Our Story

Appleton Thorn Pre School

Our Pre-school started as the local playgroup more than 40 years ago and as demand increased the pre-school changed to a charity run pre-school, registered with Ofsted in 1989.

In 2014 on the advice of The Charity Commission we changed our legal status to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) giving more protection to those overseeing the running of the pre-school. We are registered to take up to 24 children from 2 years old to school age. We have good links with Appleton Thorn Primary School and their link club as well as local childminders.

Many of our children have formed early friendships at the Pre-school and have carried it on through primary and secondary education as well as into later adult life.
We pride ourselves in being part of Appleton Thorn community taking part in the local Bawming Day event and regularly attend Praise and Play organised by St. Cross Parish Church where we have our annual Nativity Play.

Meet Our Team

Appleton Thorn Pre School has 4 very qualified members of staff with lots of childcare experience, who enjoy promoting a caring and positive environment for your child

Michelle Keogh
Manager

BA Hons Early Years,
NNB Nursery Nursing

Dawn Tourney
Early Year Practitioner

BA Hons in Primary Education, BTEC ND in Children’s Care

Leola Stevens
Early Year Practitioner

BTEC Level 3 Childcare & Education

Shirley Vernon
Early Years Practitioner

NVQ Level 3 in Children and Young People’s Workforce


Management of the Pre-school

Appleton Thorn Pre-school is a charity which relies on parents and volunteers to help with the overall management of the pre-school. The management team meet 3 or 4 times per year.
On a day to day basis the pre-school is managed by Michelle and her team. We are very proud of our pre-school and the work and effort our staff continue to do on a daily basis.    

Opening Times & Term Dates

The Pre-school is open 9AM– 3PM, 5 days per week in term time only.  Children are welcome to attend as many or as few hours/sessions as required.
We try to keep our holidays the same as Appleton Thorn Primary School.

2020/2021 Term Dates

TermsDate of openeingdate of closing
Spring 2nd half term
Monday 22nd February 2021

Thursday 1st April 2021

Summer 1st half term*
Monday 19th April 2021

Friday 28th May 2021

Summer 2nd half term
Monday 14th June 2021

Friday 23 July 2021

2021 - Easter Friday 2nd April – Monday 5th April 2021, May Day – Monday 3rd May 2021
2022 - Easter Friday 15th April – Monday 18th April 2021, May Day – Monday 2nd May 2022

2021/2022 Term Dates

TermsDate of openeingdate of closing
Autumn 1st half term
Thursday 2nd September 2021

Friday 22nd October 2021

Autumn 2nd half term
Monday 1st November 2021

Friday 17th December 2021

Spring 1st half term
Wednesday 5th January 2022

Friday 18th February 2022

Spring 2nd half term
Monday 28th February 2022

Thursday 8th April 2022

Summer 1st half term
Monday 25th April 2022

Friday 27th May 2022

Summer 2nd half term
Monday 13th June 2022

Friday 22 July 2022

Late collection of a child

Whilst we understand that things happen and parents can be delayed, our policy for late collection is available for all parents to read in our policies and procedures, and depending on the circumstances, we reserve the right to charge parents for the additional time worked by our staff.

Fee's & Funding

Children over 3 years old - £4.50 per hour**
Children 2-3 years old - £4.70*

The Pre-school is registered to accept Early Education Funding of 15 hours for 3 and 4-year-olds and 30 hours for those eligible. We also offer funding for eligible 2-year-olds and can accept Childcare Vouchers.

We are also eligible to accept the Government Childcare Choices Scheme which is Tax-Free childcare and is available for children from birth to age 11 (or 16 years if disabled).

* Due to the child to staff ratio
**There is a 50p charge for a snack during morning sessions. Fees are billed monthly, payable in advance, and the Trustees reserve the right to increase the non-funded hourly fees on an annual basis.

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Want to Know More?

If you need any more information, would like to talk to us or visit us for a tour, please feel free to contact us.

Opening Times

Mon 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Tues 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Wed 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Thurs 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM
Friday 9AM - 12PM 12PM - 3PM

Contact Us

Appleton Thorn Pre School
Stretton Road, Appleton Thorn,
Warrington, Cheshire
WA4 4RT

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