About Us

Our preschool has space for 40 children at each session.  We offer 5 morning sessions each week from 9am to 12 noon, during term time.

We are a member of the Early Years Alliance (ELAwhich means we are run and managed by a voluntary committee led mainly by parents and carers.  We are very proud of our community led preschool, as we know when parents become actively involved in their child’s learning & development from an early age, there are clear benefits for the children.

Our children move on to lots of different primary schools in the community and beyond, including Greenmount Primary School, Holcombe Brook Primary School, Summerseat Methodist Primary School, Tottington Primary School, St Mary’s C.E. Primary School, Emmanuel Holcombe C.E. Primary School, Holly Mount Roman Catholic Primary School and Old Hall Primary School.  Many of our children leaving for big school will already have formed friendships here in preschool that are going to the same primary school.

FEES & FUNDING

We offer fee paying and funded sessions at our preschool.  As we are a charity, all income goes towards preschool and our children, not anyone else.

We offer funded places for children aged 2, 3 and 4. You can find out if your child qualifies on Bury Council’s website  or ask us for more information.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding that early years settings can receive to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding.   All 3 and 4 year olds are able to apply for the Early Years Pupil Premium, although not all children will be eligible.

Please get in touch with us for a chat or further information.

Preschool Life

Preschool starts at 9am. We love the fact our preschool has lots of space allowing for a range of activities to meet the needs of developing children. Our main hall is a big room where children can play with toys, jigsaws, playdough and use themed activity corners. We also use our space for physical development sessions like football and children’s yoga. We also enjoy quiet activities to promote reading, drawing, letter formation and developing our counting and number knowledge.

We also have 2 smaller rooms which we use for group activities such as music sessions, arts and crafts and storytelling. The children regularly spend time outside in the secure playground. In the summer, they enjoy lots of time playing with sand, water, scooters and bikes.

OUR SNACK CAFE

All the children are given the opportunity to visit the Snack Café for a drink and healthy snack during the morning. 

We are proud to hold the Gold Award in the Golden Apple Award Scheme.  The scheme is run by Bury Council and is designed for early years settings wishing to improve nutrition, hygiene and dental care among their children.  We actively promote healthy practices in our setting, covering a healthy diet and encouraging children at snack time to eat fruit and vegetables.  Children also take part in our toothbrush scheme to enhance their skills in maintaining good oral health.  More details can be found on the Bury Directory website Golden Apple Award pages. 

Our team

Our staff are traditionally called ‘Aunties’ and includes a Manager, Deputy Manager, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and a Business Manager.

All our Aunties have:

  • a minimum of NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education
  • an average of 18 years’ experience in early years childcare
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Paediatric first aid training
  • Safeguarding certification
  • Food Hygiene certification

We are trained and experienced in caring for children with a range of difficulties.  We have completed local authority training and are fully committed to working in partnership with them and other agencies to ensure that any Early Help is put in place.  We are happy to discuss any additional requirements your child or family may have in order to experience life at preschool.