Welcome to Arbury Pre-school


Arbury Pre-school is an exciting childcare service located in Cambridge and managed by the Early Years 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 term time only, Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.  

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 - £18.00 per session (three hours)

Children aged 3 years and over £15.00 per session (three hours)

So many opportunities to learn



Find out more

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

Click here to complete our online enquiry form


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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 both a bright indoor and outdoor play area, with exciting opportunities and outings planned regularly to give all children different experiences to support their outcomes in later life.

We are managed by the Early Years 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. 

We have highly qualifed staff who are experienced in using the Early Years Foundation Stage to develop and extend all children's learning in readiness for school by using stimulating activities that are both planned and moment-to-moment.

Staff are trained in Makaton sign language to support all children in their communication skills, with knowledge of strategies to support children who may have special educational needs.

Our children enjoy playing and learning through activities both inside and out, in our large well equipped outdoor space that offers several different areas of play, including a large wooden appartatus to develop climbing and self-risk skills.


Our Christmas 2020

Our children's Christmas song event was shared with our families via our electronic newsfeed platform. The children wore santa hats that were kindly donated by a family and sang their favourite fun christmas songs, such as "Christmas Pudding" and "Santa got Stuck", before ending with a chorus of bells to a very loud "Jingle Bells".  We played games and moved to music before each child went home in their new hats, along with their individually made Christmas cards and 2021 calendars. We have also made frosty spider webs and explored changes with ice.




Autumn Term From October 2020

We have a very busy term ahead with lots of fun activities planned. The children have already celebrated Halloween and the 5th November by making spooky spiders with the intent of capturing counting and naming of shapes, firework creations have been made by exploring different media to create the colour and shape of fireworks, and we are currrently celebrating Diwali by making clay tea light holders and traditional Rangoli design pictures. The children have watched firework displays and listened to an age approriate story of Diwali by means of our preschool computer. All the festival celebrations have encouraged speech and communication, with lots of comments and questions shared, especially when watching sparklers from a safe distance outside in our preschool garden. This activity supported the intent of understanding safety. During all these fun learning activities the children have still had time to practice their cutting skills, climb and explore outside, and have a shape treasure hunt.


Autumn Term 2020 

After an extremely long period away from preschool our returning children have all settled well into their routine.  A carefully planned welcome back session helped support all children in feeling safe and secure within their preschool environment, to enjoy play and learning once again. We are now slowly welcoming our new families into the setting, these children will enjoy a settling-in process to gently make the transition into their new preschool environment.



The end of our Summer Term 2020

Due to the recent government closures for all schools and preschools this has been a very short Summer Term for the children transitioning from us into their recepetion classes. We continued in supporting our children in making a smooth transition by remote video links of their new classrooms, teachers and school environments. The children have been practising their literacy skills and maths in lots of fun activities both inside and outside, as well as enjoying bug hunting and participating in a small physical obstacle course. Our last day of term was celebrated by lots of movement to music, along with a short song and good-bye event, held outside for parents and families to attend from a safe distance.


Our return to Preschool Summer Term 2020

The children returned to preschool on Monday 15th June to a new way of learning and play. Our preschool room is now spilt into two safe bubble groups which have their own entrances to a safe outdoor space for lots of play outside, own toilets and washbasin areas. The groups are not mixed and have the same staff members keeping to safe ratios. The children have adapted really well to their new preschool enviroment and learning through play has continued as normal with lots of fun activities both inside and out. Clay handprints for Father's Day with a card of a self-portrait or family. Lots of play with numbers and counting, and letter sounds in readiness for school transitions. Our parents have worked with us at drop-off and collection times to insure a safe distance, with lots of communcaiton between home and the setting via our Famly App.


Summer Term during our Covid 19 Closure

We are missing all our children and their families during this difficult time. Regular contact with all our children and their families has been made via our "Famly" app. Our children have had the opportunity to listen to a story during 'live' storytime, and ideas for home activities have been shared. Communication to support our children making the transition into their reception classes has continued via our 'Famly' newsfeed and emails. We welcome new families to contact us regarding places in September.

Spring Term March to April 2020

We are following the children's interests of living things and involving this area of curiosity with understanding change, growth and decay. The children have been busy planting their own bulbs to take turns and water in preschool before going home for Mother's Day. They have painted their represenations of a real-life daffodil which are now on display for all to see within the preschool, and we have planted our new tree in our front area of the preschool from the "Cambridgeshire Trees for Babies" campaign to encourage more trees within the city. As a preschool we are now supporting the "Surfer Beaches" to collect plastic and protect our beaches and sealife, the children are taking ownership of placing their own plastic in the separate wastebins and collection sack.


