We value and respect the early years of a child’s life and aim to provide the best possible opportunities for them to become successful, happy individuals. We are a small rural setting based in one large room with direct access to a secure outdoor learning environment to enable free flow inside and outside during sessions. 

Appleton Roebuck Preschool Group, registered charity number 1166924, runs Appleton Roebuck Preschool. We are registered with OFSTED and managed by an experienced team, led by Julie Horsman.

Appleton Roebuck Preschool Group was first registered in 1977 and since its inception has become a treasured part of village life, supported by generations of families within our community.

We offer childcare for children ages 2-4, Monday to Friday 9-3pm with half day options available.

Early years foundation

We aim to enable each child access to learning through the implementation of ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework. On entry into Pre-School each child is allocated a ‘Key Person’ who will build a relationship with the child and parent/carer and keep a journal of the child’s interests and learning and development. That said, we have a small number of children attending at anyone time, so all staff build close relationships with attending children. It’s more of a family here!

We want each child to feel happy and supported in our Pre-School. We plan our sessions around the children’s interests, sharing new experiences, observing our environment and celebrating festivals. We aim to have a balance of adult led and child led activities during each session.

The National Strategy as set out by the Department of Education. The Early Years Foundation: Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five. The four principals of this curriculum are;

Other learning experiences:

Not only do we follow the key principles of learning and development set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage, we also look to introduce our children to a number of other learning experiences.

We invite guest sessions into nursery so the children can take part in various sessions from computer coding to football. We have a day trip out every term and always get to the panto at Christmas.

We regularly welcome parents and people from the local community in to spend time with children, talking about what they do and showing them how things works. We have had visits from farmers (and their animals!), Police Officers, Doctors & Nurses and more. It really helps the children learn more about the world around them.

Technology
Sports
Day Trips
Technology
Sports
Day Trips etc

The Great Outdoors!

We encourage the children to spend time outside every day. We have direct access to a secure outdoor learning environment to enable free flow inside and outside during sessions. It’s a wonderful outdoor play space with lots of fun activities for our children – allowing our children to explore, take risks and enjoy the outdoors in a safe and controlled environment.

We are very lucky to be based in the beautiful village of Appleton Roebuck. We regularly take the children out for short walks to explore the area, see what we can find and hunt around in the woods.

costs & Sessions

£4.50 PER HOUR

Government funding and childcare vouchers accepted

We have sessions available 9am-3pm, Mon-Fri, during term time. 

We invite children to join us for full or half day sessions – half day can be with or without lunch, whatever works best for you and your child.

More information is available in the application pack.

the team

The preschool staff are all qualified to a high level and have a wealth of experience and knowledge. Each member of staff holds relevant certificates in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and update/renew these as needed. All staff regular attend online training and classroom based training to further develop their skills and knowledge in Early years.

We have a small team of 4 staff and a team of relief staff available when needed. The team are well established and we have a very low staff turnover.

To aid child development and confidence each child is assigned with a ‘Key Person’ who will build a close relationship with the child and the family and monitor and record progress. Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s needs with their ‘Key Person’ and have regular updates about their child’s progress.

Julie Horsman

Pre-School Manager
"I have been manager at Appleton Roebuck preschool since June 2013. I have worked in childcare since 1998 and wouldn't want to do anything else, I love my days at preschool. I find working with preschool aged children extremely rewarding. Watching the children learn new skills, develop, make relationships and overall having fun and playing each day is priceless and no two days are ever the same. When I am not at Preschool, I like to spend time with my two boys and my husband. We like to go for walks or cycling to exploring new places. We love to spend days together on the beach and with family."

Polly Dadvar

Deputy Manager
"I have worked at Preschool since 2010. I believe young children learn best when they feel secure, well known and able to follow their interests. I love being part of the team and helping to make this happen for each unique child that comes to play and explore. When I'm not at Preschool I enjoy days out with my family and relaxing at home."

Tracey Hirst

Deputy Manager, Admissions Secretary and Key Person coordinator
"I began working in Early Years Childcare in 2007, qualifying in 2011 and have worked at Appleton Roebuck Preschool since 16th April 2012. I thoroughly enjoy each and every day working with and getting to know our lovely children and their families. Appleton Roebuck Preschool is set within the heart of a beautiful and peaceful village. We are close to a woodland area which we visit frequently, to enjoy nature walks, practicing our den building abilities and learning about the vegetation, wildlife and their environments. When I’m not at work I enjoy long walks in the countryside with my family and caring for and supporting my extended family."

Marie Burke

Early Years Practitioner
"I have worked in early years settings and as a nanny for over twenty years. I love to get involved with all of the fun at preschool and can't wait to see what each day will bring. When I am not at Preschool I enjoy travelling around with my family in our campervan."

Julie Horsman

Pre-School Manager
"I have been manager at Appleton Roebuck preschool since June 2013. I have worked in childcare since 1998 and wouldn't want to do anything else, I love my days at preschool. I find working with preschool aged children extremely rewarding. Watching the children learn new skills, develop, make relationships and overall having fun and playing each day is priceless and no two days are ever the same. When I am not at Preschool, I like to spend time with my two boys and my husband. We like to go for walks or cycling to exploring new places. We love to spend days together on the beach and with family."

Polly Dadvar

Deputy Manager
"I have worked at Preschool since 2010. I believe young children learn best when they feel secure, well known and able to follow their interests. I love being part of the team and helping to make this happen for each unique child that comes to play and explore. When I'm not at Preschool I enjoy days out with my family and relaxing at home."

Tracey Hirst

Deputy Manager, Admissions Secretary and Key Person coordinator
I began working in Early Years Childcare in 2007, qualifying in 2011 and have worked at Appleton Roebuck Preschool since 16th April 2012. I thoroughly enjoy each and every day working with and getting to know our lovely children and their families. Appleton Roebuck Preschool is set within the heart of a beautiful and peaceful village. We are close to a woodland area which we visit frequently, to enjoy nature walks, practicing our den building abilities and learning about the vegetation, wildlife and their environments. When I’m not at work I enjoy long walks in the countryside with my family and caring for and supporting my extended family.

Marie Burke

Early Years Practitioner
I have worked in early years settings and as a nanny for over twenty years. I love to get involved with all of the fun at preschool and can't wait to see what each day will bring. When I am not at Preschool I enjoy travelling around with her family in her campervan.

Policies

The Pre-School has a number of policies and operating procedures which have been approved by the Pre-School Groups Management Committee which set out how we deal with a range of issues. A full list of policies can be found in Preschool or by contacting us

Our Policies

The Pre-School has a number of policies and operating procedures which have been approved by the Pre-School Groups Management Committee which set out how we deal with a range of issues. A full list of policies can be found in Preschool or by contacting us

COVID-19

UPDATED MARCH 2021: Things are a little different at the moment, but we are still open and offering childcare for children of critical keyworkers and supporting the vulnerable. On the 8th March we are re-opening fully to offer all children registered with us a place. Normal operating hours apply.

We are constantly reviewing Government Guidelines around COVID19 and have implemented new processes and operating procedures. The safety and wellbeing of our children and staff during this challenging time is paramount. If you would like to know more about what we have put in place or have any questions about your child attending please get in touch.