Hillside Pre-School And Early Learning Group

A modular building with bright airy play rooms, child-height toilets and facilities, including up to date safety features. The group have their own enclosed garden and also use the playground and sensory garden for outdoor play and learning. Staff are friendly and approachable and offer high quality care. "Outstanding" Ofsted November 2015. The pre-school employs an experienced Early Years Teacher. The manager has a foundation degree in early years.


01202 820679


Venue address
Hillside Community First School Hillside Road
BH31 7HE
East Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 07:45-18:00
Tue: 07:45-18:00
Wed: 07:45-18:00
Thu: 07:45-18:00
Fri: 07:45-17:00

Service Details

Vacancy information
Hillside Preschool aim to be as flexible as possible, please ring 01202 820679 for further information regarding availability of spaces.
£4.75 per Hour
£14.25 per Session
£28.50 per Day
Cost variations
Hillside are offering all day sessions from 8am/9am until 3pm in the school year before a child starts mainstream school. Afternoon sessions are offered to ''''rising threes'''' if morning sessions are full. The cost of the session is variable. Once children are government funded, there is the opportunity in the year before a child starts mainstream school to stay for lunch (parent to provide lunch) or all day 9am to 3pm depending on availability of spaces. We are able to offer 30 hours funded hours if the parent/child is eligible for this. We offer preschool children the opportunity to attend Breakfast Club and After School Club in the year before they go to school. Government funding will not be able to be used for this wraparound care. The cost of both clubs is £4.75 per hour.
Additional Information
Hillside offer a wide range of activities including 'Dough Disco' and 'Bitesize' to assist fine and gross motor skills. Narrative therapy is used for speech delay and also to help with confidence and sharing. Provision has an inclusion / equal opportunities policy. Parent's can use their Early Education Funding entitlement at any time during opening hours. Please note that a place in preschool 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 www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/school-admissions for more information and to apply.
Age Range
2 years 6 months to 4 years 10 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
16/02/2022 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
Building is completely wheelchair accessible. Ramp access to main door
Parking availability information
Off site parking, on road and one disability bay in school car park.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilets in both rooms, wheelchair accessible toilet.
Other Facilities
Group has wide knowledge of children with additional needs. Staff regularly attend training to keep knowledge updated. Staff trained to administer Epipen injections. All members of staff hold a first aid qualification. 4 staff members trained as special educational needs co-ordinators. One member of staff trained as equalities named co-ordinator.<br/>To help children who have additional needs we use a Total Communication Approach and include Narrative therapy for those who would benefit from it.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
Hillside welcome all children, every child''s individual need will be acknowledged and met. Staff have a wide variety of expertise including working with children with hearing and visual loss. Hillside have written and had accepted Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for children in their setting with Down''s syndrome, Autism and Global delay. Staff will seek support and guidance for children with additional needs from other professionals including Portage and speech and language therapists. There advice will be sought in order to have specific learning plans for each child. The setting itself is fully wheelchair accessible and has ''''finger catchers'''' on each door.
See our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy
Record Last Updated
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Address: Hillside Community First School  Hillside Road  Verwood  Dorset

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