Spring Term Jan to Feb 2020

All the children settled well on their return to pre-school after the Christmas break. We are now welcoming our new families and children who join us this term.

We have been exploring the cold through different malleable textures and activities. These textures included ice blocks with the children learning to manage their own risk using safety glasses to smash ice blocks using a real hammer, shaving foam and a form of a cold jelly material as snow using the small world Arctic animals in play. The children also increased their fine-motor skills with scissor control to make paper snowflakes.

The children enjoyed exploring new words and cultures to celebrate the Chinese New Year by re-enacting the new year story as the animals, making lucky red envelopes to hold a gold coin and Chinese lanterns to increase their scissor control. They also watched and performed a lion dance, and our role-play area was transformed into a Chinese restaurant.

We have also made healthy pizzas with the children learning to understand good practice regarding hygiene and healthy eating, with the opportunity to manage their own risk when using cooking tools.


Autumn Term 2019

We are now well into our autumn term and the children are enjoying new experiences of the many festivals taking place.

The children have looked at differences between themselves by painting self-portraits and are learning about different festivals in their community.

To celebrate Diwali activities have involved many clay tea light holders for the festival of light, using colourful powders and flowers to make Rangoli patterns and wearing traditional Hindi costumes that were kindly shared with us from one of our families. Halloween was celebrated by staff and children coming to preschool dressed in their Halloween costumes, making "Silly Soup" with rhyming Halloween objects and creating ghost pictures. On the 5th November we had sparklers to support our activity of staying safe, made firework pictures and pretended to be fireworks by experimenting with musical instruments.








Making Rangoli patterns to bring good luck during Diwali








Our costumes to celebrate Halloween 

We plan to have lots of fun as we appoach Christmas. We hope our families will join us in pre-school to share experiences and home celebrations with us.

Our Christmas outing

On the 17th December all children had the opportunity to travel by coach to visit Father Christmas at a local garden centre. This trip was enjoyed by all and created memories of a new experience for every child. 


Family Christmas Song Event

Our family event took place on the 17th and 18th December, giving families the opportunity to watch their children singing and completing actions to two Christmas songs. Afterwards families enjoyed spending time with their children in pre-school. This was also a time when parents viewed learning journeys with key persons in an informal manner and were supported in understanding how the seven areas of learning are involved through play in their children's learning. Refreshments were available, with a fundraising Christmas hamper raffle.


Find out more

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

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.


Our Qualified Early Years Practitioners


 Qualified Level 2 NCFE in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care.

 Experienced Early Years Practitioner.

 Key Person.

 Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Level 2 Safeguarding trained.




 Qualified Level 2 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

 Experienced Early Years Practitioner.

 Key Person.

 Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Level 2 Food Safety and Level 2 Safeguarding trained.




Qualified Level 2 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development

Experienced Early Years Practitioner

Child Protection





Your child's 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 via your child's individual learning journey within "Famly".

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 learning journey on our "Famly" app. This app gives all families the opportunity to view their children's time and progress at pre-school from within their family home.

We take children from 2 years and follow a settling in process that requires the family to work together with their key person to insure their child is content, happy and feels sercure to separate from parent to explore their new surroundings. This process helps to create a good self-esteem from a young age by slowly giving a child the encouragement and opportunties to feel confident and ready to begin their learning and development with us.

Find out more

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


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craft tableDo 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. We also offer the extended 30 hours of funding for families who meet the criteria. 

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 12pm

12pm to 3.00pm

9.00am to 3.00pm (two sessions)

What are your fees?

Children aged 2 - 3 years - £18.00 per session (three hours)

Children aged 3 years and over £15.00 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 and work with parents to support toilet training.

How quickly can my child start pre-school?

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


We work closely with our main feeder school to insure a smooth transition for children leaving us for reception class. The transition process begins in the spring term with regular visits into the preschool from the school reception teachers, before the children make the transition visit into their new class room to view their new surroundings. 

Find out more

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


Contact Us

Sarah, Acting Manager

Arbury Pre-school

38 Carlton Way




Telephone: 01223 355715

Email: Arbury@eyalliance.org.uk

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Click here to complete our online enquiry form

Arbury Pre-school
38 Carlton Way
United Kingdom
Tel: 01223 355715

Parent Testimonials 

"I am sad to leave but as new adventures await, I wanted to say my time here has been great. I've learn so much, you have helped me grow, I want you to know I won't forget you. Your caring ways and gentle smiles, make you the best pre-school teachers by miles"

Sophie & Son (Parent)

"To all the staff at pre-school, you are great. I just wanted to say 'thank you' for everything, we will miss you all"

Samantha (Parent)