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Parents Page

Here you will find some useful information about the pre-school, such as the key dates, session times and fees. There is also plenty of practical information for parents covering topics such as dress codes, health and nutrition as well as information to help new starters.

As the parent of a child in our care, you will also be interested in our policies and procedures. All of which are available by request. If you would like your child to join us, you can find out more about the application process and download an application form. We also post information about spaces and waiting lists here.

We do have a uniform available for children to wear. At the moment this is optional.

The pre-school is parent/committee run. The committee help with our fundraising events, outings, parties and help during the sessions. The pre-school is unable to run without parental support through the committee. More information about how the committee works and how parents can become more involved in it can be found here.

We are taking names for children requiring places from September 2019, so please contact us for details.

Also remember to check the noticeboard in pre-school where you will find the latest announcements.

Applications Process

If you are interested in sending your child to our pre-school, we can offer you a tour of the setting where you will get to meet with members of our team and see what we do. We are very proud of what we do and love the chance to enthuse about it! It's also a great opportunity to discuss any questions you might have. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time for you.

>> Please find a copy of our application form here.

Fees and Funding

Marhamchurch Pre School offer the 30 hours free childcare funding from the government. To find out how to claim please visit

Nursery Education Grant

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to this grant in the term following their 3rd birthday.

The free entitlement funds 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per annum. Parents can use their entitlement in a combination of hours, within the following parameters:

  • 15 hours per week, over a minimum of three days per week
  • between 8.30am and 3.30pm
  • up to a maximum of 6 hours per day
  • in sessions of no less than two hours per day
  • by a maximum of two collaborating providers

Parents using the pre-school for more than the 15 hours provided under the nursery grant scheme will have additional costs as detailed below.

Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.

>> Please follow this link to check eligibility.

For Non-Funded Sessions

We currently charge £4.75 per hour for the 3 - 4 year olds and £5 for the two year olds, although this is reviewed annually


We will invoice you at the beginning of each half term for the sessions your child is attending. We have two payment options - half-termly or weekly. If you are paying half-termly, please pay fees by the date stated on the invoice. If you pay weekly, please make sure you pay promptly every week. Payment can be made by cash or cheque to 'Marhamchurch Pre-School'.

Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds. In order that the Statutory Framework can be implemented and that every child can achieve well and receive high quality provision, the EYPP is being offered for eligible children aged three and four.

>> Please follow this link to check eligibility.

Dates and Times

Pre-School Session Times

Mornings08.30/09.00- 12.00
Lunchtime12.00 - 13.00 (optional)
Afternoons13.00 - 15.00/15.30

Food and Drink at Pre-School


We like to provide a healthy snack for the children at each session. We pay for this through fundraising, but always appreciate a money donation towards covering a snack or a donation of some fruit.


If your child stays to lunch, please provide a healthy lunch box. No sweets or fizzy drinks. Please label your child's lunch box and drinks bottle clearly with their name. In hot weather please provide a cool block to keep food fresh.

On this page you will find other ideas, information and suggestions for healthy children's lunchboxes.

Water Bottles

It is essential that children have access to fresh drinking water at all times. Please can you child bring in a water bottle with their name on it, everyday.

Food Safety Tips for Lunchboxes

It is essential to keep your child's pack lunch safe and hygienic as the temperature in a lunchbox can vary between 40-140 degrees F.

High Risk Foods

Some foods are more likely to be affected by bacterial growth than others. Therefore, take particular care with:

  • Meat, poultry, and delicatessen meats like ham and salami.
  • Eggs
  • Dairy foods like yoghurt
  • Seafood
  • Cooked rice and pasta salads
  • Prepared salads like coleslaw
  • Prepared fruit salads

Menu ideas for lunchboxes

  • Pitta bread with low fat soft cheese mixed with grated apple or carrot. A currant bun and fresh orange juice.
  • French bread, thinly spread with margarine, filled with lean ham, lettuce, tomato and cucumber. A crunchy cereal bar and a yoghurt drink.
  • Cold pizza squares, bread sticks and slices of raw carrot, celery or pepper. Raisin biscuits or fig roll and chilled semi-skimmed milk.
  • Sesame seed baps thinly spread with margarine, filled with flaked tuna, chopped pepper, sweetcorn and a low fat yoghurt. Whole grain biscuits, a fresh pear and water.
  • Fish paste spread on soft grain bread, with sliced cucumber. A low fat yoghurt, a banana and fresh unsweetened fruit juice.
  • Pitta bread filled with coleslaw and slices of corned beef. A small carton of fromage frais, grapes and a drink of sugar free squash.
  • Wheatgerm bread spread with low fat liver pate and cucumber slices. Raw carrot sticks, low fat yoghurt, a fruit scone and a drink of sugar free squash.