Welcome to Godmanchester Pre-school!

Godmanchester pre-school is managed by the Early Years Alliance, an educational charity which provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.

Our pre-school childcare service located in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. We offer 48 Ofsted-registered places in a recently opened pre-school so have not yet been inspected by Ofsted. We are currently looking at child places available and we are accepting applications for September 2021, please do get in touch to discuss your child's needs. 

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified pre-school team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between two to four 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 pre-school. 


Opening times

We are open from 8.45 am until 2.45 pm Monday to Friday, term time only, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. 

Please note the setting is closed for Summer break from 21st July to 1st Septemeber

Any enquiries recieved during this time will be responded to upon our return.

To make an enquiry please fill out our online enquiry form 


We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • Safe, friendly and stimulating place for your child
  • Learning opportunities through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated key person to give focused support to your child
  • Ofsted registered
  • Activities planned in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Healthy snacks
  • Purpose built setting with easy access
  • Staff continue their professional development & attend regular training
  • Regular parent consulations

Fees

Our fees from 1 April 2021 are £15.00 per 3 hour session for all 3 and 4 year olds and £19.00 per 3 hour session for 2 year olds.

For more information regarding funding and help to pay your fees please visit Childcare Choices 

 


To find out more...

To arrange a visit contact Kerry, Pre-School Manager on 01480 276595 or email godmanchester@eyalliance.org.uk


Family Corner website for parents


 

About us

Godmanchester Pre-School offers a Play based approach to early years learning and development for young children, within our safe, friendly and stimulating environment. Children are supported by qualified and caring staff who support the Children to enjoy learning through play experiences in a free flowing indoor and outdoor environment.

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

Our pre-school plans its activities in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We have a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the development of very young children. Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers tailored 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 follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in their child's learning journey within the pre-school.


Settling into Pre-School

At Godmanchester Pre-School we recognise that every child's needs are unique and we like to tailor our settling in programme to suit.  By working in close partnership with parents and carers we will offer a routine which will support the best outcome for the Child as well as follow our policies and and procedures.  Our aim is to make the big step from home to pre-school a positive experience for everyone.

Each family will be assigned a key person who will book either a home visit or settling in interview at the setting.  This is one of the best ways to reduce separation anxiety and will give families a chance to share important information about their child.

We recognise that the Covid pandemic and subsequent Lockdowns have had a huge impact on families and local services.  We aim to develop a plan to support everyone through this whilst ensuring our setting remains Covid secure.

  


Science Week

Science to inspire little minds.

    

 Dress to get messy and have lots of fun! 

For a whole week we took part in simple experiements and explored lots of new ideas in order to inspire the children's imagination and promote lots of new learning.

   

   


When the farm came to pre-school

Here at Godmanchester Pre-school we like to have lots of fun experiences and lots of visitors.  This year we were lucky enough to welcome some farm animals but unforetunately due to Covid restrictions Parents and Carers were not able to join in with what was a very enjoyable and sunny day!  Next year we aim to make this a much bigger and better event that allows us to bring families together to enjoy this wonderful experience.

  

    


Your child's day

Each day your child's key person will ensure that there is a variety of activities on offer which will support their learning through play.  There will be a range of healthy foods on offer for snack, and our weekly menu will inform you if there is an adjustment relating to a special occasion or celebration that might be happening.  

  

  

Children will take part in small group times and if they are staying for lunch they will be supported to follow our lunchtime routines.

Godmanchester Pre-School encourages a healthy lifestyle and we request that families support us to do this whilst their child attends the pre-school.  Children are asked to bring their own packed lunch and guidance for this can be provided in setting.  Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day to keep hydrated and they are provided freeflow inside and outside in order to ensure they are physically active.  Staff are aware of allergies and will support special dietary needs where possible, if your child has a dietary need please discuss this further with the setting.  

At the end of the pre-school session children will remain seated on the carpet area until their parents and carers have entered the room.  We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and we ask parents to bear this in mind when informing us who will be collecting their child.  We like to keep our pre-school site as secure as possible which is why we keep doors locked, or manned by a member of staff at all times.  


Let's go outside!

Being outside is proven to enhance wellbeing.  Here at Godmanchester Pre-School we approach learning from all aspects, and most of all we like being OUTSIDE!!  It's often been said that 'there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing' and it's something we believe in here.  We encourage parents and carers to foster this ethos by providing their child with welly boots and coats for the rain, sunhats and sun cream for the summer and most of all spare clothes to get changed into if your child becomes wet or dirty! 

 

 

Children are offered the same learning opportunities inside as they are outside.  During their time at pre-school we will focus on developing children's social and communication skills, their ability to make decisions as well as resilience and the garden area plays a big part in that.


Parents as partners

At Godmanchester Pre-School we believe that Parents and Carers are a child's first and foremost educators.  From the day a child is born they are being taught.  This is why it is important to form good bonds with children and open lines of communication with their parents and carers.  We believe in forming open and honest relationships based on trust.  That is why we will always encourage families to get involved in their child's learning, whether it be contributing to your child's assessments, parent forums, fundraising opportunities or coming into the setting to help, every little bit is truly appreciated.

We believe it is our duty to safeguard all the children in our care, therefore we have robust policies and procedures in place.  These policies are available in setting and our staff will be happy to share them with you and talk you through if needed.  


Transitions and sharing

We will work closely with the local primary school's to support your child's transition to school.  Godmanchester Pre-School often feeds into local schools but we must remind parents that attending our setting does not automatically gain a place at the Bridge Academy.  You must follow the local authority's school admission process, which is something we can help you with in the setting.

Once it is known which school children will be moving to we aim to support children to get to know the school, its environment and its routines.  We will pass on all relavent information, in line with our data protection policies, in order to give children the best transition we can.

