Dorchester Opportunity Group Pre-School

The Dorchester Opportunity Group Pre-School is for children with a wide range of additional needs. All are referred to the group by professionals e.g. health visitors, Paediatricians etc. We offer enhanced specialist support, swimming and gym sessions. Staff have experience and expertise needed to support children with speech and language delay, social communication delay and complex medical needs.


Venue address
The Prince Of Wales Pre-School Centre Maiden Castle Road
West Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 09:30-15:00
Tue: 09:30-15:00
Wed: 09:30-15:00
Thu: 09:30-15:00
Fri: 09:30-12:30

Service Details

Vacancy information
Please ring or email for vacancy details or referrals can be made through other professionals working with family.
£4.50 per Hour
Cost variations
Our current charge for extras towards snack, resources and additional facilities is £1 per day a child attends.
Additional Information

Mini-bus transport is offered for some areas to those who have no transport, to enable children who are referred to access the group. Provision has an inclusion / equal opportunities policy. Parents can use their early education funding entitlement at any time during opening hours. Please note that a place in a school nursery does not guarantee admission to the school on site. Parents/carers must apply for a place at the school if you want your child to transfer to the school’s reception class. See for more information and to apply.

Age Range
2 years 0 months to 4 years 11 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
08/02/2018 Outstanding View here
Ofsted Report notes
If a childcare provision is run by a school they may not be separately registered with Ofsted, therefore the link to their report will be for the school.
Registration details
Registration numberOfsted registration date

Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Ramp and accessible toilets.
Parking availability information
On site parking, drop off facilities, a disability bay.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet which is wheelchair accessible.
Other Facilities
All of our children have additional needs. We offer enhanced adult support, sensory room, soft play room and use of hydrotherapy pool on site. All learning available in outside play area.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
The Dorchester Opportunity Group is a committee run specialist preschool setting for children with a range of additional needs. Children can be referred to the Group by other professionals who may be involved. We have a high staff: child ratio to ensure the best level of support. We use Signalong, Picture Exchange Communication (PEC’s) and Promoting Early Interactive Conversation(PEIC-D) with children who have communication difficulties. Facilities in the Centre include soft play, sensory room, and a hydrotherapy pool. Staff are trained and experienced in working with children with additional needs. We have supported children with autistic spectrum disorders, global developmental delay, speech and language delay, complex medical conditions, Down’s syndrome, and many other needs. Many children come to us without a diagnosis, but with some initial concerns regarding a child’s development or behaviour. We aim to offer all children attending the Group a safe, stimulating and fun environment where they can play and learn while working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage targets and transition to their next educational setting. Individual plans are devised for all children after an initial settling in and assessment period. These plans are regularly assessed (through observations) and revised as children progress. Parents/carers input is essential and concerns may be discussed with staff at any time and in the termly meetings with the Manager. Parent comment: “They are always very welcoming, happy, friendly and positive towards myself and my child.”¦An application will be made to the Local Authority for Early SEND Support to enable us to maintain a higher adult/child ratio or 1:1 where needed.
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Address: The Prince Of Wales Pre-School Centre  Maiden Castle Road  Dorchester  Dorset

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