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Chrishall Pre-School


Pre-School Staff

Pre-School leader: Mrs S McKenna

Pre-School Deputy: Pip Rumsey & Gemma Rugg

Pre-School Assistant: Sarah Goodwin

Contact Us

Chrishall Pre-School

Palmers Lane




Tel: 01763 838592

Email: preschool@chrishall.essex.sch.uk

Session information - Term time only

Morning 9am - 12pm  

Lunch club 12pm - 1pm 

Afternoon 1pm - 3pm 

All day 9am - 3pm 

Opening hours

Monday 9am - 3pm

Tuesday 9am - 3pm

Wednesday 9am - 3pm (Note: 1pm - 3pm Rising 5's only)

Thursday 9am - 3pm (Note: 9am - 3pm Rising 5's only) 

Friday 9am - 1pm (closed PM)


A maximum of 16 children may attend at any one time. 

Children have access to an outdoor play area within the school grounds. We  provide a free flow activity setting indoors and out. (Weather permitting)

The setting welcomes all children, supporting any disabilities, language or learning difficulties. We can and have in the past set up I.E.Ps in conjunction with our school SENCO. 

The Pre School takes place in the hall, which adjoins the Primary School allowing for excellent interaction with the school staff, and making the transition for the rising 5s into big school easier.

The hall comprises of a small entrance room, two play rooms, a kitchen area and two separate toilets with hanging facilities for all the children’s belongings. We can also have access to the school grounds and school hall when not in use by the school for various activities such as our Christmas Nativity, P.E etc.

There are two entrances, one of which has wheelchair access. 

Please take a look at our school blog to get a full picture of the activities we take part in and enjoy at pre-school.

Fees and Funding

Our fees

The cost per hour is £4.20 payable half a term in advance. Fees are payable even when a child is absent, due to sickness or holiday.  A half-terms notice must be given if your child is leaving.  When you register your child at Pre-School, we ask for a £20.00 non-refundable deposit to cover administration costs. 
We review our fees from time to time to ensure they are consistent with other local settings.


Once your child turns 3 years of age, he/she will be eligible for Government funding from the start of the following term.  We will tell you when your child is eligible and help you with the relevant paper work.  Children are eligible for up to 5 sessions of 3 hours free per week, depending on availability.  The maximum entitlement is 15 hours per week spread over three school terms comprising of a maximum of 38 weeks.  Any hours attended above this allowance will be charged at the normal rate of £4.20 per hour.

If you are registering your child at the age that they become funded, no deposit is required.  If you are moving your child to us during term time and you have claimed funding at another setting, we may ask you to pay your fees in full if we are unable to claim back the funding from the other setting.

We ask that you do not change your sessions during term time as any increase in sessions will be charged in full as we are unable to alter a funding claim.

NOTE: Any extra sessions taken will be charged separately

Voluntary contributions

We ask parents of funded children to contribute £0.50 per hour to cover snacks and one-off activities (for example we may pay for entertainment or learning activities from external providers).

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