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 9 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 - 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 8.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm
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.
At Wick Pre-School fees will be charged for those children who are aged 2 years of age (Unless eligible for Two Year Funding) and above until the term after their third birthday when they will become eligible for the Nursery Education Grant. This provides 15 hours of funding per week for 38 weeks of the year.
If a child attends for more than their 15 hours allowance then fees will be charged for the additional hours, unless you are eligible for extra 15 hours childcare - please see www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
We offer a range of different sessions and subject to availability you can pick from the following to fit with your child's particular requirements.
Breakfast Club -
8.00 am - 9.00 am = £6.00 per session for child
Price includes breakfast.
9.00 am - 12.00pm = £12.45 per session for child over 3 years of age.
9.00 am - 12.00pm = £15.75 per session for child 2 years of age.
Lunch session can be added to a morning session only, which means pick up is 1.00 pm. Cost is £4.15 per session if over 3 years of age and £5.25 per session for 2 years of age and packed lunch needs to be provided. Hot dinners are available at a cost of £2.60 per day.
We provide a snack (seasonal fresh fruit, toast, dried fruit, yoghurt, cheese and crackers, breadsticks, biscuits) at a charge of 60p per session attended.
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm = £8.30 per session for child over 3 years of age
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm = £10.50 per session for child 2 years of age
Tea Club -
3.00 pm - 4.00 pm = £5.00 per session
4.00 pm - 5.00 pm = £5.00 per session
5.00pm - 6.00 pm = £6.00 per session
Prices include snack.
We offer a Holiday Club during the School holidays for children up to 8 years of age.