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.
Morning session 9.00 – 12.00
Afternoon session 12.30 – 15.30
Mid-day session 12.00 – 12.30
Session hourly rate
£5.00 (except mid-day care)
The hourly rate will be increased in September 2020 to £5.50 per hour, (£16.50 per session). The Mid-day session will remain unchanged
"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.
My name is Wendy Caldicott. My family consists of my long-suffering husband Phil and my two grown-up children, Jack and Natasha. 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.
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 in a joint role with Sandie for many years, I took on the role of Supervisor in May 2011.
I am also the named Safeguarding representative for the Pre-School.
MEET OUR AMAZING TEAM
OF TALENTED, DEDICATED STAFF
My name is Claire Gamble. I have been working at the Pre-School since May 2011 firstly as Bank Staff and then permanently in September 2012. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with qualified teacher status.
I was promoted to Deputy Supervisor/ Setting SENCo from November 2018. I taught in a primary school in London for 11 years working with children from the age of 4 to 11.
I have 2 children of my own. Both of my children enjoyed their time at Ditton Church Pre School and are now at school.
I am Amy Lee and I started work at the Pre-School as Catering Assistant.
In April 2014 I became a Practitioner. I have a Level 3 Qualification in Early Years. I live locally and two of my three children came to this Pre-School. I really enjoy working with the children and watching them develop.
I’m Sandie Thomas. 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 Supervisor 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.
Hello, my name is Lynette Taylor (Lyn for short!). 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.
My name is Alison Pestell and 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.
Hello, my name is Sheri. 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.
My name is Lorraine Webb,
I am married to Alan 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 is to support the children and assist Level 3 staff with observations, replenish stock and fulfill uniform orders from parents.
LAUREN - BANK STAFF
LAURA - BANK STAFF
ALAN - VOLUNTEER
We have some Bank Staff who cover for practitioners
when they are sick, at meetings or on training courses.
Volunteers also help at the Pre-School.
BANK STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
My name is Jane Beldham. I have three children, the youngest was a pupil at Ditton Church Pre-School when it first opened. I was also a Committee Member back in those days! My favourite job is being a mum but I have also enjoyed working part time when I could. I have always worked in office administration and so
I now enjoy my role as Administrator at Pre-School, supporting staff, the Committee and local families. I am in the office (next to the Pre-School) all day on Mondays and on Thursday mornings, and am happy to help with any queries that you may have with invoices and payments.
Please click on the links below
to read our policies.
POLICIES - SAFEGUARDING