The Grove Pre-School Playgroup

We aim to provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment where pre-school children can learn at their own individual rate. We offer outdoor play throughout the sessions, in all weather. For three terms before going to school, the children have the opportunity to visit Thorncombe Woods for Forest School sessions.


01305 266766


Venue address
The Bungalow Damers Road
West Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 08:15-15:45
Tue: 08:15-15:45
Wed: 08:15-15:45
Thu: 08:15-15:45
Fri: 08:15-15:45

Service Details

Vacancy information
Currently we are full for 2020/21. We have a waiting list in case spaces become available. Please call for vacancy details.
£5.25 per Hour
Cost variations
Reduction for siblings attending or financial constraints/ circumstances. Individual circumstances taken into consideration. Flexible payment arrangements with agreement of Manager.
Additional Information

Provision has an inclusion / equal opportunities policy. Parents can use their Early Education funding entitlement at any time during opening hours. Transport available. 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 3 months to 4 years 11 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
23/02/2018 Good View here
Ofsted Report notes
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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
Ramps available.
Parking availability information
Drop off facilities.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet. Accessible to wheelchair. Facilities for intimate care for older children with additional needs.
Other Facilities
1:1 As required - staff training where necessary. Signalong used regularly. Inclusive ethos in setting. All children supported according to individual needs. We have had experience of children with a range of abilities and needs attending the setting.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
The Grove Pre-School Playgroup aims to be inclusive of all children and enable them to access activities and opportunities at their level of ability and involvement. Our priority is to tune into and listen to the child to understand them; we believe that emotional wellbeing and positive attachments are important for all our children. We offer taster sessions in Playgroup to discuss any needs or adaptations. We have experience in completing EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and liaise with other Professionals: Health visitors, Portage, Educational Psychologist, Speech and language Therapists, Consultant Paediatricians and Social Workers. Playgroup will attend meetings if requested to act as advocate for the child. We provide a high ratio of adults, with 1:1 support if necessary and have supported children with a wide range of abilities and needs. All children are respected for their individual strengths and ability and we have different resources and adaptable furniture for children to access activities. Children have a key person who works with the setting's Senco and Individual Plans are put in place to support progress and monitor development. Picture symbols and sign-a-long are used, and if a child needs specialised additional support, we will apply for additional funding from DCC to access resources, additional staff time or training. Staff continue to update their knowledge with appropriate SEND training and specialised training for individual diagnosis. As well as offering support, we also recognise the value of letting the child be themselves by 'standing back' to allow the development of self-esteem, independence and achievement gained by following their own agenda.
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Address: The Bungalow  Damers Road  Dorchester  Dorset

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