Wick Pre-School is registered to take a maximum of 38 children at one time. Children can join us anytime from the age of 2 years. After joining us most continue to attend until the start of reception class at school.
We currently employ 12 members of staff. At each session we maintain a ratio of 1 qualified person to every 8 children aged 3 and upwards and 1 qualified person to every 4 children aged under 3 years.
We operate a Keyperson system which means that each child in our care is assigned to a member of staff. The Keyperson will ensure the individual needs of your child are met and they will work with you to ensure that your child is happy and stimulated during their time at pre-school. When your child first starts pre-school, the Keyperson will help your child to settle in and spend time getting to know your child.
In accordance with Ofsted, your child's Keyperson will make regular observations, assessments and evaluate your child's achievements and progress to ensure that their next steps are clearly identified and planned for.
If your child is starting school in September, we can work with parents to provide a full days childcare where we can drop off or collect them at lunchtime when they are only doing half a day at school. If this is of interest to you, please speak to someone in the Pre-School office for more information.
Wick Pre-School is registered with Ofsted, EY341261.
After obtaining grant funding in 2009 we now operate from the village hall cottage which has been renovated specifically to be used as a pre-school. Internally we have 3 rooms on 2 floors.
Room 1 Little Monkeys 2-3 year olds
Room 2 Hedgehogs 3 year olds
Room 3 Busy Bees 4 year olds
Outside we have a secure garden area where all the children enjoy playing.
Our garden provides plenty of room for outdoor play and provides the area for our annual sports day to which all parents and carers are invited. We have a garden/allotment area where the children are encouraged to help with planting and harvesting and a sensory garden area where the children can experience different textures and scents. We also have our own ducks which the children help to look after.
We try to do as much outdoor play as possible whilst taking into account the weather! We ask parents to provide wellies and a rain coat to enable us to be outside if the weather is a bit grey and drizzly!
Our current opening hours are:
Monday 8.00am to 3.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am to 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday 8.00am to 5.00pm
Friday 8.00am to 3.00 pm
Until 6 pm on request
(Note: Whilst we offer extended hours children can opt to start at 9.00 and finish at 3.00pm if preferred.)
We offer breakfast and/or an additional late afternoon snack for children who attend the extended sessions - please ask for details).
The sessions offered may change should the number of children attending and/or the demand for sessions change.
FEES – From September 2020
3-4 years old (£4.15)
2-3 years old (£5.25)
8am – 9am BREAKFAST
9am – 12pm AM
12pm – 3pm PM
9am – 1pm AM &
9am – 3pm ALL DAY
3pm – 4pm TEA CLUB
4pm – 5pm TEA CLUB
5pm – 6pm ON REQUEST
8am – 5pm LONG DAY
Hot Dinners £2.60 Daily snack 60p
Free Funding Childcare
2 yr Funding, 15 and 30 hours funding can only be used between 9am and 3pm. See chart opposite for costs outside of these times.
A minimum of 2 sessions per week must be booked.
We cannot offer refunds for sickness or holidays.
15 hours funding - all 3 year old children will be come eligible for 15 hours of free childcare (universal hours) the term after they become 3. You do not have to apply for this but you will be required to complete an entitlement form.
30 hours funding - parents of 3 and 4 year olds maybe entitled to claim 30 hours childcare per week (15 hours universal and 15 hours extended hours). We offer parents the choice of using this term time only (38 weeks) or stretching over 50 weeks (Pre-School is closed for 2 weeks at Christmas as well as closing for Bank Holidays). Parents need to apply for this funding - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk If you are eligible, you will receive an 11 digit code which you need to forward together with your National Insurance number and Child's Birth Certificate to the Office.
Top-up payments - If you use 30 hours per week all year, top-up payments will be payable. Please request a quote.
Snack and Hot Dinner
Snack - a charge pf 60p per day for snack which is offered in the morning and afternoon. It is usually fresh fruit and vegetables. Milk and water is available throughout the day.
Hot dinners - we offer freshly prepared meals onsite at a cost of £2.60 per day. (Unfortunately we cannot offer hot dinners during the school holidays). Alternatively you may bring a packed lunch. Please note that we are "nut" free so nothing containing nuts. Also make sure that foods like grapes, cocktail sausages and cherry tomatoes are cut in half to avoid choking.
Uniform is not compulsory and old clothes are ideal for Pre-School (messy play!).We have T-shirts and sweatshirts available to purchase (all have Wick Pre-School logo).
T-shirts (light pink or light blue) @ £5.00 each Sweatshirts (royal blue or purple) @ £9.00 each
£35.00 non-refundable registration fee - includes free book bag and also the use of Pre-School Puddlesuit.