Hilltop Pre-School opened in 1967 and has been providing quality pre-school education to the local community ever since. It now operates from a dedicated classroom within St. Barnabas Children’s Centre, Portishead. The children also have their own outdoor space, as well as an all weather outdoor area. The setting also has access to the very large playground at the rear of the Children’s Centre.
There are places for 21 children. Children can start at Hilltop from age 2 and a half years and are funded from the term after their 3rd birthday.
Morning, afternoon and all day sessions (including lunch club at a small additional cost) are offered, and children must do a minimum of 3 sessions. This gives parents the opportunity to have childcare during the morning 09:00 – 12:00, afternoon 12:30 – 15:30 or all day from 09:00 – 15:30 where spaces are available.
|Morning:||9.00 – 12.00|
|Afternoon:||12.30 – 3.30|
|All Day (including Lunch Club)||9.00 – 3.30|
Hilltop Lunch Club (children bring a packed lunch) runs Monday to Friday, 12:00 – 12:30 and is charged at an additional cost of £3 per day, payable at the beginning of each term, which is non refundable. Children have a cafe style snacktime during both the morning and the afternoon sessions, we ask parents for a donation of approximately £5 per term to cover the cost of this – this cost varies depending on the length of the term.
Each session is staffed by an experienced team, many of whom have worked with pre-school children for a number of years. They have extensive knowledge and understanding of the needs of this age group. In accordance with OFSTED guidelines, each session is operated by qualified, DBS checked staff most of whom hold a Paediatric First Aid Qualification. On entry, all children are allocated a member of staff as a ‘Keyperson‘. During the child’s time at the setting the Keyperson will record information on the child’s learning and development within the child’s learning diary.