Children are split into two groups depending on age - The Little Lions (our 2-3 years olds) and the Big Bears (our rising 5's) the children spend the majority of the morning together moving from room to room or the garden in our free flow environment. The children split into their smaller groups at the beginning and end of the session for a short circle time and a story. Sessions run from 9.15am – 12.15pm, sympathetic to those on the school run with older siblings but also to those little ones that still require a daytime nap. For our Big Bears we offer extended sessions on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 2.15pm. Children staying for the extended session bring a packed lunch to preschool.
In the summer term we encourage our Big Bears to stay for the extended sessions in preparation for their move to 'big' school. During this term we incorporate a PE session & a music and movement session where children bring a PE kit to preschool to practice getting changed.
Our session fees are:
£7.00 per hour
9.15am - 12.15pm - £21.00 (3 hours session)
9.15am - 2.15pm - £35.00 (5 hour session for Big Bears ONLY)
£3 per week - Caterpillar Music (for children that attend a Tuesday session)
We request that children attend for a minimum of three sessions per week. The session price includes all activities and a healthy snack such as breadsticks and fruit, crackers and cheese.
The term after your child turns three the government will fund them to attend a preschool for up to 15 hours per week. For example, if your child turns three in October, from 1st January their place will be funded by the government.
For children who receive funding there is a shortfall between the funding and the cost of each session. We ask parents to help us meet the shortfall. Parents are not invoiced for the shortfall, however we do send out a cost statement half termly to let you know the details of the shortfall. The government funding does not cover snacks or the provision of any educational resources for the children. The shortfall is voluntary, however without it, it limits the services and resources we can provide.
We ask the parents to help us meet the shortfall. The government is also currently offering limited funding for two year olds. Speak to your local children's centre or click here to see if you qualify.