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Welcome to Brayton Headstart Preschool

A friendly local preschool providing the ideal environment for your child's path to social interaction and education.

Brayton Headstart is Ofsted registered and a member of the preschool Learning Alliance. We offer quality sessions of day care in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which focuses on the seven areas of learning

  •   Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  •   Communication and Language
  •   Physical Development
  •   Literacy
  •   Mathematics
  •   Understanding the World
  •   Expressive Arts and Design

Our Services

Key Worker System

We operate a key worker system, where a member of staff is allocated to a child before they start with us. Your key worker will endeavour to quickly build close trusting relationships with your child and yourself. They will carry out regular observations of your child, and work alongside you in ensuring your child receives the best quality care and education from us.

Charity Events

Brayton Headstart Playgroup is an incorporated company with charitable status (number 1151937). We regularly plan events with the committee and parents to raise much needed funds to operate the playgroup and keep the equipment stocked up. We have previously enjoyed BBQ's, baking goodies and raffling prizes. We are always open to ideas for fund raising and welcome parents to participate.

Yummy Snacks

All staff preparing snack have relevant and up to date food hygiene training. A weekly snack menu is available for you to see on the parents information board. There is unlimited drinking water available throughout the session with snack provided once per session. We offer water or milk at snack time.

Parents Evenings

We are committed to providing a partnership of care for your child. This will be achieved by all staff regularly communicating with you, through informal discussions at the beginning or at the end of a session and meetings with your key person worker at formal parents evenings or on your request.

Outdoor Play

We have a fantastic garden with plenty of room, activities and even a boat!

Experienced Staff

All staff are highly trained and motivated to provide the best service for your child and you.


Places are either paid for or funded. Paid for sessions are charged at £3.50 per hour. You will receive an invoice on your child’s first session and half termly thereafter detailing sessions reserved and amounts due.

Funding is available for up to 15 hours per week 38 weeks per year from the term following your child’s third birthday. Full details of entitlement birth dates are available in playgroup. For families who meet certain benefit criteria there is two year old funding available, please see Monika if you think you may be entitled to this funding. Any additional hours over the 15 funded hours are charged for at the same rate as a paid for session.

Lunch club is charged at £2.00 per day and you must provide a packed lunch.

There is a voluntary £1.30 charge for snack and baking.

We provide a range of sessions for your child with the most popular shown below.

Morning Session

9am until 12pm

  • Dedicated Key Worker
  • Optional Lunch
  • Snacks

Afternoon Session

12:30pm until 3pm

  • Dedicated Key Worker
  • Optional Lunch
  • Snacks

Day Session

9am until 3pm

  • Dedicated Key Worker
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

Term Dates 2017/2018

Term / Holiday First Day Last Day
Autumn 2017 - first half term Monday, September 4, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017
Half term holiday Monday, October 23, 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017
Autumn 2017 - second half term Monday, October 30, 2017 Friday, December 22, 2017
Christmas holiday Monday, December 25, 2017 Friday, January 5, 2018
Spring 2018 - first half term Monday, January 8, 2018 Friday, February 9, 2018
Half term holiday Monday, February 12, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018
Spring 2018 - second half term Monday, February 19, 2018 Thursday, March 29, 2018
Easter holiday Friday, March 30, 2018 Friday, April 13, 2018
Summer 2018 - first half term Monday, April 16, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018
May bank holiday Monday, May 7, 2018  
Half term holiday Monday, May 28, 2018 Friday, June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 - second half term Monday, June 4, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018
European Regional Development Fund