Opening times and hourly rates from September 2021



Monday: 8.30am – 3.30pm

Tuesday: 8.30am – 12.00pm

Wednesday: 8.30am – 3.30pm

Thursday: 8.30am – 12.00pm

Friday: 8.30 -3.30pm


Charges are £4.75 per hour.


All fees to be paid in advance and no more than two weeks in arrears.


The term after your child’s 3rd birthday, they will be entitled to 15 hours of free child care per week or 30 hours per week, depending on your personal circumstances. Your child may also be eligible for 2 year old funding.

Please speak to a member of staff who will be able to help you.


The hours and days you choose for your child will have to remain in place for a term at a time. Each term you will get a chance to change your chosen hours, if the pre-school has the staff available and the room capacity.


If you want to cancel any of your chosen days, you will have to give the pre-school 4 weeks notice and these sessions will have to be paid for.


If you need one off days or extra hours, we will do our best to accommodate you; however, we would like to have the minimum of two days’ notice, unless it is an emergency.



Padstow Pre-school Survival Kit



So your child is prepared to take part in all the activities we offer at the pre-school, please could you supply the following in a named bag.




Autumn and Spring Term – September to March/April


A water bottle to leave at the pre-school

Warm waterproof coat




A spare set of clothes

Nappies, wet wipes & nappy sacks (if your child needs them)



Summer Term – April to July


A light cardigan or fleece

Sun hat

Sun cream

A spare set of clothes

Trainers or plimsolls (if your child comes in sandals)

Nappies, wet wipes & nappy sacks (if your child needs them)


If would help the session run smoother if your child comes fully prepared for all weathers, then we do not have to waste time trying to find clothes that will fit. Thank you for your cooperation.



Padstow Pre-school snack menu

Week 1








Mackerel pate

Sliced peppers

Wholemeal toast shapes



Carrot, cucumber sticks

Peanut butter

Wholemeal Toast

Sliced banana

Rice cakes

Cheese spread


Wholemeal pitta bread



Sliced peppers

Week 2









Cherry Tomatoes

Bread sticks

Mint & Yogurt cucumber dip

Carrot sticks


Wholemeal Toast shapes

Tomatoes & cucumber

Sliced hardboiled Egg


Sliced peppers

Egg & cress

Open wholemeal sandwich


Week 3







Egg & Cucumber wholemeal Sandwich


Cheese & Pineapple chunks

Plain popcorn


Fruit Kebab

Yogurt dip

Rice cake

Mackerel Pate

Sliced Peppers

Wholemeal Toast fingers


Cheese spread

Cucumber & Pepper slices


Dear Parent/carers


The staff and management team would like to welcome you and your family to Padstow Pre-school. We hope that your child/children will enjoy their time with us and find it a happy and positive experience.


The pre-school was established circa 1970, by Mrs Wendy England and started its life in the old British Legion hut. The pre-school has had many different homes over the years, until we finally raised enough money to build our own purpose built pre-school and gardens in 1998. Through further fund raising, we were able to add an extension which incorporates a sensory room and disabled access. This was opened in 2006.


The pre-school is a not for profit charitable group, which is run by an elected management team, made up of parents, grandparents and members of the community. A full list of committee members and their contact numbers are displayed in the foyer.


Our aim.

See Curriculum guidance.


Pre-school staff.

All the staff employed at the pre-school at this time, are qualified, or undergoing training connected with child care. Regular training courses are on offer, so staff can keep up to date with their training and any new legislation to do with child care and education. We also welcome trainee child care students and volunteers into the setting to gain valuable work experience.


Current staff at the pre-school.


Julie Nicholls – Administrator. BA (Hons) in Childhood & Youth Studies, Foundation Degree in Early Years, Dip. In Pre-school Practice, Cache level 2 & 3 in Play Work.

  • Jo Parsons -  Manager. Fda Early Childhood Studies, CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce (EYE)
  • Sarah Cox - Assistant Manager. NVQ 2 & 3 in Child Care, Learning & Development.  Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning
  • Carley Martyn – Assistant.  NVQ 2 in Child care, Learning & Development. National Diploma in childcare level 3
  • Sarah Murt – NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing
  • Lisa Lobb - Assistant. A level health and Social Care, NVQ3 in Childcare, Learming and Development

Health & Safety co-ordinator – Julie Nicholls

Diversity co-ordinator – Julie Nicholls

Child Protection Team – Jo Parsons & Sarah Cox


All staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Basic Hygiene & Child Protection. All staff and committee have been CRB checked.


At present under OFSTED regulations, the pre-school is registered for 30 children per session. The ratio requirement is 1 adult: 8 children (aged 3 and over) and 1 adult: 4 children (aged 2 – 3 years).


Session times.

The amount of sessions and hours offered to your child will vary; depending on how busy we are when your child joins us. Priority is given to children who are in receipt of early years funding. This is a legal requirement by the government. You will be notified of your child’s sessions before they start attending, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs where possible. Because of the amount of children who attend the pre-school, additional sessions will only be offered when they become available. If you would like extra sessions, please speak to a member of staff who will put you on a waiting list. Theses extra sessions will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you are claiming any tax credits from the government, you may be able to claim back a percentage of your child’s fees you pay the pre-school.



