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White Rock Pre-School

This refurbished pre-school offers high quality childcare, in a lovely location that is very close to White Rock Primary School and next to a very child friendly park, which they make regular use of.
A high staff to child ratio ensures each child is provided with individual care and attention, the atmosphere is cheerful and caring and the well qualified staff regularly observe and assess each child looking at the next steps required for them to develop to their full potential.

Qualifications and Training: Include Childcare Foundation Degree, NVQ4, NVQ3.  All staff are Child Protection trained.

Ofsted Grade: Outstanding

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Hornabrook
Contact Position
Pre-School Manager
01803 845989

Where to go

Hookhills Community Centre
Freshwater Drive

Close to South Devon Colleges no 12 Bus route.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.00 per session
£30.00 per day

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Please contact for details.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
3 & 4 year old 30 Hour funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00:00 15:00:00
Tuesday 09:00:00 15:00:00
Wednesday 09:00:00 15:00:00
Thursday 09:00:00 15:00:00
Friday 09:00:00 15:00:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
20/01/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
14/11/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
06/07/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)

SEN Information

A printable version of this form is available in the downloads section.

What special education provision is available at our setting?

At White Rock Pre-school we pride ourselves on the caring nature of our staff and will do everything within our power to meet your needs and that of your child. We have a high staff to child ratio so additional needs are recognised and acted upon quickly. We have a SENCO passionate about her role and always willing to undertake further training to benefit children. We have worked with a range of children with differing needs and so have plenty of experience dealing with outside professionals to include Early Years Advisory Support, Speech and Language Therapists, Social Workers and Portage Workers. We have staff trained in Thrive, Ecat, and Makaton and all staff are dedicated to a fully inclusive ethos.

What criteria must be satisfied before children and young people can access this provision/service?

We have been praised at White Rock Pre-school by Educational Psychologists and Portage Workers for our care and dedication to our children, providing a fully inclusive service and always welcoming every child to our setting no matter what their needs are. If there is a child with needs that we have not yet experienced these will be fully and sensitively discussed with the parents so that we can try to work together to find ways of meeting these needs. Every child`s welfare and happiness is always put first - we follow the guidelines as laid out in the Equalities Act 2010 and always work closely with other agencies to develop each child to their full potential.

How do we identify the particular special educational needs of a child or young person?

To find out a child`s needs we firstly and most importantly gain as much information as we can from parents / carers. We will then liaise with any other professionals who are involved so that we can all work together to provide a consistent approach to the care of your child. We have a nurturing staff team and your child will also be assigned a keyworker or perhaps a one-to-one worker if required who will pay special attention to your child. Your child will be regularly observed and assessed so that any concerns can be acted upon and the support of other agencies gained where necessary. We keep a close relationship with parents / carers at all times to ensure that communication both ways is highly effective and that parents / carers are comfortable and reassured we are looking after their child to the best of our abilities. We follow the guidance set out in the SEND Code of Practice.

How do we consult with parents and/or children and young people about their needs?

We always welcome parents / carers in to look around the setting and have an open door policy to keep a good level of friendly communication. We ask parents / carers to complete an “All About Me” form which gives us detailed information about each child to help them settle. Children are assigned keyworkers to pay special individual care and attention to each child and all staff are committed to the emotional and physical wellbeing of all children. Regular observation and assessment is recorded to assist with each child`s ongoing support. We have regular parents evenings to provide feedback to parents / carers and always encourage the taking home of learning diaries and for additional information to be added to them from home.

What is our approach to teaching children and young people with special educational needs?

We adopt the same caring and vigilant approach to all of the children in our care and where special educational needs have been identified we ensure that we provide appropriate resources to meet those needs. We create Individual Learning and Development plans for children with additional needs to ensure that we are working towards developmentally appropriate targets – we will liaise with parents with these and other professionals where necessary to assist us in this.

How can we adapt our curriculum for children and young people with special educational needs?

We are always willing to gain support from other professionals such as speech and language specialists, health visitors and social workers, support groups for families, portage, Early Years Advisory support and Action for Children. We always try to encourage and signpost parents to engage with these services and support them in every aspect.

