When to apply for a place?

We recommend applying for a place as early as possible. This gives you the best chance of securing days and times you would like. We may well have availability at short notice, so it is worth contacting us to check.

We are able to offer flexibility and choice, including what time of year to start, how many sessions or hours to attend and the option to attend another setting alongside ours.

If you would like to download a copy of our registration form please:

Click here for our West End form
Click here for our Wickham Form

Fees

Payment terms are generally that fees are payable in full at the beginning of each term, though other payment terms can be agreed with each family to suit their needs.

Fees are reasonable and we offer 15 hours free nursery education for children the term after they have turned 3 years of age.

  • £13.80 (morning)
  • £11.50  (afternoon)
  • £3         (lunch period)
  • £28        (full day)

Settling In…

It can be difficult for some children to settle into a new pre-school environment. We understand this and work with you to work out the best way to settle your child as quickly as possible so they can get on with the very important job of learning and having fun! Usually parents stay with their child for the first ‘taster’ session. For other children they would need their parent to stay beyond this.

Every child will have a key person to guide them through these first few sessions. They will be ‘key’ in settling your child by getting to know them and you and by monitoring their development and well being whilst at pre-school.

We understand you know your child best and we need as much information about them from you in order to help them to sparkle at Little Gems.

You will be asked to complete a settling in form with the key person which will help us to identify aspects of their character and anything special to them right at the outset. As your child continues to grow and develop we welcome opportunities to discuss things with you, at the beginning and end of sessions and at pre-arranged appointment times.