Preschool

We are delighted to be welcoming our first preschool age children onto the Donhead site in September 2024. All children will be able to enjoy a fantastic Early Years experience where our expert staff team help them to develop independence and learn key communication skills. Specialist teaching and involvement in whole school initiatives, such as our Poetry Recital and sporting competitions, enhances the experiences of the children ensuring they are school-ready by the time they move on to Reception.

What are the drop off and pick-up times?

The Preschool morning session starts at 8.30am and finishes at 11.30am when lunchtime begins. The end of the afternoon session for Preschool is 3pm.

Wrap-around care is available in the Preschool from 8am to 6.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Fridays.

Preschool Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can my child join the Preschool?

Children join the Preschool each September following the child’s third birthday (3+). Children will spend a maximum of three terms in the pre-school before moving into Reception.

All children registered for the Preschool will be invited to attend a taster session or have a nursery / home visit before starting at Donhead.

Does a place at the preschool guarantee a place in Reception?

Children joining the Preschool transition to our Reception class in September after their 4th birthday and we guarantee them a place.

Where is the Preschool located?

The Preschool is located within the bespoke EYFS area next to the Reception classrooms with a dedicated outdoor learning area.

Do you supply a hot lunch?

All children are provided with a morning snack. Those children staying for lunch will be provided with a hot meal.

What are the drop off and pick-up times?

The Preschool morning session starts at 8.30am and finishes at 11.30am when lunchtime begins. The end of the afternoon session for Preschool is 3pm.

Wrap-around care is available in the Preschool Mondays to Thursdays from 7.30am to 6.00pm and 7:30am- 4pm on Fridays.

Do you offer morning and afternoon sessions?

Our Preschool provision is based on a progressive curriculum where learning is built upon each day and, for this reason, we offer a minimum of 5 morning sessions.

Our attendance offering is:

· Monday - Friday (5 days per week, whole day attendance)

· Monday - Friday (5 mornings per week, half-day attendance)

· Monday - Friday (5 mornings per week, half-day attendance plus selected afternoons with a term’s notice)

From the term before Reception, attendance is compulsory on Monday to Friday (5 mornings per week, half day attendance plus a minimum of 2 afternoons) to ensure the pupils are ‘Reception Ready’.

What will the staff: pupil ratio be?

There will be a preschool teacher and an assistant in each class both experienced members of staff. The statutory guidelines on staff: pupil ratios are always met.

What do the children wear?

The uniform is to be confirmed. The uniform will be comfortable for the children to wear while enjoying all activities and the clothes are easy to layer through the seasons.

Does my child need to be dry before starting?

Our Preschool does not have nappy-changing facilities. Whilst we do understand that young children may have occasional accidents, we do expect that children joining us are out of nappies, dry during the day, and able to use toilet facilities independently.

What are the fees for preschool?

Prices per term

Five Mornings: 8:30am-11:30am. This includes a snack, no lunch - £2800

Each afternoon: 11:30am- 3pm (2:45pm on Fridays). This includes a snack and lunch - £3655

Mornings and Afternoons: This includes a snack and lunch) - £4625