Children are accepted at Saplings Preschool from the age of 2 years. We run morning sessions during term times from 9am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday.

With sufficient demand it may be possible to run 1 hour lunch club sessions.

Autumn Term 2021

September  Autumn Term starts  – Monday 6th September

Half Term – Monday 25th – Monday 1st November

INSET DAY (preschool closed to children) – Friday 26th November

Autumn Term ends – Friday 17th December

Spring Term 2022

Spring Term 2022

INSET DAY (Preschool closed to children) – Tuesday 4th January

Spring Term starts – Wednesday 5th January

INSET DAY (Prechool closed to children) – Friday 11th February 

Half Term – Monday 14th – Friday 18th February

Spring Terms ends – Friday 1st April

Summer Term 2022

Summer Term 2022

Summer Term starts – Tuesday 19th April 

May Bank Holiday – Monday 2nd May

Half Term – Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June

INSET Day (Preschool closed to children) – Monday 6th June

Summer Term ends – Friday 22nd July


From September 2018, the cost will be £17 a session.

We will give parents a minimum of a half term’s notice if we intend to raise fees, which are reviewed on a yearly basis.

Session Funding

We are registered to receive Early Education Funding (EEF) for 3 year olds, which means that any child attending Pre-school from the term after their 3rd birthday is eligible for Government funding, until they commence full-time primary education.

We also have places for the Government funded “free two’s” scheme.

Download latest funding agreement (pdf)

Funding information for parents and carers (pdf)

A typical session at Saplings…

Our day starts with a free-play session with activities including:

  • puzzles & games
  • painting, gluing & sticking
  • messy play
  • construction toys
  • role play
  • outdoor play with climbing frames, trikes and sandpit.

We then have an adult led activity such as “make & pretend”, or singing one of their favourite songs! Your children are actively involved, singing the words and performing the actions.

10.30am is tidy up and snack time. We encourage independence in the use of cups and plates, and self serving of fruit and drinks. The children also take turns washing up. This time gives them the opportunity to sit down together and share.

Time for outdoor play! We have a number of outdoor toys and activities for your children to enjoy playing with and sharing.

Storytime next, when we sit together indoors to read and investigate the day’s chosen book.

At around 11.50am we prepare to go home, by finishing the session with a song. At 12:00 your children will be ready for collection.