS (Communication Friendly Spaces). We also are trained in BLAST (boosting language auditory skills and talking), sunshine circles and HEYA (Healthy early years award).

Manager holds EYPS/Eyt.

Deputy holds foundation degree

SENDCO holds EYPS/EYT and Level 3 SENCO Award. Jo on the sen team also holds a L3 SENCO qualification) Kath is at present studying for this award.

All staff are qualified to level 3 or training towards a level 3.


Where to go

Bevois Town Community Pre-school
C/O Bevois Town Primary School
Cedar Road
SO14 6RU
Children's Centre Areas
Portswood Bevois

The pre school has its own entry and exit gates and also at key times exit via primary school.


We are following the new EYFS Sept 21. Our setting intent is to promote vocabulary and language use. We will do this by modelling language, singing, stories and rhymes.

The impact will be the children will have been exposed to rich language experiences to develop skills in this area.

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Term time only

Other Details


Languages spoken


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15 Per Session
£15.00 a session and £5 lunch care Nursery Education Funding for 38 weeks per year


Age Ranges
From 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months
Any Other Notes

Highly multi cultural pre school awarded good in all areas by Ofsted.

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Lifting And Handling Disabled Children And Young People
Challenging Behaviour
Learning difficulties
Language impairment
Behaviour management
Speech and Language delay
Autistic spectrum disorder
Special Educational Needs
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Global delay
Social development impairment
Attention Deficit Disorder
Severe And Complex Physical And Learning Disabilities
Aspergers Syndrome
Epi pen trained
Emotional needs
Physical impairment
Dietary requirements catered for to suit culture, intolerance and allergies.
LOCAL OFFER- At Bevois Town pre-school our highly qualified and experienced staff have a responsibility to observe children and can quickly identify any additional needs. We have a designated member of staff who is our SENCO who works closely with the manager and other colleagues to support children with SEND. We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity. We work closely with the parents and other professionals surrounding the child to maintain a positive partnership. We provide information, advice and support where needed. A broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum is offered to all children. A system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing of IEP'S and action plans for children with SEND is in place. We used a graduated approach taking into account a child's individual level of ability and we start at their starting point. We use a system for keeping records of the assess, plan, do, review for our SEND children and are able to provide resources (human and financial) to implement and support children with SEND. (With some assistant from Southampton City Council.) We are able to offer a safe and stimulating environment and welcome outside advice and support from other SEND professionals. We follow legislation including the Equality Act 2010 as well as the SEND Code of Practice, the EYFS and Working together to safeguard children. Prevent and CP.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We have a few sessions available for 3-4 year olds.
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Intending to provide 30 hours entitlement
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:30 15:30
Tuesday 08:30 15:30
Wednesday 08:30 15:30
Thursday 08:30 15:30
Friday 08:30 15:30


Maximum number of Vacancies

Vacancy Age Ranges
Vacancy Age Ranges
Age RangeVacancies
2-4 0

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


Please see below

Contact Name
Joanna Simms and Clare Neale - SENDCO Diane Taylor - Manager
Contact Telephone
023 80331883
Contact Email
Bevois Town pre-school

Other Education Extended Local Offer details from Bevois Town Community Pre-School

How does your education setting know if children/young people need extra help and what do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

At Bevois Town all staff are trained in SEN. We are able to identify the specific needs of children with SEN at the earliest opportunity. We do this by having staff that are trained to a high level and that are able to identify needs of children quickly. The staff do this through continuous careful observations, monitoring and assessment. We also interpret children's facial expressions and body language and we make note of things that capture their attention. We work in close partnership with our parents and ensure that parents are informed at all stages of assessment, planning, provision and review of their child's education and care. We can provide parents with information on sources of independent advice and support when required.

If you as a parent have any worries or concerns about your child's development then please speak to our setting SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Kayleigh Witt). We ensure our provision is inclusive to all children regardless of need or disability.

How will the education setting staff support my child / young person?

We will support your child by identifying specific needs. This will be done firstly by observations, monitoring and assessment. We will then, with parental permission, ask our area SENCO / EYAT (Early Years Advisory Teacher) to come in and observe your child. We will ask other relevant professionals for their expertise and advice in planning activities and for input into individual education plans. These could range from speech and language therapists to paediatric consultants depending on the need of the individual child.

At all stages we will work closely with parents / carers as we strongly believe the parent to be the most knowledgeable person and the first educator of their child.

Once all information is gathered we then decide whether the child's needs warrant 1:1/ 1:2 care. If this is the case the SENCO will apply to Southampton city council for additional funding to support the child. It is then determined whether an Education and health care plan is required and if so the process begins towards this.

Our senco holds the senco award certificate at L3 qualification. Jo, our SEN assistant is also now in receipt of the Senco L3 qualification. Kath a sen assistant is working towards L3.

How will the curriculum at your education setting be matched to my child / young person's needs?

Children with additional needs will be given an individual education plan that is relevant to their needs and interests. Again depending on the child's level of need they may have additional adult support and in some cases 1:1 care.

At pre-school we use a system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing action plans of children with additional needs and disabilities to ensure the curriculum is matched to the individual child's needs. (Children with SEN will be appropriately involved in the graduated approach taking into account their level of ability).

The SENCO, key person and parent of the child will work together to identify what constitutes the next steps in the child's learning and development and make suitable provision to support them whilst in pre-school.

We will work in partnership with professionals from a variety of external agencies to coordinate and implement agreed programmes and interventions.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child / young person's learning?

