Castor & Ailsworth Preschool
Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

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Castor and Ailsworth Pre-School is an established rural setting based in the Village Hall and serves the local community of Castor, Ailsworth, Marholm, Sutton and Upton, but also welcomes children from surrounding areas.

The Pre-School has good links with Castor primary school and the Village Community.

We enroll children from 2 years 6 months.

Affiliated to Pre-School is the ‘Tots’ group that runs each Wednesday morning between 9.30-11 am, during term time. Children from birth upwards can come with their parent/carer, to play, socialise with other children and familiarise themselves with the setting.

We are voluntarily managed by an elected committee of parents and run under the guidelines of a constitution. We are a non-profit making Pre-School holding charitable status and are approved by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education). 

Under the Government funding scheme, all children that attend our setting are entitled to use their 15 hours per week funded childcare from the term following their 3rd birthday. Parents who  qualify will also be allowed to use the additional 15 hours a week funding from that time. This means many parents will get 30 hours a week funding.


Our Pre-School aims to:


• Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age.

• Work in Partnership with parents/carers to help children learn and develop.

• Add to the life and well-being of our local community

• Offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity.


Parents are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:


• Valued and respected

• Kept informed

• Consulted

• Involved; and

• Included at all levels


The views, support and involvement of all parents/carers is a much valued part of our Pre-School.


As a member of our Pre-School your child:


• Is in a safe and stimulating environment.

• Is given care and attention.

• Has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together.

• Is helped to take forward his/her learning and development by being helped to build on what he/she already knows and can do.

• Has a Key Worker who makes sure they make satisfactory progress.

• Is in a setting which sees you as a partner in helping your child to learn and develop.

• Is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers. 


8:30 – 9am

Breakfast club

9am – 10am

Registration time, settling in and free play.

10am – 10:20am

Snack time – everyone comes together for a drink and a snack. Group discussions and singing.

10:20 – 11am

Free play/planned adult led activities.

11 – 11:30am

Key group sessions/Free play

11.30 – 11.45am

Tidy up time

11.45 – 12pm

Group session (story, show and tell, singing)

12 – 1pm

Lunch time

1 – 1.30pm

Free play/planned adult led activities

1.30 – 2pm

Key group/Free play

2 – 2.30pm

Free play/Tidy up time

2.30 – 2.50pm

Afternoon snack and drink time – everyone sits together.

2.50 – 3pm

Getting ready for home time

3 – 3.15pm

Group time (story, singing, adult led activity)

3.15 – 3.30pm

Home time


Activities from outside agencies through the week include:
(postponed during the Pandemic)  

  • Sports instructor
  • Sign language
  • Dance & Drama lessons


Registered charity no. 1023316


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