Blue Coat Pre-School offers sessional care for children aged 2 to 4 years* until they enter full time education.

* New 6 hour sessions for 2 year olds - starting w/c 19th February

*Stay & Play Drop in Session Fridays 10-11.30am for 0 to 4 yrs

The aims of the Pre-School are to:

• Provide first class care and pre-school education.
• Establish a positive transition from home to pre-school and onto full time education.
• Develop a partnership between parents/guardians, children and staff.
• Offer a secure, caring and stimulating environment where children’s self-worth is nurtured and their achievements are valued.
• Recognise and build upon the skills and knowledge that your child already has, and develop all aspects of learning according to the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
• Work in a framework of equality. All children are welcome.


The Pre-School Groups

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This term the Pre-School is divided into two age groups; Buttons and Toggles. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is followed in all Pre-School groups.



From the age of 2 years children can attend Buttons, which they attend without their parent or carer. Every child is assigned a keyperson who will take personal responsibility to support the child, as well as to observe and liaise with parents/carers. At Buttons children are encouraged to become more independent, to stay without support of a parent/carer and to practice working within a structured routine in which they learn to play, share and take turns. The group fosters trusting relationships with parents and carers as well as with children. Buttons takes place from 9am to 12pm (3 hour), 1.30pm (4 1/2 hour) or 3pm (6 hour).


Toggles is the final pre-school group prior to starting school.  The children enjoy a natural progression from Buttons and will be assigned a keyperson as before. During Toggles the staff encourage the children to become more independent learners. The children are supported in managing their own belongings, dressing & hygiene procedures as well as playing independently and making their own choices whilst still encouraging them to try something new. The sessions are structured and include keyperson activities to prepare the children for group work at school. During the summer term we work closely with the Reception Class teachers at Blue Coat CEVA Primary School. Linked activities including storytimes are planned for the Toggles children during the last part of the summer term.

Toggles takes place daily from 9-00 am to 12.00pm (3 hour session) and 9am to 3pm (6 hour session).


Stay & Play

Friday mornings 10 to 11.30 (term-time only). Please come along to our drop in stay and play sessions. Parents/Carers and children 0 to 4 all welcome. Lots to do - crafts, outdoor play, activities, toys & games. This session offers an opportunity for you and your child to meet new friends and have fun. Cost £1. (additional children 50p)


Fees & Grants

Buttons: £12.75 per 3 hr session, £19.13 per 4 1/2 hr session, £25.50 per 6 hr session or Nursery Grant Funding (Free for 3 & 4 Funding) during the term after child is 3 years old.

Toggles: Usually covered by the Nursery Grant Funding (Free for 3 & 4 Funding). If not claiming funding, the costs are £12.75 (for 3 hr) or £25.50 (6 hr). Additional hours over the funding allowance are charged at £4.25/hr.

All 3 year olds are entitled to Nursery Funding (Free for 3 & 4 Funding) which is usually from the term after their 3rd birthday. Fees will be charged for the weeks not covered by the Nursery Funding. More information about the Nursery Funding will be provided when your child becomes eligible. All sessions are invoiced half-termly in advance. Payment is due within two weeks of receipt. Unfortunately fees for missed sessions can not be refunded. One half term’s notice is required for the cancellation of places either by phone or in writing to the Administrator.


Our core staff are at least Level 3 qualified Early Years Specialists with many years of experience. All staff members regularly update their professional knowledge with relevant training courses to ensure that our practice is dynamic and up-to-date with current government regulations. We are a committed and enthusiastic team and share the responsibilities of leading and running the sessions.

Head of Pre-School: Vicky Starling

Deputy Head of Pre-School: Teresa Schofield

Core Staff: Claire Excell, Lauren Fry, Helen Harris, Penny Kells, Julie Weeks

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The Pre-School is overseen by an elected Committee of Management Trustees. A separate Parent Committee helps to raise funds for the Pre-School. To become involved with either of these Committees please contact the Administrator for more information.

 To Register

If you would like your child to attend Blue Coat Pre-School please complete a registration form and return to the Administrator at the address below.

bristolstdwebBlue-Coat Pre-School, Symn Lane, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos. GL12 7BD

Pre-School Unit Tel: 01453 525022

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Administrator Tel: 07873 890689   

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Registered Charity No. 1092513.