Pre-School Info

Dobcroft Pre-School is for 3 and 4 year olds. Our challenging and exciting environment provides a stepping stone to starting school - developing key skills that will help children to become confident and independent learners. Our skilled practitioners enable children to investigate, enquire, explore, and theorize about the world around them - supporting their developing personalities and their growing confidence.

The Characteristics of Effective learning underpin the Foundation Stage (the years from birth to 5). These characteristics focus on the child as a learner and encourage the development of skills and attributes such as trying new things, having a go, making links between things you have learned or experiences you have had, being interested in things, finding things out, having your own ideas and testing them - skills which make you a good learner. Our teachers and teaching assistants are experts at setting up activites which bring out these characteristics in young children.

We believe that fun and engagement are at the core of the desire to learn. Once children want to learn, then promoting the development of good language and communication and supporting their growing characteristics of effective learning such as resilence and resourcefulness are the bedrock for all other learning ... if we get this right at a young age then children will grow to be confident, articulate, life-long learners.

We offer either 15 or 30 hours Pre-School place for your child from the start of the academic year. The hours will be 9.00am - 3.25pm with an option to pay for additional wrap around service with DASH (DASH is a before and after school club, please email separately to for any queries). Sessions are detailed below, please note that Pre-School follows the school's academic year including INSET days.


Free Early Learning Sessions

Beginning of the Week

Monday 9.00am - 3.25pm, Tuesday 9.00am - 3.25pm and Wednesday morning 9.00am - 12.00pm noon sessions if your child is entitled to 15 universal hours.

End of the Week

Wednesday 12.25pm - 3.25pm, Thursday 9.00am - 3.25pm and Friday 9.00am - 3.25pm sessions if your child is entitled to 15 universal hours.

Full time

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 3.25pm if your child is entitled to 30 FEL hours.


Full time

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 3.25pm if your child is entitled to 15 universal hours. Plus 15 hours payable at a cost of £120.00 per week.


Children staying for a full day will have lunch either a packed lunch from home or a school dinner.

Please note no lunches will be provided on a Wednesday, unless your child is attending for 30 hours.

School meals will be at a cost of £1.75 per day and a charge of £5 for lunchtime cover per day.


Eligibility for 30 Free Early Learning Hours

The offer is subject to parents being able to present confirmation (dern code) from HMRC that you are eligible (please see below) to the provision. The HMRC eligibility checker for parents applying for "30 hours" and tax free childcare is now live and can be found at

The place is also dependent upon you being able to provide a copy of your child's Birth Certificate and £50 cash deposit.

Themes and Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Every person is unique and this is represented in our Pre-School in everything we do. We follow your child's interests to ensure that they are motivated and curious about their learning. Dobcroft prides itself on its expert early years practitioners that are skilled in developing the best possible environment for your child. We do this through developing strong, positive relationships not only with the children in our care but with the most important people in their lives, their families. All of this combined means that we offer an environment, both physically end emotionally, that can be relied upon to foster the best possible future for your child.