Little Stars Pre-school is open 37 weeks of the year Mondays to Fridays
Each session is three hours 09.15 – 12.15
There is an optional lunch club 12.15 – 13.00
Extended sessions (Mon – Fri) 09.15 – 2.15
Number of children per morning session:
Number of children per afternoon session:
Max of 32
Max of 16
Staff Ratio 1:4 for 2 year olds
1:8 for 3-4 year olds


09.00 – 09.15

Children arrive with parents, place there bags and lunch box in the trolley provided.


Pre-school gate is opened and children are met by members of staff. Any special notes about the children are written down by staff. Supervisor and staff are available to talk briefly to parents (or arrange appointments for longer or more confidential meetings out of Pre-school hours). Children find name cards and place in box.

09.15 – 09.25

Children to hang their coat on the pegs, Settling in time and free play.

09.25 – 11.50

Free Play – the children are able to select their own toys to play with, or use what the staff have put out and join in with small and large group adult led activities (e.g. cooking, craft, science and maths investigation, ICT, nature study). The outdoor play area is available every day, when the weather is bad we are able to provide some wet weather clothes as we know the benefit of outdoor play.

The staff use this time to work with their designated key children to promote their individual developmental needs.

During this time we offer a Snack Bar, where some small groups of children can sit round a table with a member of staff and are offered a drink of milk or water and some pieces of fruit, vegetable and dried fruit.

11.50 – 12.00

Tidy up time.

12.00 – 12.15

Circle time, where we split into developmentally appropriate groups for an adult led activity.


Parents come to collect morning session children. They are greeted by a member of staff to give hand over.

12.15 – 1.00

Lunch club children wash hands and sit down to eat the lunch they have brought with them.

13.00 – 2.15

During this session the children will be encouraged to take part in adult-led small group activities to introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

What parents say

"Our son has had such a happy two years at Little Stars. He has been settled and secure the whole time and made some great friends. Its all down to the hard work of the staff, you all make Little Stars a warm, friendly place to be!"

C Cawthorne July 2018