Opening hours

The preschool is open 09.00 – 15.00 five days per week

There is the ability to drop off children 08.45 – 9.00 for no extra charge.

Sessions & term dates

The preschool day is organised around two main sessions

Morning 09.00 -12.00 and Afternoon 12.00 – 15.00.  A full day is the equivalent of 2 sessions

Choosing sessions

We advise a minimum of two sessions a week over two days to help your child settle, attach and develop their sense of belonging.

Morning sessions are our most popular. If they are fully booked, we recommend starting in the afternoon, whilst placing your child on the waiting list for your preferred sessions.

During all sessions the children have time to play and work together in a mixed age group, encouraging responsibility and sensitivity in our older children and giving our younger children role models for social skills and language.

The children are split into age groups at key times during the session to ensure all aspects of the session are delivered age appropriately and to each child’s ability.

Lunch

Lunch is for children attending full days or afternoons only and is taken at 12.00-12.30pm with children bringing their own packed lunch. Lunchtime is used to promote social skills and healthy lifestyle.

Increasing Sessions

It may be possible to increase your number of priced sessions mid-term, if staffed session spaces are available. Funded sessions can only be increased termly.

The summer term is always very busy so it is advisable to plan any increase of sessions for your child well in advance.

Cancellation Policy

Parents / carers are required to give notice of any reduction or cancellation in bookings in writing at least half a term in advance. This ensures stable staffing levels can be maintained.

During the cancellation period the previously booked sessions remain open for your child whether or not they attend and therefore the fees remain payable in full.

Extra activities (during sessions)

We try whenever possible to involve parents and friends of the preschool to come in and share their special skills to broaden the children’s experience. Recently these have included Spanish, Pilates and football.

We are always looking for new volunteers for these activities. Please speak to any member of staff if you would like to contribute to a session.

Please telephone us during term time only between 08:30 and 15:00 on 07840 341 551

Alternatively, please email us on admissions@chesterfordspreschool.org.uk