Garrison Welfare and Amenities

By SPP Reporter

St Nicholas Pre-School & Nursery

The Garrison runs a Pre-School and Nursery with a total capacity of 70 children per session. We are divided into 5 separate rooms so children have the advantage of smaller groups. Potty training available if required. This Pre-School and Nursery is open daily from Monday to Friday inclusive. Holiday periods are arranged to coincide with normal school holidays. Staff are qualified to a standard recognised by the local Authority. Children must be registered for entry; registration forms are obtainable from the Manager.

Charges are as follows: Under 2’s £16.50 per session, 2-3 year olds £13.50 per session (the term following your child’s 3rd birthday they will be funded by the government so no fees are payable for all 3-4 year olds for 15 hours). We provide spaces for 2 year old funded places. Fees can be subject to change, please check with Manager.

Free milk and snacks are included in the charge. We now offer full days and a lunch club costs £2 per session (Parents are to provide a healthy lunch box). Also due to development, children now have access to a mud kitchen and forest school activities. The Pre-School and Nursery operates under The Children Act 1989 and is regularly inspected by OFSTED. Timings are below.

Morning Session (70 children) 0900-1200 hrs

Afternoon Session (70 children) 1230-1530 hrs

Lunch Club 1200-1230 hrs

Sessions available are: Full Day 0900-1530 hrs

The Manager is Mrs Caroline Hughes.

Tel: 01206 816597 Fax: 01206 816598



A childminder is a person caring for a child to whom he or she is not related, in their own home for reward. Mothers who are looking after other people’s children in their SFA are required by law to be registered with the Local Authority. For registration apply by letter to DIO Housing requesting authority to childmind in the SFA. For parents using child minders, it is your responsibility to check the child minder is registered.

Baby Sitting

When leaving your child/children in the care of a baby sitter it is essential that the baby sitter is a responsible person displaying commonsense and reliability, not under 16 years of age. Parents must realise that the baby sitter must be able to cope with an emergency which may arise during their absence. Cases have been known of parents having baby sitting carried out by very young children of 10 and 11 years of age, who may not be capable of dealing with a serious incident.

Community Centre Parent & Toddler Centre

Parents & Toddlers is run in partnership between Army Welfare Service & St Nicholas Pre-School and Nursery, who provide a qualified supervisor to plan, implement and run sessions. The Army Welfare Service also runs in partnership with outside agencies to support groups through the participation of a variety of children centred educational projects, such as Crafty Kids, Baby Massage, Keeping up with Children’s Literacy and Maths, Paediatric First Aid and much, much more. Many of the projects are supported by a crèche (all staff are qualified and DBS checked).

Parent and Toddler Group are situated at the Community Centre Fallowfield Road. We recognise that parents are central to their children’s learning and development and encourage parents, even mums to be, to actively contribute to the running of the sessions and join in activities with the children. If you are looking to meet other parents from the local area, then come along as these sessions give parents time to enjoy a chat and learn from others parenting experiences. We understand that joining a group can be daunting and make every effort to ensure you and your child/children feel welcome.

Staff are DBS checked.

Opening Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 0915-1115 hrs

Entry is only 50p per adult and 50p per child per session (includes a drink and snack).

Contact the Army Welfare Service for any further information.

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