Buddies Children's Centre

Buddies is a pre-school, based in Maldon, Essex that is dedicated to working with children from two years old to school age, whatever their ability. The pre-school focuses on creating a happy environment so all children who attend Buddies feel safe and settled.

Buddies outdoor play with sand

We provide areas for the children to play in both an indoor and outdoor environment. At Buddies we understand play is important for a child to develop and learn, therefore during each session there is time dedicated to structured activities and free play.

We are currently a good provider, as decided by OfSTED, of care and education for children within the community. As a fully inclusive preschool we can provide services for all under the equality act. We work with children aged 2-5 years, we are best known for our specialism in special educational needs as we were originally set up for respite care for children with Special Educational needs and we have just progressed and went with the needs of the community over the last decade. As an inclusive preschool all parents and children are treated equally and all are offered the same level of assistance and support. Due to our strong links within the professionals in our field and the local community such as the Maldon children’s centre we are able to offer advice or know of people that can help regardless of their issues. We recently had our OfSTED Inspection in May 2011, their findings were that we were providing Grade 1/Outstanding provision in ‘The effectiveness with which the setting promotes equality and diversity’, ‘The effectiveness of partnerships’ and ‘The effectiveness with which the staff deploys resources’. They documented that ‘Staff value diversity and are highly successful in ensuring that children’s uniqueness and individuality is recognised and that all are fully integrated and achieving their potential’.