Working with children and families across the Peterborough area
We have a number of pre-schools that operate across Peterborough.
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Find out more about your local Family Action Peterborough Pre-school.
Our Cygnets pre school was awarded “Outstanding” at its last inspection. This is the largest of our early years settings and offers a separate room for younger children, with their own outdoor space.
Term time only
8.40am -11.40 am morning session
11.40am -12.10pm Learn@Lunch
12.10pm – 3.10pm afternoon session
Cygnets Pre School, Hampton Children and Family Centre, Hargate Way, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8BZ
Tel: 07821 792438
Paston Fundays operates from a large space in the Honeyhill Children’s Centre, which includes lots of outdoor learning opportunities.
Term time only
08.45am-11.45am morning session
12.15pm-3.15pm afternoon session
Paston Fundays, Honeyhill Children’s Centre, Honeyhill, Paston, Peterborough, PE4 7DH
St Michael’s Ark operates from a purpose built building on the site of St Michael’s Church School. Request an admission pack for St Michael’s Ark
Term time only
08.45am -11.45am morning session
Learn@Lunch 11.45am -12.15pm
12.15pm -3.15pm afternoon session
St Michael’s Ark, St Michael’s Church School, Constantine Drive, Cardea, Peterborough, PE2 8SZ
Tel: 01733 308493
Woodfield Park operates from a large space in the Charteris Centre and benefits from both an exciting outdoor space and surrounding parkland. The staff regularly use the local community to provide additional learning experiences.
Term time only
08.30am -11.30am morning session
11.30am -12.00pm Learn@Lunch
12.00pm – 3.00pm afternoon session
Woodfield Park Pre School, The Charteris Centre, Normanton Road, Peterborough, PE1 4XE
This setting has excellent links with Dogsthorpe Infants School and regularly visits local community projects including the library and Olive Garden project.
Term time only
08.30am -11.30pm morning session
11.30 am-12.00pm Learn@Lunch
12.00pm -3.00pm afternoon session
Birchtree Pre School, Dogsthorpe Methodist Church Hall, Birchtree Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, PE1 4HP
Tel: 01733 896815
Our pre-schools are project managed by Family Action’s “Early Years Manager” in Peterborough. She holds Early Years Professional Status and is qualified to Level 6 in Early Years.
Each setting has a supervisor who is qualified to a minimum of Level 3 in Early Years, and they are responsible for the day-to-day running of their setting. They are supported in their role by qualified Early Years staff.
The pre-schools adhere to the statutory requirements for staff:child ratios. This means that there will always be a minimum of 1 staff member per 4 children under the age of 3, and 1 staff member per 8 children aged 3 and over. Wherever possible we exceed the minimum requirements with our staffing levels.
Family Action has a supervision system in place that means that all staff receive regular meetings with their line manager. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss key children, safeguarding issues, health and safety, professional development and any other agenda items requested by the staff member.
You may notice that our learning environments are a bit different to the traditional early years setting.
They feature furniture and items that you may have at home which helps create a comforting and homely space that feels familiar to the children. We include lots of natural materials and neutral colours to generate a calming space.
Using real resources rather than shop bought toys means that some items need to be handled more carefully to avoid breakages. We believe this teaches children to respect their environment and to start to understand the consequences of their actions. There is still a place for manufactured plastic resources within our settings, but these are diminishing. Children are also supported to care for their environment by helping with small tasks, looking after the garden and clearing up after themselves at snack time.
Out pre-schools offer the children lots of opportunities to use their natural curiosity to explore and learn. We provide open ended resources and loose parts that encourage imaginative play. For example, our construction area will include log slices, sticks, pebbles, wooden planks, pine- cones and many more natural items that a child is free to create with. We believe that if you provide a child with a shop bought car garage to play with it will usually be played with in the same way every time; offer them a selection of wooden planks and other natural building materials and they will create their own, ever evolving garage that allows them to explore how different gradients affect the speed of the cars and which building techniques are the most successful.
Nature is important to our wellbeing, and we ensure that the children are offered the chance to learn more about the world around them. Staff support them to explore nature’s creations including using herbs in their play, looking at the properties of unusual fruit and vegetables and caring for wildlife. Children have daily access to our outdoor learning environment where they are supported to learn to risk assess and try new challenges. They use all their senses to experience the changes in seasons and learn how to dress appropriately for all weather conditions. In addition our staff offer wider learning opportunities by exploring the local community.
The provision for children’s learning and development is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS promotes learning through play and by providing a range of interesting resources and activities that are appropriate to a child’s individual stage of learning and development. It supports a balance between activities that are led by adults and those chosen by the chid, according to their current interests. Our settings will support children in their learning and extend this, but will not ask a child to complete tasks that are beyond their individual stage of development. For example, a child who is not yet ready to make controlled pencil movements will not be asked to form letter shapes.
Our settings all encourage three main areas of development as being hugely important before other learning can successfully take place:
In addition, our settings provide activities and resources to develop four other areas of learning and development:
View our full curriculum here.
All children aged 3 & 4 are entitled to 15 hours free childcare per week; this equates to 5 sessions per week.
Your entitlement starts in the term following your child’s 3rd birthday.
See the table below to find out when your child is eligible
|Child’s birthday:||Eligible for free 15 hours:|
|1 April to 31 August||1 September following their 3rd birthday|
|1 September to 31 December||1 January following their 3rd birthday|
|1 January to 31 March||1 April following their 3rd birthday|
30 hours Free Childcare for Working Families
Working parents of 3 or 4 year olds may also qualify for an extra 15 hours free childcare.
You can find out about eligibility and apply online here
Free childcare for TWOs
If you receive certain benefits you may qualify for 15 hours free childcare for your 2 year old.
You can check your eligibility and apply online here
You also have the option of paying directly for sessions. Fees vary per setting, our current prices are listed below.
We prefer payment by bank transfer. Our bank and reference details are available here. Alternatively, you can pay with cash at the setting*
*We only accept cash at the setting, we are unable to take card payments at present.
View all our policies here