OfSted Report - Rated 'Good' 
Toppesfield’s Pre-school, Little Chestnuts, has received a glowing ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, filled with praise for the managers, staff and children at this flourishing setting. 
The pre-school, which is popular with parents; some of whom travel from Halstead and Sible Hedingham, prides itself on the quality of teaching and learning, Ofsted Inspector, Patricia Champion states “Staff teach children to recognise and write their names and develop an understanding of words and letters. They also provide a broad range of activities to encourage them to speak and listen. This has a significantly positive impact on children's communication skills.” 
Children who attend the pre-school are extremely happy, they enjoy their changing indoor environment and their well-equipped outdoor area. The Ofsted report identifies “All children, including those who receive funding, make good progress. Children are confident, self-assured and really enjoy learning. They demonstrate a strong desire to try new things and eagerly investigate the many experiences on offer. Older children's literacy and mathematical skills are developing well to support them in their next stage of learning and the eventual progression on to school”. 

Where learning is child's play 

Little Chestnut’s Pre-school is situated at the village hall in Toppesfield benefiting from a lovely large area for the children to play, learn and explore, both inside and out. Toppesfield is close to Ridgewell, Great Yeldham and the Hedinghams. 
 
Run by a team of qualified and dedicated staff, every parent has a say in the running of the Pre-school through our Committee. We also have strong links with St Margaret’s School in Toppesfield, a wonderful small village school with big ambitions.  
 
Open to children from aged 2 years to rising fives; we are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds and can offer double sessions to cover school hours on a Tuesday to Thursday and morning sessions Monday to Friday. We also offer Breakfast club from 8am with a 'walking bus' to St Margaret's school. 
 
Stay and play sessions are held on the 3rd Friday of each month, this is open to all children under five years (including children who do not regularly attend Little Chestnuts) and is a great opportunity for toddlers to be introduced to pre-school. This is £3 per family. 10:30-12:00pm 
 
 
 
Parent Reminders....  
Invoices will be issued during the first week of returning to school. 
 
Monday 7th January - Friday 15th February 2019 - Start of Spring Half Term 
Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February 2019 - Half Term 
Monday 25th February - Friday 5th April 2019 - Spring Term Continues 
Monday 8th April - Monday 22nd April 2019 - Easter Holiday Half Term 
 
Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 24th May 2019 - Start of Summer Term 
Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May 2019 - Half Term 
Monday 3rd June - Friday 19th July 2019 - Summer Term Continues 
Monday 22nd July - Tuesday 3rd September 2019 - Schools out for Summer!! 

Opening hours & fees 

Monday 8am-1pm 
Tuesday 8am-3pm 
Wednesday 8am-3pm 
Thursday 8am-3pm 
Friday 8am-1pm 
 
Fees: £4 per hour 
 
Breakfast Club available from 8am 
Fees: £2 Preschool 
£4 Primary School  
(Walking Bus Included) 
 
We are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply 
 
We accept 2 year olds through to rising 5 year olds 
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