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Merton Pre-School is a friendly Pre-School with an excellent reputation. We welcome new families to come and visit us at any time during a session, we like to feel that you are seeing a true picture.

We aim to provide high-quality care and education for Pre-school children (from 2 years old till they go to school) in a fun, stimulating and caring environment. The staff work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop to their full potential. We also aim to add to the life and well-being of the local community and offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity.

In order to get your child's name on the waiting list; please apply by filling out an application form on the contact us page.  We a have a transition day for all children who have applied to the Pre-School in July.   


We are currently running a waiting list for September 2020.  (We are currently full and children who apply now will be placed on a waiting list.)

The Policy of the month:


Policy on Parental Involvement

  • We believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents and settings work together in partnership.
  • Parents are the child’s first and most important educators.
  • The children Act 1989 defines parental responsibility as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his/her property’.
  • Parents may come in to talk to any member of staff, once all of the children have arrived and are inside the Pre-school.
  • Parents may come to join a session, by letting the person on the door know. 
  • All parents understand that to safeguard their child all mobile phones are kept at home or stored in the office if the parent is coming into the Pre-school session when children are present.
  • We telephone fathers/carers that live separately to let them know about their child.
  • All information is confidential and only shared to protect a child or safeguard a person/child.
  • We seek permission from parents to administer medication.
  • We make it clear that parents must participate in settling in their child.
  • Parents are invited to attend AGMS, join the committee, attend open days and activity days.
  • Key people work with parents to ensure the child is getting the best care and education possible.
  • We invite parents in if they have skills they can share with children.
  • Parents are invited to 12 weekly meetings with their key person to discuss their child’s progress and support for the child.





We were graded on 6th October 2016 with the top marks that OFSTED can give an early years setting.  Please read the report attached.   

 AGM minutes, please click here


 The government has advised parents to apply as soon as possible:  Please, can I remind parents who want their child to get the 30 hours funding, they will need to get a code. This is available from this website:

If you are struggling to get your 30-hour code, this might help you:,529CV,MR7T07,JD44V,1

 For 2 year old funding: 

Information from Services for Young children for parents:  Early years pupil premium - what is it?

Are you eligible for childcare support - Universal Credit? - Click on link


Join our facebook page:


Information from Services for Young Children.  Click here

Key person vacancy


We are an ‘Outstanding’ Pre-school (OFSTED 2016) for children 2 years to rising 5 years. We moved into a new building in April 2015 with stimulating resources and environment and are open term time only. We believe children thrive on relationships and as a key person you will be fundamental at building good relationships with children, parents and staff.  Our weekly Forest School sessions, including a range of other experiences such as regular trips to libraries and parks, help the children to thrive and learn from real world experiences.  Children build on their own knowledge and understanding of the world with staff to enhance their learning experiences.  Our planning style is in the moment looking for important teaching moments to support the children to thrive. 


Have you:

  • The drive, ambition and passion to encourage and support the children achieve to the best of their ability. 
  • A desire to encourage parents and staff to support children to build and develop their outcomes, so all children can take on their next challenge.
  • The motivation to manage children’s needs on a daily basis and ensure their safety and wellbeing.
  • The skills to be able to deliver the curriculum (EYFS) to the children and ensure they are progressing well.
  • The love of spending whole days outdoors no matter what the weather and the patience to allow children to take risks, so they learn from their environment.


 To apply you must:

  • Have a willingness to train and become a qualified Early Year Practitioner or hold a Childcare qualification.
  • Be aware of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
  • Have a desire to work with children and want to ensure children’s well-being and safety is being met.
  • Be willing to undertake a DBS.


We offer:

  • 30 hours per week mornings Monday 8.45am-3.15pm, Tuesday 8.45am-3.15pm,

Wednesday 8.45am-3.15pm, Thursday 8.45am-3.15pm, Friday 8.45am-3.15pm.

  • Salary range £8.70 + (£8.82 from April) per hour (can be negotiable depending on experience/qualifications)
  • An enthusiastic team of staff who are dedicated to enhancing children’s learning
  • A mentor who will support your induction working in the Pre-school
  • Children who are friendly and make everyone feel welcome
  • A supportive Committee who is committed to ongoing professional development


Closing date for applications is 14th February 2020 Interviews on week beginning 24th February 2020


Call Carey West, Merton Pre-School Leader on 01256 353100 for an application pack or email Visits are encouraged.


Merton Pre-School is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  The Protection of Children Regulation applies to this post.