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About us

We are a childcare provider situated in West Swindon caring for children aged 6 months until they start primary school.

Shaw Village Pre School is built on the foundations of a well-loved playgroup run for 35 years in Shaw Ridge, West Swindon. In January 2020, our team of Outstanding Rated childminders  joined to create the new Pre School with a mission to create the very best setting to nurture and educate young children. We are proud of our dedicated and highly qualified team who between them have many years experience caring for and educating children in their early years.

Our sessions

We are open 50 weeks each year, offering morning, afternoon or full-day sessions every weekday.

  • Morning session - 9am to 12pm
  • Afternoon session - 12pm to 3pm
  • Full Day - 9am to 3pm
  • Wrap around available - 7.30am to 5.30pm

Timings may vary throughout the year, depending on the number of children registered.

We have a new intake at the beginning of September, January, and at Easter.

If we have spaces available you can choose to pay for extra sessions, which are charged in-line with government funding rates.  Please read our Prospectus for more information.

Our Pre School organises it’s sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build  their ability to select and work through a task to its completion - both inside and outdoors. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, including circle time, which introduces them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development, and their knowledge of the world around them. Our children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playrooms.

Learning through play

We believe that young children learn best through play.

Playing with others is important for children’s social and emotional development. Play allows children to explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world.

Our setting uses EYFS guidance to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make vital progress in areas of learning and development. You can read more about this in our PDF - Parents Guide to the EYFS.

In some of these activities’ children decide how they will use the activity, and in others, an adult will take the lead in helping the children take part. In all activities, information from the practice guidance has been used to decide which equipment to provide and how to provide it.

Our mission
  • To ensure the highest quality care and education for children below statutory school age.
  • To work in partnership with parents and carers and other professionals to help children to learn and develop.
  • To provide a friendly, warm, welcoming and inclusive service to our families in a home-from-home environment, delivering the Early Years foundation stage in a mixture of child and adult led methods.
  • To offer children opportunities to explore and develop to their full potential.
Registering your child at our pre-school

If you would like to register your child at our Pre School, please complete the Registration Form linked below and return it to the setting.

We will contact you on receipt of registration to discuss availability and arrange starting dates for your child.

Registration Form

Fees, where applicable, are currently in line with government funding.  The setting's fees are reviewed annually and are therefore, subject to change.  There are special arrangements available for those who have difficulties in paying fees.  This will be dealt with confidentially.

For your child to keep their place at the Pre School, fees must be paid within the first week of each term.  We are in receipt of Nursery Education Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Where funding is not received, then fees will apply.  We are totally dependant on fees to enable the pre-school to stay open

Funded children are eligible for funding the term following their third birthday, as follows:

Read more about Fees in our Prospectus