Whitchurch Pre-school is situated in the idyllic village of Whitchurch-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire. Located within the grounds of Whitchurch Primary School, it has a large, safe and enclosed garden.
Our team is committed to providing a secure and caring environment where children can learn and develop at their own pace within a happy atmosphere. We realise that all children are individuals with differing needs and abilities and at Whitchurch Pre-School we endeavour to respond and adapt to each child.
Our setting is able to offer free places for 3 and 4 year olds (funded by the government) for 15 or up to 30 hours per week during term time. We do ask parents/ guardians to consider contributing to a voluntary top-up fee scheme, an hourly top-up donation of £1.85 per hr if they are in a financial position to do so, in order to help close the gap between Government-funded contribution per child and the preschool's hourly fees, which reflect the true running costs.
We are a registered charity and our pre-school operates as a non-profit organisation. As a community group managed by a voluntary parent/carer-led committee, we encourage parents to offer their time to participate in fundraising events: from helping to organise a fundraising evening e.g. bingo, to baking cakes for a weekend cake sale. As a small local setting run by a volunteer committee and with many families getting involved in our fundraising and social events, the preschool benefits from a lovely sense of community and is a great way to meet new friends, for parents and carers as well as the children!
"Staff give plenty of encouragement and praise to support children's good self-esteem and confidence. Children behave well, and staff use a variety of successful strategies, such as sand timers, to help children to share and take turns."
"Wonderful, caring staff who do so much to make the children feel settled and happy, and keep us well informed, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"
"My children have loved being part of Whitchurch preschool. A fantastic environment where they feel safe and have so much fun whilst learning. Each child is understood and nurtured. Thank you"
Current preschool parents, May 2022 parent survey