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***Due to the current Coronavirus situation Pre School will be closed until after the Easter holidays when the situation will be reviewed. We hope you all stay safe and well.***


This half term we are proud to be supporting

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and fundraising with 'Humphrey' in memory of Jessica.


Pupils have been set a challenge to help raise money by collecting as many 5p coins as possible to buy toys for the hospital. Children have been provided with a charity cube to collect the coins. They are encouraged to be creative in collecting the coins for example, helping family members with jobs in exchange for coins or donating a small amount of pocket money, if possible. 

We please ask that the charity cubes, plus coins are returned to school by 13th February 2020.


Manchester 10K 

A team of teachers, parents and friends will be running the Manchester 10K on 24th May 2020 in aid of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. If you wish to be involved please speak to Mrs Mercer as soon as possible. 


Your continued support is greatly appreciated.


If you would like to know more about the charity please visit


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 starters; Isla, Tabitha, Annabelle, Kevin and Gracie. We hope you all settle in to Pre School and make lots of happy memories.


This half term the theme will be Traditional Tales.  We will begin with The Three Little Pigs and Jack in the Beanstalk and follow on with The Gingerbread Man. We will be planting beans and there will be various crafts in relation to this topic. 

We will also celebrate Pancake Day, St Patrick's Day, Mother's Day and Easter. There will be various activities and crafts relating to these topics.

The children will be practising for a Spring Sing-a-long which will be performed to parents, date to be confirmed. 


  Boogie Beat sessions continue on a Monday morning for our younger group and the themes are in line with the Traditional Tales.

Stories will also include 'The Beautiful Swan' and the 'Easter Hare and Tortoise' 


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


**Please visit this page soon 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 2019-2020


We received 38 questionnaires from a possible 56.  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, 86% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed that their child was safe at this Pre School, 89% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed that their child is well looked after, 86% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed that their child is well taught, 84% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed that Pre School deals effectively with behaviour, 86% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed that the Pre School is well led and managed, 84% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed the Pre School responds well to concerns, 86% strongly agreed.

100% of parents agreed that the Pre School provides valuable information about their child's progress, 78% strongly agreed.

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


Some Additional Comments from our Parents:


“My daughter loves attending! Approachable, friendly staff”

“My daughter enjoys all the different learning opportunities which are provided in different fun ways.  Everyone is nurturing and child focused.  Her time in Pre School is definitely helping her to get ready for big school.”

“Really pleased with all aspects of care and teaching for my son”

“Very happy to have my child attending this Pre School all her needs are met.  She has come along a lot since starting.  She loves going to Pre School, thanks to the lovely Pre School teachers.  Haven’t got any improvements to suggest.  One of the best Pre Schools my children have attended and they’ve been to a lot.  Thank you for all the help and support. 😊

“I always feel that all the teachers genuinely care about the children and in my opinion at this age that’s what matters most.  Thank you!” 

“A wonderful Pre School, the staff work so hard and care for the children brilliantly.  When it comes to Pre Schools this is the best!”

“We are very happy with teaching and leadership at the Pre School.  Our daughter has settled in very well and really enjoys her time there.  We can definitely see her development since starting at Pre School.  We would most definitely recommend to someone else.”

“My son has gained confidence in himself and the curiosity he progresses with. It is clear the staff care and want the best for each child.”

“The staff are superb with the children in terms of care and support both socially and emotionally.  The atmosphere is playful and calm and there is a strong and appropriate sense of discipline that I like.  A solid grounding and real preparation for Primary School.  I would highly recommend to any parent St Alban’s Pre School.”

“St Alban’s Pre School is a really nurturing environment for my child.  He enjoys attending.”


“My child was reluctant to start Pre School and adapt to a new environment.  In a very short space of time she went from tears at Pre School door to running in without a second glance.  All the staff take genuine interest in her progress and wellbeing.  I am delighted with the care she receives at Pre School and I feel the transition to reception class will be very easy next year as a result.”


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 and teaching learning.


Staff Comments :

“I Imagine this Pre School is as good as it gets 😊!”


“It is such a supportive environment to be in Elaine is always helping when I ask anything. “


“I have been made to feel very welcome since starting at St Alban’s Pre School, the staff team are amazing at supporting one another and ensuring that every child matters within an enriching environment.”



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 - Deputy/ Lead Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 5 Mrs Barsby- Deputy/ 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 - Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 9 Mr Worth- Practitioner
Meet Our Pre School Staff 10 Miss Kimpton- Practitioner/ Lunch Club Assistant
Meet Our Pre School Staff 11 Mrs Siddy - Lunch Club Assistant



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.

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