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


Latest news

Pre-School will be full capacity from September 20 and our Pick up/Drop off times will be our normal operating times:


9am drop off and 12pm pick up

Afternoon only

12pm drop off and 3pm pick up

All day

9am drop off and 3pm pick up

Parents will need to be mindful of social distance rules, especially when entering the pre-school gates. Although parents and carers will still not be able to come into the pre-school building.


Diary dates


Read our 2018 Ofsted report here