Welcome to Arbury Pre-school



Arbury Pre-school is an exciting childcare service located in Cambridge and managed by the Alliance which provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.

Arbury Pre-school provides high quality sessional care for children aged between 2 and 4.

We opened in September 2015 and in July 2018 were given a 'Good' rating by Ofsted.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on encouraging learning through play and involving parents in the life of the setting. 

Read our Ofsted report

Opening times

Arbury Pre-school is open from 9am until 3pm Monday to Friday, term time only. Sessions are 9.00am to noon, noon to 3.00pm and 9.00am to 3.00pm (two sessions).

We offer

  • Funded childcare places for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds.
  • A safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child.
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities.
  • A well qualified, kind and caring team.
  • Healthy Snacks.
  • Ofsted registered.
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child.
  • Activities planned in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Encouragement to staff to continue their professional development and attend regular training.


Children aged 2 - 3 years - £17.00 per session (three hours)

Children aged 3 years and over £14.50 per session (three hours)

Find out more

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact the Manager Alison Davison on 01223 355715 or email Arbury@eyalliance.org.uk





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About us

Arbury Pre-school offers 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 a bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly.

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

Arbury 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.

At Arbury Pre-school 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.

Autumn Term 2019

Welcome back to all our existing children and their families, and a warm welcome to all our new children and families who are joining us over the coming few weeks.

This term will begin with the children settling into their new pre-school environment and the introduction of our "golden rules" to stay safe and happy within the setting.

We then plan to have lots of fun as we look at differences in ourselves and the community. We will be painting our own portraits, learning and understanding about different festivals and celebrations as we enjoy Halloween, 5th November, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. We hope our families will join us in pre-school to share experiences and home celebrations with us.



Our Team

At Arbury Pre-school 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 how each child's individual needs and interests are met, 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 undertakes relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, 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.

Your Key Person 

Every child who joins Arbury Pre-school 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 achievements 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 record



                      Alison Davison                                                                                                                                     

           Level 4 Advanced Practitioner

           Designated Child Protection 

     Designated Special Educational Needs

                Designated Equalities 

             Designated Child in Care

               Safeguarding Level 3

                Pediatric First Aider 



                         Verity Bowers                                                      
                 Early Years Practitioner 

Level 2 Children's & Young People's Workforce

                 Basic Child Protection   

                   Pediatric First Aider




              Natalie Barltrop                                                                                       Shilpa Shilihar

         Acting Deputy Manager                                                                          Early Years Practitioner                              

                   Level 3 in                                                                                                Level 2 in

Children's Care, Learning & Development                                   Children's Care, Learning & Development

        Basic Child Protection                                                                              Basic Child Protection

          Pediatric First Aider                                                                                 Pediatric First Aider 

                                                                                                                             Safeguarding Level 2                       




                           Cameron Moran                                                        

                      Early Years Apprentice

Level 2 in An Introduction to Early Years Education and Care 

                     Basic Child Protection

                        Pediatric First Aider                                      










Do you have places available at the nursery?

Yes, we have space available so please contact us to discuss what times or sessions you need.

How do I apply for a place at this nursery?

You can contact the setting directly or visit the setting during our opening hours.

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.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

Children from households receiving certain benefits might be entitled to funded childcare for 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the term after their 2nd birthday. Please talk to a team member for more details.

What sessions do you offer?

Sessions are term time, Monday to Friday.

9.00am to noon

noon to 3.00pm

9.00am to 3.00pm (two sessions)

What are your fees?

Children aged 2 - 3 years - £17.00 per session (three hours)

Children aged 3 years and over £14.50 per session (three hours) 

How easy will it be for my child to settle in?

At Arbury Pre-school we strongly believe that our children settle into the pre-school routine more smoothly after a home visit has taken place, children get to know us before they start their sessions at Arbury and the settling-in period has proven to be shorter. Each child is allocated a 'key person' who understands that each child's needs are different, we work closely with our families to ensure that each child's individual needs are met to ensure a smooth transition into our pre-school for each and every child that attends.

How do I find this pre-school?

Arbury Pre-school is adjacent to Arbury Primary School in Carlton Way, Arbury.

Do you provide hot meals?

We do not provide hot meals however, a variety of healthy balanced snacks are provided for all children during a session. Our parent/carer notice board shows you what today's snacks are.  If your child stays for lunch, we ask parents to ensure the contents are healthy. We have a healthy lunch box idea leaflet that can be given out to parents to help with this. Water is freely available throughout the session. We are a nut free Pre-school. 

 Are you able to accommodate children with different dietary requirements?


What facilities do you have in place for children who are not toilet trained?

We have a nappy changing area.

How quickly can my child start pre-school?

Starting dates are subject to availability. Please contact us for further information.  

Contact Us

Alison Davison, Manager

Arbury Pre-school

38 Carlton Way




Telephone: 01223 355715

Email: Arbury@eyalliance.org.uk

Arbury Pre-school
38 Carlton Way
United Kingdom
Tel: 01223355715