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You can place your child on our waiting list by submitting the application to join form.  Please either collect a form from preschool or download the form using the link shown on the left of this page. 

We are not able to guarantee a place for your child at the Pre-School. 

Nursery Education Funding

Children are usually eligible for 15 hours the term after they turn 3 years old.  However, this is dependent on availability of spaces.  The pre-school does not currently take the 30 hours funding.

Our admissions policy lays out our procedure for administering places at Charlton Acorns, located on the left of this page.

Session Charges - Will be reviewed annually for adjustment in September.  Charges from September 2017 are listed below.

£5.00 Breakfast Club 7.45am - 8.45/9am

£14.85 per 3 hour session - 9am till 12pm or 12pm till 3pm

£19.80 per 4 hour session - 9am till 1pm

£29.70 per 6 hour session - 9am till 3pm

25p voluntary snack donation per 3 hour session

Settling-in Procedures

We work hard to ensure that the transition from home to pre-school is as smooth and worry free as possible for both you and your child.  In order to achieve this there are a number of things which we have put in place and we hope that you will take advantage of these one you have registered your child to help you all to settle and become used to the setting and routines.

HOME VISITS.  Children who meet their Key Person at home, in a safe and familiar place find it much easier to settle once they begin at Pre-school.  We therefore aim to offer a home visit to all our new families.

STAY AND PLAY.  Children are invited with their parents/carers to their initial session where they can play knowing someone ‘safe’ is nearby.  This enables families to get to know the staff, children and setting before that first step of staying alone.  However, this is flexible to the needs of the children and families, some children need more time to settle and this can be discussed on an individual basis.

FIRST DAY.  We try to stagger the starting date for our intakes in order that the chosen Key Person can give individual attention to each child.  

Drop off and collection
  • Please note that cars are not allowed on site at any time.  Please park with consideration outside the school grounds or consider coming to preschool by alternative means; there are bicycle and scooter racks outside school which preschool families can use.

  • No dogs are allowed on school premises for Health and Safety reasons, except for official helping dogs.

  • Please take time to settle your child and, if necessary, talk to a staff member about any concerns you have or to pass on information we should be made aware of.  For example, if someone different is collecting your child we have a book where this should be written down and we need to ensure you have included this person on your enrolment form, otherwise we cannot hand over your child to them.

  • Please let a member of staff know if your child has been at all unwell recently or if they have had a bump or scrape.  It is important for our own records and an Ofsted requirement to note these down before you leave your child in our care.

  • If your child needs to take time off from school, please let us know either by email or telephone to or 01235 224088.

  • In order to provide a healthy enviornment for all children and staff and to ensure poorly children are given the care and attention they need, please note that your child should be kept off preschool:

    •  If they have suffered sickness or diarrhoea.  They should not come back to school until a clear 48 hours have elapsed from the last time they were ill.

    • If your child has a temperature over the normal range, please keep them at home or seek medical assistance (normal range is 97 to 100 degrees Fahreneit or 36.1 to 37.8 Centigrade).

    • If your child has had administered paracetamol or ibuprofen.  The child should be kept away from school for at least 24 hours after the last dose, to ensure they are over the cause and symptoms.

What to pack in your child's bag and bring to Pre-school - All clearly named.

  • Slippers/indoor shoes.
  • Spare underwear and, if appropriate, spare pull-ups/nappies and nappy sacks.
  • Complete set of spare clothes.
  • Jumper or fleece.
  • Coat - even in warmer months it's good to have a waterproof in their bag.  Please remember that we play outside for up to an hour during each session, so even if you have not needed a coat on the way to preschool, your child may need one for playtime.
  • Hat - for hot and cold weather.
  • Wellington boots. (we do have spares if needed)

Pre-school provides each child with a drawer, please check these regularly for your child's artwork, letters and communications.

Parent/carer helpers rota

Parents are always welcome to come in and help or share a skill, please do speak to member of staff if you would like to do this.

Transition Programme

We have close links with Charlton Primary School and offer a long transition programme so that children who go on to attend this school become familiar with the surroundings, teachers and the way things are done there.  For those children who move to other schools, this transition programme does give them experience of a school setting and hopefully makes them more comfortable with the more formal learning environment. Attendance at Charlton Acorns does not guarantee a place at Charlton Primary School, this is decided centrally at Oxfordshire County Council.

The transition programme is run in partnership with Mrs Edwards and Mrs Harris from the Foundation classes at Charlton Primary School.  

We have a 'What to bring guide' on the left side of this page which you can print off and keep.