Working to build the
foundations for amazing
futures for little ones
Ditton Church Pre-School was opened in January 2001 and is run by a Management Committee. It was originally set up by St Peter’s Church, Ditton and a small committee of parents. The Pre-School started with six children, has grown considerably over the years and continues to thrive.
All our staff hold, or are working towards a Pre-School qualification and staff and regular volunteers are checked by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
The Pre-School is registered with the KCC and offers funding for three year olds and also for some two year olds subject to eligibility.
The Pre-School is also registered with the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). Our last Ofsted inspection took place in Feb 2016 and we were rated as an outstanding setting.
We offer a warm welcome for each individual child and family, and provide a caring environment within which all children can learn and develop as they play. We run five morning sessions - Monday to Friday, and three afternoon sessions - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, during normal school term times. Some of the afternoon sessions are for our Rising Stars; that is those children due to start at infant school the following September.
Whilst we are a church Pre-School, we welcome children from all backgrounds and beliefs. We celebrate the main Church of England festivals, some in the Church Building, and will inform parents in advance of these occasions. We are linked to St Peter's Church and Reverend Ross Terranova warmly welcomes all pre-school families. Ross is also the Chairperson of our Pre-School Committee. For more information about St Peter's Church please visit the website www.dittonchurch.org.uk. Other religions and festivals are recognised over the course of the year as part of our extensive Personal, Social and Emotional development curriculum.
TIMES & FEES
Morning session 9.00 – 12.00
Afternoon session 12.30 – 15.30
Mid-day session 12.00 – 12.30
Session hourly rate
£5.50 (except mid-day care)
There is a consumables charge of 25p per session to help towards, for example snacks and cookery ingredients
"Thank you for making my first term at Pre-School so brilliant. I was very nervous and scared on my first day, but now I go home every day super excited! I've made lots of nice friends too!"
(written by the mother of Hendrix)
"Thank you very much for the support, advice and input you have given to James and us over the last two years. We feel happier knowing that James is moving onto big school with the support that he needs already being in place"
(Written by the parents of James)
"I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and your staff for the hard work that you put into transition this year. Your staff passed on some really useful information and tips to help the children settle into Year R"
(Headteacher, Ditton Infant School)
Funding for Three Year Olds
The term after they become three, all children are entitled to fifteen hours of free childcare for 38 weeks per year.
Funding for Two Year Olds
Some two year olds are able to take up fifteen hours of free childcare per week, subject to eligibility.
Some children are eligible for extended funding, up to thirty hours, if both parents work a minimum of sixteen hours per week each. Single working parents may also be eligible. For more information on all of the above please visit childcare choices
EYPP (Early Years Pupil Premium)
If children were able to claim for funding at two years old, your setting may be able to claim additional funding once they turn three. This money is for the setting to spend in a way which will benefit your child.
DAF (Disability Access Fund)
If your child is in receipt of disability learning allowance and receives funding from Pre-School, we may be able to able to apply for some additional funding for the setting to provide any additional support, training or resources which may be required.
Funding at Ditton Church Pre-School
The funding for all three year old children will be applied for by us. All you need to do is complete the form we will give you.
Free funding for two year olds - If you feel you may be eligible please apply via this link
Extended (up to 30 hours funding) at
Ditton Church Pre-School
At Ditton Church Pre-School we are unable to offer the full 30 hours as we are open for only 24 hours per week. However, where we have spaces available above 15 hours we will accept extra funded hours from eligible families. Our funded hours will be between 9.00 and 12.00 each day and 12.30 to 3.30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
MEET OUR AMAZING TEAM
OF TALENTED, DEDICATED STAFF
Pre School Supervisor
and Key Person
My family consists of my husband, my two grown-up children and our much loved dog! I have worked at Ditton Church Pre-School since January 2004 and love working with a team who are passionate about the work they do and supporting children and families.
I have early years qualifications at Levels 2, 3 and 4 and have undertaken leadership and management training, amongst many other courses. After working as Deputy Supervisor for many years, I took on the role of Supervisor in May 2011 and enjoy my diverse role of both working with the children and managing the day to day running of the setting and my amazing team of staff. I am also the named Safeguarding representative for the Pre-School.
and key person
We are missing you already Claire!
Pre School Practitioner
and Key Person
I started work at the Pre-School as Catering Assistant and In April 2014, after completing my studies I became a Preschool Practitioner. I then progressed from my Level 2 Qualification to my Level 3 Qualification in Early Years. I am also the deputy safeguarding representative for the setting.
I really enjoy working with the children and watching them develop.
Pre School Practitioner
and Key person
I have had the absolute pleasure of working at Ditton Church Pre-School and playing with all the lovely children since September 2011. Since starting I have found the time to study and qualify for NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Early Years Foundation Stage. I am the setting representative for Health and Safety. I have a long connection to the Pre-School as my son was one of the first children to attend. My daughter followed 2 years later and I am very pleased to say that several staff members are still part of the Pre-School – proving what a lovely environment it is to be part of.
Pre School Practitioner
and key person
I was a Pre-School Practitioner here for five years, then I became Catering Assistant and reduced my hours for two years due to family commitments.I am pleased to now be back in the role of Pre-School Practitioner since September 2018. I have a Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I am currently a representative for two year olds, checking that all toys and activities are suitable and accessible to our youngest children.
Pre School Practitioner and key person
I am new to the area, moving locally in March 2019, so working at Ditton Church Pre-School will help me to feel part of the community. I am married with three children and a grandson, who is my absolute world. I have been a qualified Pre-School Practitioner since 2005 when I achieved my Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice. I share the role of two year old representative with Alison, checking that all toys and activities and suitable and accessible to our youngest children.
Pre School Assistant
I am married and have three daughters and 3 grandchildren. I’ve worked at Ditton Church Pre-School from when it first opened in 2001 and have a CACHE Level 2 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. My role as a Practitioners Assistant is to support the Practitioners with odd jobs to ensure they are able to focus on their key children and also to be an additional support for the children.
My first contact with DCPS was as a parent, as both of my children attended and loved their time at Pre School. In 2015 I joined the staff team as Bank Staff covering staff training and sick days.
Over the years I have learnt so much about child development and care and I am thrilled to have now joined the permanent staff team as a Preschool Preschool Practitioner and apprentice, undertaking my Level 3 qualification.
I am Childcare Development Practitioner at Ditton Church Pre-School and I have a Level 4 qualification in Early years. Until January 2013 I was Deputy Supervisor for the Pre-school. My current role draws on all of my past experience in childcare, and involves assisting the Wendy with management tasks and researching current childcare views and legislation. I enjoy working as part of a strong team who all have a shared passion for ensuring that our Pre-School children have a happy and positive early learning experience with us.
We have some Bank Staff who cover for practitioners
when they are sick, at meetings or on training courses.
BANK STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers also help at the Pre-School.
E- BANK STAFF
Please click on the links below
to read our policies.
POLICIES - SAFEGUARDING