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Proposal for Smarden Pre-School to join the TKAT family

Proposal for Smarden Pre-School to join the TKAT family


Smarden Pre School approached TKAT to propose that the preschool become part of the primary school, managed by TKAT. 


Our shared objective is to ensure the long-term future of the preschool as it makes a vital contribution to the local community.


Currently the board level management of Smarden Pre School is entirely reliant on volunteers and the Trustees are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit new members.  Without sufficient Trustees the preschool is unable to guarantee job security for its committed staff, despite sustained and indeed growing demand for preschool places.  For this reason, Smarden Pre School approached TKAT to see if we could help.


Smarden Pre School and TKAT have a shared ethos which at its heart promotes children’s wellbeing, inclusivity and learning for all.  We are both passionate about raising standards and helping children to be happy, resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


We recognise that a good preschool helps children to become ‘school ready’ and we welcome the opportunity to support this important first stage of education.

TKAT will be able to significantly reduce the burden of legislation and policy compliance, funding administration and estate management for the preschool.  In so doing, their existing staff will have time freed to spend with the children.


What would change?

From parent perspective there would be very little change.

The existing team at Smarden Pre School would remain the same.

The preschool would continue to operate alongside Smarden Primary but would, for the most part, remain independent from it, with its own separate accommodation and separate admissions policy. 


Smarden Pre School would continue to serve not only Smarden village but also the wider catchment area and feed into all the local primary schools.

Those children who are eligible for government funding would still be able to claim their allotted hours and all other fees would continue to be charged at the current rates.

A Preschool Trustee would be invited to join Smarden Primary School’s Board of Governors as an Early Years representative to maintain and enhance the already strong relationship between the preschool and the primary school.


Next steps

We’d love to hear your views and to answer any questions you may have on this proposal.

This consultation will run from 25th April to 26th May 2019 and you are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to Jess Wilks, Project Support Officer, TKAT, The Atkins Centre, Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5AA or by email to jess.wilks@tkat.orgPlease mark the subject “Smarden Pre School proposal”.

Alternatively come along to our next parent forum on Tuesday 14th May at 2pm for an informal chat.

Following the consultation period, the Trust will consider all the comments and feedback received.  Updates will be posted on the school website.