welcomeSt Mary’s Osterley Pre-School Playgroup is held in St Mary’s Osterley Parish Centre and is fully accessible for the disabled.

We run playgroup sessions on Monday to Fridays in the mornings between 9:30-12:30pm.

Children are admitted from the time the child reaches the age of 2 years, but normally during the academic year they reach 3 years old, to the term of their fifth birthday.

The setting accesses the 2 year funding and the 3/4 year funding as well as 30 hour offer from September 2017 and tax free childcare. We are registered with several voucher schemes.

From this September we will be offering 30 hours between 8:30-2:30pm. 15 hours provision will continue between 9:30-12:30pm with breakfast and lunch club as extra options. All are offered at a fee if funding is not available.

The playgroup is registered by OFSTED under the 1989 Children Act and is registered as charity 1042164. Our last OFSTED inspection rated us outstanding.

If you would to enquire about places please contact us.

Childcare Choices from September 2017

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Tax-Free Childcare
Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that families pay in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).

Tax-Free Childcare will be available for children under 12 years old (under 17 years old for disabled children) and can be used to contribute towards nursery, childminder and after-school care. To be eligible, parents must be in work (including self-employment) and each earning at least £120 per week and not more than £100,000 per year. The offer will be introduced to parents with the youngest children first and gradually rolled out so that all parents will be able to apply by the end of 2017.

We are currently in the progress of signing up so that we can receive payments from Tax-Free Childcare. Parents need to register with the “Keep me updated” tool.

30 hours free childcare
30 hours childcare for three and four year olds will be available in England from September 2017. This doubles the existing 15 hours currently available and could save working families up to £5,000 a year.

Parents will be able to check their eligibility now using the online childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator and, if eligible, submit an online application ahead of September. Once signed up, parents will receive an eligibility code to take to their childcare provider. Childcare providers will then check the code with their local authority. If eligible, parents can book their 30 hours place.

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Ofsted Rates Us Outstanding

We’re very pleased to announced that after an inspection on 4th February 2016 we have been rated as outstanding.

The summary says:

  • Children thrive in a warm, welcoming and highly stimulating environment. The setting provides a wide variety of resources and exciting activities for children to explore.
  • The promotion of equality, respect and tolerance is at the heart of the setting’s work and is thoroughly embedded.
  • Staff work in excellent partnerships with parents and actively involve them in their children’s learning. For example, play plans outlining what children are learning are shared with parents. Parents also have the opportunity to have a say in how the setting is run by joining the parents’ committee and completing regular questionnaires.
  • The relationships between children and their key person are excellent. Children form secure attachments and are confident and ready to learn.
  • The manager and staff have a deep understanding of the curriculum and how to apply it to meet the children’s needs. All children make exceptional progress.

Please read the full report.


Funding for Under 2s

Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.

You must be getting one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credits and earn £16,190 a year or less

Children are also entitled to a place if: (more…)


Santa's little helper, Joanne
Santa’s little helper, Joanne
Liz helping Father Christmas distribute presents
Liz helping Father Christmas distribute presents

The last day of term sees a normal playgroup for most of the morning after which the children gather together and sing Christmas songs as parents and grandparents pile in.

A visit from Father Christmas follows with a present for each child. Some have never seen Father Christmas before and are a bit apprehensive; others rush to him.

After some more songs there is a feast for all to enjoy before breaking up for the Christmas holidays.