Poplar Pre-School (CIO)

Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0DE


Our pre-school accepts children between the ages of 2½ and starting school age. We run morning and afternoon sessions. Our morning sessions are from 9am - 12pm and our afternoon sessions from 12pm - 3pm (the afternoon sessions incorporate lunch into them and therefore children need to bring a packed lunch if staying for an afternoon session)

Once a child is eligible to receive early years (term after their 3rd birthday) we will be looking for them to stay for an afternoon or afternoons and they can stay all day if you wish.

We are a registered charity run by trustees with paid qualified staff and an events team who are volunteers and help with important fundraising . We are members of the Pre School Learning Alliance and are registered with OFSTED.

We are a purposed built pre-school and have two halls - Butterflies and Bumble Bees. Each takes children of all ages. Normally we operate a free flow policy whereby the children are able to choose where they play and with whom. They can go into either hall and the outside area as they choose. But currently due to Covid-19 we are keeping the rooms separate and in their own "bubbles inside". 


Read our 2018 Ofsted report here


  • Wait list for 2020/2021 - we currently have a full intake and our waitlist is full too and now closed for 2020/21.
  • Application for 2021/22 is now Closed, we will be in touch if you applied and are successful.
  • Registration for 2022/2023 and future years - complete this registration form.

Latest news

We currently have a job vacancy - see Jobs

Remember - Hands - Face- Space. Please notify us should your child be absent for any reason, via email preschool@poplarpreschool.co.uk 


Diary dates


Read our 2018 Ofsted report here