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About Us

We work closely with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all children’s needs are met

Session Times

Our sessions run Monday to Friday through term time as follows:

  • Morning 9.15 to 12.15 am
  • Afternoon 12.15 to 3.15 pm to include lunch



Our staff are longstanding and dedicated, and hold the following qualifications:

Alison Leaman Preschool Manager
Early Years Teacher

– Deputy
Safeguarding Officer
EYT – Early Years Teacher Status
NVQ 3 Early Years/CCLD
Foundation Degree – Early Years
BA(Hons) – Early Childhood Studies
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding Level 3
Food Hygiene Certificate
Katie Wyman  Assistant Preschool Manager
Early Years Teacher & Curriculum Lead
EYT – Early Years Teacher Status
BSc (Hons) Education & Psychology
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding Level 2
Food Hygiene Certificate
Sophie North Deputy Preschool Manager
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Health & Safety Lead
NVQ3-Early Years Educator
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding Level 3
Currently studying Level 5 – Lead Practitioner
Gemma Fairfield-Sampson Preschool Assistant
Wellbeing & Mental Health Lead
NVQ3-Early Years Educator
BSc (Hons) Counselling
BA (Hons) History & Drama

Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding Level 2
Clare Hayward Preschool Assistant
1:1 support
NNEB – Level 3
Safeguarding Level 2
Pam Martin Preschool Assistant  (sickness cover) NVQ2 – CCLD
Food Hygiene Certificate
Safeguarding Level 2
Barbara Taylor Preschool Business Administrator Early Years Professional Status
Foundation Degree – Early Years
BA(Hons) – Early Childhood Studies
Safeguarding Level 2

*All employees undergo full disclosure/police checks – for details please see our Safeguarding Policy which is available to view on request.


Numbers and Age Range

We are registered to have up to 24 children per session, from age 2 years and 8 months to school starting age.



The building was brand new in 2011 and is eco-friendly. Inside there are specialist zones including the story corner, home corner, messy play area, small world play area, and the literacy/numeracy area with computer. The photos on this page show the different zones. We have extensive equipment and resources. Outside there is a fantastic covered deck and enclosed garden with a mixture of natural grass, artificial all-weather grass and tarmac. Children have lunch and help prepare their own snacks at snack-time in the eating area.

Special Needs

We work closely with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all children’s needs are met, including speech & language therapists, Honeylands Children’s Centre, Portage and SEN advisory teachers. Our staff are committed to providing a truly inclusive environment and all have considerable experience of working with children with a wide range of special needs, from speech & language to more complex conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy. We also have experience of working with children and families where English is the second language.


The building is very secure with a buzzer and keypad at the entrance. The outside area is totally enclosed garden with very high fence.

Funding and Fees

Universal and 30 Hour Funding is accepted and is available from the term following your child’s third birthday. We also accept Employer Childcare Vouchers as well as Tax Free Childcare Vouchers.

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Full Day
Cost for 2 Year olds £21.00 £21.00 £42.00
Cost for 3-5 Year olds £16.50 £16.50 £33.00

Fees are payable half termly in advance and invoices are sent out at the beginning of each term, if applicable.

Childcare Choices

Organisation Structure and Committee

The pre-school was established nearly 40 years ago and is a registered charity. Employed staff, led by the pre-school manager, run the sessions and look after the children and their education. A committee of parents govern the pre-school and manage finance, administration and fundraising, assisted by the administrator.  The committee are appointed at the AGM each year.  Details of the current committee and the constitution can be requested from pre-school. All parents and families are welcomed and encouraged to get involved if they would like to.  Regular emails and newsletters are sent to all families. We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Primary School and Community

We aim to give children a smooth transition to whichever primary school they go to. We have close links with Clyst St Mary Primary School with whom we share a site, and provide occasional shared sessions with children in the foundation stage at the school.

Social and Educational Events

We have annual nativities, sports days and musical graduation performances to which all families are invited. Special days are also celebrated at other times to tie in with projects or national occasions or when we have visitors. We have a parents evening every year although parents are welcome to talk to staff about their children at any time throughout the year.