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Ickleford

Welcome to Ickleford Pre-School. We are a small, friendly and nurturing pre-school based in Ickleford Village Hall in Hitchin.

 

We are open to any children aged 2 to 4 in the wider Hitchin, Letchworth and surrounding areas who are going on to any primary school.

 

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Admissions & Donations

Children aged three and over are eligible to receive government funding to cover the fees for a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 23 hours per week.

Programs & Curriculums

Ickleford Pre-School opens Monday to Friday during term time. We have a mixture of morning and afternoon sessions, and a lunch club covering a maximum of 23 hours per week.

Parents

Ickleford Pre-School embraces partnership with parents and carers. Parents and carers are our children’s primary educators and we work with you to provide them with the best possible care and education. 

About Us

Ickleford Pre-School cares for children from two years old until they start school. Our dedicated team is led by experienced staff. We provide a safe, friendly environment where children are nurtured and encouraged to have fun while learning. Every child is recognised as unique, with care tailored to his or her needs.

Come Visit Us

We are a Private Voluntary and Independent (PVI) setting and therefore you do not need to apply for a nursery place in January in the same way you might do for other nurseries. All you have to do is contact us and your child can begin at any time, subject to availability. Please get in touch with Stephanie, our Pre-School Secretary, to arrange a visit and for details on how to apply. Click the button below:

Our Pre-School. Our Family. Our Community

At Ickleford Pre-School our friendly staff work hard to provide a supportive and stimulating environment. This allows each child to feel secure and reach his or her full potential. Each child has a nominated key worker who regularly updates the child’s Learning Journal. Our adult to child ratio ensures generous care and attention.

Our Learning Approach

Language & Literacy

Mathematics

Expressive Arts & Design

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

How to apply?

We are a Private Voluntary and Independent (PVI) setting and therefore you do not need to apply for a nursery place in January in the same way you might do for other nurseries. All you have to do is contact us and your child can begin at any time, subject to availability. Please get in touch with Stephanie, our Pre-School Secretary, to arrange a visit and for details on how to apply. 

When to apply?

Children are welcome to join the Caterpillar Room as soon as they turn two and older children can join our Butterfly Room the term after they turn threeChildren do not have to be living in Ickleford to join the Pre-School – we welcome children from any of the surrounding towns and villages. 

What are the fees?

Our fees are currently £15.75 per session. Each session is 3 hours. Lunch Club (12.05pm until 1pm) can also be booked at a cost of £5.25 per day although this can also form part of your child’s funded hours.

Can we get government funding?

Children aged three and over are eligible to receive government funding to cover the fees for a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 30 hours a week . This includes any sessions that are taken at other nurseries or Pre-Schools. Due to our opening hours, Ickleford Pre-School can currently offer a maximum of 23 hours of funded education to those children who are eligible. Children are able to access their funded sessions as follows:-

A child born in the period 1 April to 31 August will become eligible for funded sessions from 1 September.

A child born in the period 1 September to 31 December will become eligible for funded sessions from 1 January.

A child born in the period 1 January to 31 March will become eligible for funded sessions from 1 April.

Children aged two may also be entitled to funding if you are in receipt of income support or income based job seeker’s allowance. Please contact us for further information.

We are able to accept childcare vouchers and are registered for Tax-Free Childcare.  Please contact us for further details.

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What Our Families are Saying

“This is a lovely setting. My shy daughter has blossomed into a sociable little girl, ready for school.

“My little boy started when he just turned two years old having just moved into the village. We were made to feel so welcome with his key worker helping him to settle quickly. He runs into pre-school now every morning.”

“My son really looks forward to going to pre-school. I like the way that the staff re-iterate the rules that we have at home such as to play with kind hands and to have good manners at the table when eating. He has a great friendship with all of the staff and other pre-schoolers and he talks about them at home all of the time!”

Donate to Ickleford Pre-School

Registered charity number 1035315

As a registered charity, Ickleford Pre-School relies on the generosity of families and members of the community to help provide resources for our children’s learning. If you would like to donate, please use the Donate button to visit our donations page at Wonderful.org.