Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Pre School

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 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 preschool 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.

Our Staff

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 Ali Stephenson is the teacher leading the pre-school with the support of Teaching Assistants, Mrs Shiels and Mrs Barnett.

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 : 

Additional Hours

If you wish to extend pre-school hours and government funded hours are not available, the cost is £4.50 per hour. 

For more information about our pre-school, please select the Information Booklet below:

Early Years Information Booklet

Before and After School Care

Pre-school children are able to attend Breakfast Club from 8am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 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.

More information here about Little Big Learners