From Fen Drayton Pre-School
Fen Drayton Pre-School provides a safe, friendly and caring environment for children from 2 ½ to school age. We offer the children a varied and spacious play environment at Fen Drayton Village Hall which has the benefit of green outdoor space overlooking the playing field. Fen Drayton Pre-School is a small Pre-School for up to 16 children offering them the opportunity to develop and grow in a very supportive environment, ensuring they are confident and ready for school. Pre-School activities are structured around the national Early Years Foundation Framework and all children are regularly observed to ensure they are progressing. Staff at the Pre-School have had experience of working with children who have learning difficulties or disability and actively engage with professionals like Speech and language Therapists which has positive outcomes for children.
“Children's personal, social and emotional development is supported very well in this warm and caring pre-school. They arrive happy and enthusiastic. Children greet staff affectionately and quickly become involved in the activities." (Ofsted report 2014)
Click here to download the lastest copy (2016) of our Pre-School Welcome Pack which has more information on the day to day running of the school.
Fen Drayton Pre-School is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and is also a registered charity. We opened in 1982, and have been established within the community for over 30 years. For over 20 years the Pre-School has been led by Diane Warboys, who is currently assisted by Anne Hodson, each of whom are qualified to NVQ level 3. The Pre-School is managed by an elected volunteer committee, all of whom are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Committee oversee the governance of the Pre-School, and do a lot of work to help organise our numerous fundraising events which enable us to ensure we remain financially viable. We have particularly close links with Fen Drayton School and actively seek opportunities to do events together which helps familiarise the Pre-School children with a school setting.
In June 2016, our Volunteer Committee were extremely proud to have won a national 'Outstanding Volunteer Team' award from the Pre-School Learning Alliance. The award recognised the Committee's role in the community, their fundraising achievements and their commitment to ensure the Pre-School had a sustainable future.
In September 2016 we were also thrilled that our longstanding Pre-School Manager Diane Warboys, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cambridge Evening News' Community Awards for her dedication to running the Pre-School for the past 33 years and for her volunteer roles in our community.
The Pre-School is currently open during terms times on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.15 to 12.15 and Friday 9.15-3.15.
In the Summer Tern after Easter, we offer an additional 'Rising 5's session on Wednesdays 12.15- 3.15 for children starting school the following Septermber.
Places are currently available for all sessions.
Fees are £11 per session.
From the age of 3, all children are eligible for 15 free Pre-School hours during term time. This is claimed from the first term after their third birthday through the Pre-School whom collect the fees on your behalf. You are able to split your 15 free hours with one other setting if you wish. We are also able to accept 'Funded 2's' from the age of 2 1/2.
Our most recent inspection was in October 2014 where upon we awarded a Grade 2 or 'Good' judgement across all areas of the Ofsted quality and standards in early years provisions. .
Please do take time to read the full report which reflects extremely positively on the environment we provide, the learning experience the children have at our Pre-School and the way the Pre-School is managed. The staff and voluntary management committee recognise the need for continued improvement, and will be working towards the areas identified in the recent inspection in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact Diane Warboys or our Committee Chairperson at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view the latest report from October 2014
For further information, please contact Diane Warboys on 01954 230311 during pre-school hours or 01954 230394 out or hours.