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. 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.


Read our 2018 Ofsted report here


  • 2019/20 intake - We are now full but have some spaces on our waitlist, to register click here.
  • Application to Join - our 2020/2021 intake application is NOW OPEN and will be open from 1st February 2020 until midnight 29th February 2020.  

Latest news

We have some places on our waiting list for the 2019/20 intake, see 2019/20 waitlist

NOW OPEN - Application to Join our 2020/2021 intake - click here


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Read our 2018 Ofsted report here