This page contains information for parents/carers of children currently attending the pre-school.
How do I contact the pre-school if I have a query or concern?
You are always welcome to speak to a member of staff when you drop off or pick up your child. You can also call the pre-school staff on 07748 730245 during session times if you need to talk to someone urgently. You can also email the pre-school staff, but please note these emails are not checked during session times.
If you have a query regarding funding, invoices or any other administrative issue please contact our administrator, Claire Hargrove, on 07752 666408 or send her an email.
What to do if your child is going to be absent from pre-school:
Attendance at pre-school is obviously not compulsory but it does help with session planning to know if a child is going to be absent. For planned absences (e.g. holidays, appointments) please let the staff know in advance by email, in person or via Class DoJo. If it is an unplanned absence (e.g. illness) please phone or text the pre-school on 07748 730245 (please note there is no voicemail facility so if no one is available to answer please send a text message).
When children can return to pre-school after illness:For non-infectious illnesses your child may return to pre-school when you feel they are better. Generally if you are needing to give your child Calpol they are not well enough to attend pre-school. If you are in any doubt please keep them at home for an extra day. For infectious illnesses please check our Exclusion Periods Guide. If you are in any doubt please check with a member of staff before your child returns to pre-school.
What to do if your child requires medication at pre-school:
Pre-school staff can only administer medication if it has been prescribed. They will need to see the pharmacy label or prescription with the child's name on it. You will need to complete a medication form with a member of staff.
What to do if you will not be picking your child up from pre-school:
Please make sure the pre-school staff are made aware when you drop off your child if someone unusual will be picking them up. Please also make sure your child knows who is picking them up. If something happens during the session that changes who will be picking up you child please phone or text the staff on 07748 730245 to inform them. If someone the staff have not met before is picking up your child they will be asked for you child's date of birth. If the staff will never release your child to a person they have not been informed about, if there is any doubt they will phone you.
What to if you are going to be late picking my child up:
We understand that occasionally, for reasons beyond your control, you may get held up briefly on your way to pick up. If this happens and you are unable to arrange for someone else to pick your child up (see above for further information on this) please phone or text the pre-school immediately on 07748 730245 so we are aware of the situation. Please be aware that if you are consistently late to pick up your child we reserve the right to charge a late fee (see our Charges and Funding Structure for details)
What your child should bring to pre-school in their packed lunch:Their lunch should kept in a clearly labelled lunch box or bag. The box or bag should be big enough to fit their drink bottle inside. Packed lunches will be left in the labelled box in the reception area.
We encourage healthy eating in the pre-school and ask that your child’s lunch reflects this.
We would recommend including an ice pack to keep the food fresh as we cannot refrigerate their lunch.
We are not able to heat any food.
We can provide water to drink, we recommend other drinks are kept in plastic bottles as juice cartons can’t be resealed once opened.
Please only provide food your child can eat independently as we cannot feed the children. We will, of course, help them to open packaging.
Please don’t pack too much! Your child only has 40 minutes to eat their lunch, and they are offered snacks and drinks during each session.
We will ask your child to leave any uneaten food and all packaging in their lunch box so you can see what they have eaten.
We have a strict no nuts policy at the pre-school, so no nuts or peanut butter please.
No sweets, fizzy drinks or glass bottles please.
What your child needs to bring to pre-school with them:
All children should bring wellies to pre-school and outdoor clothing suitable to the weather.
It is also helpful to have a change of clothes (including socks and underwear) left in their bag on the coat hooks for emergencies.
Children who are still using nappies should bring these and wipes.
Only children who are staying for lunch need to bring food.
Children attending a Swan session should bring a bag for their reading booking.
We have plenty of toys at pre-school so would ask if you can to dissuade your child from bringing toys to pre-school with them.
What your child should wear to pre-school?
Your child will have access to paint, water play, our mud kitchen and other types of messy play, so please don’t send them to school in new or expensive clothes!
They will need to wear layers appropriate to the weather as we usually go outside except in extreme weather. Jackets should be clearly labelled with their name and hung on the lower pegs in the cloakroom.
They will be removing their shoes so Velcro fastenings are much easier to help them to be independent (and to prevent our staff fastening and unfastening over 20 pairs of shoelaces every day!).
Polo shirts, sweatshirts and book bags with the Cobham Pre-School logo and name are available from The Sewing Shop in Echo Square, Gravesend, please note these are not compulsory.
Charges and Funding Information:
Full details of all our charges and funding that may be available for your child can be found in our Charges and Funding Structure.
Term and Event Dates:
Further information can be found in the pre-school's policy documents which can be viewed on our website or in the file in the pre-school foyer.
Further useful information can be found on a number of external websites found on our links page.