Frequently asked questions

What age do we take children from?

We take children from any age after their second birthday up until they start Reception in your chosen primary school.

Where are you located?

We are located in Longworth Village in a dedicated preschool building on the Longworth Primary School site. Our address is: School Close, Longworth, Abingdon, OX13 5EU.

What is the cost?

We currently charge £14.85 per 3 hour session.

Do you take funding?

Yes we do take funding. This includes 2 Year Funding plus 15 hours and 30 hours entitlements. Funded children are required to attend for a minimum of 3 sessions where possible.

Where is our partnership school?

Our partnership school is Longworth Primary School, School Close, Longworth, Abingdon, OX13 5EU.

Do you do transitions to Reception class at other schools?

Yes we do. We have close links with many of the other primary schools in our immediate vicinity.

What activities do you provide?

We provide a range of activities throughout the academic year. These include:

  • adult-led baking, painting, play dough and craft activities;
  • daily Boogie Mites music sessions;
  • weekly PE lessons;
  • Yoga lessons;
  • regular visits to Longworth Primary School's Library;
  • termly visits to Longworth Primary School's Forest School
Our children also share regular play opportunities on the school field and adventure trail, including taking part in Longworth Primary's Science Day and the Summer Sports Day.

Can we buy a hot school lunch?

Yes you can. Lunches are cooked on-site daily at the primary school by their cook and cost £2.30 per lunch. The lunch menu is changed twice a year and runs on a 3 week rotation.

Do you have a uniform?

Preschool branded tops and jumpers are available for purchase but these are not compulsory. However, it is our experience that preschool children quite like having a uniform to wear.

What is the most amount of children you have at preschool?

We are licensed to have 38 children on roll but we would not have more than 24 children attend in any one session. Exact numbers will depend on the age of the children attending a session to ensure that staff:children ratios are correct.

What is the application process?

Once you have made your decision to send your child to Longworth Preschool, we would ask you to complete our Application Form and pay the £20 non-refundable deposit. We will then agree a start date with you for your child and arrange two settling in sessions for you to attend with your child before their start date. You will be introduced to your child's key worker at these sessions and she will answer any questions that may arise during the settling in period.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

No your child does not have to be potty trained when starting with us. We would ask you to provide us with nappies or pull-ups and wipes for your child which we can keep on site for you so that we can change you child as required. We are happy to discuss potty training with you.

How is discipline handled?

We use the High Scope Conflict Resolution approach when addressing behaviour concerns. This means we will approach the situation calmly, acknowledge the children's feelings, gather information from the children, re-state the problem to them in age-appropriate language to ensure we have the correct information and then ask them for ideas and solutions to resolve the problem and then choose one together. We actively promote positive behaviour and use lots of specific praise with the children throughout their day.

How many sessions can my child attend?

Our experience has shown us that it is better for a 2 year old child to attend a minimum of 2 sessions a week, preferably two morning sessions; with a 3 year old child attending a minimum of 3 sessions a week which can be as one full day plus a morning session or 3 morning sessions. 15 hour funded children are asked to attend for their full 15 hours where possible.

How long is a session?

We offer morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session runs from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and the afternoon session from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Children may also attend our lunch session which runs from 12:00-12:30 PM.

Do you supply a snack during each session?

We have a snack time scheduled during the morning session but we ask parents to bring in a piece of fruit for their child as we do not supply snacks. However, fresh milk or water is supplied for all children to drink at snack time.