St Swithun’s Sunbeams Pre-School


Telephone : 023 9281 2802


Quality care and outstanding relationships with parents/carers, children and colleagues

High-quality provision and learning opportunities for children aged between 3-5 years old

A purpose built pre-school with access to all the school’s facilities


Session Times

We offer a wide range of session times between 7.30am – 5.45pm.  These are available for term time only and full time (50 weeks).  Children can start from their 3rd birthday; please be aware that funding is available the term after a child turns 3.

Our core sessions are 8.45 am -11.45 am and 12.45 pm – 3.45 pm.  Wraparound care is available from 7.30 am – 8.45am and 3.45 pm – 5.45 pm.  All our wraparound care is staffed by pre-school and  main school staff.

Morning care, Sunlight, can be booked to start at 7.30am or 8.00am.  For children starting at 7.30am breakfast is included.

Aftercare, Twilight, can be booked to finish at 4.30pm or 5.45pm.  A light tea is served between 4.45pm – 5.00pm.

Session Prices

We aim to keep our prices affordable and competitive.  We welcome children with 15 or 30 funded hours.  We are flexible on how you wish to use your funded hours.  Any extra hours are charged at £4.50 with a small charge added for breakfast and/or light tea.


The pre-school is ideally placed within the school grounds as it has easy access to the main school playground as well as having its own entrance via St Simon’s Road.  The pre-school also has a safe pedestrian entrance as well as a car park.  For families with children at St Swithun’s school, the white gates, which connect the pre-school to the main playground, will be opened and manned at the start and end of each school day.

Sunbeams has two large rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.  Both rooms have an interactive whiteboard, quiet area, messy area and construction area.  A range of toys, books, and equipment will ensure children experience well-planned learning opportunities that excite and engage as well as have the opportunity to explore and learn through free play.

The pre-school benefits from custom-built children’s toilet areas on both floors, a kitchen area for snack preparation, private meeting room for parents/carers and staff, and a dedicated outdoor area which can be used all year round.

Extra Facilities

As well as our purpose built pre-school building and well-resourced rooms, children will benefit from using the school’s facilities.  Our pre-school children have regular access to:

  • Range of bikes, scooters and large outdoor equipment
  • School’s play park
  • iPad, tablets, and laptops
  • Art and cookery studio
  • Music room
  • Library
  • Hall for gymnastics and dance sessions


A daily snack is provided for children.  This will include milk or water and a small snack such as fruit, vegetables, bread sticks…water is provided throughout the day.

For children staying for lunch (11.45 am – 12.45 pm) a healthy, nut free packed lunch can be provided or they can have a hot school dinner which can be ordered via Scopay.  Children will eat their lunch in the school hall with the pre-school staff.


All our staff are experienced, qualified and dedicated to working with children.  We will only have a maximum of one trainee, who would need experience in working with children.  We are able to offer a very good adult to child ratio of 1:5; this will allow children to experiment and experience a range of planned and free play opportunities which reflect their individual needs and interests.  The pre-school staff will work closely with the school’s EYFS staff and Manager to ensure the best start to each child’s learning journey is provided.

We will operate a key person approach.  All children will be allocated a key person who will be their main carer throughout their time at Sunbeams.  The key person will keep records of children’s development, plan for challenging and stimulating learning experiences and be on hand to discuss all aspects of children’s development.

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