4th September 2016

Pre-School (3-5 years)


We intend that your child should enjoy the best possible start in life. Glenhurst follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which focuses on the 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas of learning and development first, as these prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

The 7 areas of learning and development are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

How much does it cost for preschool?

All children are entitled to free access to preschool after their third birthday. You will either receive 15 hours per week (for everyone) or 30 hours per week (for working families). You can choose to spread this out over the whole year or take it during term time only.

Glenhurst offers free childcare without top-up fees or service charges. Your only cost would be for meals that your child is booked in for, which are cooked daily and freshly in our kitchen by our resident chef.

Key Person

We assign each child a Key Person who monitors and assesses the child’s individual learning goals. Your child’s Key Person is there to guarantee continuity and stability and is responsible for keeping you informed about your child’s progress and to be there to help with any problems. Your child’s Key Person will support your child and will make sure that the activities that take place each day are suited to your child’s unique needs and interests.

Early Years Education Grant

Glenhurst Pre-School is a registered provider of the Early Years Education Grant. All children are entitled to 15 or 30 free hours at Pre-School from the term following their third birthday. These hours may be taken any time between 8am and 6.00pm during school term times. A charge will be made for meals if a child attends during the breakfast, lunch or tea time hours or for any additional hours.