Please make sure you have filled in the enrolment form for your child, giving emergency contact numbers and any relevant medical details in case we need to contact you. If any of these details change, please let the pre-school know as it is important that we keep our records up to date. In accordance with our policy on illness, please do not bring your child into pre-school if they are unwell, especially prior to their session. This not only causes them distress, it is also unfair on the other children and staff if their illness is contagious. Please notify the pre-school if your child contracts German measles, so that other parents can be informed and also if your child has not been immunised against any childhood diseases for any reason. If you are unsure whether to bring your child to their session, phone the pre-school for advice.

Could you please check your child’s head regularly for signs of head lice infestation and treat as necessary. This will hopefully keep any outbreaks that occur to a minimum.


Where possible the pre-school adopts a healthy eating policy and we are part of the Nippers Nutrition programme, which is run by Cornwall council. Please do not put fizzy drinks, chocolate and sweets in your child’s lunch box. A leaflet is enclosed about how to pack a healthier lunch box, also enclosed is our pre-school morning snack menu, please make sure you let the staff know if your child has any food allergies or intolerances. The pre-school now has the opportunity to use the school canteen, if you would like your child to have a hot lunch. More details to follow, when your child starts with us.



There is no legal duty requiring staff to administer medication to your child and so any medication will be administered at the staffs’ discretion. The staff has the right to refuse to administer medication if they feel unhappy about it. The pre-school does not administer pain relief to children such as Calpol and does not keep any on the premises.

The exception to the above will be if your child has a life threatening or chronic condition i.e. asthma, insulin dependent diabetes, epilepsy or allergies. Then the pre-school will be happy to administer appropriate medication only after seeking medical advice and training. (See the enclosed information on health).




Please do not send your child to pre-school in their best clothes, as a lot of messy activities take place. The pre-school sells t-shirts etc. at reasonable prices, if you would like to buy one for your child. Please speak to a member of staff. Please dress your child in clothes that they can easily undo, this helps promote their independence when using the toilet. In the summer months, please supply your child with sun cream and a sun hat for when we doing outdoor activities and it is safer for them if they are wearing trainers or closed in shoes, especially when using the climbing apparatus. In the winter, please make sure your child brings a warm waterproof coat, as we use the garden all the year round.  Dangly earrings are not permitted, as there have been occasions of children getting them caught up in dressing up clothes. Please make sure all your child’s possessions are labelled as the pre-school ends up with several items of lost property at the end of the school year.


Settling in.

When a child starts at the pre-school, it is sometimes the first time they have left their parents or mixed socially with other children and adults. You are asked to stay with your child for the first 2 – 4 sessions, to build up their confidence and to gradually prepare them for when they are going to be left on their own. Some children are happy to be left on their own after the first session and some children will take a lot longer, sometimes up to a term before they have settled in. Please be prepared to stay with your child until they are happy and confident to stay on their own. The pre-school staff understand that it can be a very stressful time for you and your child and will do everything possible to make it a smooth transition. Please make sure your child is picked up promptly at the end of a session as this can be very stressful, if they are the last child left. Before your child starts at the pre-school, you will be offered a chance to come and look around and meet the staff. The pre-school also holds an open afternoon, which has proved very successful.


Payment of fees.

The pre-school asks that all fees incurred are paid on time and that you do not fall more than two weeks in arrears. The pre-school is a non-profit making charity and rely on fees to be paid promptly. If you have difficulty paying, please speak to the manger or chairperson in the strictest confidence, immediately. If you accrue arrears and do not make any attempt to pay them off, the management team reserve the right to suspend your child’s place until the arrears are paid in full. To keep your child’s place secure at the pre-school, please let us know if you are going on holiday or your child is ill, or you will be charged if your child does not attend. If your child is in receipt of early years funding, please also inform the pre-school of any absences, the pre-school has to submit attendance records to County Council if they ask for them.




Child protection.

For the peace of mind of the staff if anybody other than the named carers on the child’s registration form is going to collect them from the pre-school, please inform a member of staff who it is going to be. If we do not know the person who is going to collect your child we will ask you further details about this person and their relationship to your child. If we do not know the person and you have not notified anyone beforehand the child will not be allowed to go with them. We will then contact you to verify the situation. It is the pre-schools policy that the person collecting your child must be 16 or over.



The pre-school abides by a number of policies and procedures, as laid down by the Pre-school Learning Alliance and it is also statutory law and an OFSTED requirement that we have certain policies in place. If you would like copies of any of our policies, please ask a member of staff who will copy a set for you. A full set of up to date policies are by the information area in the foyer.


Parent/carer rota.

The pre-school does not operate a rota system anymore for helpers as we appreciate that a lot of parents’ work. However, if you would like to help in the pre-school at any time we are always looking for volunteers to help fund raise, accompany us on trips or serve on the management team. We also invite parents in to the pre-school to share their skills and knowledge with the children, this has proved very popular and the children have enjoyed the activities offered.



