Admissions

We can look after up to 20 children per session, aged 2-4. Our class sizes will always be dependent on the age range of the children and the composition of staff available.  We have to keep to the OFSTED ratios of 1:4 (1 adult to 4 children) for two year olds and 1:8 for 3 & 4 year olds.

Your first point of contact for Admissions should be Helen Morris, our Manager . Please either telephone 01865 341805 between 10am and 2pm or email manager@dorchesterpreschool.co.uk.  Helen will be happy to arrange a time for you to come in and see our pre-school.   Once you have had a visit to the pre-school you can download and complete an ‘Application to join’ form below, or collect one from pre-school.

We run sessions Monday to Friday inclusive during the normal academic term, our term dates can be found here. Children are welcome to join us for half day or full day sessions. Half day sessions can include an optional lunch club.  Our current hourly rate is £4.20 per hour.

Fees from September 2019  are £4.60 per hour for 3 and 4 year olds:

Morning session – 3 hours = £13.80

Lunch Club – 1 hour = £4.60

Afternoon session – 2 hours =£ 9.20

Combined costs                                   £27.60 whole day

Fees from September 2019 for 2 year olds are £5 per hour:

Morning session – 3 hours = £15

Lunch Club: £5

Afternoon session: £10

Combined costs                               £30 whole day

Fees are payable termly in advance.

We also accept childcare vouchers in either full or part payment.

Assistance with payment plans is available for families in genuine financial hardship, please contact our administrator Hayley Poole at admin@dorchesterpreschool.co.uk in the first instance.

If your first choice of sessions is not available, we will always try to work with you to find a compromise solution.

Funding – how to claim the 15-30 hours per week funding. (Universal 3 & 4 year olds )

Oxfordshire County Council funding is available for up to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year to children in the term after their third birthday.  Parents will need to fill out a parental declaration form , available at the pre-school and sign for each term they are claiming the funding from the County.  The manager will ask you to sign this form at the beginning of each term.

For more information please refer to the Oxfordshire County council website under Early Years and visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If you are eligible you will be given a code which we will then validate before offering you a place for your required sessions , up to 30 hours.

2 year old funding:

If you have a 2 year old, funding may be available, if this is the case the council will have sent you a special postcard with information & instructions.

 

Each term you will be asked to sign a form to confirm eligibility.  Any questions can be emailed to admin@dorchesterpreschool.co.uk – Happy to help.

Forms:Application to Join: 

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Once we have received your application to join we can contact you regarding which sessions are available and forward you the Enrolment form (long version), Terms & conditions, GDPR & consent forms together with a Parent Pack and Parent Questionnaire.