Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (Preschool and Reception) we offer a caring, friendly, enabling environment which promotes the learning and development of every child and prepares them for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The happiness and well-being of each child is central to all that we do and we provide a safe, relaxed atmosphere where children can quickly settle and confidently become involved in all of the learning opportunities on offer.
Key to this is developing trusting relationships and working in partnership with families. We aim for every child to leave the Early Years Foundation Stage as a confident, independent and reflective learner.
We provide a Pre-School Information Booklet in conjunction with our School Prospectus.
Autumn Term Topic
We accept children into our pre-school from the term after they are 3 years old and we open during school term time only.
We warmly welcome new children and parents to visit school where we offer a tour of the pre-school and an opportunity to meet the Early Years team. To arrange a visit, please contact the school via email: [email protected] or telephone: 01386 881333.
The pre-school is very much a part of the Ashton under Hill First School family with Mrs Alison Peacey as its Head Teacher. Mrs. Juliet Shiels is leading the pre-school with the support of Teaching Assistant, Mrs. Michelle Clayton.
Each child is assigned a named key person who helps to ensure that their learning and care is tailored to meet their needs.
Opening Times and Costs
We offer flexible sessions, mornings (9am-12 noon); afternoons (12 noon - 3pm) or all day (9am to 3pm). Our pre-school is open during term time only.
Government Funded Hours
Funded hours for all 3 and 4 year old nursery children currently stand at 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. You can apply here for funding
Parents may also be eligible for an additional 15 hours funded childcare. For more information, please see the Government's website :
If you wish to extend pre-school hours and government funded hours are not available, the cost is £4.50 per hour.
Before and After School Care
Pre-school children are able to attend Breakfast Club from 8am at a cost of £6.50 each morning. Children are looked after by staff from the Early Years team and will join other pre-school children at the start of morning session at 9am.
Little Big Learners - after school care
Pre-school children are able to attend Little Big Learners who run after school care in the Green Room adjacent to school. A member of staff escorts children to the club through school.