Thorpedene Pre-School


“Caring, Respecting and Achieving with Confidence through Play”

Thorpedene Pre-School is a committee run pre-school registered with Ofsted for 26 children. We are located inside Thorpedene Primary School and work closely with the school. We take children from 3 to 4 years old. We are open Monday to Friday 8.45-3.30pm and hold morning sessions, lunch club and afternoon sessions.

At Thorpedene Pre-School we value that your child is the most important person to you in the world and we believe that every child who attends our Pre-School is valued as a unique individual. We aim to help your child develop through exploring our fun and exciting environment.

Free Childcare places

Every child between the age of three and four years old is eligible for up to 15 hours of free childcare per week. Free childcare sessions include a healthy snack for your child. Lunch will be at an additional cost if required.

Our fees are for Non-funded children (we also accept childcare vouchers).
Morning session                      8.45 – 11.45    £8.00
Afternoon session                  12.15 – 3.30     £8.00
Lunch Club                              11.45 – 12.15    £3.00
Morning session + lunch        8.45 – 12.15   £11.00
Lunch + afternoon session   11.45 – 3.30     £11.00
Whole day                                  8.45 – 3.30     £19.00 (Including lunch)

Our Philosophy

We feel it is important for children to come to Pre School and feel safe secure and most importantly to feel happy. Our Pre-School is for children to experience a range of fun activities and to experience in messy play. The Early Years Foundation Stage focuses on children learning through play and we believe by emphasising the sensory and exploring messy play, each child is able to enjoy and explore materials rather than aiming to provide an end result. Children learn best when they are having fun. We believe messy play is an important part of early education and offers many opportunities for learning and we enjoy seeing children having fun and learning and achieving from their fun experiences. What better way than for your child to experience messy activities and no mess for you to clear up.

Outdoor Learning

We also believe children should be given the opportunity to take their learning outdoors and to help children gain different kinds of experiences our children are given the opportunity to engage in outdoor learning in all weathers .We believe that there is no bad weather but sensible clothing to explore the weather. We provide all in one waterproof suits to protect children’s clothing.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that us as an Early Years provider must meet to ensure that your child learns and develops well and are kept healthy and safe. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is split into three prime areas and four specific areas of development.

These are:-

Prime Areas

  • Personal Social and Emotional
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We follow learning through play approach with child and adult led activities using a very wide range of toys and resources. We also take children’s interests into account as children become much more engaged in what they become interested in and enjoy.

Nursery World – A Parent’s Guide to Messy Play

EYFS Parents’ Guide

Our term dates follow with the school’s term dates

Meet Our Team


Emma Dinley – Pre School Manager – NVQ Level 4 in Children’s care learning and Development (City and Guilds),Special Needs Co-ordinator, Behaviour Management, Designated Safeguarding , First Aid Trained.


Charlene Cook – Acting Manager – NVQ Level 3 in Children’s care learning and Development (City and Guilds), Special Needs Co-ordinator, Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator, First Aid Trained.




Meet the Committee

The pre-school is committee run and is always looking for parents to come and join our committee the advantage of having a committee run Pre-School, it enables parents to express what they would like within the Pre-School. The committee holds yearly AGM Meetings in which all parents/carers are invited along to show support. The committee comprises of:

Chair – Miss S Walsh – Thorpedene Primary Head Teacher

Vice Chair – Mrs P Dewey – Thorpedene Primary Governor

Treasurer – Mr C Russell – Thorpedene Primary Governor

Secretary – Mrs M Clarke – Thorpedene Primary

Parental involvement is highly important to us as a Pre-School and children thrive on consistency. Therefore it is important for staff, committee and parents/carers to work together to produce exciting events and ensure children’s development is reached to their full potential. Any events organised and monies raised will go towards providing new resources for the children.