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Welcome back to Pre School.

We hope you have all had a lovely Half Term break.

We would like to say a special welcome to our new children at Pre School, Isabelle and Eliza. We hope you both settle well in to Pre School and make lots of happy memories. 

The themes for this half term will be Bonfire Night and Children In Need. We will be introducing Advent and developing the themes from our Christmas

story.  There will be various ongoing Christmas crafts and a Christmas party for the children and we will be practising for our Nativity, please see dates below:


10th December 2019 -Pre School Christmas party (am) all welcome.

17th December 2019 - Nativity rehearsal (school only)

18th December 2019- Nativity performance (for parents) 


In addition to the above, Boogie Beat sessions have now started on a Monday morning for our younger group.


Our older children will continue with Little Strikers on a Thursday morning.


Please visit this page for upcoming news and events.


Pre School Session Times are:

Morning Session 8:40 am - 11:40 am

Lunch Club 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Afternoon Session: 12:20 pm - 3:20 pm




We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully been awarded 'Millie's Mark', a quality mark for Pre Schools and Nurseries where all employees working directly with children are trained in Paediatric First Aid.  This has been awarded by the National Day Nursery Association in association with the Department for Education and Millie's Trust. 



 Congratulations to Miss Coveney who recently received the Pre School Learning Alliance Outstanding Newcomer Award. Very well deserved!



We would also like to congratulate Mrs Mercer for receiving a Highly Commended Award at the Nursery World Awards 2017

Clonter Opera House- A picnic with Barney Bear, June 2019

A visit from our local PCSO Jim, June 2019

A visit from the Fire Brigade- May 2019

A visit from Dental Playbox -May 2019

Many Thanks!

Many thanks to all the families and friends that came to support the children singing.  The children were fantastic!  We would also like to thank all those that sponsored the children.  You raised a massive £573.65 for the Pre School!  With the funds we have purchased equipment for the children including a giant caterpillar play centre, a wigwam and cosy wicker boat reading corner.

Parent Questionnaire Results 2018 - 2019


We received 37 questionnaires from a possible 52. We were delighted with the response and have compiled the results for your information.


We value your feedback and are pleased to show that we are constantly improving.


100% of parents agreed that their child was happy at this Pre School, 94% strongly agreed. (2017 result 84%)

100% of parents agreed that their child was safe at this Pre School, 97% strongly agreed. (2017 result 91%)

100% of parents agreed that their child is well looked after, 97% strongly agreed. (2017 result 83%)

100% of parents agreed that their child is well taught, 94% strongly agreed. ( 2017 result 87%)

100% of parents agreed that Pre School deals effectively with behaviour, 92% strongly agreed. (2017 result 93%)

100% of parents agreed that the Pre School is well led and managed, 100% strongly agreed. (2017 result 78%)

100% of parents agreed the Pre School responds well to concerns, 94% strongly agreed.( 2017 result 91%)

100% of parents agreed that the Pre School provides valuable information about their child's progress, 86% strongly agreed. (2017 result 79%)

100% of parents would recommend St Alban's Pre School to someone else. ( 2017 result 100%)


Some Additional Comments from our Parents:


“ We are really happy with the Pre School and how it is run. The extra activity (football) is a good idea. We send our son in to Pre School feeling he is in safe hands and well looked after. Thank you for all your hard work.”


“ My son is very happy at St Alban’s Pre School. I feel the family atmosphere is very beneficial for the children, especially at such a young age.”


“ Both my children have attended St Alban’s Pre School, my youngest has come on leaps and bounds since going. The staff are brilliant.”


“I had no doubts that my son would settle in to Pre School as it is such a wonderful environment. All the staff work super hard to ensure this is maintained.”


“ St Alban’s Pre School provides a stimulating and nurturing environment combined with sincere and holistic care for it’s pupils.”


“ We are extremely pleased with the care our son receives at Pre School. He looks forward to attending each week and is learning lots through play. We are very grateful to all of the staff for their hard work. Communication is great too.”




