Important Information

We currently have availability for all sessions. Get in touch to book your child’s place! 

Enrolling at Coton Pre School

Please take a look at our Pre School Prospectus  for more information. Please contact us for our enrolment form. We ask for a non refundable Starter Pack Fee of £20 on application to join the Pre School.

Coton Pre School takes children who are funded by the Government under both the Universal and Extended Funding Schemes (for 15 and 30 hours free childcare respectively); as well as privately paid sessions – these are charged at £5.50 / hour.

Please be aware that sometimes, when the Coton Pre School has proved extremely popular, we have had to operate a waiting list for some sessions. It may help if you are flexible in those sessions you would like your child to attend. Sessions are allocated according to birth date.

To help your child to settle in we offer both settling in sessions at Pre School and home visits to get to know you and your children before they start at Coton Pre School.


We currently offer the following sessions in term-time:

Mondays, 9:05-15:05

Tuesdays, 9:05-15:05

Wednesdays, 9:05-15:05

Thursdays, 9:05-15:05

We can also offer a small number of places on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Breakfast Club, to facilitate an early drop-off for pre-school children from 8am. Please enquire if this is something you would like to make use of.

Term Dates for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Autumn Term 2018

Monday 10th September – Autumn term begins

22nd-26th October – Half Term

Wednesday 19th December – End of Autumn term

Spring Term 2019

Monday 7th January – Spring term begins

18th-22nd February – Half Term

Thursday 4th April – Spring term ends

Summer Term 2019

Tuesday 23rd April – Summer term begins

Early May Bank Holiday – Monday 7 May 2018

27th May-31st May – Half Term

Thursday 18th July – Last day of summer term

For further details on Cambridgeshire school term dates (which may not exactly match the Pre School dates), see

Our Curriculum

Coton Pre School’s Curriculum is based  on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children will generally develop the 3 prime areas first: Personal and Social Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The key-workers teaching and supporting your child will make sure the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. A brief description of the 7 Areas is shown below.

Personal and social development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

More information can be found at the following link, which details current Government Policy on Childcare and Early Education –


Coton Pre School was inspected by Ofsted in December 2014, and the Report can be found here for your perusal. We were delighted that our Facility was rated “Good”, a great achievement to all of those involved.

Please note that since this time we have changed our Charitable Status, which has meant that we re-registered with Ofsted in 2017. There is therefore no Ofsted Inspection listed against our “new” legal entity, Coton Pre School CIO, as we await another inspection.