Pre-School Admissions

We are delighted that you have shown an interest in our Pre-School.  
At Lionel Walden Pre-School, our primary intent is to provide a nurturing and inclusive environment where every child can flourish and develop to their fullest potential.
We are committed to fostering a love for learning, social development, and creativity in our young learners.
Our dedicated team of staff are passionate about creating a safe, stimulating, and fun educational experience that sets the foundation for a lifetime of success.
We prioritize the individual needs and interests of each child, encouraging curiosity, independence, and a strong sense of community. We aim is to be a trusted partner in your child's early education journey, instilling a lifelong love for discovery, exploration, and learning
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.  Some 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week. To check eligibility, visit the DFE website: 

Pre-School operates both morning and afternoon sessions.
15hrs childcare equates to 5 sessions (AM or PM or a mixture)
30hrs childcare equates to full time - 10 sessions

If you are only eligible for 15hrs free childcare, additional sessions may be considered for an additional fee, dependent on numbers.
Children can attend Pre-School from the term after their 3rd birthday.  We have three intake windows - Autumn, Spring and Summer.
If you are interested in applying for places in our Pre-School then please complete our Notice of Interest form below.  Your responses will be recorded and our office will be in contact with your when the next round of admissions take place. 
We will always aim to accommodate need but we have to comply with building regulations regarding the total number of children allowed at any one time, and staffing ratio levels.  This may mean that we are unable to accommodate your need or increase hours.
Please also note that gaining a place at Lionel Walden Pre-School does not guarantee a place in Reception at Lionel Walden.  The school admissions operates via the Local Authority and application for admission to Reception should be made via the LA.