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Once Upon a Time Preschool

Once Upon A Time Preschool is a place where children begin to explore and write their own journeys. We are located at the John White Community Centre. The Preschool has its own entrance to a secure room with a private fenced garden and car park access. We are Ofsted registered, delivering 2 year and 3 year old funding inclusive of the 30 hours.

All staff at are caring,nurturing, friendly, qualified and or working towards a qualification.    

There are 4 staff, we have two NVQ level 2 apprentices currently undertaking an NVQ leve 3 qualification. The Deputy Manager/Key Person has an NVQ level 3. The owner manager has a Level 5 Early Years Foundation Degree.                               

Preschool is committed to working in partnership with parents providing daily feedback,discussion and opportunities to contribute to learning, planning and journals.

Once Upon a Time Preschool promotes British Values; equal opportunities,celebrating individuals diversity, religions and cultures.

We aim to provide a child friendly, safe, nurturing, welcoming and stimulating play environment. Creating child focused opportunities for all exploration and free choice.                          

We provide a broad, balanced curriculum to reflect the EYFS, best practice and children's wellbeing. Encouraging children to holistically develop in all areas; socially, physically, emotionally, cognitively whilst having fun learning through play.                                          

We supply a selection of fruit and breadsticks for snacks at each session, healthy lunches are provided by parents. We aim to meet all dietary and allergy requirements working in partnership with parents.

Once Upon a Time Preschool has a purpose built room, with toilets and sinks incorporated within and a nappy changing station.                                                   

Resources cover the EYFS learning areas - role play, home corner and dressing up, small world and construction, maths and science, book corner, arts, graphics and painting,sand and water play, music, programmables and ICT/V Tech and a snack/lunch area.                        

 We are blessed with an amazing outside area, a grass area outside for balls, hoops, running etc, a climbing caterpillar, large climbing play area with a slide and a covered rubber matted area for cars, scooters and trikes. There is a plastic playhouse, seasaw and rockers. We have an outdoor water tray, plastic tables and chairs, mark making resources,  large blocks and workstation, wind chimes and purposes built mirrors.

We advise parents to book their place as soon as possible, with only 16 places per session. It is recommended that parents visit the setting to meet the staff, fill in an application form and it is a great opportunity to bring their children to come and have a play.     


Where to go

John White Community Centre
Grange Avenue

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dawn West
Contact Position
0751 820 0163

Childcare Information


Childcare Available
Term Time Only
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08.15 11.15
Monday 08.15 12.00
Monday 08.15 14.15
Monday 11.15 14.15
Tuesday 08.15 11.15
Thursday 08.15 12.00
Tuesday 08.15 14.15
Tuesday 11.15 14.15
Wednesday 08.15 11.15
Wednesday 08.15 12.00
Thursday 08.15 11.15
Thursday 08.15 12.00
Other Availability
12.15 to 12.45 lunch (provided by parents) Children may do sessional or all day depending on availability


Immediate vacancies
Afternoon places available
Vacancy last updated

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£14 2 - 4 years per session
Costs do not include lunch. A packed healthy lunch is to be provided by parents/carers.
Registered for Tax Free childcare

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Parents provide a packed lunch of their child's choice, cultural or dietary preferences. Setting support and provide a healthy variety of snack.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Preschool is in a multicultural rich area. As a Preschool we value the individuality of all children, embracing the unique child.

Ofsted Registration

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
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