Thorpedene Pre-School

pre school logoRated ‘Good‘ Ofsted April 2103

Ofsted: “Staff have a good understanding of children’s’ individual needs. The effective key person system helps children to feel comfortable and secure, successfully promoting their emotional well-being.”


Thorpedene Pre-School is located within Thorpedene Primary School featuring a vibrant indoor learning environment and a secure outdoor play area.

Our Pre-School can accommodate a maximum of 26 children per session. We run two sessions per day and one lunch session.

Children can attend our setting from the age of two years old.


Our Pre-School staff believe it is important for children to come into a setting where they feel safe, secure and happy. Staff provide an environment that gives children ample opportunity to experience a range of fun and exciting activities through child initiated play.

We aim to ensure that children have access to resources that can engage and encourage children to extend their own knowledge and learning with adult support.

Staff believe that children learn best through play and when having fun. Staff work hard to develop your child’s independence, confidence and knowledge in preparation for their transition into school.

Meet Our Team

Mrs Dinley- Pre-School Manager

Miss Cook- Pre-School Deputy Manager

Miss Kay- Practitioner

Ms Hill- Practitioner

Pre-School staff are always available for advice and support for your child’s developmental needs.

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

Trustees – Maggie Clarke, Ashleigh Humphreys, Steph Champney


Parent quotes:

“We are very happy; the ladies are professional and kind to the children”

“Amazing Pre-School, helped my daughter to become the bright child she is today”

“My child has had 2 wonderful years at the Pre-School. It was delightful to see her grow under your care”

“My child has improved in many areas since starting Pre-School and we are happy with his progress”

 Child quotes:

“Pre-School makes me happy”

“I like playing with the toys”

Professional quote:

“Lots of activities out for the children to play with. Very friendly and helpful staff which made it a very informative visit”

Sept 2016


Free Early Years Provision

2 year olds

  • Available from the term after your child’s second birthday
  • Your child is entitled to 15 hours of funding per week, term time only.

3/4 year olds

  • Available from the term after your child’s third birthday.
  • Your child is entitled to 15 hours of funding per week, term time only.
  • Sessions required over your allocated funded hours will be charged at £8.00 per session.
  • Government funding does not cover the cost of a lunch session. This will be charged at a cost of £3.10.


Session times

Morning 9.00-12.00

Afternoon 12.30-3.30

Lunch 12.00-12.30


Fees- 2 year olds (non-funded)

Morning or Afternoon- £12.00 per session

(Lunch club unavailable for 2 year olds)

Fess- 3/4 year olds (extra sessions or non-funded)

Morning or Afternoon- £8.00 per session

Lunch- £3.10 (this includes a hot school meal)

Morning or Afternoon plus lunch- £11.10

Full day including lunch- £19.10



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.


Outdoor Learning

Our Pre-School believes that children should be given the opportunity to learn outdoors in all weathers. Children can gain invaluable experiences outdoors.

Our outdoor environment is based upon the same principles as indoors; children have access to resources to extend their own learning.

The Pre-School provides all in one waterproof suits to protect children’s clothing.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing”


Nursery World – A Parent’s Guide to Messy Play

EYFS Parents’ Guide

Our term dates follow the school’s term dates.

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.