Welcome to Parktown Pre-school

Parktown Pre-school is an Alliance childcare service in Luton, Bedfordshire. 

We offer 24 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as Good by Ofsted.

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 2-5 years. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

To enquire about a place you can call or email us, or fill out our online enquiry form.


Opening hours

We are open from 9am-12pm and 12.30pm-3.30pm Monday to Friday, during term time, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days.                         

Our morning session which is for children aged 3-5 years runs from 9am- 12.00pm daily. Almost all of our children who attend this session are in receipt of their NEF 15 hour entitlement, however we would also accept fee paying children during this time.

Our afternoon session which is for children aged 2 runs from 12.30pm-3.30pm daily. Most children who attend this session are funded however we would also accept fee paying children during this time.

We offer 

  • Free childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child
  • A small pack away setting situated in the heart of the local community
  • Sign2Learn workshops on a Thursday
  • Participate in the Healthy Smiles Programme

           


Fees

2 year olds - 15 hours funded to those eligible for 2 year funding 

3-5 year olds -  15 hours funded.and 30 Hours Funded

2 year olds - £18.00 per session

3 plus - £16.00 per session


Please note: Unfortunately parking permits are not available for parents/carers, any parents/carers visiting the setting will need to use the 2 hour parking bays in Bailey Street and Park Street. Other visitors coming to  the setting by car,  will need to obtain a car park permit from the preschool to park in the car park. Failure to do so could result in a parking ticket, as the area is patrolled regularly. 


 Click here to review our Ofsted Report


Term Dates

SpringTerm 2021 Summer Term 2021 AutumnTerm 2021
4 Jan - 26 Mar 13 Apr - 20 Jul 2 Sep - 17 Dec
Half Term Half Term Half Term
15 Feb - 19 Feb 31 May - 4 June 25 Oct - 29 Oct

The nursery is closed on public bank holidays. Dates may be subject to change and additional staff training days may still be added to the above dates.


Spring Term 2021

This term we are celebrating the year of the Ox for Chinese New Year by making masks , chinese lanterns and reading stories about chinese new year. In our role play area we had a chinese cafe and  dressed up in traditional chinese clothes. The children have been busy making chinese lanterns, we have shared our activities with parents through our Famly app. The children took part in an Easter bonnet parade and created some lovely hats.

 

 


Summer Term 2021

We have welcomed all our families back after the Easter break ,This term we are planting fruit and vegetables, we have planted some carrot seeds and spring onion seeds and we will be planting our dwarf fruit trees , the children will be learning about how food grows and harvest the vegetables and fruit to try and share with their families. We are learning all about the animals and isects we see in Spring and using our senses to see smell touch taste and hear, in the garden we made sensory fruit and flower soup, the children enjoyed mixing and smelling the "soup"

Today we took the children on a shape walk around the local area, the children were enthusiastic and couldnt wait to show the staff back at the setting what they had found.

 

 Autunm Term 2020

Welcome back to all the returning children and a warm welcome to all our new children. We are pleased to be open again, we have new procedures in place to keep us Covid secure. The parents are asked to line up at the gate to drop off and pick up. The children are learning all about staying safe and healthy, they wash their hands when arriving and leaving the pre-school and before and after snack and toilets.We are busy cleaning everyday to try to keep the pre-school as safe as possible.

We have been exploring pumpkins today, talking about the feel and smell of them, the children enjoyed helping to scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin.

This week we have been ralking about fireworks and how to stay safe, the children created some lovely firework pictures.

We have been celebrating Diwali and children in need this week, sharing stories and creating pictures The children enjoyed helping to paint our Pudsey Bear.

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Jill, Manager on 07551151165 or email parktown@eyalliance.org.uk

Please contact us regarding any childcare vacancies for your child.


Family Corner website for parents

About us

Parktown Pre-school are managed by the Alliance, one of the largest providers of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

We offer a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests. The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly.

Our pre-school plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 

To ensure consistency of quality and practice, all Alliance settings follow the same policies and procedures which meet Ofsted and other legal requirements. These are available for you to see and you are free to discuss anything in the policies and procedures with your key person or the setting manager.

A copy of our policies & procedures are available in the nursery if you wish to see them.

