About Us

Who We Are

Castle Hill Pre-School is an independent, committee-run, charity pre-school operating in the grounds of Fort Hill site.  We accept all 2-4 year old children , including fee paying children, and children eligible for :

1.  HCC’s Early Years’ Education universal funding (EYE 15 hours funding for all 3 and 4 year olds).

2.  HCC’s additional 15 hours EYE funding (these two combine to total 30 hours funded).

3.  HCC’s Early Years Education 15 hours funding for 2 year olds.

We are a term time only pre-school, offering two sessions per day with a flexible lunch, start and finish times. Places are open to all children aged 2-4 years.   On Fridays we run a special ‘Fun Friday’ programme alongside our usual practice. This is designed for the older children to focus on higher level skills and knowledge that will benefit the children when they transition to infant school. 

What We Are Up To

Open as Usual

Castle Hill Pre-School is open for business as usual!  We still have some spaces available for 2-3 year olds for this school year.  Please contact us if you are interested in your child attending our consistently high quality provision.

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Services and Capabilities

Parents / carers can choose what patterns of attendance they would like for their child (dependant on availability at the time) from the following start and finish times:

Starting times:

Early Bird:   8.45am

Morning session:   9.00am

Lunch:   11.30am or 12 noon

Afternoon session:  12.30pm

Finishing times:

End of morning session:   11.30am

End of lunch:   12 noon or 12.30pm

End of afternoon session:   3.00pm

Our Team Of Experts

Our staff are a dedicated team who always put the children first. All practitioners are qualified to Level 3 or beyond, and are constantly upgrading their skills through various means.  All practitioners who work with the children hold relevant paediatric first aid qualifications. 

At times, we also have students working towards their qualifications, and volunteers who kindly come and help out.  They work under the supervision of the management team. 

Shantini Nanthakumar (Keycarer)

Audrey King (Keycarer)

Sandra Loveless (Keycarer)

Rachel Sharpe (SENCo, Room Leader & Keycarer)

Paula Jenkins (Room Leader & Keycarer)

Jo Delaney (Dep. Manager, Behaviour Coordinator & Keycarer)

Des Martin (Headteacher/ Manager, Lead Practitioner Safeguarding & Child Protection)

‘We encourage our children to believe in themselves, to have a ‘can do’ approach and to be confident enough to try tasks independently; yet also knowing when to ask for help.’