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A little bit about us

How it all began

Brayton Headstart Preschool was started in September 1967 as Brayton Parish Playgroup. It was formed by a group of young mothers from the church and was held in the parish rooms until 1991 when it moved to its own premises on the grounds of Brayton High School. In September 2013 the new portacabin was opened allowing an increase in numbers to meet local demand.

Aims and goals

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 end of a session and meetings with your key person at formal parents evenings or on request. Information will be relayed via half termly newsletters and our parents information display in the cloakroom. These efforts will provide you with an insight into the learning environment in which your child develops and allows us to gain a greater understanding of both your child’s and your needs.

Brayton Headstart Preschool 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

Sessions are largely based on a free flow basis, where your child is free to choose an activity that interests them, and staff are on hand to support and encourage learning.

Set up

Brayton Headstart Preschool is an incorporated company with charitable status (number 1151937). The directors of the company are supported by a voluntary management committee, without whom we cannot operate. All parents and carers are welcome to join the committee and help with fundraising and projects to support the playgroup. Committee meetings are held at least termly and details of these meetings will always be made available to you.


Monika Bradshaw is our EYFS Practice Manager and we have a named Deputy who manages the setting in Monika’s absence. Together they lead on all aspects of playgroup provision. Our Early Years Practitioners are Lyndsey Green, Paula Poskitt, Carole Cooper, Louise Lister, Elaine Bell, Kirsty Gouldthorpe, Charlotte Beeston is our 1:1 Support. All staff are DBS checked and there is always someone on duty with an up to date first aid certificate. Lyndsey Green is our named Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Behaviour Co-ordinator. Our Local Offer (available in setting, copies on request and on our website) outlines our commitments to working with children with additional needs.

keyworker system

Brayton Headstart Preschool operates a keyworker system, where a member of staff is allocated to a child before they start with us. Your keyworker 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. A list of keyworkers is available on the parent’s information board. If there are any concerns about your keyworker please see Monika as soon as possible.


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.

All fees must be paid promptly by the date stated on your invoice and by bank transfer where possible. Cheques are not accepted.

We are part of the childcare vouchers scheme, please see Monika for more information on this.

Non-payment of fees will incur a late payment charge of up to £20 per week and a risk to your child loosing their allocated space in the setting.

Persistent late collection of your child will incur a charge of £20.

Please note that if your child should be absent from playgroup for illness or holiday sessions will still be charged at the usual rate, with exceptional circumstances considered on an individual basis by Monika and the committee.

If for any reason you wish to remove your child from playgroup then a period of 4 weeks written notice is required with all fees paid up to date.

For full details and policies download the prospectus below