Got a question? The following range of questions and answers should help! If you still can’t find an answer to your question then get in touch, we’d be glad to hear from you!

  1. Does my child qualify for free childcare?

For more information on our fees, please click here.

  1. What refreshments does the Pre-school provide?

Children are offered a healthy snack and drink mid morning and mid afternoon. This usually comprises fruit/ vegetables, bread sticks, cereals etc and milk or water to drink.

  1. What do I need to pack for lunch?

If your child is in the afternoon session, they will need to bring a packed lunch. We encourage parents to pack a healthy, nutritious lunch low in sugar and salt. For guidance on a balanced packed lunch for Pre-school children, please follow this link.

  1. What does my child need to bring with them?

Please bring a change of clothes in case there are any accidents, spare nappies/ wipes if applicable, wet weather gear and wellies if appropriate and sun cream on hot days.

  1. You only have a small outdoor area, will my child get fresh air?

Yes! We aim to take children outside every day and make use of the local resources such as the beach, the Botanical Gardens and the village play area.

  1. If my child goes to Shaldon Pre-school, will they automatically get into Shaldon School?

No, there is no guarantee.

  1. Can I come and look round?

Yes by appointment. Contact us if you wish to arrange one.

  1. My child has special educational needs, how can you help?

The number of adults present in the Pre-school enables us to provide individual attention for each child. Each child is able to progress at their own rate in all areas of development, and this is true for children with and without disabilities or learning difficulties. We are experienced in working in close liaison with professionals across the range of special needs.

We have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Gemma Elkins, who is overseen by Manager Ro Stanley, who is responsible for organising any special provision needed. If you would like to discuss the group’s ability to meet your own child’s special needs please talk to either Gemma or Ro. When considered necessary, we will arrange additional support for children with special needs by means of specialist equipment, one-to-one staff support etc.

Our single storey building has access for disabled users by means of a ramp to the front door and our toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Term Dates

Spring Term 2019
Monday 7th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Half term:
Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019
Summer Term
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – Thursday 25th July 2019
Half term: 
Monday 27th May 2019 – Monday 3rd June 2019