Frequently asked questions

What days and times do you open and close?

We are open 4 days a week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 3.15pm. We are closed on Thursdays.

Our morning session times are 9am to 1pm which includes time for children to eat their packed lunch. Sessions cost £20.00 for children aged 2 and £16 for children aged 3/4

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays sessions can be extended to 3.15pm . Sessions cost £31.25 for children aged 2 and £25 for children aged 3/4

You will not be charged during the school holidays.

 How many sessions does my child have to attend for?

Your child can attend for one or more sessions depending on your needs.

How old does my child need to be to start?

Your child can start from 2 years of age.

Do you take children in nappies?

Yes we do. We work with parents towards toilet training.

How does the Early Years Funding work?

We now offer funded places for 2 year olds please contact your local children’s centre for more information.

Three and four year old funding is universally available. You are able to access funding for your child the term after their third birthday. For example if your child turns three between September and December their funding will begin in January.

Should you wish to leave the setting after the funding is allocated you must fit into the category of exceptional circumstances.

Do you accept 30 hours funding?

Yes we do accept the extended funding. You will need to apply for this funding online and meet the relevant criteria. We will then need your 30 hours offer code to access your funding. We also accept Welsh extended funding.

Do you accept child care vouchers?

Yes, we do accept child care vouchers.

Can I split my child’s funding between two settings?

The funding that you receive can be split between two settings should you wish to do this

When are the holidays?

We mostly mirror school term times and holidays please see the Term Dates page for the current dates.

Does my child need to bring in a packed lunch?

Yes, children need to bring a packed lunch with them in a named lunch box. We ask that in times of hot weather ice packs are used inside lunch boxes to keep the food cold. Please keep your lunches healthy.

What do I need to do in order for my child to start?

You will need to complete a new starter pack. Please request a pack by e-mail from  our Business Manager Elaine Mulholland at dodlestonpreschool@googlemail.com. This has all the paperwork you need to register your child. Once the registration forms are completed please return them to us with a £10 non refundable deposit and a place will be reserved for your child.

If my child attends for one session and I want to increase when the funding starts what do I do?

Please let us know in advance if you wish for your child to increase their sessions. Speak to our manager Lyndsey or any member of staff.  Please note places are reserved on a first come first served basis.