Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Puffins Preschool

Puffins Pre-School has provided childcare to the community for over 30 years. We are a committee run preschool where parents are welcome to join and take part in their child's preschool. At Puffins we have a friendly environment where children can enjoy playing and develop new skills. We encourage parents to view Puffins to see what we have to offer you and your child. We provide one free trial sessions for you and your child to come and play, please call to book.
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Venue/Contact Details
120 Southbourne Road
120 Southbourne Road
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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
  • Car Parking
  • Computers
  • Disabled Car Parking
  • Outdoor Play Area / Garden
  • Quiet Area
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Pets
  • Playroom
  • Refreshments / Snacks
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday 08:00-16:00, Tuesday 08:00-16:00, Wednesday 08:00-16:00, Thursday 08:00-16:00, Friday 09:00-15:00
  • School Term Time Only
Cost per day: £33.60, Cost per hour: £5.60, Cost per session: £22.40
Other Costs:
3-5yrs 9:00-15.00 £33.60 9.00-14.30 £30.80 9.00-13.00 £22.40 2yrs 9:00-15.00 £36.00 9.00-14.30 £33.00 9.00-13.00 £24.00 6mts-2yrs 9:00-15:00 £41.40 9:00-14.30 £37.95 9:00-13:00 £27.60 £30.00 Deposit £15.00 Snack Fee (Annual) £3.00 additional fee per session if funded. If funded and want an early start or later finish there is an additional cost of £5.60 or £6.00 per hour depending on the age
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 5 years
Vacancies and School Pick Ups / Drop Offs
Number of vacancies
Ofsted URN
Last Inspection Judgement
Last Inspection Date
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
  • Learning Difficulty
  • Medical Condition, including Allergies
  • Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • Physical Disability
  • Social Communication Difficulty
  • Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • Toileting & Hygiene
Special dietary provision
vegetarian, wheat free, gluten free, vegan, lactose free, dairy free
SEND Local Offer SEND

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

Verbally face to face, emails, telephone

How do you help children settle into your setting?

We work with the parents to what will work best for them and their child. They can have a settling in session and that if need slowly build up their hours.

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

When going to school we have transfer meetings with the school. We are all in the same two rooms so help in moving rooms is not required. But when we have a change in routine we use our visual timetable and cards.

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

When going to school we have transfer meetings with the school. We are all in the same two rooms so help in moving rooms is not required. But when we have a change in routine we use our visual timetable and cards

Inclusive practice / SEND training and expertise within this organisation

We include all children in the setting. Currently two members of staff are SENCO trained, along with ELKAN training. Another member of staff is in training and three members of staff have Sign-a-Long training with other staff members knowing basic signs. We have had training and hands on experience dealing with children with Autism and behaviour. We have also dealt with children with medical conditions i.e. brittle bone.

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
  • 3 and 4 Year Old Early Education Provider
  • 30 Hours Free Childcare Provider
  • Tax Free Childcare Provider