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As any parent will know, it can be a daunting prospect when it comes to choosing a Pre-school for your child’s education and understanding how the Pre-school works. Here at Datchworth, each child has a key-worker who will help your child to settle in and keep a record of their learning–journey.

Sessions are great fun as well as being educational. Children are split into age-related groups, which we call Ladybirds and Squirrels, for certain activities. We also make good use of our all-weather outdoor play area.

Communication with parents is paramount and we send out a weekly email which includes details of our themes and events for the term. We also have termly newsletters to ensure that everybody is fully aware of anything that is happening at Pre-school. Click here to view and download our latest newsletter.

Wherever possible, parents are invited to become involved, whether it’s helping out with our Theme of the Week (e.g showing/playing a musical instrument during our music week) coming along to support our fundraising activities or becoming a committee member – all support is greatly appreciated.

Pre-school is managed by a parent-led committee, so not only are our aims & objectives always in line with our policies, the EYFS (Early Years Foundation System) & Ofsted but as parents, we have a true understanding of what makes our children happy, confident and imaginative little people.

We are pleased to report that Ofsted recently awarded Datchworth Pre-school with a ‘GOOD’. Click here to view and download our Ofsted report. The best way to see the quality of our care and educational provision, is by coming along to see us, so you can judge for yourself.

Autumn Term 2023

Friday 1st September – INSET Day (Pre-school closed)
Monday 4th September – First Day of Term
Mon 23rd to Fri 27th Oct – Half Term
Wednesday 20th December – Last Day of Term – finish at 12pm (no lunch club)

Spring Term 2024

Thursday 4th January – INSET Day (Pre-school closed)
Friday 5th January – First Day of Term
Mon 19th to Fri 23rd Feb – Half Term
Thursday 28th March – Last Day of Term – finish at 12pm (no lunch club)

Summer Term 2024

Monday 15th April – INSET Day (Pre-school closed)
Tuesday 16th April – First Day of Term
Thursday 2nd May – INSET Day (Pre-school closed due to elections – TBC)
Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday (Pre-school closed)
Mon 27th to Fri 31st May – Half Term
Thursday 18th July – Last Day of Term – finish at 12pm (no lunch club)
Friday 19th July – INSET Day (Pre-school closed)

View & Download Our Policies & Procedures
Children with SEND
Early Years Practice
Fire Safety
Food Safety & Nutrition
Health & Safety
Prime Times
Progress Check at Age 2
Promoting Inclusion, Equality & Valuing Diversity
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Record Keeping & Privacy Notice
SEND offer
Staff, Volunteers & Students
The Role of the Key Person
Working in Partnership with Parents & Other Agencies inc Complaints Procedure


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