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First Class Pre-school


We are an independent, privately owned, inclusive Preschool who's qualified staff are committed to providing a safe and stimulating environment where children between 2-5 years can play, learn, develop and have fun. We are proud of our high adult:child ratio, with staff having many years experience within the Early Years environment.

We take our inspiration from many different sources promoting a play-based and child-led approach.We encourage children to explore, experiment and create using engaging resources. Children become the centre of their own learning and development with support from the adult who responds to each child's individual needs and interests. We favour authentic, open ended resources which promotes natural play and imagination. Within the day we provide time for routines such as welcome time and story time.

We are Ofsted registered.




3 & 4 year old funding

Who to contact

Alison Hobbs
First Class Preschool
Rowley Drive
01638 663123
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Contact Notes

Youcan contact us via Facebook.

Venue Details

First Class Preschool
Rowley Drive
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On main road

Good public service links and within walking distance of the town centre.


30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


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Immediate vacancies
Other information
We are now taking applications for September 2024 onwards. Please get in touch using this form: https://forms.office.com/r/sY9vMbEa37

Days & times

Monday to Friday AM: 08:30 - 11:30
Monday to Friday PM: 12:30 - 15:30
Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 15:30

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - This setting complies with all equalities legislation.
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - We have experience of caring for children with additional needs.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Communication difficulties
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£18.00 2 year old – per session
£6.00 2 year old – hourly rate
£42.00 Under 2 – daily rate
£18.00 3 & 4 year old – per session
£6.00 3 & 4 year old– hourly rate
£42.00 3 & 4 year old – daily rate

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory garden, Sensory play equipment, Slide, Swings, Vegetable patch
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)

We operate an open door policy. We provide a high adult to child ratio. We are able to adapt our provision to accommodate any additional needs. 


Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Support for people with disabilities

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We at First Class Preschool pride ourselves in having a high adult /child ratio which enables us to give one to one attention to children that may have additional needs. We have an experienced Special Needs Coordinator and deputy. All staff have attend training courses including behaviour management, makaton, autism awareness, sensory needs, diabetes awareness and epipen training relating to both allergies and epilepsy.

We attend regular training to keep us all up to date with procedures and current strategies. We have regular contact with many outside agencies which include Family Centres, Child development Centre, Health Visitors and Speech therapists etc. 

Jo Starling
01638 663123

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No better setting! Rated 5 out of 5
We came to First Class Pre School with our oldest in 2018 and could not imagine having had our boys go anywhere else. It is such a welcoming environment, the staff are warm and friendly while being so professional at the same time. They take the time to get to know the children so well which makes them feel seen and valued but also means that I can trust them fully to make the best choices for my child's care, day in, day out. They are fully committed to working with parents on any issues to support the children and help them thrive. The setting itself has great facilities and a brilliant outside space where they can explore, play and build. The children get the chance to grow things that they then eat or use in cooking and baking which is so great for them.  I know my children will be sad when we're not at First Class anymore but I also know we are all ready for our next steps because of the outstanding care and support we've received over the years.

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Review submitted on 08/06/2023

Outstanding Preschool Rated 5 out of 5
What can I say apart from what an amazing setting with equally amazing staff. My twins started doing a couple of mornings when they were old enough to attend and it did not take long until the were asking to go everyday. I slowly increased their hours and on a few occasions I had to amend their hours due to work commitments, the preschool always went above a beyond. Both girls love spending the whole day learning and playing with the staff and their friends. There is a perfect balance of fun learning and both girls can write their letters and count to 100. I have nothing but praise. Great pictures on the app to share what they have been doing as well as emails and regular face to face as and when needed. In July all three of us will be sad to leave but very grateful for the memories and friends we have made.

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Review submitted on 12/06/2023

Best Nursery in town! Rated 5 out of 5
My eldest child attended two different nurseries in town However, we came across First class Pre School with my youngest and it is head and shoulders above the others. My little boy is so happy here he complains when the holidays come around. I feel very content that he is being so well looked after in such a friendly environment.

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Review submitted on 12/06/2023

First Class Experience! Rated 5 out of 5
I really couldn't recommend the setting enough. First Class by name, First Class by nature! My son has been attending for almost two years now and the preschool has gone above and beyond since day one. He initially started a couple of mornings a week before increasing to three days a week and then up to five days a week. He is excited to go to preschool every day, he loves spending time in the setting and with his friends and the wonderful staff. The setting provides so many enriching experiences for the children, from baking, preparing and cooking food, to growing their own plants and introducing them to animals. The children have also had visits from local services (police, fire service etc) and other community groups. The preschool also arrange visits and activities for the children to learn about different cultural holidays and celebrations. There is a wonderful garden for the children to explore as well as the inside areas that are set up with different activities daily. There's a great app that is regularly updated with the day's activities and the staff are happy to provide further updates on pick up. I'll be sad in July when my son leaves the setting but I honestly cannot praise First Class Preschool enough. The love, care and expertise they have shown my son in the last two years is second to none. The team at First Class are amazing!

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Review submitted on 13/06/2023

Fantastic nursery!! Rated 5 out of 5
My little boy started first class pre school two years ago and he absolutely loves it. Ever since the first day, Alison and the team have been so welcoming and created a fantastic environment for the children to learn and develop, encouraging their individual personalities. Every day is different with a great range of activities. Crafts, baking, singing, reading, obstacle courses, and updates are regularly shared online. The outdoor facilities are amazing with a swing set, veg patch, mud kitchen and pit, perfect for a little boy who loves to be outside.  We will be so sad to leave, but so grateful for the fabulous care and love shown to him by all the staff. We will miss them all lots!

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Review submitted on 11/07/2023


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