We have been established since 1964 and are an independently run unit within St Michael and All Angels Infant School. Lyndhurst Pre-School is run by a board of Directors and inspected by Ofsted. Our admission policy promotes equal opportunities and we are open to every child in the local community from 2 years 6 months.
You can find us at the rear of St Michael & All Angels Infant School, Lyndhurst. Although it remains an independently run unit, the close relationship we have formed with the school has benefited us all, especially the children as they become familiar with much of school life before they make the transition to Reception class.
The Pre-School is a limited Company with charity status, run by a board of Directors. We rent our facilities from Hampshire County Council.
We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and have achieved all three stages of their Reflecting on Quality Accreditation scheme. By achieving this it shows we demonstrate to parents, professionals and the wider community that the service offered is of a consistently high standard.
We are proud of our Pre-School – come and see for yourself . . .
You are most welcome to visit us, be shown around and see a session in progress. Please call 02380282986 and speak to our Manager or Deputy to arrange this.
Our Pre-School is registered with OFSTED and have achieved OUTSTANDING in our last inspection which was in November 2017.
The reports are available online at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/507969
Under the guidance of our practices we aim to provide the children with the following:
- a safe, caring and happy place to play
- staff members who understand them and their families
- time with staff members who can support and guide them
- space to move about freely, to run, play and be active
- other children to play with
- the space and time to be alone and think
- stimulating experiences which help them learn
- staff who recognise the children as individuals
- the opportunity to investigate, explore and be curious
- help to develop skills, knowledge and understanding
- the opportunity to make their own decisions
- the encouragement to be independent and confident
- the encouragement to wonder, question and work things out.
Summer 2021 Term Dates:
Monday 19th April – Thursday 22nd July
(Half Term: 31st May- 4th June)
Autumn 2021 Term Dates:
Thursday 2nd September – 16th December
(Half Term: 25th- 29th October)
Inset Day: 17th December
Spring 2022 Term Dates:
Tuesday 4th January – Thursday 7th April
(Half Term: 21st -25th February)
Inset day: 8th April
Early Years Education Funding is available for eligible 2 and 3 year old’s, and we are registered for tax free childcare and 30 hour funding.
Please see information below:-
2yr old Funding
Your 2 year old can have free early education and childcare, the term after they are 2yrs old, if you claim welfare benefits (‘economic criteria’) or your child is looked after by the local authority or has additional needs (‘non-economic criteria’).
Families who receive any of the following are entitled to funding for 2 year olds:
Universal Credit: Income Support (IS)
Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) – not Contribution related. Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) – not Contribution. Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
Parents need to apply to www.hants.gov.uk/eye for more information, to register and obtain a reference number that needs to be forwarded to Pre-School.
15hr (Universal) funding for 3-4yr olds
This funding is provided for ALL 3-4yr olds the term after they are 3yrs. WE provide the form for parents to fill out and we apply for the funding.
30 hour funding
This funding is for parents who fulfil the criteria to qualify for the 30hr funding. Parents will need to apply to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to see if they are eligible and obtain an eligibility code to add to their funding form that we provide. Pre-School HAVE to have the code by the 31st March/ 31st Aug/ 31st Dec for the following term to be able to apply for the funding.
You can now find a straightforward explanation of all government childcare support on the new Childcare Choices website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Childcare Choices brings all the government childcare offers together for the first time, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.
Using the website’s Childcare Calculator, you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.