From last year, continued actions taken:


From this year’s feedback:

  • We will continue to give out valuable information about your child’s progress at our termly parents’ evenings which will be advertised in due course. Key workers can always be available for up to date progress reports by appointment.
  • Staff will continue to undertake training in all areas especially behaviour management.


Staff Comments :


“ Excellent staff, great place to work. Brilliantly led my Mrs Mercer.”


“Wonderful place to work, lovely staff. Mrs Mercer always goes that extra mile to ensure Pre School runs smoothly.”


“ I feel that Mrs Mercer is constantly looking to improve what we do for the children at Pre School and making sure it runs as well as possible.”

Pre School Prospectus 2019-2020



Outstanding Pre School Ofsted Report June 2015

Meet Our Pre School Staff

Meet Our Pre School Staff 1 Mrs Mercer - Head Of Pre School
Meet Our Pre School Staff 2 Mrs Jackson- Finance Officer
Meet Our Pre School Staff 3 Mrs Poulton - Finance Officer
Meet Our Pre School Staff 4 Mrs Wardle - Lead Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 5 Mrs Barsby- Lead Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 6 Mrs Siedlecka - Lead Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 7 Mrs Gregson - Lead Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 8 Miss Coveney - Lead Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 9 Mrs Siddy - Lunch Club Assistant
Meet Our Pre School Staff 10 Miss Kimpton- Lunch Club Assistant/ Support Staff
Meet Our Pre School Staff 11 Mr Sean Worth- Practitioner



St Alban’s Pre School was established in 1981 and has continued to thrive and develop since then.  Our fully qualified and very experienced staff meet the needs of all our children in promoting their independence and developing their skills for the future.  We operate a Key Person system with a high ratio of staff to children.




At St Alban’s Pre School we aim to offer a safe, stimulating, fun, warm and friendly environment.  Children are able to enjoy learning, promote their independence and grow in confidence.



We aim to provide:

  • A safe, secure setting where all the children feel included, respected and valued.
  • A well planned and organised environment, with a carefully structured curriculum that builds on what the children have already achieved and provides opportunities for teaching and learning, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Experienced and well trained staff that understand how children develop and learn across all areas of the curriculum.
  • A setting where parents and practitioners work together and have a positive effect on the children’s learning.


At St Alban's Pre School we endeavour to provide an opportunity for every child to learn through play in a safe stimulating environment, use their imagination and creativity and gain confidence by developing their skills and abilities.


St. Alban’s Pre School is a happy, thriving community of Pre School children and staff. The group are housed in a classroom in the grounds of St. Alban’s School. The premises are well stocked with a range of quality equipment.  The Pre School also has a wonderful outside classroom with free access.


The hard-working and committed staff are employed by the governing body of St. Alban’s School – the school to which we hope the children will transfer when they become eligible for full-time education.



St. Alban’s Pre School is not directly funded by the Local Authority. From the term after their third birthday,  Pre School children do receive grants from the Local Authority for up to 15 hours.  Some families are eligible for 30 hours funding. For the younger children fees will be chargeable – please contact Mrs Mercer for details. For the 2019/20 year fees will be £14.10 (3 hours) per session. There is a small charge of £2.50 for Lunch clubs. 



In order to promote a high quality Pre School education for our children we have formulated a number of policies which are available below.


Session Times

Pre School sessions are as follows:-

Mornings: 8.40am – 11.40am

Afternoons: 12.20 pm – 3.20 pm

All Day: 8:40 am - 3.20 pm

Lunch Club 11:45 - 12:15pm


Complaints Procedure

In the event of any problems, difficulties or worries about your child at Pre School, a member of staff will be available for you to speak to at any time during a Pre School session. Mrs Mercer is available at all sessions and your child’s key person will be available, if not working that day, by appointment at the earliest opportunity.


If you are unsure about any aspect of how Pre School is run, please ask. Pre School is always looking for help in many different ways, perhaps you are just the person we need. 


Please contact Mrs Mercer on 01625 431929 for more details or download our latest prospectus.

Education Programs and Activity

Please look around our Pre School

Pre School Policies

3.0 Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills

9.0 Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment

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