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Preschool & Nursery Admissions

Ash Grange provides education for 2-4 year olds in our specialised facility. The staff create wonderful learning opportunities that nurture each child’s development and enable them to achieve their potential. The environment includes indoor and outdoor spaces, through which the children can free flow according to interests and stimulation. 


Learning is planned in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Strategy, which supports the different ages and stages of children’s development.


Families receive an induction process which involves a home visit, short stay visits and staggered start, to ensure your child settles well and thrives.   


To register an interest or simply get in touch with us, please fill in the enquiry form below and someone will be in touch with you soon.


Alternatively you can print a copy of our Preschool and Nursery Application Form

Preschool is available for 2-3 year olds


There are a variety of sessions available to suit child and family needs, in accordance with child to adult ratios:

  • Preschool Mornings 9am-12noon
  • Preschool Afternoons 12noon-3pm (available from January 2020)


Each preschool session costs:

  • £18.00 for 2 year olds
  • £16.50 for 3 year olds
  • Minimum of 2 sessions per week 


To find out more about Government help with childcare costs for parents, including Free Early Education for Two Year Olds (FEET) visit the Childcare Choices website.


Nursery is available for 3-4 year olds. 


  • Nursery Mornings 9am-12noon (15 hour places) 
  • Nursery Afternoons 12noon-3pm (additional and 30 hour funded places)


Families are entitled to 15 hours funded childcare the term after your child turns 3 years old.

30 hour free childcare funding is also available for those who meet the eligibility criteria.  

Starting Preschool or Nursery

Your child is embarking on the first stage of their journey at Ash Grange and we will work in partnership with you to make it a happy and exciting one, meeting your child’s personal and developmental needs. Families are very important to us and we welcome all members of your family to our events and activities. We value and respect the crucial role you play in your child’s learning. We create an induction programme to enable your child to settle in well and be happy to stay and learn. 


Your child’s key worker will come to your home for a visit to see your child in their familiar surroundings. At this visit we will inform you when your child will be starting. There are different options available ,depending on a child’s needs. These may include :

  • Parent & Child 1 hour visits.
  • Child short stay visits.


Each child has unique needs and in partnership with parents and key worker, an appropriate set of visits will be agreed.

During the settling in period we encourage the children to play and explore their surroundings, meeting the other children and interact with the team. These sessions allow the child to become familiar with our setting and routines. This opportunity will also allow your child's key worker time to chat with you and your child so that key information can be shared. The key person system is where each member of our team is responsible for a small number of children throughout their time in preschool.


This key person takes responsibility for observing, assessing and recording each child’s development which is regularly shared and  discussed with you. Many of our key workers have been with us for several years and all are skilled Early Years practitioners. Having a key person helps your child settle in, and gives you confidence that a consistent person really knows and understands your child. 


If you have any questions or would like further information please do Contact Us.

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