We aim to provide the best possible learning environment for pre-school children. This means teaching and learning through play. Play is how children under five learn. We make sure the atmosphere is a happy one, where children feel secure, valued and safe. We provide a good mix of free and structured play, encouraging the children to explore different materials and activities.

We foster imagination, social interaction, self-expression and creativity. Children hone their motor skills using constructional toys, and learn letters, words and numbers through stories, rhymes and structured play. We have an excellent outside play area that incorporates a purpose built undercover area and a bespoke pirate ship. We operate a free-flow play scheme to allow children to make the most of this space.

Playschool Hours

Days Morning Sessions Afternoon Sessions
Monday to Friday 0900/0930 to 1130, 1200 or 1230 1200/1230 to 1500


All day session: 0900/0930 to 1500. Session are 2.5, 3, 3.5, 5.5 or 6 hours in length. Lunch times remain 1200 – 1230.

Lunch Club

If you choose to bring your child at the earlier time of 1200 we run a “lunch club” between 1200 and 1230. Your child should bring their own HEALTHY lunch box and have the opportunity to eat their lunch with the other children and staff. We continue to offer the children milk or water with their lunch.

As lunch places are limited, “going to school” children will have priority and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Lunch club is part of your child’s session and should be attended regularly.

When preparing the lunch box please be mindful of children with allergies, (for example, no nuts or nut-based products). Children are reminded that their lunch box is their own and not to be shared. The staff assist the children with their lunch but we would appreciate if, where possible, it is in child-friendly packaging.

If you are interested in your child joining the lunch club please contact Julie Ash (subject to availability).

0900/ 0940 Children arrive / free play
0940 - 0955 Hello time to include movement (e.g. dough gym)
0955 - 1035
Free play
1035 - 1100
Group snack
1100 - 1110 Tidy up
1110 - 1140 Free play
1140 - 1155 Story/singing/musical/dancing

1155 – 1225

Lunch

   
1240 - 1255 Hello time
1255 - 1440 Free play
1345 - 1440
Rolling snack
1440 - 1455 Story/singing/musical/dancing
1455 - 1500 Coats, pictures and home time

 

 

All Day Sessions ...

 

The timetable for all day sessions is as above, and we are careful to ensure that activities are not repeated during the same day.

Places for all day sessions are limited. If you are interested in your child attending playschool all day please contact Julie Ash to discuss availability.

 

The Importance of Being on Time ...

 

When children are dropped off or collected late, it can be very disruptive to the routine described above and can also be unsettling for the children. Please help us to make every session run smoothly by making every effort to be on time.

 

For LATE COLLECTION please refer to the “Uncollected Child” policy which states “Depending on circumstances, we reserve the right to charge parents for the additional hours worked by our staff.” For LATE ARRIVAL, should you be continually late arriving you will be sent a letter explaining why being late is unacceptable. After which, should you still persistently be late the Supervisor will have the right to refuse your child admission.