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 

The Characteristics of Effective learning focus on the child as a learner and encourage the development of skills. We believe that promoting the development of good language & communication 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 dedicate time each day to following children's interests, developing their language, conversation and communication skills, provoking interest and enquiry and asking questions. We value the importance of learning being contextual for the children, creating opportunities for children that will inspire them to achieve their full potential.

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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