A History of YALDING, Kent, England

The WEALD NURSERY PLAYGROUP, was started by Jennifer Wright in the Summer of 1967, using the Village Hall for four mornings a week from 9.30 to 12.00. By 1972, this group catering for three to five year olds, had moved to Cleaves Hall, and was run by Mrs Mary Wicks and later by Mrs Ellman-Brown. In these early years even the author was helping as treasurer.
Outings and Christmas Party's were organised, that were paid for from the proceeds such as the Coffee Morning with various stalls, including many with Christmas gifts held on November 17th at 10.30 am 1977. At that time they were also collecting Kelloggs tokens for children's free rail tickets.
Several changes have taken place over the years, from initially being a private venture to now run by a committee as a registered charity. The staff are all fully trained in their tasks as teachers , assistants and first aiders, and are checked annually by Social Services.
They have been back at the Village Hall since April 1993, where they are open every weekday morning except Wednesdays, between 9.30 and 12.00 noon. On Wednesdays there is an advanced pre-school session for the same time held in Yalding Primary School.
Under the name of TWFORD PRE-SCHOOL, they gain accreditation by P.L.A. in July 97, and are now checked annually. In September 97 they passed an Ofsted Inspection, which will be repeated every two to four years. They can take 30 children between the ages of 2½ to 5 years of age at each session. The planned curriculum is constantly being updated as the school works towards the desirable learning goals of young children.
The Twyford Preschool logo is:-