At Bevois Town pre-school we work to establish and sustain a culture of collaborative and cooperative working between both parents and outside agencies. We work towards a shared sense of purpose and have high expectations of all children irrespective of learning difficulties or disabilities.

We will routinely observe and record what a child can do. We will then plan next steps, review and respond to outcomes of monitoring to develop and progress with learning. At each stage the parent/carer will be informed and have their input/ideas respected and valued.

Besides daily informal chats on arrival and departure at pre-school there will be formal meetings to discuss important matters and next steps. These may involve outside agencies and support.
We only share relevant information with parental consent. We share IEP's with parents so that they are able to continue the support for their child at home.

What support will there be for my child / young person's overall wellbeing?

We will find the best way to offer care and learning to each individual child's needs. We recognise that each child needs to be nurtured and loved so in turn we provide close, warm and supportive relationships by using a key person approach. (Possible 1:1). However we hold weekly staff meetings and work together as a team at Bevois town to ensure both collaborative and cooperative working between colleagues. This ensures that all staff are familiar with the wants and needs of ALL children that attend the setting.

We encourage making friends and have a buddy system to develop friendships. Having friends and good relationships gives children a sense of belonging and a higher self-esteem.

We take into account the child's health and understand that it is an integral part of both emotional and mental wellbeing in a child. We understand that a child's physical and emotional needs must be met for them to thrive. These are all included in our provision and are discussed with children on a regular basis at a level that meets their individual needs.

We provide a safe, stimulating and secure environment and have pre-school rules and steps to conflict resolution for children to follow. This helps children to be aware of their feelings and the feelings of others and how to then manage their feelings and behaviours.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by your education setting?

At Bevois Town we will with parental consent call in a range of specialist services. These may include

  • Health visitors
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Paediatrician
  • Social care
  • Universal services
  • Epilepsy nurse
  • Educational psychologist
  • GP
  • Occupational therapist
  • Hospital based counsellors
  • Physiotherapist
  • Dental support and oral health specialist

Also we can direct parents towards help / support from BUZZ network, family information service, and many more parenting groups that offer support and advice.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

Staff at Bevois Town and staff supporting children with SEN will hold a minimum level 3 in child care and education or equivalent. They will be trained in both ECaT (Every Child a Talker) and Makaton.
Two members of staff are the SENDCO's for the setting.

SENDCO/INCO meeting/training will be achieved and updated regularly. Two members of staff are trained in attention autism and are able to deliver 'Bucket work'. Colourful semantics are offered as well as speech sound development work is available. 

Our SENDCO is trained in PECS and holds the L3 SENCO award. The assistant SENDCO has now achieved this this award. Another assistant on the SEN team is working towards her L2.

How will my child / young person be included in activities including trips run by your setting?

On school trips we have a very high adult to child ratio 1 adult to 2 children unless child is in receipt of 1:1 care. Risk assessments are always carried out and venues checked before trips for easy access in, out and around premises.

Our outside area is accessible for all regardless of SEN or disability. Plans and resources are adapted to meet the needs of individual children so that they are all included and are relevant to both age and stage and need of the individual child.

How accessible is your education setting? ( indoors and outdoors)

The pre-school is on a school site, has a disabled toilet and ramps for easy entry/exit. The environment both indoors and outdoors is accessible for all, including those who are visually impaired. (There are yellow marking and lines on most steps.) The classroom is set out so that there is adequate space for a wheelchair to gain access to all areas of the pre-school.

How will the education setting prepare and support my child / young person to join the education setting, transfer to a new setting and or the next education stage and life?

With every child we have a 'transition process’. On entry to pre-school we have a settling in policy that ensures a child is secure and happy before they are left without parent/carer support. We understand that if a parent feels unhappy, anxious or upset that this will reflect onto the child, therefore we ensure good parent partnerships. 

We offer visits into the setting for the parents and if permitted at the time, a home visit if the child has SEN needs already identified.

When the child attends other settings we supply an adult if availability allows, to support the child.

On entry to year R we meet and discuss with the teacher, the child's likes, dislikes, needs, stage of development, friendship groups and SEN. We arrange visits where possible and support the visits with adult supervision.  

How are the education setting resources allocated and matched to children and young people's Special Educational Needs and disabilities?

Depending on the need of the child we can either borrow or buy suitable resources and equipment. (Depending on help and support from SSC and preschool finances at the time).

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child /young person will receive?

 After careful observation and monitoring of a child the area SENCO/EYAT will be called in to observe (with parental consent). We will then discuss and decide together on the appropriate support and degree of support the child may need.

Based on the information supplied by parents, pre-school and EYAT to the SEN team at SSC, a decision will be made by a panel of professionals, the level of support the child requires.

If additional funding is allocated then appropriate resources and support will be put in place, through Early Years SEND Support, Inclusion Support Funding or Disability Access Funding. 

If further support is required an 'Educational Health Care Plan' is applied for and the integrated assessment process begins.

How are parents / young people currently involved in your education setting? How can I be involved?

We are a committee run pre-school and have parents who are members of our committee, we encourage and support parents to play an active part in the governance and management of the setting. 
Parents are invited to our open days and invited to prepare foods from various cultures.(Gov guidelines allowing)
On trips parents are welcome to join us to accompany their child and share the experiences together.
We use communication books with each child to share information with parents.

Meetings with parents are held in venues that are accessible and appropriate for all.
We welcome any contributions from parents and have a suggestions and comments box. We do surveys and questionnaires on varying subjects. We have an open door policy.
As a parent you can be part of any of the above. 

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