This page contains information for parents/carers of children currently attending the pre-school.
Preschool Contact Details
Tel 07562 666408
Email [email protected]
To keep up to date please regularly check Class Dojo and join the Facebook group
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 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 safeguarding or child protection concern, please speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Alison Scott, or our deputy Kerry Sheppard.
If you have a query regarding funding, invoices or any other administrative issue please contact our administrator, Becky Newnes by 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. If it is an unplanned absence (e.g. illness) please phone or text the pre-school before 10am.
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 need 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 not named on their form 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 your child please phone or text the staff 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. 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 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:
We encourage healthy eating in the pre-school and ask that your child’s lunch reflects this.
Please see our Packed Lunch Guidance
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 and drinks.
Children attending a Swan session should bring a bag for their reading book.
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 Gravesend, or online from My Clothing. 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:
Current term dates and dates of forthcoming events can be found on our website.
Keeping your family safe online:
Please follow the links for activities to help keep your family safe online
Further useful information can be found on a number of external websites found on our links page.
If you have a complaint, please speak to a member of staff in the first instance. If you are unstaisfied with their response we have a Complaints Policy which details the actions you can take.
If you would like to contact Ofsted about the setting, please call 0300 1231231 or visit the website.