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Parent and Carers Information

We encourage all our  parents and carers of Merry-Go-Round pre-school children to check this page regularly. You can find out all the latest news and information here – such as items your children need to bring into pre-school, opening hours, term dates or the details of the next fundraising event.

Opening Times and Session Prices:

The pre-school is open Monday to Friday from 9.15am until 3.15pm. Children can attend mornings, afternoons or all day (subject to availability).

  • Morning session -9.15 to 12.15
  • Lunch Club-12.15 to 1.15
  • Afternoon session- 1.15 to 3.15

The hourly rate is £3.75

We take children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old and accept Early Years Entitlement Funding, 2Gether Funding and Employee Child-Care Vouchers.

Snacks and Lunch

We provide a snack for the children mid-morning,which  promotes  healthy eating and this reflected in the range of snacks offered to the children with a choice of milk or water with fresh drinking water  available for the children throughout the day.Please let us know if your child has any allergies or dietary requirements.To keep our running costs as low as possible we ask parents to make a snack donation each term when the fees are paid.

All children should bring their own packed lunch for the lunch club.

Items to bring for your child 

We kindly ask all our parents and carers of children to bring the following items to pre-school for your child:

  • Spare clothes
  • Wellies and suitable outdoor clothing
  • Sunhats (we ask all parents to ensure in summer months that children have suncream already applied before arriving at Pre-School).
  • Parents of children who are not fully toilet trained are asked to provide enough nappies to last the day

All clothes and wellies should be clearly labelled with the child’s name.

Settling in
We aim to make Merry-Go-Round Pre-School a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily. When a child starts to attend, we explain the process to their parents and jointly decide on the best way to help the child to settle into the setting. We encourage parents to come along with the child for the first session, gradually decreasing their attendance as the child gets used to pre-school.

Key worker                                                                                                                                                     

We allocate a key worker soon after the child starts, the child’s key person will help them settle each day and liase with you about any changes or concerns you may have.

Policy and Procedures

A  copy of our policies and procedures are available if a parent would like to view them.

 A typical day at MGR


Arrival and settling in time

Children have time to settling in to the setting, chatting with their key person about what they have been doing, parents have a chance to talk to their children’s Key Person and Manager

Range of activities available to explore on arrival


Whole Group time outside

Children take part in Morning ‘greeting song’, physical counting songs, and guided physical activities

Two year olds are not expected to stay with the group the whole time

10.00- 11.45

Free play and snack time

Children can choose what they want to do, have snack, take part in small group art/craft/investigations

During this time staff, could spend time with children 1:1 SEN e.g. speech and language games
Small group time which could be –

-play games, sing songs and listen to stories

-Letter and Sound activities

-Music and movement activities

-Maths activities


Lunch Club- children eat their packed lunches


Topic activities

Second period of free play of the day


End of day


Term dates 2017-2018

Autumn Term                                                                                                                                  Tuesday  5th September to Friday 15th December
 Half Term
Monday 23rd  October to Friday 27th October

Spring Term
Wednesday 3rd January to Thursday  29th March                                                                             Half Term
Monday 12th  February to Friday 16th February


Summer Term
Monday  16th April to Wednesday 18th July
May Day Bank Holiday  –  Monday 7th  May
Half Term
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st  June





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