About Us

Located just across the road from Abbey Lane School, we are a small pre-school that provides quality care and offers outside space for your child to explore and develop.

Our ‘Aunties’ create a warm and caring environment that helps support your child in making the most of their abilities and talents. To assist us, we incorporate the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).

We are registered and inspected by Early Years Ofsted (our 2018 visit saw us being rated as ‘Good’ -our most recent report can be found here) and we are also a member of the Early Years Alliance. ​

We do run a daily breakfast club on request, but please speak with our current manager Claire should you require wrap around care – a number of childminders also collect from us.

As a small charity we are always looking for ways to fundraise. If you have been positively impacted by St Chad’s Pre-School please feel free to make a donation. Even a small amount makes a big difference and we really do appreciate it.

Working together

St. Chad’s Pre-school has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting. This helps us to:

We currently employ 6 staff at St. Chad’s Pre-school. All are CRB checked and we provide regular training for our staff in terms of first aid and child protection. They have over a hundred years combined experience of working in the childcare/education sector.

Our upper limit of 21 children per session enables your child to have the best support from our staff.

As a member of the Early Years Alliance, we recognise that parents and carers are the first and most important educators of their children. Our staff see themselves as co-workers with you and, as such, there are many ways in which we encourage you to be involved in the pre-school:

We also work with parents on online Record of Achievements – confidential development records that will remain with your child even as they leave the pre-school and move on. This helps us celebrate his/her achievements. Your child’s key person will work with you to collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and progress to ensure the effective development and well-being of your child.​

Our Team


Claire Wilson – Manager, SENCO, Safeguarding Officer


Laura Gratton – Deputy Manager/EYT, ENCO officer


Carol Pickering – Preschool Assistant

Amy Austin – Preschool Assistant

Steph Dodds – Preschool Assistant


Kate Beeden – Administrator

We are proud members of the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award – encouraging our children to adventure and explore and ultimately learn.

We love St. Chad's Pre-school - the staff are very caring and provide a really nurturing environment for my daughter.

St. Chad's Pre-school is very friendly - my son has been to other nurseries but this is the only place in which he has settled.

We love St. Chad's Pre-school - the staff are very caring and provide a really nurturing environment for my daughter. They are flexible and helped us ease into starting pre-school.

​The many years of experience make for a welcoming, happy and fun-filled setting.

Esme has settled in quickly and really enjoys her time there. The aunties are wonderful, very caring and attentive, and have many years of experience.

​We're encouraged to talk with the aunties about our children from the start - to really help them understand our child, and their specific needs.