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Thomas Eaton

Primary Academy

All for Learning and Learning for All

About us

Welcome to Thomas Eaton Pre-School


We are a small Pre-School offering 16 places: morning, afternoon or whole day sessions with a small payable lunchtime session fee to cover staff costs (£2 if your child stays between 11:45am-12:15pm). Your child can also enjoy a school cooked dinner if they so wish at a cost of £2.25.

Please note that sessions will only run if there is sufficient demand for them and will fluctuate termly.


The sessions are (term time only):




Meet the staff

Mrs Emma Payne, Pre-School leader.

Mrs Karen Anthony, Pre-School Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Jayne Fleet, Pre-School Teaching Assistant.

Between us we have many years of Early Years expertise and pedagogy.


Our ethos and values

Currently, Pre-School children join us the term after their third birthday. From January 2020 we will also be offering part-time places for funded 2 year olds. If your child is eligible for the free funded 15 hours they can join us the term after their second birthday. 

This may be their first experience away from parents and carers or to be left with a group of children and unfamiliar faces.

Our main aim, during the first half term, is to settle them into routines, make friends with familiar faces and engaging with activities that they can explore. We promote the individual’s voice and fascinations, independence skills and good behaviour within the group.

Young children’s memories are still in a very infant stage at this age. Through repeated activities, an engaging environment and allowing children to wallow in what they know we hope to build upon their breadth of skills and recall.

As Early Years Practitioner’s we understand children need to grow in self- confidence and self- assurance before they engage fully and progress in other areas.


Meeting with parents regularly and discussing changes in children’s behaviour and well-being, also celebrating our children’s achievements is vital to keep continuity and a consistent approach to the children’s learning journey.

We observe the children playing using several formats, such as: on line journals, post-its, narrative, photographs, group observations, all during independent and adult supported times, inside and outside play.

These inform us of each individuals development in each area of learning: 3 Prime areas, Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Communication and Language Development, Physical Development and 4 Specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


We plan activities so children can access a wide range of experiences, linking to all areas of the EYFS curriculum.

Engaging, focusing, thinking, linking ideas and being motivated whist playing comes under the title of ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ We record these on observations to give us deepening understanding to how children are self - exploring and informs us during our planning of next steps too. 


We applaud diversity and different family cultures and faiths within our community. Therefore, we do not expect each child to be at the same starting point at Baseline assessment, and we understand children all develop at different rates and times.

When we make a judgement about where the children are on Development Matters we understand children have all had different experiences in their lives, children are not labelled.

To help us get a holistic picture of the children’s level of development we arrange home visits. Together with the parents we discuss their children’s needs and other considerations.


We ask questions to inform us about the Prime areas and other experiences in their children’s lives. We also talk about behaviour management and risk taking at home so the children benefit to a joint adult voice.

The parents are given ‘wow’ moments to complete at home, so the online Learning Journal becomes a celebration of evidence from home and school. They also have opportunities to help their child to record book preferences in a child friendly reading record.

Our tracking process throughout the year is flexible to take on board changes in our children’s and family’s lives.

It is a good reflective practice that helps the practitioner with the child’s Next Steps, and how we can scaffold play and enhance the environment to maximise children’s progress with us.


We aim for every child to make progress with the goal of being ‘Secure 30 – 50 months’ by the end of the summer term as children are moving on to Reception.


Registering your child

If you would like to visit Pre-School or attend a stay and play session with your child, please use the main school telephone number 01354 740392.

To place your child on our waiting list or for an admission form please follow the links below or pop into the school office.



From Spring 2020 (January 2020) we will be offering Preschool places for eligible funded 2 year olds!


Some 2 year olds are entitled to free early learning and childcare. The eligibility starts the school term after the child’s second birthday: 

Although not all 2 year olds are entitled to a free place, all children become eligible for free childcare and early learning places from the school term after their third birthday.


Either parent must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit provided your annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit provided your annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £15,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)


Or, the child:

  • has been adopted from local authority care
  • has been looked after by a local authority
  • has left care through a special guardianship or child arrangements order
  • is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan


If you have received a letter, parents/carers will need to complete the online application form to check your eligibility. The letter is not proof of entitlement as your circumstances can change.

For further information regarding eligibility please use the link below:

Please see below more information