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
A huge Thank you!
Thank you for being there for Erin and helping her grow. You have all done a wonderful job in a very tough year
You are all so appreciated
Thank you so much for making Alexander's pre school experience such a happy and exciting one. He has learnt so much and grown socially and academically.
We recognise this is down to the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Pre school
"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,
Safeguarding Designated Lead and Key Person
First Aid trained
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.
First Aid trained
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 Level 2 qualification to Level 3 in Early Years. I really enjoy working with the children and watching them develop. I have now been promoted to Deputy Supervisor and I am also the new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for the setting. I have supported several children with additional needs and this is a new challenge which I am keen to take on.
Pre School Practitioner
and Key person
First Aid trained
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.
First Aid trained.
I have been involved with Ditton Church Pre School since 2002 when my own daughter started here. When my second daughter started in 2007, I joined as bank staff, then as a Pre school practitioner, completing level 2 and 3 in Childcare, learning and development.
I reduced my hours and became catering assistant for a couple of years due to family commitments but returned to the role of practitioner in 2018. I am the deputy safeguarding representative.
Pre School Practitioner and key person
First Aid trained
I was new to the area, moving locally in March 2019, so working at Ditton Church Pre-School has helped 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 an the partnership with parents representative for the setting.
Pre School Practitioner Apprentice
First Aid trained
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.
I joined DCPS in April 2008 when my son was here as a rising star. Over the years I completed an NVQ level 2 in Childcare then progressed onto a Level 3 Diploma in Children in the Work Force. I became a senior member of staff and deputy safeguarding officer, completing many courses. I left in November 2019 to return to a career in administration. In March 2021 I was fortunate enough to be offered the role of Pre School administrator. Having previously been a pre school assistant, I have a good insight into how the pre school runs and what is needed on a day to day basis. I’m enjoying the variety in my role and as an added bonus I get to help with the children when needed
We have some Bank Staff who cover for practitioners
when they are sick, at meetings or on training courses.
Please click on the links below
to read our policies.
POLICIES - SAFEGUARDING
WPP Epidemic and Pandemic Policy (March 23)
POLICIES - STAFF
Code of Conduct for NCT (Nov 22)
Restructure and Redundancy Policy (Nov 22)
Grievance Procedure (Nov 23)
Disciplinary Procedure (Jan 23)
Debit Card Policy (June 22)
Volunteer Policy (June 22)
Student Work Placement Policy (June 22)