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Chickerell Primary Academy


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Chickadees Pre-school and Chattichicks wrap around care

At our pre school, our grown ups have listening ears, and they help us to consider others feelings. We feel safe, we know what we can do safely, and we learn and play through exploration. We have inquisitive minds and we are proud of what we can do, however small the step. We are welcomed into the pre school like it’s an extension of home. Our likes are always considered, and we’re allowed to be different.


Our Chickadees staff team:


  • Clare Ash - Childcare Leader - NNEB - Designated Safeguarding Officer


  • Emma Symes - Senior Childcare Practitioner - CACHE NVQ Level 3


  • Caroline Pollard - Childcare Assistant - CACHE NVQ Level 3


  • Miss Elliott - Childcare Assistant - CACHE Level 3


All staff obtained their Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Qualification in November 2017. Our SENCO lead is Laura Wilson who is based at the Academy.


Chickadees Nursery is a 24 place pre-school setting, run by our fully qualified and dedicated staff team offering excellent facilities. Our setting is a self contained building and offers an enclosed garden, allowing us plenty of opportunity to frequent the outdoor and explore the mud kitchen, mark making areas, herb garden and playhouse.  We pride ourselves in offering an open door policy allowing prospective parents to drop in and meet us. We provide a happy, secure and educationally simulating environment in which we believe children can flourish.


Our pre-school days are from 9 am - 3 pm, term time only, in line with the Academy.


Session costs

Pre-school early start option 8.30-9.00am - £2.00

9.00-12.00 (3 hours) - £12.00

9.00-12.30 (3.5 hours) - £14.00

12.00-3.00 (3 hours) - £12.00

12.30-3.00 (2.5 hours) - £10.00

Lunch Club 12.00-12.30 – £2.00

Full Day 9.00-3.00- £24.00

Breakfast Club 8.00-8.40 (includes breakfast and school drop off - £4.00

All session costs are subject to annual review. Please note any unarranged additional time will be charged at a rate of £4.00 per hour.


There is also an option of wrap-around care provided by Chattichicks after school club until 5.30pm. This would need to be arranged through the Academy contact Miss Michelle Bates for any further enquiries on 01305 783876.


On a usual day at nursery parents are invited to join us from 8.50 am to settle the children and to catch up with pre-school staff.

The pre-school, through planning and implementation, follows the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements, which consists of the following themes:


  • Enabling environments

  • A unique child

  • Positive relationships

  • Learning and development.


Your children’s achievements and interests are recorded in their own individual online Learning Journals. We welcome and appreciate our parents' involvement in sharing and gathering information with us.


Since September 2015 we have been using the online package Tapestry to record and monitor our children’s development and we feel this has been particularly favourable in allowing us to  keep achievements updated and is an effective way of passing information to parents/carers through the use of iPads.  This will also transition through to school. This is an exceptional tool in helping us to record the children's progression in: 


Prime areas

  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development


Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathemactics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design


We have an excellent working partnership with the Early Years teachers and their team within the school. This allows us to create a smooth transition for children as they move up to the reception base and provides parents with the reassurance that the children are well prepared.


Due to high demands for places at pre-school we recommend registrations forms are submitted as soon as possible. Please do pop in to collect an application if you are considering us as your child’s setting.  Alternatively, please telephone: 01305 773103

or email:

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