We are committed to making the Pre-School genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of our local community. All parents who may wish to send their child to Cogges Pre-School are required to register their interest and complete an application form giving the child’s details. These details will be kept on a waiting list.
We do take children from the age of 2 years but there is no guarantee of a place at that age.
If you would like to register your child please contact us on 07469 983003 or email
Our admissions policy prioritises children according to:
Children claiming OCC funding with us i.e. from the term after their 3rd birthday Note: OCC funding is free to all children the term after their 3rd birthday (31st of month – March, August and December).
Siblings at Cogges Pre-school
Siblings at the Blake school or previously attended Cogges Pre-school
Within catchment area - see Catchment for more details
Outside catchment area
We can offer sessions to children from the age of 2 years old. In practice children usually start from the September after their 3rd birthday.
We request that all children attend a minimum of 3 sessions per week.
Monday - from 9.00 to 12 noon and 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
Tuesday - from 9.00 to 12.00 noon
Wednesday - from 9.00 to 12.00 noon and 12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.
Thursday - from 9.00 to 12.00 noon and 12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.
Friday - Pre-school closed all day
Fees are £15.00 per session from September 2013; this is reviewed each term. We are pleased to inform that that this fee has not been increased for the current term. Bills will be issued in advance or at the beginning of the term. Payment is required in advance or within the first two weeks of term. Failure to pay could result in your child's place being forfeited.
Oxfordshire County Council free funding to all 3 and 4 year olds
The term after your child’s 3rd birthday you are currently entitled to claim up to 15 hours childcare free via the national education grant paid for by Oxfordshire County Council. The Pre-School claims the grant directly and sessions/ hours can be split between childcare providers up to 15 hours. Sessions cannot be split with LEA run childcare providers.
National Education Grant
The Pre-School claims this grant in terms 1, 3 and 5.
It is required by the council that funded children attending the pre-school should show the staff at the Pre-School a valid birth certificate at registration or when the child reaches 3 years of age. Each term, each funded child’s parent or registered carers most complete a declaration so the Pre-School can claim the funding.
Early Start Club
Early Start Club runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30am and costs £2.50 per session used. Children can attend adhoc or on a regular basis. Parents should speak to the Pre-School Manager for more information.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We follow the early years foundation stage framework which supports your child's learning and development, assessment and safeguarding and welfare requirements that all providers on the early years register must meet to ensure children learn and develop and are kept healthy and safe.
At each session we provide a wide variety of activities including sand and water play, painting, modelling, puzzles, games, dressing up, construction toys, computer, play dough, music, singing and dancing.
Your child will visit our allotment at Cogges Manor Farm and take part in Forest School from the September to the July before they start primary school. We have a garden with a patio area for bikes, scooters and cars, a large outdoor sand pit and a grassy area for other apparatus such as a slide or climbing equipment.
All children will need to be dressed appropriately for the weather as we have an open door policy where children can access the garden at any time during the session, children do go out in the rain but if it is very heavy we do alternative activities inside.
Please name all of your child's clothing especially their coats and wellies.
In each session, we have "snack time" when the children are given milk/water, which is free. We ask that parents/ carers to provide a labelled healthy snack for their child for each session that they attend i.e. one for AM and one for PM.
It is important that you let us know if your child is allergic to any foods or anything they may come into contact with e.g. animals. nuts, dairy products, etc.
All children staying all day (9am to 3pm) will have lunchtime and will be required to bring in a healthy lunch and drink. Due to the start time of the afternoon session children can by pre-arrangement bring a packed lunch and eat it with the children attending all day. No fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets please.
The Key Person
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. One of the statutory requirements of the EYFS is that every child is assigned a Key Person. When your child starts at Pre-School, their key person will be responsible for their two-way communication book as well as your first point of contact however all staff are available at any time should you wish to discuss anything in more detail.
The key person is responsible for planning appropriate play and learning experiences for each child based on their interests and needs and also identify any concerns about your child’s development. Observations can take the form of written observations, photographs, things the children have made/ drawn or from information provided by parents.
The children are assigned to a group when they join Cogges Pre-School. These groups have a colour and an animal name:
The children will have carpet time during the session with their key workers in their groups.
For more information, please refer to our Policies.
If your child sustains any injury outside of Pre-School, please make sure that we are made aware of this. You can fill in an existing injury form when you drop off your child, or download one from here and bring it in with you.
Information for Parents
"Partnerships with parents are successful and result in good continuity between the home and pre-school environments"
Ofsted report, March 2015
"Parents speak highly of the excellent quality of care that their children receive."
Ofsted report, May 2017
"It's a very safe environment with lots to do and fun activities all year round."
Parent, June 2019
[the Pre-school's strengths are] "Communication with parents. Range of activities and learning opportunities provided for the children."
Parent, June 2019