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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 £3.98 per hour in line with the local authority.

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 birthdates are available in Headstart.

For families who meet certain benefit criteria there is two year old funding available, please check with us 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.

You must provide a healthy packed lunch for the day session.

There is a charge of £2 per week per child for snack and baking.

Morning Session

9am until 12pm

  • Dedicated Key Worker
  • Snacks
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Afternoon Session

12:30pm until 3pm

  • Dedicated Key Worker
  • Snacks
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Day Session

9am until 3pm

  • Dedicated Key Worker
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

Term Dates 2017/2018

Term / Holiday First Day Last Day
Spring 2019 - first half term Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Friday, February 22, 2019
Half term holiday Monday, February 25, 2019 Friday, March 1, 2019
Spring 2019 - second half term Monday, March 4, 2019 Friday, April 12, 2019
Easter holiday Monday, April 15, 2019 Friday, April 26, 2019
Summer 2019 - first half term Monday, April 29, 2019 Friday, May 24, 2019
May bank holiday Monday, May 6, 2019  
Half term holiday Monday, May 27, 2019 Friday, May 31, 2019
Summer 2019 - second half term Monday, June 3, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019
Summer holiday Monday, July 22, 2019 Friday, August 30, 2019
Autumn 2019 - first half term Monday, September 2, 2019 Friday, October 25, 2019
Half term holday Monday, October 28, 2019 Friday, November 1, 2019
Autumn 2019 - second half term Monday, November 4, 2019 Friday, December 20, 2019
Christmas holiday Monday, December 23, 2019 Friday, January 3, 2020
Spring 2020 - first half term Monday, January 6, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020
Half term holiday Monday, February 17, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020
Spring 2020 - second half term Monday, February 24, 2020 Friday, April 3, 2020
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