When can my child start?
At Cranborne Pre-School, children can start from 2years and 6 months.  If you would like your child to attend, please contact Kerry, our pre-school leader, for a registration form. Once this is completed Kerry will contact you to arrange settling in sessions for your child.


What are your opening hours?

8:50 am – 11:50 am
8:50 am – 11:50 am
8:50 am – 11:50 am
8:50 am – 11:50 am
11.50 am -  2:50 pm
11.50 am -  2:50 pm
11.50 am – 12:50 pm
11.50 am -   2:50 pm


Fees and government funding.

Government funding is available for all children from the term after their third birthday and 2-year-olds who meet certain criteria.  Up to 15 hours a week can be claimed, which can be used between settings.  The government now offers 30 hour funding for eligible parents, for children from the term after their third birthday. We are able to offer 22 hours.

As a provider registered with East Dorset County Council and Ofsted, we are eligible to claim the government funding on your behalf. As parents you will need to complete and sign a parent contract form stating how many sessions (hours) you are claiming.

If your child is not eligible for funding we charge an hourly rate of £4.10


Can I use childcare vouchers?

Yes. The cost of your salary can be taken out of your salary before the NI and Tax contributions are calculated. This is done through your employer by registering with one of the many childcare voucher schemes available.


Does my child need to be potty trained to join preschool?

No. We change nappies as and when required. We will work with you with toilet training as the time arises. Please provide spare nappies wipes and a change of clothes for your child.


How will I settle my child into preschool?

We allocate a key person to each child and his/her family before she/he starts to attend. Your child’s key worker will welcome and look after you and your child in his/her first session and during the settling-in process. We treat each child individually, and will jointly decide with you on the best way to help your child to settle into the setting. A settling-in session will be arranged where you will stay with your child.  If needed further settling-in sessions can be arranged, until your child is able to cope.


What should I do if my child is ill?

To reduce the risk of infection to other children, please do not bring your child to pre-school if they have been sick or had diarrhoea in the previous 48 hours.  In line with the fees policy, sessions missed by your child due to illness will still be chargeable. Please call the pre-school if your child will not be attending.


What if my child is unwell, or has an accident at pre-school?

We have an accident policy in place and all staff are aware of the procedures to follow. We have staff that are first aid qualified.  We inform you of any accident involving your child and ask you to sign the accident book.

If your child becomes ill whilst they are at pre-school, we will contact you to discuss the best course of action. As part of the registration process we will collect key contacts for your child, including GP details.


Does my child need to wear a uniform?

Uniform is not compulsory, however, we do have a range of quality t-shirts and sweatshirts with the Cranborne Pre-School logo embroidered on, available to buy.


Does the session include lunch?

The pre-school runs a lunch club session from 11.50am – 12.50pm (normal hourly fees apply if you require any session outside the 15 or 30 hours of government funding).  If you would like your child to attend lunch, please let the pre-school know in advance and send your child to preschool with a packed lunch.


What snacks and drinks are provided?

We encourage children to adopt a healthy and nutritious diet. Water is provided that the children can help themselves to during the morning.  We provide a healthy snack and a drink either milk or water.  We do ask for a snack fee of 40p per morning session and 20p per afternoon session for children who are government funded.  If you prefer not to pay the snack fee then a piece of fruit is required each time your child attends.


Can parents get involved?

Yes please! The pre-school is a committee run charity which is staffed by parent volunteers, and more help is always appreciated.  It is also a great way to get to know other parents and carers. If you aren’t able to commit to joining the committee, there are several fundraising events throughout the year that you are welcome to join in, and help running these is always gratefully received. Parents are sometimes invited to join the children for stay-and-play sessions. Please ask the staff for details.