Click here for a parents guide to the EYFS


Parktown Pre-school Daily Routine

Time Morning Session Activity
9.00am

Welcome and self registration children have free choice of activities

9.30am Carpet time
9.40am Free flow, garden open
09.45am Snack open
10.30am Key group time/ phonics sessions twice a week
11.30am Tambourine sounds for five minute tidy up warning
11.35am Tidy up time
11.45am Story/ song time
11.55am The children collect their coats and any work created that session
12.00pm Home Time

 

Time Afternoon Session Activity
12.30pm

Welcome and self registration children have free choice of activities

12.45pm Carpet time
1.00pm Free flow, garden open
1.15pm Snack open
2.00pm Key group time/ phonics sessions twice a week
3.00pm Tambourine sounds for five minute tidy up warning
3.05pm Tidy up time
3.15pm Story/ song time
3.25pm The children collect their coats and any work created that session
3.30pm Home Time

 


Activities

We provide lots of exciting activities for your child to explore as they learn through their play.  These may include:

  • Play dough
  • Water play
  • Arts and crafts (with free choice resource trolley)
  • Home corner
  • Dressing up and role play
  • Maths unit (with lots of resources to count, sort, match and explore shape, colour and size)
  • Cosy story corner
  • Small world (e.g. cars, animals, figures, trains)
  • Construction (e.g. wooden blocks, Duplo, Mobilo)
  • Music box
  • Sand tray
  • Physical play (e.g. balls, hoops, see-saws, trikes, scooters, slides)
  • Mud kitchen

Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Jill, Manager on 07553 348487 or email parktown@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Some of the staff team are from within the local community and this helps to create a home from home environment for the children. All staff are responsible for small key groups of children.

 

Your 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

 

The Parktown Pre-school Team

Jill - Pre-school Manager

Jill has worked at Parktown since May 1998, she holds a Level 4 qualification in Early Years.

Jills favourite children's book is "Room on the Broom", her favourite movie is "Harry Potter"

Lynda - Pre-school Deputy Manager

Lynda started at Parktown in 2009, she holds a Level 3 qualification and became Deputy Manager in September 2017.

Lynda's favourite children's book is "Wind in the Willows", her favourite nursery rhyme is "Little Miss Muffet"

Sara - Nursery Practitioner

Sara has worked at Parktown Pre-school since September 2014 and is qualified to a Level 3.

Sara's favourite children's book is "The Hungry Caterpillar", her favourite nursery ryhme is "Rock a bye Baby"

Tracy - Nursery Practitioner

Tracey started working at Parktown Pre-school in October 2016, and is also qualified to Level 3.

Tracy's favourite children's book is "The Gruffalo", her favourite nursery rhyme is "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Jill, Manager on 07553 348487 or email parktown@eyalliance.org.uk

Day Nurseries Id: 

65432217487

FAQs

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week.  

We also offer 30 hour funding for those families who are eligable. to find out more please visit; www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two years old they may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.   

Do you offer whole day sessions?

Parktown Pre-school offers the following sessions:

9am-12.00pm ( 3-5 year olds)

12.30-3.30pm ( 2-3 year olds)

Do you provide hot meals?

No, children are offered snacks during each session. There is no lunch time session provided.

Are you able to accomodate children with different dietary requirements?

Yes, we could accomodate this during snack time.

What qualifications do your staff have?

One member of staff is qualified to level four, all other staff are qualified to level three in child care and education.

How many staff will be looking after my child?

There are four members of staff at Parktown Pre-school.

The ratio of children is as follows 1:4 for 2-3 year old and 1:8 for 3-4 year olds.

How quickly can my child start?

All children are placed on the waiting list places are allocated as and when available. When handing in your form it is advised to discuss waiting times with a member of staff.

Does my child need to be out of nappies to attend pre-school?

Staff are able to change nappies for children. Nappies will need to be provided by parents and potty training will be supported by key people.

Does my child have to attend a settling in session?

Yes, the settling in process begins with a home visit by staff, followed by two settling in sessions at the pre-school before starting.

 


Find out more

To arrange a visit please contact Jill, Manager on 07553 348487 or email parktown@eyalliance.org.uk

 

 

 

Contact Us

In first instance please contact Jill, Pre-school Manager or  Deputy Manager, Lynda.

T:  07553 348487

E: parktown@eyalliance.org.uk

 Park Town Pre-school, Park Town Children's Centre

Bailey Street Luton, LU1 3DU

                                                                                                   


Alternatively, please contact Lisa Smith, Childcare Operations Manager on 07525 701788

Local Office: Beds & Luton Service Hub - Bedfordshire & Luton 

National Office - Please click here


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Park Town Pre-school

"Thank you for looking after my Daughter and making her time with you all fun and exciting. You all have done an amazing job, she has loved every minute at pre-school and its all down to you teachers."

"A very big thankyou to the most inspiring, patient, encouraging, imaginative teachers"

"You have been amazing teachers, thankyou for preparing my son for primary school, you have helped and supported him a lot."

"My son is really doing well at park town when he first started he didn't talk and within a few months his speech has improved we are so pleased thank you to all the staff."

 

This poem was written for us by one of our parents;

You are my special teachers, I just want you to know

I just want you to know, I always had fun at pre-school

I always had fun at pre-school, How the time has flown!

I ignored you, I laughed at you

I laughed at you, I spoke over you

I did not believe you.

But you still believed in me , And made me finally see

What patience means, And how it sets you free.

Thank you for helping me, to learn all that I know

I will always remember you, Even when I’m grown.

I’ll miss you being my teachers, I know the reason why

I am feeling very sad, because it’s time to say goodbye.