Sometimes it's necessary for a child to move out of area or attend 2 settings at the same time.  If this is the case then your key person will work with you to ensure consistency and support tailored to your individual needs.


Plastic free setting

   During Spring term 2020 Godmanchester Pre-school started their project to become a 'Plastic Free' setting.  Its aim is to ensure that as a setting we eliminate the use of as much single use plastic as possible.  As part of the project the children have conducted regular litter picks in our outdoor environment, talked about why we are trying to reduce our use of plastic and explored the environmental impact.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are fundamental in our operation and we are always looking for ways to have a positive impact on the environment for the children's future.

With regards to the impact of Covid 19 on our setting, we ensure that we use the appropriate PPE and follow the government guidance.  Despite the need for increased protection we continue to reduce the use of unnecessary single use plastic and in July 2020 we achieved our goal of becoming a plastic free setting.  the children and staff were so pleased with their award.

       


To find out more...

To arrange a visit contact Kerry, Pre-School Manager on 01480 276595 or email godmanchester@eyalliance.org.uk


Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a child centered environment in the pre-school. 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 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, 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 child's 'key person'

Every child who joins the 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 pre-school staff are happy to feedback on progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s achievement, which will always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will take 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 support to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views on your child's progress and achievements in their records.

 

Our Team currently consists of:

Kerry Maltby, Setting Manager

Kerry, Pre-school Manager 

I like being in the garden looking after the plants and growing our own snack, I think its important for the children to engage with the natural world around them.

Daisie, Setting Deputy

My favourite activities are those that get messy! Creating artistic masterpieces and encouraging the children to have fun.

Clare, Setting Senior - Currently on Maternity leave

Mark making is important, when I'm at pre-school I look for different ways to encourage children to get involved with literacy and communication.

Kathryn, Setting Senior - Maternity Cover

I enjoy exploring new things, getting creative and messy!

Kelly, Early Years Practitioner

I like to join in with the children exploring lots of physical activity in the garden such as the tyres, planks and big blocks, I also enjoy role play and encoraging imagination.

Charlotte, Early Years Practitioner

Encouraging the children to get 'crafty' and make lots of fun and exciting things supports their problem solving and thinking critically.

 

Lottie-Mae, Early Years Apprentice 

I like to explore music and media with the children, in order to express themselves creatively.

 

Barbara, Pre-school Assistant

I like to spend time with children, getting to know them and seeing them express themselves as individuals.

 

JoEd, Kickstart Trainee

I want to see how children learn and develop within the Early Years and utilise my practical skills to support them.

 


To find out more...

To arrange a visit contact Kerry, Pre-School Manager on 01480 276595 or email godmanchester@eyalliance.org.uk

Day Nurseries Id: 

65432229564

FAQs

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds?

Children are eligible for funding in the term following their third birthday.  All 3 and 4 Year olds are entitled to a minimum of 15 funded hours, and if eligible up to 30 funded hours.

To check eligibilty please contact the setting for more information. 

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please contact the setting for more information.

What sessions do you offer?

We offer a morning session which is 8.45 am to 11.45 am, an afternoon session which is 11.45 am until 2.45 pm and if you would like to attend 8.45 am until 2.45pm (a whole day) that is classed as 2 sessions.

Do you provide hot meals?

No, we encourage Children to bring a healthy packed lunch with them.  Please ask in setting for more ideas and information.

Are you able to accommodate children with different dietary requirements?

Yes, please explain your Child's requirements in setting so that we can be aware of the requirements.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

The setting will always meet the early years required ratios.  Our team will grow as the setting gets busier.

How quickly can my child start?

The setting has become increasingly busy since our opening and currently some sessions are full to staff ratio, we review our places frequently and admit new children as places become available.  We are currently accepting applications for September 2021.  Please contact the setting directly for more information.


To find out more...

To arrange a visit contact Kerry, Pre-School Manager on 01480 276595 or email godmanchester@eyalliance.org.uk


 

Contact Us

Kerry, Setting Manager

Godmanchester Pre-School

Butcher Drive

Godmanchester

PE29 2NL

T: 01480 276595

E: godmanchester@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Godmanchester Pre-school
Butcher Drive
Godmanchester
Huntingdon
Cambs
PE29 2NL
United Kingdom
Tel: 01480 276595

Parent testimonials

''has exceeded all of our expectations.  This is down to the hard work of a fantastic team in the setting.  she is becoming a focused and driven child with an appetite for learning.  thank you!''

''My child absolutely loves his pre-school.
He is very settled and content. I have had lots of support from his key worker and other staff members. They go above and beyond to help me be the best parent I can be. I never worry about my child as I know he is in very safe hands. Since starting pre-school, my child has gained so many skills and he's learnt so much.''

''we really appreciate all the support, teaching and opportunities and advice provided, thank you.''

‘’He has settled in beautifully and really looks forward to going to pre-school!  He loves to talk about the toys and plays with the other children too.’’

‘’her confidence has grown so much, she was really quite shy and clingy beforehand, this is all thanks to the wonderful, supportive staff at pre-school.’’

‘’She loves coming to pre-school everyday,  we are so happy with how well she has settled in and making friends.’’

‘'She didn’t want to come home! Mum you leave, I want to stay."

"He is so much more confident in himself, coming to pre-school was a big step for him and he is so happy!"

"She seems well adjusted at the pre-school, she wants to stay and is excited to come the next day."

''thank you for all your hardwork and making sure we all feel confident moving up to big school.''

Professional testimonials

‘The setting has been very inclusive for a child with additional needs.  They have been patient and understanding and gone the extra mile to ensure the child is happy and settled.  They have welcomed extra training and implemented the strategies she needs’.

''the environment layout has been well thought out with defined areas to support all areas of learning and development''