The Pines Primary School and Pine Cones Pre-School

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Pine Cones Pre-School

The Pine Cones Pre-school is now open!

Please ring Becca Elsden (Acting Pine Cones Manager) on 01638 790132 for more details.


We are open from 8am to 6pm every weekday and we have 26 places for preschool children from 2 years and 9 months (32 months) up to school age.


The fees currently are (these may be reviewed during the school year):

  • 8am - 6pm £45 (includes lunch)
  • 8am - 4pm £36 (includes lunch)
  • 8am - 1pm £22.50 (includes lunch)
  • 1pm - 6pm £22.50 (includes lunch)

Please note: Funded sessions are 9am-3pm, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

All children are entitled to 15 free hours of pre-school education from the term after their third birthday. We accept childcare vouchers, there is also funding available for some two-year olds, please see link:


From September 2018 we will be offering 30 hours free Early Years Education. To find out more information please go to


Fees continue to be payable if a child is absent without notice or for a short time. Each child’s attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees.

The Pine Cones Pre-School is open every day from 8 to 6pm and the staff ratios are worked out according to the legal requirements, this means that we are unable to let children start the sessions earlier or later than the sessions that have been booked and paid for. The doors are opened at the start of the relevant sessions and we are unable to allow access to the premises before the relevant times.A charge will be levied for late collection of £1 per minute. This will be invoiced to you by the school office

Please note, we require a half-terms notice if you wish to change the number of sessions your child attends.


Pine Cones will have places for 26 children in any one session (22 pre-school places and a maximum of 4 two year old places). Children will be expected to attend a minimum of two sessions a week. The places will be allocated according to a first come first served basis on the following criteria:

  1. Pre-school children who will have a sibling attending The Pines Primary school.

  2. Pre-school children who live in the catchment area for The Pines Primary School

  3. Children in receipt of the two year old funding

  4. Children who live outside the catchment area.


Applications for September 2019

Pre-school sessions for September 2019 will be allocated according to our admissions criteria at the beginning of June 2019. The Application window will open in April 2019, please check back then for details on how to apply.


Application form to register your interest for The Pine Cones:

Term dates for funded children and children attending term time only


The term dates and staff training days are on the Pines Primary School website under 'Opening Times'.


If your child attends term-time only and you would like a holiday space, please contact the Pinecones Manager.



The Pines Primary School is closed for the Easter break from the 6th to Tuesday 23rd of April. All queries will be responded to once the school office is open.