About Us

OUR AIMS
At Little Fingers, we provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to progress through the foundation stage so by the time children start primary school, they will have established very solid foundations on which to build.  By working in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop, we are determined that every child in our care should be given the best possible start in their early education.  


OPENING TIMES
Little Fingers is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am - 3.30pm and from 9.00am - 1.00pm on Fridays, term time only.  Your child can do a morning or afternoon session or a full day.  Lunch is at midday.  Sessions are a minimum of 2.5 hrs. 
Also, we offer the option of 'wraparound care' with an 8.30am drop off and a 4.00pm pick up.  These half hour sessions are non funded and cost £3 each.

ADMISSIONS & FEES
We accept children aged from two to five years.  We charge £5.50/hr for our sessions.  All children are entitled to 15 hours per week of government funding for the term after their third birthday. We are also an approved setting for free early education for eligible and approved two year olds (up to 15 hours).

 

We also offer 30 hours per week of funding to those eligible. Please contact us if you have any queries.  


Fees are payable every term. No reductions are made for absence through sickness or holidays. Fees are notified by an invoice from the Treasurer and should be paid within the first four weeks of that term. We also accept childcare vouchers.  If you wish to terminate your child's place at the pre-school, half a term's written notification is required. Fees are non-refundable.

 

WHAT YOUR CHILD MAY NEED
All children are required to wear the Little Fingers polo shirt or long sleeved fleece jumper. You will receive your child's free polo shirt on acceptance of a place at the pre-school, having paid your registration fee. In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send your child in clothes which are easy to wash and not too new. We have extra polo shirts, long sleeved fleece jumper and a gilet with the pre-school logo, to purchase.

 

CHARITY STATUS
In 1993 Little Fingers became a registered charity with its own constitution and an elected management committee.  Without the committee, the pre-school cannot legally operate, so we invite parents and carers to help with events whenever possible and join the committee.
The committee is responsible for reviewing both policy and practice and for the employment and appraisal of staff members. The committee is also responsible for fundraising and managing the finances of the pre-school.  We hold several fundraising events each year and we always welcome any help and new ideas from you.

 

SEND LOCAL OFFER
We are able to provide information for parents or carers of children with special educational needs (SEND).  The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.  Find out more about the 
LOCAL OFFER


A copy of our POLICIES can be found at the Pre-school.
 

2019/20 TERM DATES:

Autumn term:

Monday 9th September 2019

 

Half term:

28th Oct - 1st  Nov 2019

 

End of term:

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Spring term:

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Half term:

17th - 21st February 2020

End of term:

Friday 3rd April 2020

Summer term:

Monday 20th April 2020

Half term:

25th - 29th May 2020

End of term:

Friday 17th July 2020

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