Pre-School Info

Dobcroft pre-school is for 3 and 4 year old children. 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 activities 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 & communication and  supporting their growing characteristics of effective learning such as resilience 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.

Here are some photos of the fantastic children in our nursery, growing their brilliant brains! Please click on the files to download the sort of pages you will see regularly in your child's books. 

We offer either 15 or 30 hours Pre-School place for your child from September 2021. The hours will be 9:00am – 3:25pm with an option to pay for an additional wrap around service with DASH (Dobcroft Infant School’s before and after school club).  Sessions are detailed below:


Free Early Learning Sessions

Mon 9:00am- 3:25pm & Tues 9:00am- 3:25pm, Weds am 9:00-12:00 noon session= 15 hours FEL + £8/week

Weds 12:25 -3:25pm, Thurs 9:00am – 3:25pm & Fri 9:00am-3:25pm session = 15 hours FEL +£8/week

When staying for a full day you will have lunch (packed lunch or school dinner).  Please note no lunches will be provided on a Wednesday, unless your child is attending for 30 hours. School meals will cost £1.75 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 Benefit document, Council Tax bill and a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate. 


The additional 15 hours of free childcare is available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.


Eligibility Thresholds


Rate for 2018/19


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Themes and Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Every person is unique and this is represented in our preschool 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 and emotionally, that can be relied upon to foster the best possible future for your child.



If you are interested in booking a place for your child, please refer to the admission policy and application documents attached below. If you have any queries or need more information please email us on

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