The Orchard Pre-school Ltd


Name The Orchard Pre-school Ltd
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 July 2013
Address St Margaret’s Millennium Centre, Gatekeeper’s Chase, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9BH
Phone Number 01634 371985
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed

Information about the setting

The Orchard Pre-School originally opened in April 2000 and became a limited company in January 2008. It operates from three rooms in a community centre in Rainham, Kent. Two rooms have access to a secure outdoor play area. There is suitable, easy access to the premises. The pre-school opens on Monday to Friday mornings from 9.15am to 11.45am and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 12.45pm to 3.15pm. They operate a lunch club Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11.45 to 12.45 and a breakfast club Monday to Friday from 8.15am to 9.15am during term time only. There are nursery, pre-school and ’Pre-school Plus’ sessions. There are currently 94 children in the early years age group on roll. The setting received funding for two-, three- and four-year-olds. The setting supports children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and children who speak English as an additional language. The provider/manager’s qualifications include a degree in Early Years, and Early Years Professional Status. She works with a team of 13 staff, including a caretaker and two volunteer helpers. All staff hold early years qualifications. They receive support from the local authority. The provision is on the Early Years Register only. What the setting needs to do to improve further To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should: build on the natural resources available, so children can further explore and discover different textures and colours.