We work closely with the Early Years Inclusion Service and have full support from our Torbay Early Years Advisory Teacher. We would make every effort to try to secure resources and facilities for your child, and where we could not secure what your child might need we would always be honest so that your child is always put first.


How will we ensure we get the services, provision and equipment that children and young people need?

Staff are experienced in adapting activities to suit all developmental stages, and will sensitively ensure that your child is included in all aspects of pre-school life. All staff observe and assess their key children and contribute towards the overall planning with their children`s “next steps”. Your child would be treated in exactly the same way no matter what their special needs are so that their next steps can be included in the planning of the setting as a whole.

How is this provision funded?

Parents are entitled to their 15 funded hours of childcare per week and if it is identified that they require extra support we can apply to the Local Authority for additional funding for example if your child needs a 1:1 support worker.

What additional learning support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how do they access it?

We are always willing to gain support from other professionals such as speech and language specialists, health visitors and social workers, support groups for families, portage, Early Years Advisory support and Action for Children. We always try to encourage and signpost parents to engage with these services and support them in every aspect.

How do we support and improve the emotional and social development of children and young people with special educational needs?

We closely observe children as to us their emotional wellbeing and happiness is paramount. We ensure that each child feels valued and cared for and recognise that for some children with special educational needs they may need extra support in their personal, social and emotional development; we will work closely with parents and other professionals to ensure that we are supporting them in the best possible ways. We have a positive approach to behaviour management and ensure that all staff are consistent in their approach.

How do we support children and young people with special educational needs moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood?

We are very sensitive to children`s feelings and know that it can be an emotional upheaval for them to be changing settings. We share information with other settings to ensure that everyone has as much information as possible about the child to enable them to settle as quickly as possible and complete a transition document for this purpose. We always gain permission from parents to share information. We personally visit children`s new primary school teachers so that we can discuss the individual needs of children.

What other support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how can they access it?

We would seek advice to signpost you to other services. We would give you applicable leaflets and recommend the Torbay Directory for ideas on other available support.

What extra-curricular activities are available for children and young people with special educational needs?

We are a pre-school who work term time only and open between 9am and 3pm, so unfortunately do not offer extra- curricular activities.

How do we assess and review progress towards agreed outcomes, and how are parents, children and young people involved in this process?

We use careful detailed observation, assessment and planning to ensure that each child reaches their full developmental potential. This is recorded in learning diaries and in the “My Learning and Development” journals. We encourage parents to look at these regularly and hold termly parents evenings to feedback to parents. We also have an open door policy and welcome parents to come in to speak to their child`s key worker or to other members of staff. We liaise very closely with parents / carers of children with special educational needs and often have many additional meetings that may involve other professionals such as Early Years Advisors. Children`s Individual Learning and Development Plans are regularly reviewed so that we can assess the children`s outcomes.

How do we assess the effectiveness of our special needs provision and how are parents, children and young people involved in this assessment?

As a staff team we constantly self-evaluate our practice to ensure that we are offering the best service we can to our children. We send out regular surveys to parents to gain feedback and for any suggestions as to how we can improve our provision. We ensure that we keep up with training and developments and incorporate this into our practice.

How do we ensure that teaching staff and other staff have the expertise needed to support children and young people with special educational needs?

Our dedicated SENCO attends all relevant training and we actively seek advice from Torbay Early Years Inclusion Service to ensure that we can meet your child`s needs as effectively as possible. We are always willing to attend new training if that would help your child.

How do we keep parents informed where children and young people have special educational provision but do not have an Education Health and Care Plan?

We pride ourselves on our friendly family approach and strive to maintain excellent relationships with parents and carers so that two way communication is as effective as it can be. Regular discussions, use of the learning diaries, the My Learning and Development documents, and regular parent`s evenings ensure that parents know in what ways we can help.

How can parents, children and young people make a complaint about our provision?

We would hope that all parents would feel comfortable in approaching staff to say if they were unhappy about something no matter how small and we will always try to address this. We send out regular surveys to gain feedback. We also ensure that parents are aware of the complaints procedure.

How can parents, children and young people get more information about the setting?

We are on the FIS website and our website is kept up to date - www.whiterockpre- We will always make prospective parents welcome to come and visit us, and have a prospectus which we can email or give out directly.