Pre School


At Ardley Hill Pre School, we understand that choosing the right childcare can be a daunting and emotional experience, which is why we create a warm, friendly and welcoming environment and ensure the needs of your child are always our priority. Our qualified and experienced staff are dedicated to ensuring your child has the best start in life.

Play is an important part of our approach towards learning and development. Our range of activities and facilities fully support the Early Years Foundation including our messy play and quiet time area, growing garden and small group room. All of our children have access to a secure outdoor play area.

Ardley Hill Pre School is Ofsted registered and cares for children from 2 years to pre-school age. 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) from 8.50am-3.20pm.

If you have not yet visited our Pre School or you would like more information about our setting, Please contact me on 01582 667955 or


Pre School Virtual Tour

Due to COVID-19 we are currently unable to offer prospective parents a visit in to our Pre School. We would however, like to invite you to watch our virtual tour.

You can find our information pack and application form in the Letters section below.

Pre School Term Dates

Pre School Term Dates 2020 21

Optional Pre School Uniform

You can purchase the Pre School from Best Look school uniform shop in Dunstable or from My Clothing Limited –

Ardley Hill Pre School also sell pre loved uniform, please email me at for more information.


Pre School Classes

Caterpillars Class

For our 2 to 3 year olds, our sessions are a combination of ‘In the Moment’ play and adult focused activities. We hold regular meetings with parents to discuss your child’s progress and their next steps. This is also an opportunity for you to inform us about what your child has been learning at home. We consider every activity to be a learning opportunity – sorting shapes and sizes introduces early mathematics, enjoying rhymes, singing and music encourages language development and painting, mark making and messy play stimulate creativity.

Caterpillars Time Table

Butterflies Class
Pre School is an important milestone for children. At Ardley Hill Pre School we prepare our older children so that they are ready for school. We work closely with the 4+ at Ardley Hill Academy and other Lower/Primary schools to ensure a smooth transition.
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to structure our daily activities. Improving social development, communication and interaction skills are a key focus and we encourage the children to engage in organised activities that are specifically designed to enhance their development.

Butterflies Time Table

Nappy Changing and Toilet Training

Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend our Pre School. Parents/carers are asked to provide nappies, and wipes. When the time comes to start toilet training we will work with you and your child to help them adapt confidently to this new experience, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own hygiene and promoting the importance of correct hand washing.

Outdoor Learning

Both classes benefit from secure playgrounds as well as sharing a large grass area. We also have use of the Academy’s 2 large playing fields and playground which is great for riding bikes and scooters.

2 Year Old Funding

Funding is available for up to 15 hours of childcare per week for 2 year olds whose families meet one of the following criteria:
They receive

  • Income Support,
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance,
  • Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits and have an annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190,
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


Or they have a two year old child who

  • Has a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health Care Plan,
  • Receives Disability Living Allowance,
  • Has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order
  • Is a looked after Child


If you think you might be eligible please contact Dunstable South Children’s Centre on 01582 666403

30 Hours Funding

Ardley Hill Pre School offer 15 hours funding and the extended 30 hour funding. To find out if you are eligible for this funding please follow this link

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The Early Years Pupil Premium allows childcare providers to claim extra funding to support children’s development, learning and care.provides will received an additional £300 per year for eligible three and four year old children. This additional money could make a significant difference to your child’s education.
Parents – please download more information from the ‘letters’ section.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Support (SEND)

Pre School Local Offer

Stay & Play Days

Due to the Coronavirus we will not be offering stay and play sessions at this time.


Application Information

Application Form 2021

Nursery World Article



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