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Lostwithiel Preschool and Playgroup
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Lostwithiel Preschool has been established for 50 years and offers outstanding early-years education and care. You can see our latest Ofsted report here: Ofsted Report

We understand how important it is to choose the perfect setting for your little one's happiness and growth. Our attentive, experienced and highly-qualified team are passionate about offering a range of play opportunities for young children, both in the purpose-built playroom and the great outdoors.

Our Deputy Manager is a Forest School Leader. We provide twice-weekly Forest School sessions where all children take part in a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities, including using tools and cooking on the fire, as well as learning about our natural environment throughout the changing seasons.

We pride ourselves on creating a sociable extension of home with high staff:child ratios, ensuring that every child gets the chance to learn, play, chatter, giggle and relax in the company of responsive and nurturing adults.

Who to contact

Contact name
Jemma Davies
Contact position
01208 872243

Where to go

Lostwithiel Preschool and Baby and Toddler Group
Bodmin Hill
PL22 0AJ

Regular trains and buses from local towns of St Austell and Bodmin.

We are situated next door to Lostwithiel School. Please take care when parking outside the preschool. Strictly no parking on the yellow zig-zags outside of Lostwithiel School.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 Per Hour
£25 Per Half Day ( 5 hours )
£50 Per Full Day
£5 Before school
£5 Per additional hour
Please note that there is an additional charge of £2 per day for our optional home-cooked lunches (funded children only).

There is a consumables of £1 per week to cover consumable resources.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Nut allergy
Dairy free
We have a no nuts policy in the setting and an allergies list which the team refer to when shopping, preparing or cooking with food. Parents are consulted, where necessary, when a food-related activity is planned. Pureed food can be offered to babies and children who have difficulties with swallowing.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Our team are respectful and sensitive to the various cultures that our pre-school families represent. We acknowledge special occasions that are relevant to the children, as well as to our local community and our nation. We plan opportunities for our children to experience significant festivals, such as Diwali and Chinese New Year.
Languages spoken

French, Portuguese, Polish

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Immediate full and part-time vacancies every day.
Vacancy range(s)
From 2 years years to 3 years years (spaces available: 4)
From 3 years years to 5 years years (spaces available: 8)
From 0 years years to 2 years years (spaces available: 2)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
We work closely with other early education and care providers in Lostwithiel. Please ask for more information.

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00

School pickups

Offers pickups
Lostwithiel School
Our proximity to Lostwithiel School allows us to walk young children safely to their classroom.

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Jemma Davies

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

We have a named SENCO and we invite parents to visit the setting and meet our team before a child starts. If a child has already been identified as having SEND, home visits are offered and we liaise with other professional agencies where necessary. We have stringent observation, planning and assessment systems in place to enable us to quickly identify children who may be struggling. Children with SEND benefit from extra transition sessions to their chosen primary schools.


How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

We refer to Development Matters to measure children's progress. We also assess children's speech and language development using the Every Child A Talker criteria. We fulfil our statutory duty to complete the 2-year-old check, working closely with the parents and the Health Visitor. This enables us to identify children who are not reaching the expected levels of achievement in their learning and development. If a child needs extra support we will prepare an Education/Health/Care plan with the parents, if necessary. The plan will be reviewed on a regular basis. If we feel a child's needs are not being adequately met at our setting, we will seek help and advice from outside agencies.

Links we have to other agencies

Our pre-school has links with the following agencies in our area: Lostwithiel School, especially the EYFS class, Children’s Centre Teacher, EYFS Consultant, Locality 4 SENCO, Hearing Support, SALT Visual Impairment Team, Educational Psychologist. We also work closely with other local childcare providers where children attend more than one setting. The local Health Visitor visits our preschool on the first Wednesday of every month.

How we support children transferring to school

Effective links have been established with the EYFS class at Lostwithiel School and children start their transition to primary school in the year they turn 4. If a child is not moving on to Lostwithiel School, we work closely with the family to encourage links with their chosen setting. We always offer the child's new teacher the opportunity to meet a member of our team to look at the learning journals and discuss children's progress/needs. If a child has been identified as having SEND, the SENCO and any additional supporting professionals will liaise with the School SENCO to ensure a smooth transition.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

All staff have experience of caring for children with SEND in both childcare and education settings. Our pre-school ethos is strongly inclusive and the SENCO has 10 years experience. The whole team update their training on a regular basis.

The Manager/SENCO has completed a Makaton Foundation course and use of signing is actively encouraged by all staff. Staff have undertaken training in the use of visual aids.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

Families are expected to provide information about their child, on a form entitled ‘starting points’, before their first day at our pre-school. We support the healthy early years initiative and provide plenty of outdoor play all year round. Feelings are discussed using Makaton signs and symbols and stories that touch on issues such as change. We adapt resources and activities so all children can join in and if we feel a child needs extra support, we will seek funding from outside sources where necessary.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We give feedback when children are collected at the end of each session and we make time for families at drop off and collection times. We meet parents/carers both formally and informally once a term to discuss their child's progress or more frequently if required.

Our complaints policy

Our complaints policy is on display and is also referred to in the SEND policy.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

Lostwithiel Pre School is purpose-built with excellent access. We have wide doors, ramps and an accessible toilet. Displays are sensory and children with a hearing impairment are supported to communicate and listen through the use of Makaton or visual aids.

Facilities we have for personal care

Two toilets are accessible within the main playroom for the children to use independently and an accessible toilet is also available. Nappy changing takes place in a quiet area where children are safe and secure. There is plenty of space for children to move around as well as to be still and quiet. Our baby room allows our youngest children space to explore safely and a quiet place to sleep.

Specialist resources we have

We have a file of visual symbols to support children with communication and information processing disorders. We have a range of stimuli/soothing items for children with sensory processing disorders. If a specific resource is required we will make it, buy it or arrange to borrow an item from a specialist department.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

Local outings are always planned with the children in mind and specific resources will be factored in at the risk assessment stage, such as buggies, wheelchair, extra adults etc. We take an emergency back-pack with us every time we leave the building which contains general first aid equipment as well as any medication that children might need. Risk assessments, access plans and pre-visits are always carried out before visiting somewhere new.

Last updated: 05/07/2019

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