OurTerm Dates

Autumn Term 2024

Wednesday 4th September: Settling in session for new starters

Thursday 5th September: Start of Term to all children

Friday 25th October: End of Term

Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November: Half Term Holiday – Preschool closed

Monday 4th November: Start of Term

Friday 20th December: End of Term – preschool closes at 2pm

Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January 2025: Half Term Holiday – Preschool closed

Spring Term 2025

Monday 6th January: Start of Term

Friday 14th February: End of Term

Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February: Half Term Holiday – Preschool closed

Monday 24th February: Start of Term

Friday 4th April: End of Term – Preschool closes at 2pm

Monday 7th April: Half Term Holiday – Preschool closed

Tuesday 22nd April: Half Term Holiday – Preschool closed

Summer Term 2025

Wednesday 23rd April: Start of Term

Monday 5th May: Bank Holiday

Friday 23rd May: End of Term

Monday 26th May to Friday 30th May: Half Term Holiday – Preschool closed

Monday 2nd June: Preschool Closed

Tuesday 3rd June: Preschool Closed

Wednesday 4th June: Start of Term

Tuesday 22nd July: End of Term – Preschool closes at 2pm

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Covid Policy Guide

Due to Covid-19. Our policies & procedures will be reviewed and updated in line with government requirements and safety procedures in place from September 2020. 

Covid Policy

We have had to make some changes due to COVID-19. We are following guidance and procedures from the department of Education and government.

Covid Policy

We have had to make some changes due to COVID-19. We are following guidance and procedures from the department of Education and government.

Fee Payment Policy 2021-2022

We have had to make some changes due to COVID-19. We are following guidance and procedures from the department of Education nad government.

The Answers toAll Your Questions

Does my child need to be toilet trained when they start?

No. It is not our policy to insist on this as we feel it would go against the spirit of equal opportunity, but we will work with you to help toilet train when you are ready.

Can I stay to settle my child?

Under normal circumstances, the answer is yes, we work as a team to settle children and discuss strategies with parents. However, we have a no visitor policy in place during Covid-19 reopening term. Please scroll down to see our Covid policy in further details.

My child has allergies. Will you take them?

Yes. We work closely with parents and other agencies to maintain the health of each child in our care and it is our policy not to turn a child away without trying our best. We will ensure that all staff are aware of your child's allergies.

What do I do if my child is ill and cannot attend a session?

Just ring in the morning to let us know and then spend the rest of the day having a pyjama day! We do ask to please not send your child in for 48 hours after they have been sick or had an upset tummy. Also if they have had a temperature please keep them at home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal, in terms of sickness and absence, please refer to our Covid Policy, which will be reviewed on weekly baisis.

What if I want to take my child on holiday?

Give us the dates when you are going to be away and have a lovely time! Session will still need to be paid for if your child is on holiday or is sick.

What happens if I am unable to pick my child up from school?

We expect a phone call from you explaining the situation - then we will call the emergency contacts that you have supplied at the time of registration. Communication is vital here!

How old does my child have to be to start at North Bushey Pre-school?

Children can start as soon as they are 2 years old.

When can I put my child's name down on the waiting list?

At any time - even as a small baby! We will be here when you are ready.

When will my child receive free education?

Government Funding for 2, 3- and 4-Year olds

From the term after your child’s second and/or third birthday, your child may be entitled to 15-30 hours of free learning per week for 38 weeks of the year (5 free sessions).

To find out what you are entitled to please go the following website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents or www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Can I choose morning or afternoon sessions?

Yes but it is all subject to availability.

Can I have extra hours?

Yes once your child is settled, but they are all subject to availability.

Does my child have to live in North Bushey?


How much free education is my child entitled to?

You will be able to find out following website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents or www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Do you cater for children with special needs?

Yes. We will discuss strategies with you.

Will I be kept up to date with my child's development?

Yes. We operate a policy where parents can ask to talk to staff at any time and we send home email/newsletters and other information. Learning Journeys are kept on each child to which the parents have right of access.

On what do you base your learning curriculum?

We have a structured curriculum specifically geared to the needs and interests of the children which is taken from the Department for Children's School & Families' Early Years Foundation Stage' guidance document.

Do private pre-schools have to meet the same OFSTED standards as state schools?


Do you accept nursery vouchers as payment?


Who can I contact for further information?

Please call North bushey Pre-school during term time in school hours: +44 07467 101306 or simply drop us an email at

My child is on medication, can he take this at school?

Yes if you fill out a form with the details and leave the medication with us (kept in a safe locked box). This is particularly common for instance with children who need to have asthma inhalers kept available at school. All medication has be prescribed by a doctor.

I want my child to eat healthily.

We encourage healthy eating at all times; our children eat healthy snacks including fruit, vegetables or breadsticks. If teachers ever have a 'chocolate moment' we avoid nibbling 'naughties' in front of the children!

How Can YouHelp As A Parent

Come And Join Us

North Bushey and Abbots Langley pre-schools have an open door policy and we welcome parents who would like to share in their children’s learning. Once the children have settled you may like to come in on occasion or even on a regular basis and participate in the session. There will also be occasions when we need lots of extra pairs of hands, such as local walks, outings and parties. However to enable you to join us you must have a current CRB check, application forms can be obtained from a member of the pre-school team.

Share Your Skills

We all have different skills and interests; take a look at our topics page, do you have a skill that could enhance the children’s learning in that area?
Are you, or do you know of a fire-fighter, nurse, hairdresser, policeman that would be willing to visit?
Could you lend us topic related books, posters, or artefacts?
Do you have a particular interest in music, food preparation, creative activities, reading, puzzles, computers etc?

Don't Throw It Away

There are many things that you may throw away that we can use, such as: