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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. Our first Ofsted inspection outcome was a Good in June 2019.

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 level 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

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15 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

All childcare providers are expected under the Equality Act 2010 to make 'reasonable adjustments' to meet the needs of disabled children. The Early Years Foundation Stage also states that "Providers must have and implement a policy and procedure to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care, including support for children with special educational needs or disabilities".

Ofsted Registration

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection Outcome
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection Outcome

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