About Us

Charfield Pre-School (formerly Charfield Playgroup, orginally established in 1967) has been operating from it’s current location since February 2002. The foundation room is a cosy, single-storey building with its own newly refurbished garden and outdoor play area. We share our home with the Charfield Out Of School Club.

Aims & Mission


  • To provide a safe, happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment for your child;
  • To strive to always look forward and maintain continuous improvement;
  • To enable all children to develop their capabilities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society;
  • To help all children prepare for the future.

Our Mission:

To transform the lives of the children and families we work with, through creating a preschool which feels like home with an extended and supportive family environment.

Our learning environment

We are committed to meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) , which is the standard for learning and development of children up to the age of 5 years.

The over-riding aim of our Pre-School is to provide a “play-based approach to learning and development”. Our sessions are designed to strike the right balance between “free-flow” play and adult-lead activities (e.g. craft, cookery, etc), to ensure that our children are given the best possible choices and opportunities to develop their skills.

Each child’s progress is monitored against the 7 areas of learning, as set out in the EYFS:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication – Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Pre-School fees (2023)

Admin Fee

For new starters = £30


Session Fees

For 2 year olds, the fee per 2.5 hour session is £18.90 (or £7.56 per hour)
For 3/4 year olds, the fee per 2.5 hour session is £16.60 (or £6.64 per hour

Consumable charge

To cover the costs of providing consumables (healthy snacks, drinks, nappy wipes, tissues, paper hand towels, paper, paint, glue etc. A charge of £0.75p per session is applied.

Support for fees

Your 2-year-old can get 15 hours per week free early education if you receive one of the following benefits:

Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – dependent on combined income
  • Tax credits – dependent on income
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare. The free early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider and stops when your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later).

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It is usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

Our Finance team is on hand to ensure that applying for this Nursery Education Grant is as easy and seamless as possible.

The Government is also  providing 30 hours per week childcare funding, providing families meet relevant criteria.also 

Home to school books

Each child has a Home to School Book which eases the two-way communication between parents and our Staff. We use a child’s book to make parents aware of any specific events that have happened during any session or to make our staff aware of any events (good or bad!) that may have happened at home. We believe in working in a strong partnership with our children’s parents and carers who are, of course, their prime educators at this special stage in a child’s development.