We welcome any child in to the pre-school who is wearing nappies. Please send them in with a named nappy bag. Children will only be changed by staff that have had their CRB checks and when the time comes for toilet raining the staff will be only too happy to help support you in this, we appreciate that this can be a stressful time for both parents and children.


Newsletters and updates.

You will get newsletters from the pre-school usually every half term and sometimes you will get additional information about such things as outings or special activities we are doing etc. We also have a Facebook page which you can join and we may contact you by email if you have an email account. Please also read the information boards in the foyer.


OFSTED inspections.

To be eligible for government funding we have to be inspected by the nursery education inspectors, approximately every three years. We have now had four successful inspections, copies of our latest one are available if you would like to read it; or you can view it on line.


Access to the pre-school.

If you would like admittance to the building, please ring the bell and wait to be let in. Please do not pull on the door handle as it is designed for security reasons, to stop unauthorised entry and to stop children getting out. The school gates at the Pellew close entrance should be locked between the hours of 9.30am – 3.00pm. If you are going to arrive at the pre-school after 9.30am, please use the main entrance to the school grounds in Grenville Road. You are welcome to park in the school car park or you can park in Tesco’s car park and walk across the road. Mr Banks (Head teacher) has also asked that you do not ask children to come and ask us to let you in. Due to people using the school as a short cut these measures have had to be put in place. We ask for your cooperation in this matter and hope that you realise that the children’s safety is our top priority. If you have any questions regarding this arrangement, please speak to Mr Banks.




The aims of the pre-school and curriculum guidance.


Our aim is:


To enhance the learning, development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent involving community based group.


To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment.


To work within a framework which ensures equal of opportunities for all children and their families.


When a child starts at the pre-school, they will be assigned a key person. You will be asked to fill in an “All about me” sheet, this will give your key person valuable information about the child’s likes, dislikes and interests etc. this will help us to plan individual activities that children will enjoy and provide a full and varied curriculum. From September 2008 the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) became statutory. The EYFS has now been reviewed and the revised version came into force in September 2012, with the statutory guidance being revised in 2014.  Please read the information sheet enclosed “Parents Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework” this will give you more detail about the new revised EYFS and what you can expect for you and your child from the pre-school.

Throughout your child’s time at the pre-school we will monitor your child’s progress towards the early learning goals which children should be working towards or have achieved by the end of their reception year. We will monitor every child’s progress, using observation and assessment. At the end of each term your key person will meet with you to discuss your child’s progress, this is an opportunity to discuss any problems or worries you may have about your child. However, you do not have to wait for these meetings, as we have an open door policy and you can speak to your child’s key person at any time that is mutually convenient.  At the end of your child’s time at the pre-school, you will be presented with their Learning Journey this is a record of their time at the pre-school, this may contain children’s work, paintings, photographs and observations. If you would like to contribute to their Learning Journey, by putting in drawings, observations or photographs etc. of their life in the community, we will be delighted to add them to their books. We have recently moved over to an online version of learning journeys called Tapestry, however you will also receive a printed copy at the end of your child’s time with us. The online version is more interactive and you can see what your child has been doing at the pre-school in real time, you can also make comments and add your own observations if you wish. You will get more information about tapestry when your child starts with us at the pre-school.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to the manager, chairperson or other members of staff, who will be happy to help you. A full list of management and staff are on the notice board in the foyer.


If you have any complaints regarding the pre-school, please see our complaints procedure which is on the noticeboard in the foyer.


If you would like to know more about the Early Years Foundation Stage enter "Parents guide to the Early Years Founndation Stage Framework" into your search engine or if you would like a printed copy please ask a member of staff.





This setting believes that every child has a right to attend.

We also recognise that some children may have additional needs.

Additional needs may arise for a number of reasons. Some of these are listed below:

  • A medical/congenital syndrome – such as Down’s syndrome

  • A sensory difficulty, such as partially sighted or glue ear

  • A physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy

  • A temporary emotional difficulty, which may occur due to marital breakdown, house moving, new baby etc

  • Developmental delay – where a child’s development and behaviour is younger than would normally be expected of a child of that age.

  • General learning difficulties

  • Speech and language difficulties or delay


    Sometimes a child’s additional needs are temporary, sometimes they are long term


AT THIS SETTING WE AIM TO BE INCLUSIVE. That means we try to meet each child’s needs as we find them, WE DO NOT TREAT ALL CHILDREN THE SAME, THEY ARE DIFFERENT. We do, however, treat all children with respect. We also treat all parents with respect.


Before enrolling your child at our setting you should consider this very carefully.

Sometimes children with additional needs behave in ways which other children’s parents find difficult. We do not condone or accept unwanted behaviour from any child. We address it appropriately, according to a child’s individual needs. We also do not judge or condemn any child with behaviour difficulties or their parents. We aim to protect and cherish all children in the setting. Every new child is a learning experience for us. Sometimes it takes a while to get it right.


Please help us to help all parents and all children feel included and special – BECAUSE THEY ARE














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