'Children are quick to develop exceptionally close bonds with the staff and their friends. This contributes to children's excellent levels of emotional well-being. - Ofsted 2019

'Staff establish strong and supportive partnerships with parents. They engage parents well in children's learning and regularly share new information about their children's progress.' - Ofsted 2019

We use the online learning journey system 'Tapestry' to record the children's learning and development. Parents get a secure login to their own children's page where not only can they see what the children have been doing, they can add their own observations/comments and photos from home. 

During the Spring and Summer Term's the Rising Fives Children visit Old Newton Primary School every week for a 2 hour session. Parents/Carers drop off and pick up their children from Old Newton Primary School and a member of preschool staff will meet the children at the School and stay with them throughout the session. This allows your child to become familiar with the school environment, staff and layout of the school prior to your child starting school and helps for a smoother transition for your child. To find out more about Old Newton Primary School please click here.

Meet our team

Helen Thorby (Preschool Manager)

Helen joined the setting in spring 2016 as a play leader and started the role as Preschool manager in September 2020. Helen has 17 years of experience within childcare, working prodominantly with 0-5year olds. Helen has completed her BA Hons in Child care, Learning and Development (Level 6) she also has her Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) and has completed her SENCO qualification.

Helen works every session at preschool.

Katy Graham (Deputy Manager)

Katy started in the Summer Term 2015, Katy originally started running the toddler group and is now working as our Deputy Manager. Katy has a CACHE level 3 Diploma in Early Years.

Katy works every session at Preschool.

Carley Donovan (Preschool Assistant)

Carley joined our team in September 2016. Carley has previous experience working with children aged 0-11 years in local nurseries and supervising in another pre-school. Carley has her CACHE Level 2 & 3 in Childcare and Education. 

You will see Carley on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Bank staff

We currently have 5 Preschool Assistants who help cover the sessions when needed at preschool - Sadie Wright, Emma Fielden, Lauren Wade, Sophie Thrower and Dawn Baker.


Our Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator (SENCO) is Helen Thorby and our Deputy is Katy Graham.

Our Safeguarding Co-Coordinator is Katy Graham and our Deputy is Helen Thorby.

All staff continue to update qualifications regularly such as Food safety, Safeguarding and First Aid.

Our Opening Hours (Term Time)

  • Monday 9:00am -3:00pm (Lunch club 12:00pm-12:30pm)
  • Tuesday 9:00am-12:00pm (Lunch club 12:00pm-12:30pm)
  • Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm (Lunch Club 12:00pm-12:30pm)
  • Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm (Lunch Club 12:00pm-12:30pm)
  • Friday 9:00am-3:00pm (Lunch Club 12:00pm-12:30pm)

Costs per session

Two year old funding- We are able to offer two year old funded places to see if you are eligible and to apply please click HERE

Three and Four year old funding-Your child will be able to receive 15 hours or 30 hours of childcare per week a term after their 3rd birthday.

Your three and four year old child may also be eligible for EYPP to find out if your eligible and for you to apply please click HERE

Costs per session

2 year olds- £14.75 for each 3 hour session (9-12) (12-3)

3 and 4 year olds- £13.00 for each 3 hour session

Lunch club- £2.50 each session

Term dates     

Term dates: School year 2020-2021

Autumn term 2020

Term commences Tuesday 8th September 2020

Last day of term is Friday 18th December 2020

Half term holiday is Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October 2020

Spring term 2021

Term commences Monday 4th January 2021

Last day of term is Friday 26th March 2021

Half term holiday is Monday 15th February - Friday 19st February 2021

Summer term 2021

Term commences Monday 12th April 2021

Last day of term is Friday 16th July 2021

Half term holiday is Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2021


Bumps, Babes & Tots

Bumps, Babes & Tots runs every Wednesday 10am-12:00pm at Old Newton Sports and Social Club. This group is run by a preschool staff member, who provides a fun, messy and stimulating environment for you to explore with your child. This group is for expectant families, babies and toddlers up to the age of 3 years. We welcome everyone from parents, carers, grandparents, childminders etc.

The cost per session is £2.50 per family, This includes snacks for the children and hot/cold drinks for the adults.