We are very proud of our Pre-School. It is long established and very popular. Our waiting list is kept on a first come/first served basis, so we would encourage parents to register their child at the earliest opportunity. We accept children on our waiting list from birth!
Children start afternoon Pre-School the September following their 2nd birthday. Children spend one year in our afternoon sessions and return the following September to attend our morning sessions.
It is our intention therefore that children spend a total of two years at our Pre-School.
Children who were 2 years old by the 31st August attend our afternoon sessions 12.15pm – 3.15pm.
Children who were 3 years old by the 31st August attend our morning sessions 8.45am – 11.45am, with an option to stay for Lunch Club until 12.15pm.
We also offer long-day sessions for the older year group. These run from 8.45am - 3.15pm. Places are popular and normally limited to children who have spent the first year at pre-school in the afternoon sessions. If there are any places still available, these will be offered to children on the waiting list.
We require each child to attend a minimum of two afternoon sessions, but they may attend three, four or five sessions if you wish and if places are available.
We require each child to attend a minimum of three morning sessions. Children may attend up to five sessions if you wish and if places are available..
- You can still apply to join Pre-School if your child was born between 1/09/2018 and 31/08/2019.
- Our waiting list for September 2022 is open for children born between 1/09/2019 and 31/08/2020.
- Our waiting list for September 2023 is open for children born between 1/09/2020 and 31/08/2021
If you would like to register your child on our waiting list, please complete an Application Form and forward this, together with a deposit of £50.00. The deposit can be paid by BACS, using your child's name and 'deposit' as the reference. Our bank details are CAF Bank, sort code 40-52-40, account number 00024891, St Martin's Pre-School CIO. Alternatively the deposit can be paid by cheque or cash.
If your child is offered a place at our Pre-School, the deposit will be refunded to you at the beginning of your child's last half term with us. If we are unable to offer your child a place at our Pre-School by the beginning of the summer term of their school entry year, then the deposit will be refunded to you. If your child is offered a place at our Pre-School and you choose not to accept it, the deposit will not be refunded.
On acceptance of a formal offer of a place at the Pre-School, parents/carers must pay a registration fee of £100.00, which is refunded from the first half term’s fees. If parents/carers accept the offer of a place which they subsequently decline, the £100.00 will not be refundable.
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us.
In the summer term, prior to your child starting Pre-School in September, you and your child will be invited to attend a play session. You will be introduced to your child’s key person and your child will have an opportunity to play and get used to the Pre-School environment.
We hold an open morning for all our new children and this is normally just before the start of the new autumn term. Our new children are invited to come along, with their parents, to have fun at Pre-School. It gives parents another opportunity to speak with our staff and ask any questions.
At the start of the autumn term, children join our afternoon sessions at intervals over the first four weeks.
Your child’s key person, together with our Manager, will work in partnership with you to ensure that your child settles well at Pre-School. Parents are invited to stay with their child until they feel he or she is ready to be left in our care.
Although we are based on St Martin’s School site, we have excellent relationships with all the local schools. There is no automatic transfer to St Martin’s Infant School. Parents should obtain the Surrey Admissions Handbook and brochures from any schools in which they are interested. These will explain the relevant admissions procedure.
All children transferring from St Martin's Pre-School to another nursery or school setting, will receive a transition summary before their last day with us.
Notice of Withdrawal
If you wish to withdraw your child from the Pre-School, then we ask that notice is given in writing to our administrator by the last day of the half term, preceding the half term in which the child will leave. If sufficient notice is not given, then a full half term's fees must be paid in lieu of notice.