We aim to provide a safe,
welcoming and happy environment in which children can develop
their full potential whilst learning through play. We believe
the best way to do this is:-
To recognise each
child's individual rate of development and to plan a
To fully involve parents
within the group.
To maintain a high ratio
of adults to children.
Our Manager is Annie
Thurgood 01297 24318 - firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply
you would like your child to attend Uplyme Pre-School please
contact the administrator Annie Thurgood as soon as possible as
places are limited.
We try to accommodate
preferences usually offering 2 sessions a week initially.
Requests for additional
sessions should be made to the administrator at the earliest
opportunity to avoid disappointment and to allow the group to
plan the best use of resources.
We meet at Uplyme Village
Hall which was opened in 1994 and offers bright, warm, clean
Unfortunately, as it is a
facility used by the whole community, all our equipment has to
be stowed away at the end of every session.
However, we have our own
special storage areas (including our own sink for washing paint
pots!) and the children have immediate access to a toilet at any
time although there are several more available if needed.
There is a small grassed
area that is securely fenced so the children can be outside in
We also have use of the
terrace, the K&V playing field and a children's play area for
whole group activities. The hall has a disabled toilet and easy
Venue, Dates and Times
The group currently meets
in the Uplyme Village Hall from 9:00am until 12:00 am on Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
On Thursday mornings in the Summer term, we
meet at Mrs Ethelston's School, Uplyme from 8:50am until
Term dates correspond to
Mrs Ethelston's School.
The village hall is
utilised by Mrs Ethelston's School on Thursdays, so we hold our
session in the school's Reception Class. However, it is only
open to funded 4 year olds.
This arrangement serves to
underline the strong links the Pre-School has had with the
School over many years and also acts as a valuable introduction
for the children to school life, whilst recognising the special
need of 4 year olds.
We work closely with the
School on curriculum matters to ensure that Topics/Themes are
used efficiently and that there is no conflict in methods and
child's attendance on Thursday mornings does not guarantee them
a place at Mrs Ethelston's Primary School, therefore we do
advise you to apply as early as possible to the Primary School
of your choice.
Visit our preschool website here
Our fees are currently £3.60/hr), paid termly in advance, until LEA funding is
received the term after the child's 3rd birthday. This funding
covers a maximum of 5 half day sessions and is claimed directly
by the Pre-school.
If your child attends more
sessions (ie. going to more than one provider) you will be
expected to pay the equivalent of the LEA grant per session.
Please remember that Thursday morning are still Preschool
sessions despite being held on school premises and that funding
will be claimed or a bill tendered.
We now offer a lunch club
on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:00 - 1.30 at a cost of £4.50 or you can use
some of your government funding for this.
We offer a 50% discount to
parents with 2 or more children attending the group. In these
cases fees will be reduced to £3.25 for the second and
subsequent children until the eldest child receives LEA funding.
Unfortunately if a child
is ill the fees still have to be paid as our running costs
remain the same. If you experience any difficulty with fees
please speak, in confidence to the Administrator, who will be
happy to help sort out the problem.
overall management is undertaken by an annually elected
committee, made up mainly of parents, who act together as
the policy makers and the employers of all the staff. This
is in line with the group's constitution (see copy in policy
file at Pre-School), which was adopted by our group at an
Annual General Meeting.
The committee is:
Chair Mrs. Charlotte Matthews
Secretary Mrs. Gilly Clark
Treasurer Mr. Neil Pullinger
The day to day
management of the Pre-School is conducted by Annie
Thurgood. Every session has a Playleader, an Assistant, a
Regular Helper and someone from the Parent Rota.
All paid staff are
registered with Ofsted and are obliged to undergo Police and
Health checks as part of the requirements of the Children