The pre-school was set up in 1987 as a registered charity and, over the years, has provided an important service to hundreds of local families. We are an inclusive group and welcome all children and their families. We are supported by Derby City Council's Childcare and Family Learning Service. We are also inspected by Ofsted, which means that all 3 and 4-year-olds (term after their 3rd birthday), and eligible 2-year-olds, are entitled to 5 free 3-hour sessions a week with us. We also offer the 30 hours funded sessions for eligible 3-year-olds.
We offer a combination of fun, stimulating and educational activities in a happy, caring environment for children from 2 1/2 years of age. We have spacious indoor accommodation and extensive grounds where the children can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Our daily lunch club gives parents total flexibility with sessions and also helps to prepare children for the longer school day. We are essentially a "community group" where parents are always welcome to take part in our outings and social events, and even become involved in the running of the group by joining our parents' committee.
Key worker groups
Upon joining pre-school your child will be allocated a specific member of staff as their key worker who will be responsible for your child and the main point of contact for you. The aim of the key worker system is to provide consistency and to facilitate a strong partnership between parents and pre-school ensuring the best care for each individual child. The key workers will carry out regular observations of the children in their group and make sure that they are happy and progressing well in pre-school. Specific "parent interview" sessions are arranged every term when you can discuss your child's progress with their key worker and contribute to your child's ongoing Learning Journey. You may talk to your key worker at any time if you have any particular questions or concerns.
Parents in pre-school
Parents obviously play a vital role in both the care and education of their child and so we like to involve parents as much as possible in pre-School life. We hold regular social events, parents accompany us on outings and anyone who is interested is welcome to join our parents' committee. New parents are encouraged to stay with their child until he/she has settled down. If parents have specific skills such as playing a musical instrument etc. we would be really happy for them to come into pre-school and share this with the children.
Parents information booklet
"Outstanding" Ofsted Report
Our last Ofsted report which was carried out in March 2016, graded the pre-school 'outstanding' in all areas that it inspected. To see the report please click here.
Our opening hours
Morning session only: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Afternoon session only: 12.45pm - 3.45pm
Lunch club: 12.00pm - 12.45pm
All day i.e. two funded sessions: 9.00am - 3.00pm.
Wrap around care is available to add onto all day: 3.00pm- 3.45pm
The pre-school closes at 3 pm on Fridays.
Prices & Free Funded Places
All Three and four-year-olds are entitled to 5 funded sessions per week and some may be eligible for the extended offer of 30 hours funded care per week. This starts in the term following their third birthday. Two-year-old funded places are also available:
Parents may also pay for extra sessions for their children. Current prices are:
- £13.50 per session
- £3.50 for packed lunch club
- £3.50 for wrap around care
- £5 late collection per 15 minutes i.e. £5 if 6 minutes late, £10 if 16 minutes late.
- £5 late payment of fees
These are payable either as a whole invoice, or can be paid in instalments throughout the half term.
In line with the new GDPR requirements the following documents are available for your reference:
Published 21st January 2019