Pre School


Please note, admission to Pre School does not guarantee a place in Reception, you must apply through Bedford  Borough for this.


Joining Pre-School is a happy time for your child, and we strive to provide a warm and caring environment, within which children can learn and develop through play.


We offer both full and part-time places, and are happy to accept 2 year old funding, universal 15 hours funding, the term after a child turns 3, as well as 30 hours funding, all subject to funding approval.  All sessions and hours are subject to availability.


The pre-school groups are Saplings and  Little Saplings


The Pre-School operates with approx 30 children per session.  Each main session is run by the Play leader and 4 members of staff.  We have a minimum staff-to-child ratio of 1 to 8 for those over the age of 3 and of 1 to 4 for those children who are under 3.  With 5 members of staff per session our working ratio is 1:6.


Our Pre-School is for children between 2 years (the term after a child turns 2) – until the term before they turn 4, when they will move up to Acorns Class (subject to space availability) or if Summer born, their Reception class. It offers a structured setting, supervised by qualified staff.  We are open 38 weeks per year, generally in line with lower school openings.


As part of our inclusion strategy, we also accept children in pull-ups.


We generally admit children twice a year, (September and January) and a child may start the term after their 2 birthday, subject to availability of places.