Sessions & Fees:

The term dates are approximately the same as for Mellis Primary School. We care for children from the age of 2 years old up until they start primary school. A maximum of 26 children may attend the pre-school at any one time. The setting provides funded early education for two, three and four year olds.

We recommend a minimum of two sessions per week. It might be possible for you to add extra sessions during the year but this is not guaranteed. We will always do our best to accommodate your needs and wishes.

Opening times

Monday to Friday

9:00 - 3:00pm (Term time only)


Morning Sessions

(9.00 a.m. start and 11.30 a.m. finish)

Morning sessions are often a good option if your child is just starting Pre-school. Morning sessions may work better for you as a family - you may have work or siblings to consider or your child may still like to have an afternoon nap. We will provide a rich and varied environment and activities for your child which will be appropriate for their age and stage of development.

During each session the children will have some time with their Key Person and during the day will also be able to take part in focused activities which target particular areas of learning and their interests. In the summer term we work with the older children to prepare for the move up to big school.

What each child learns is guided by his or her individual readiness, ability and interest, and not by his or her age. Their Key Person is familiar with their developmental needs and learning styles and can ensure that appropriate learning activities of the right challenge are offered to support their intellectual development. There have been lots of studies to analyse the effect of mixed age groups and lots of benefits have been identified. For example, mixed age groups closely resemble our own families and give plenty of opportunity for the older child to act as a role model. This can increase the self-esteem of the older child and their confidence with learning new skills.


Lunch Club

(11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.)

Lunch Club is an enjoyable experience for the children as well as being a great learning opportunity and good preparation for school. The children are encouraged to have good manners while eating, to remain seated and to talk to their friends and the adults quietly. It is a lovely, social time and the children seem to really enjoy it. The children are encouraged to eat their savoury food first and to ensure that they are drinking. The session is run in a very friendly way and there is really nothing for them or you to feel concerned about. The children are given all the help they need with their lunch.


Afternoon Sessions

12.30 p.m. start and 3.00 p.m finish)

If your child will be 3 or over by the beginning of the Autumn Term then you may want to consider requesting afternoon sessions. A lot of parents choose for their child to do a year in our morning sessions before extending their child's sessions to include afternoons. Half way through the afternoon they will break for a snack and at the end of the session they will enjoy story and song time. The learning experiences they receive will be in line with their age and stage of development and there will be an emphasis on encouraging their independence.

Through a carefully planned curriculum we provide a variety of activities to enhance and encourage your child's emotional, physical, and social development. These activities include sensory play, for example, sand, water and cooking; creative activities such as painting, gluing and junk modelling; activities to promote awareness of the diversity of the world about us; books and music which encourage speaking and listening skills and puzzles and construction toys, to name a few!

Do not be concerned if your child does not have anything to 'bring home with them' at the end of the session, they could have been doing something that could not be taken home, like making patterns in the sand, pouring and measuring water, sequencing with sizes, colours or shapes, moulding dough or simply making a new friend.

Our routine is very flexible and takes the individual needs of the children into account at all times. All year round the children have access to both indoor and outdoor play


Our Fees

Our hourly rate is charged at £3.60, for children accessing two or more 2.5 hourly sessions per week. This rate also applies to children who take up extra sessions above their funded hours, under 3's and those who chose not to use their funded hours at our setting.

Those who wish to attend the setting for 2.5 hours a week or less, the hourly rate is £4.60 per hour.

Fees can be paid weekly, half termly at the beginning of each half term, or termly within the first two weeks of term. We do ask for prompt payment, but please talk to us if there are any difficulties.


Please place cash or cheque payments (payable to Yaxley & Mellis Pre-school) into a sealed envelope with your child's name on the front, and post in our FAO Allie postbox located outside the main door.

Unfortunately, we do have to charge for sessions missed due to illness or holiday.

If your child has to be absent over a long period of time, please talk to our Administration Manager / Team Leader or a member of the committee.

Please ensure prompt payment of your fees. All late or non-payment of fees will incur an additional administration charge.

Notice period

Should you wish to withdraw your child from pre-school, payment is still required in full for the half term in which notice is given.


Lunch Club

Takes place between 11.30 - 12.30pm, lunch club can be used within your funded hours, if you so wish or charged at our hourly rate of £3.60 per day. Lunch clubs are an additional payment to sessions.

*You can either provide your own packed lunch or if you wish to you can order your child a hot cooked school dinner at the cost of £2.30 per day. View the menu and get more information about the meals