Join Our Pre-school

We know starting Pre School is a big step in every child’s (and parent’s) life, and finding the right place for your child is a big decision. We love visitors and encourage everyone applying to us to come and have a look around.

Which Sessions Do You Need?

Breakfast Club

Monday to Friday 8 am- 9 am

Available to children from 2 (funded) all days except Mondays which are just for Rising 4’s.

Rise and Shine

Children are provided with the option of breakfast, early morning activities and a chance to get ready for the day, encouraging socialisation, physical activity and independence.

 

Core Pre-School

Monday to Friday
AM session 9am-12noon
(with lunch 1pm)
PM session 12noon -3pm

Available to children from 2 (funded) all days except Mondays which are just for Rising 4’s.

Preparing for School

Core Pre-School hours are the hours in which the focus is on getting the children prepared for school.

After School Club

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday 3pm-6pm

Available to children 3, 4 or 5 years old or those 2 year olds turning 3 that term.

Home from home

After school children can choose to work off their extra energy, relax or recharge in whatever way suits them best. We provide a home-cooked meal, trips out, and EYFS based activities and support.

There are Just 2 Steps to Join Us:

1. Take a Look

Come and have a look around, call us on 01672 520 901 to arrange a visit.

2. Join the Waiting List

Once you have made a decision we recommend adding your child to our waiting list as early as possible. Simply complete an Enrolment Form and pay a registration fee of £25.00. 

For more details please contact our bursar, Rhona Edwards: bursar@ramsburypreschool.org.uk or 01672 520901

Funding

For parents that require it, Wiltshire County Council provide free, part-time, nursery education places for all three and four year olds in Ramsbury. Free nursery education comprises up to five or ten 3 hour sessions per week (i.e. 15 or 30 hours) depending on eligibility, for up to thirty eight weeks of the year. Parents do not contribute towards this minimum entitlement but are charged for childcare that is additional to the free entitlement place.

Payment

Each term, the Pre-School receives a grant for eligible children. Parents will receive an invoice in arrears, once per term, for supplementary fees. Payment can also be made with childcare vouchers.

Eligibility

Children become eligible for a funded place from the start of the term after their third birthday.

Please see Wiltshire nursery grants for more information.

Fees

Fees for extra hours and children not eligible for a free Pre-School place

  • 2yrs £18.00 per 3hr session (joining in the term they turn 3)
  • 3yrs+ £15.75 per 3hr session

Session fees can be offset by the government’s 15 or 30 hours free entitlement for children aged 3yrs+.

Extras

Additional fees 

  • We supply a healthy snack for the morning session + 50p
  • Breakfast Club + £5.25/hr
  • Lunch Club + £5.25/hr
  • After School Club + £5.25/hr
  • Tennis + £23.50 per term

Breakfast/Lunch/After School hours can be funded, but food will be charged extra. £1/breakfast, £2.50/cooked tea.

All fees are payable on invoice issued termly.

Getting Settled

Each child approaches change slightly differently and we want to make the settling in process as gentle and easy as possible.

We can set up a number of visits where you or another carer can come with your child ahead of them officially starting. This allows them to gain confidence in their new surroundings while having the comfort of a familiar face. These visits also provide the opportunity for parents and carers to see how our Pre-School works, learn about our varied activities and get to know our staff.

FAQs

When can my child start at Ramsbury Pre-School?
Children can join from when they are 2 and half years old. If you are entitled to 2 year old free funding please speak to us about how we can help you.
How many sessions a week does my child need to attend?

To allow children to get the most out of their time at Pre-School the minimum attendance is two per week for 2 year olds. 

By the time they are 3 years old we ask that they attend at least 3 sessions a week. This gives them a chance to experience a range of activities across the curriculum and socialise with their peers and best prepares them for starting Primary School.

On average children 2.5 years attend 3 mornings, children age 3 attend two and a half days. However we do have some children who attend every day, every morning. There is always an opportunity to increase the sessions at the start of each term.

When will I hear if we have a place?

We do our best to offer children a place at the start of the term you request and will let you know as early as we can. If you do have any questions at any point during the admissions and enrolment process, please give us a call.

My child is entitled to 15 / 30 hours a week childcare - do I have to pay anything?

We supply a healthy snack for the morning session and charge 50p per session.
Breakfast/Lunch/After School hours can be funded, but food will be charged extra. £1/breakfast, £2.50/cooked tea. (Lunch is packed lunch not supplied by pre-school)

Some activities also incur extra charges, see fees section.

Can I use my free 15 / 30 hours entitlement for breakfast / after school clubs?

Breakfast club, Lunch Club and After School club hours can be used under the free funding but food is not covered and would be charged extra:

£1 for breakfast (cereal, fruit, milk, toast)
£2.50 for 2 course cooked tea