Welcome to Thames Pre-School
We are a purpose built pre-school with our own large outdoor playing space, sensory garden and vegetable patch, situated next to St Sampson's C of E Primary School and Cricklade Children's Centre, and just a few minutes from Swindon.
Thames Pre-School now offers our very own Forest School programme. Read more here.
Our team of highly experienced staff provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which children, from 2 years up to school age, can learn and develop.
Weekdays during term-time: 9am to 3pm
Drop-off times: 9am, 12 noon or 1pm; and from 7.30am with Smart Zone.
Pick-up times: 12 noon, 1pm, or 3pm; and up to 6pm with Smart Zone
Children in pre-school between 12 and 1pm will need to bring a packed lunch or can now order a hot meal which is provided by the primary school's caterers.
Sessions are flexible but we encourage children to attend at least two days to help them settle.
Free Entitlement & Fees
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free, flexible pre-school and childcare provision. An extra 15 hours are funded by the government for some working parents. Parents can apply at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. All funded hours start from the term following their 3rd birthday. Children may be booked into pre-school for as many hours as required.
Additional hours are charged at:
£4.40 per hour for 3 and 4 year olds
£4.60 per hour for 2 year olds.
Thames Pre-School, Bath Road, Cricklade, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 6AX
Office: 01793 750635
Mobile: 07599 548223
Thames Pre-School is situated next to St Sampson's C of E Primary School. Please can visitors and parents not park or walk through the primary school site.
Access to Thames Pre-School is via White Horse Road.
Information for parents & carers
Thames Pre-School is a registered Charity and belongs to the Pre-School Learning Alliance constitution. We are run by a management committee consisting of staff, parents and carers of children who attend.
All staff hold current DBS (police) checks and are qualified with a nationally recognised qualification. Currently we have 2 practitioners with a Diploma in Childcare and Young People’s Workforce, 2 practitioners with NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education and 3 who have a Certificate in Childcare and Young People’s Workforce. Paula, our pre-school leader holds a Foundation Degree in Early Years.
We have now launched our very own Forest School.
Forest schooling builds on an individual’s instinctive motivation and positive attitude to learning. It allows children to make their own choices, take risks and initiate learning for themselves.
The Forest School Handbook can be found in the Policies section.
Useful links and information - NEW
Term dates for 2018/19
Term 1 - Tues 4th September 2018 – Wed 24th October 2018
Term 2 - Mon 5th November 2018 – Wed 19th December 2018
Term 3 - Mon 7th January 2019 – Fri 15th February 2019
Term 4 - Mon 25th February 2019 – Fri 5th April 2019
Term 5 - Tues 23rd April 2019 – Fri 24th May 2019
Term 6 - Mon 3rd June 2019 – Fri 19th July 2019
Dates last revised 16th July 2018
Term dates for 2019/20
Term 1 - Mon 2nd September 2019 – Fri 18th October 2019
Term 2 - Mon 4th November 2019 – Fri 20th December 2019
Term 3 - Mon 6th January 2020 – Fri 14th February 2020
Term 4 - Mon 24th February 2020 – Fri 3rd April 2020
Term 5 - Mon 20th April 2020 – Fri 22nd May 2020 (BH: Fri 8th May)
Term 6 - Mon 1st June 2020 – Fri 17th July 2020
Dates last revised 26th June 2019
Information on 30 hours entitlement
The government has introduced new ways to help parents with childcare costs, providing up to 30 hours free childcare or early education a week.
Thames Pre-School is a registered charity that relies upon grants, donations and the amazing efforts of everyone involved (including staff, committee, parents and carers), to help with our substantial fundraising each year.
We always need volunteers at fundraising events, to join the committee or help out when you can. Just giving one hour of your time can make a huge difference.
We really do need your help throughout the year! We always welcome new fundraising ideas so please feel free to contact us.
Donate via PayPal
With government funding squeezed and costs rising we are continually fundraising to ensure we maintain the safe, secure and stimulating environment in which children, from 2 years up to school age, can learn and develop. Thames Pre-School is now enrolled in the PayPal Giving Fund. Click to donate now.
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the fundraising committee we raised over £1,400 towards new equipment at pre-school.
Shop online and fundraise at the same time!
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be fundraising? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, and Sainsbury's, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us to say thank you for shopping with them. Click to sign up now and start fundraising.
Recycle used printer cartridges
Recycle your empty printer cartridges and help us fundraise! All donations are welcome: Apple, Brother, Dell, HP, IBM, Lexmark, Canon, Epson, Xerox and other manufacturer branded cartridges. Please bring any empty cartridges to pre-school at 3pm weekdays only.
We were inspected by Ofsted in March 2017 and our overall grade was Good, as was the previous inspection in 2014.
The report highlights, "the leader and staff know the children very well. They provide a well-resourced environment, indoors and outdoors, and children are keen to explore. All children make good progress from their initial starting points."
Downloadable copies of our policies. Hard copies are available in pre-school.
Health & Safety