At Magdalen Gates Preschool we are committed to providing all children who attend our sessions with childcare tailored to meet their needs.

If you would like to discuss arrangements for your child with us please contact the Preschool Manager, Paula Watts on 01603 665783 or email

Here are some of the main points about what our setting has to offer children with special educational needs and disabilities. For more information, please read our 'SEND local offer Information' on this web page and click the SEND links above.


What is your service?

Preschool offering sessional care and all day education for 3-4 year olds, mornings and afternoons, 15 and 30 hours per week funded, providing spaces available.


Where is your service located, what geographic area(s) does it cover? How is it delivered? (Clinic, outreach, school, community centre etc)?

NR3 area north city close to local amenities.


What needs does your service aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Families with 3-4 year old children. Experiences and activities planned to individual children’s needs and interests, following the EYFS.


What outcomes does your service aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

To achieve the child’s best outcome through rich learning experiences. Individual educational plans. Transitions to school. Families are supported in conjunction with any other outside agencies if required.


How is your service fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families eg: facilities, support from staff?

Wheelchair accessible, trained staff in a range of different needs.


How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

Daily verbal communication. Sharing online learning journals on Tapestry.


What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

All staff at least level 2 child care and education trained. 3 at level 3. Various individual staff trained in autism spectrum, EAL, early talk speech and language courses etc

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SEND local offer information

Magdalen Gates Preschool is a welcoming, accessible and fully inclusive setting.  We offer sessional and all day care for 3-4 year olds, fully funded from the term after their third birthday, for up to 15 hours per week or 30 hours for eligible families.  
Families interested should start by looking at our website which has a wealth of information about our service and what we offer. Our preschool is fully accessible to wheelchairs.  We have an excellent track record of helping children to achieve in communication skills having adopted the communication friendly spaces approach to our environment both indoors and outdoors.  A visual timetable is used to prompt children to know what is coming next and to help them to express their needs.  Parents are able to access their children's online learning journal on Tapestry at any time, and we offer regular sessions where parents are able to chat to their key person. Families can make their own contribution to the learning journal if they wish.  Two of our staff are fully SENCo trained, and other staff are trained in the care and education of children with autism.  We constantly update our staff's training to suit the needs of children in the setting, such as selective mutism, autism and basic signing.