Photograph of children in Starlings' Pre-School Class

Our Ducklings' Pre-School caters for children who are aged 3 and 4 years of age.

Opening Times

Ducklings’ Pre-School is open between the hours of 8.00am and 5.30pm, term time only. We offer the following sessions:

Sessional: 9.00am – 12.00 noon or 12.30pm – 3.30pm (both 3 hours long)

Long Day: 9.00am – 3.30pm (6.5 hours)

Extended Session: 8.00am – 12.00 noon (4 hours) or 12.30pm – 5.30pm (5 hours)

Extended Day: 8.00am – 5.30pm (9.5 hours)


Fees are invoiced on a termly basis in advance and must be settled at least two working days before the start of term.

Information on the school’s termly instalment scheme is available upon request. Session fees are:

  • £18.00 per session.
  • £39.00 for a long day.
  • £24.00/£30.00 for a morning/afternoon extended session.
  • £57.00 for an extended day.

Your child will be offered a place based on once the Parental Agreement Form has been completed and returned.

Three week’s notice must be given for a change in session choice; however, every effort will be made to accommodate this sooner, if possible.  A half-term’s notice is also applicable for the withdrawal of your child. An equivalent fee in lieu of notice of withdrawal is payable otherwise.

Occasionally parents may need to change their session (in an emergency for example) and, if we have the space, the Pre-School will be more than happy to oblige, where possible. These are considered as extra sessions and will be charged accordingly.


Parents receive the first 15 hours of funding free and may be eligible for 30 hour funding. Eligibility can be checked through 30 hours free childcare - GOV.UK (

Meals and Snack

Our Pre-School children can either bring a packed lunch, or order a cooked lunch from school for an additional cost of £2.00. Lunch is served from 12 noon. A high tea is served at 4.30pm and this is cooked by staff on site.

Water is available throughout the day and parents can order milk through the Cool Milk scheme, details of this are available through the school administrator.

Extra Information

Please ensure that your child has the following items in their school bag:

  • Spare pair of trousers/skirt
  • Spare t-shirt or shirt
  • Spare underwear and socks
  • Sun hat and sun cream (labelled) or hat and gloves
  • Nappies and wipes (if needed)

In addition to this, a pair of wellies are essential as children will be playing out in all weather.

To help prevent loss of your child’s clothing, please label all items.

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