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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together


Finding the best preschool for your child can be a stressful and even daunting experience.

Knowing what to expect before you begin at a new setting can really help relieve any stress or anxiety that you or your child may be feeling at the start of a new preschool adventure. Set out below is a rundown of how it works, from the first show round to your child starting with us.

Step 1

First you will need to get in touch and request a ‘show round’. You can arrange this by calling us on 01233 770316 (during term time) or sending us an email to:

The show round allows you to see us in full swing, ask any questions you may have, meet the staff and observe the environment, with no obligation to sign your child up.

During this visit you will be given an information pack to take away, along with an application form should you decide to proceed with us.

Step 2

If you decide Smarden Pre School is the preschool for you, we will need you to fill in the application form. The form tells us what sessions you would ideally like and when you would like your child to start (subject to availability).

Once the application form has been returned to us, we will be in touch to confirm availability or suggest alternative options. We will also arrange a convenient time for you to come back in to fill in the registration paper work, this usually lasts up to 1 hour. The paperwork visit is a good time for your child to familiarise themselves with the setting and the staff but with the comfort of knowing that you are nearby.

Step 3

Once you have registered your child with us they are entitled to a free 3 hour free settling in period. Every child is different and therefore this part of the procedure is extremely flexible. Some children have a 3 hour settling in session in one go before starting with us whereas others will split their 3 hours across 2 or 3 days. Our main aim is to make the transition into preschool a happy, positive one, for both child and parent.

Step 4

Your child will start their new chapter with us at Smarden Pre School.

We will now issue your child with their own ‘Colin book bag’, a ‘Communication Book’ and confirm who their Key Person will be (if we have not already done so). Your Key Person is a named practitioner who will help your child feel safe and secure; they will respond to your child’s needs and help them settle into the new environment.  Your Key Person will communicate directly with you via the communication book or in person and let you know how your little one has been getting on.


Age 2

15 hours free childcare

Some 2-year olds may be eligible to receive up to 15 hours of government funding, known as the ‘free for two scheme’ (FF2) which is subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.  Funding may be accessed at the start of the term after their 2nd birthday. For more information please speak to our Manager or Click here


Age 3 & 4

The universal entitlement

All children become eligible for up to 15 hours of free early education from the start of the term after their 3rd birthday. Children can access any or all of their 15 hours between the hours of 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday.  If your child attends more than the free 15 hours, you will be invoiced for the additional hours at our £5.00 per hour rate. For more info Click Here


Age 3 & 4

Children of working parents (the extended entitlement)

Some children may qualify for up to and additional 15 hours free early education which is subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.  For more information please Click Here





We charge a £10 deposit (administration fee) upon acceptance of a child’s place at Pre School.


Opening times:  We operate for 38 weeks a year, term time only and close on Bank Holidays. We are open Monday to Friday, 9am -3pm.

Our current hourly rate is £5.00.  This is reviewed annually and any increase is applied from September each year.  Our fees do not include any outings, celebrations or entertainment beyond our usual activities.  The following fees apply subject to availablilty:

Full day session 9am- 3pm


1st AM option: 9am -12pm


2nd AM option: 9am-12.30pm


1st PM option: 12pm – 3pm


2nd PM option: 12.30pm – 3pm



No refund will be given in the event of a child’s absence due to illness, holiday or any other reason.


Should the Pre School be unable to open due to bad weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, parents will be refunded any chargeable sessions or have an appropriate discount applied to their next invoice.   Should a closure occur mid-way through a session there will be no refund issued.

Late pick-up:

Children must be collected promptly at the end of their session. Failure to collect within 10 minutes of the session end will incur a late collection fee of £15.00 with a further £5.00 for every 5 minutes thereafter.



Children are welcome to wear non-uniform clothes to Pre School.  However if you prefer, we also have our own range of high quality polo shirts and jumpers available to buy.

Polo shirts £8.00/ sweatshirt £10.50/ hoodie £12.50

We do ask parents to provide a change of clothes as we like to play outside no matter what the weather and sometimes indoor activities can get a little messy!

In all cases we request that all items of clothing are clearly named.

Book Bags

All new starters will be given their own bright blue ‘Colin book bag’ to keep their communication books in.  Being given their own named bag helps to create a sense of belonging for new starters.