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Apply to Padnell Pre-School

Info for New Parents

If you would like to join our pre-school, please fill in the forms below and we will contact you with the next steps. We can't wait to hear from you!

You can also download our Prospectus here.

How to apply

Step one


Please download and fill in BOTH these forms:


1. Application Form

2. Session Request Form

You can fill these in digitally and email them to: or drop them in.

Step two


Once we've received your forms, we will contact you with your Confirmation Letter and your sessions will be reserved (subject to availability) ready for when your child starts pre-school.

Step 3

Stay & Play

Book a Stay & Play session to experience our pre-school and meet our lovely team and other children.

General info

Our opening times

We are open from 8:55am to 2:55pm, Monday to Friday, term times only (September to July, excluding half-term holidays).

Our sessions

We have four types of sessions available, including a more structured session on Fridays for children going up to school the following year. 

Morning (3 hrs)                        -           8:50am to 11:50am

Morning with lunch (4 hrs)    -           8:50 to 12:55 (bring lunch)

Afternoon (3 hrs)                     -           11:55am – 2:55pm

All Day (6 hrs)                           -           8:50am to 2:55pm (bring lunch)


We recommend that children take a minimum of 6 hours each week in their first year.


There is a limited number of 4-hour morning sessions that include eating lunch with the group and Fridays are attended by our older children. If you require these sessions due to work commitments, please note this in your Session Request Form.

Our fees & funding

Our fees are currently £6.20 per hour and we accept both 2YO and 3YO funding. 2YO funding is available subject to criteria and 3YO funding is available to everyone. 

Support our pre-school

Join our Board

We always need parents to help with the running of our pre-school. You can support us by becoming a Trustee on our Committee. It's just three meetings a year to discuss changes and the running of our pre-school. We'd be so grateful.

Parent volunteers

We want your your skills! Whether you can fix a broken fence or whip  up a welly rack – we always need help around our pre-school. As a charity we rely heavily on your generosity in time and donations and can't thank thank all our parents enough for their support.

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