Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Down in The Woods Pre-School Ltd

We can pick up from Merley First School for after school club. We allow funded children to stretch their hours across after school and holiday club. We offer 30 hours funding when eligible and where sufficient spaces are available, We operate a Thursday morning session specifically geared to those children going to school in September each year. All staff are first aid trained
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Venue/Contact Details
The Annexe
The Annexe
Chichester Walk
BH21 1ST
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Childcare type
Pre-School Playgroup
Provision type
  • Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Overall limit on childcare numbers
Eligible to take 2, 3 & 4 year old entitlement
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Computers
  • Disabled Car Parking
  • Outdoor Play Area / Garden
  • Playroom
  • Quiet Area
  • Refreshments / Snacks
  • Visits and Outings
  • Wheelchair Accessible
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday 09:00-18:00, Tuesday 09:00-18:00, Wednesday 09:00-18:00, Thursday 09:00-18:00, Friday 09:00-18:00
  • All Year Round
Contact provider directly for costs
Other Costs:
Sessions: 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm without lunch club or 9:00am-1:00pm and 12:00pm-3:30pm with lunch club after school club and stretched over holiday club available (see those providers).
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 2 years to 5 years
Referral route:
  • Self Referral
Referral process:
  • All on waiting list under the start age of 2 years If the situation arose we would give priority to children living in the local area. Additional setting acquired used exclusively for 2 year olds
Vacancies and School Pick Ups / Drop Offs
Immediate vacancies
Vacancy information
Please contact provider
Number of vacancies
School pick ups / drop offs
  • Merley First School
Ofsted URN
Last Inspection Judgement
Last Inspection Date
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
  • Eating Or Drinking
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Difficulty
  • Medical Condition, including Allergies
  • Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • Physical Disability
  • Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
  • Social Communication Difficulty
  • Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • Toileting & Hygiene
  • Visual Impairment
Languages spoken
  • English
Religious / cultural provision:
No strong religious ethos.
Special dietary provision
Vegetarian, Diabetic, Wheat free, Gluten free, Sugar free, Lactose free and Dairy free
SEND Local Offer SEND

How do you communicate with the parent / carer whose child has SEND?

Face/Face, Phone, Email, Tapestry (online Journal)

How do you help children settle into your setting?

Free settling in day. Visit the setting. We visit the home

What help and support does your setting offer to children with SEND as they move rooms or move on to school?

Visit from local school. Meeting with school and parent.

How do you find out how each child likes to learn?

When child starts parents fill in all about me form which is our starting point. Each child has 6 week settling where staff evaluate how the child learns.

Inclusive practice / SEND training and expertise within this organisation

6 weekly staff meetings,

The information in this SEND Local Offer was completed on 24/05/2021

Are your staff DBS Approved?
Do you have a First Aid Policy?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Recognised as:
  • 2 Year Old Early Education Provider
  • 30 Hours Free Childcare Provider
  • Tax Free Childcare Provider
  • 3 and 4 Year Old Early Education Provider