Our Preschool Day.....

8.45               Pre-school opens - children are collected from the gate.

                       Children come in and choose an activity they would like to

                       do inside, or join an adult for an adult led activity.                                            

 10.00            We have a story

10.15            Healthy snack time

10.30           The children have the choice to play inside or outside

11.45           Singing

12.00           Lunch time

12.45          Quiet reading whilst the adults clean and tidy after lunch

1.00             Some children leave Pips.  Free play inside or outside


2.40              Healthy snack time

3.00              Pre-school finishes



Children who are 3 or 4 years old are entitled to 15 hours free funding (from the term after their third birthday), which is paid for by the Local Authority grant. For those children who like extra sessions, there will be a charge of £ 4.20 per hour.

For children who are 2 and not entitled to funding there is a charge of £5.32 per hour.

We are registered to take children entitled to 30 hour funding.  To find out if you are entitled please follow the link on the 

Health and Hygiene

Our pre-school promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high  standard of hygiene in its day to day work with the children. Parents are asked to provide a healthy packed lunch for their children. Information and advice on healthy lunches is always available. Children discuss the health benefits of healthy foods each mealtime at preschool including their oral health.

During this Covid-19 pandemic hygiene is more important than ever.  Children and adults are asked to wash their hands when they arrive at pre-school, it is then done throughout the day.  We follow the 'Catch it, bin it, kill it' routine whilst encouraging the children to wipe their noses. Throughout the day work surfaces, tables and toilets are cleaned.  At the end of the day it is all cleaned again.

Fund raising

We cannot survive on the fees alone so we undertake fund raising activities regularly. These vary from football tournaments, raffles, sponsored bike rides and different events organised for children their families and the wider community.


Our Committee has joined forces with Chirton School PTA, and is known as CHIPS.  They work really hard helping to make fundraising an important part of Chirton life - this has had an amazingly positive impact on the environment and the equipment we have available for your children to enjoy! We wouldn't be able to do this without the help of so many people.  Baking a cake, giving a prize for the for the raffle, or coming in for an Easter Hunt ... it is all about support - and always appreciated!

Parental Partnership

We believe that parents are the experts on their own child, therefore working together with them is  an essential part of our job.


Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.

Play is really the hard work of childhood.

Fred Rogers

Updated by Sarah